East Belfast Mission is based in the new Skainos building on the Newtownards Road in East Belfast and has been a registered charity since 1985.
Current projects include Stepping Stone employability project, Hosford homeless support service, family, youth & community projects known collectively as Compass, Church congregation, pastoral care & counselling and Social Economy projects. The current SE projects are: 8 restore charity shops, a Vintage shop with bridal department, refresh cafe with a meals on wheels service, refurb furniture restoration project, recycle project repairing and reselling second hand bikes through restore.
As a social enterprise we aim to fulfil the “triple bottom line”. This means we want to achieve social, financial and environmental goals. Socially, we provide placement and volunteering opportunities in the community and sell good quality second hand items through our shops, to people who can not afford to buy new. We teach new skills to long term unemployed, help folk to regain lost confidence and help others to simply socialise and meet new friends. All income from the shops is regenerated into the social projects of the organisation. This is how we achieve our financial goals.
Environmental issues are also at the top of our agenda. restore has a close partnership with local councils, working with them to remove good quality bulky waste items and selling them in our shops. We are encouraging clothes recycling and have introduced several banks at other Methodist Church premises and at our main building and our Larne shop. This not only helps the recycling agenda but also increases the shops income. We work in partnership with other charities such as Bryson House who offer guaranteed reconditioned white goods, which are then sold in our shops.