We are a social enterprise in the form of a cosy, quirky cafe, dedicated to creating and inspiring social change. Serendipities is a concept, a way of living, a space of change making ...oh, and of course yummy food! We serve delicious homemade vegan goods and responsibly sourced hot drinks, all the while reducing and reusing as much as we can to lessen our negative impact on the environment.
Serendipities is a positive, alternative way of thinking, where people develop confidence to be the change. This space is a story: a story of strength, a story of community, a story of growth. It demonstrates how to work inclusively, raising awareness of people’s roles in this world and showing that anyone can achieve incredible things.
A WAY OF LIFE
We are a people, community and environmentally-led enterprise and we hope that by setting an example we can inspire positive change within Dundee. Our space is a quiet, relaxed corner that allows an escape from the scrambling city around us.
Customers will be buying into a way of life, helping to develop the professional skills of our members and provide a safe working space. By choosing us they are getting involved in an eco-friendly model and kick starting change in not only Dundee, but the world.
WHY WE STARTED
We are a safe training space for adults with additional needs, and are a proud Living Wage Employer.
Our parent organisation is Uppertunity, a Dundee-based social enterprise that works with adults with additional needs. Uppertunity runs workshops and groups that not only help give our members a social outlet, but encourage them to learn new life skills and gain independence. We found that further skill development and volunteering opportunities for individuals facing barriers is limited. We decided to change this and create another space for our members (clients) to develop themselves and show off their talents.
We follow a circular economy model, wherein waste is minimised as much as possible and all resources are reused to the best of their ability. The environment is incredibly important to us and we believe that adhering to this system allows us to lessen our negative impact upon our surroundings. We also accept donations of excess fresh produce from many local individuals and use them in our dishes whenever they're handed in!
We don't simply offer the usual cafe servers within our premises; we offer a social experience with unique opportunities for our local community. On top of our delicious food, we also host a calendar full of events ranging from zero waste workshops to performances from local musicians.
The environment and reducing our carbon footprint are very important to us here at Serendipities, therefore we use local suppliers and home-grown foods for our dishes whenever possible. All of our products are vegan to combat the pollution and harm associated with the farming industry.
A social enterprise is a special type of non-profit business that reinvests all of its surplus profit into achieving a specific social mission. This can be anything from protecting the environment to enriching the local community.
For Serendipities, our main mission is to demonstrate to the world that every single person in our community has the potential for greatness. We are a sister company to Uppertunity, another Dundee social enterprise that works with adults with additional needs, and many of their clients volunteer with us here at Serendipities. Many people overlook individuals with additional needs or otherwise have negative preconceived notions about them, and we wish to prove these viewpoints wrong through our volunteering opportunities.
Profits at Serendipities go towards many things, from providing more eco-friendly equipment to enabling us to take on cafe volunteers as paid staff. We want to provide the best service we can to the community, and every single penny we make will go towards reaching this goal.
Yummy vegan wrap from Serendipities, Dundee.