Our aspiration is to see people go from
chronic exclusion to interdependent inclusion.
Dignify was set up to give people opportunities to contribute to society and in the process develop skills and aspirations that bring a sense of purpose and belonging. We especially seek to create opportunities for people who are or have been long-term rough sleeping and young people who have left school with poor or no qualifications.
Dignify is a Social Enterprise that falls under the legal entity of a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee. This means that we are a not for profit social business so we do not have share holders. Any profits made through our enterprises will go directly into the ongoing development of our work and social inclusion programme.
Most Social Enterprises have a double bottom line which is to earn money through enterprise and support a social cause. We aim to have a triple and equal bottom line, which is to include people who are or have been homeless in our workforce and galvanise their involvement in the running of our enterprises.
Our Approach to Homelessness
We recognise that giving aid can have an important role to play in response to need. However, Dignify has chosen creating opportunities for contribution to society and personal development of different skills as our most significant response to homelessness. We don’t view our work as primarily charitable because we are looking to create interdependent solutions. The reasons for our approach are:
1). We believe we all have a need to belong and have a purpose and when we do it is more likely we develop our potential. Our core need to belong does not change because of a housing status, an addiction, or support needs that are frequently intensified by homelessness. We believe people are people and people who are or have been homeless are people who need realistic opportunities to advance, to grow in responsibility and to give to society.
2). We believe in and have been influenced by the quote, ‘If you give someone a fish they eat for a day, if you teach someone to fish, they eat for life.’ Opportunities to develop skills (work skills, interpersonal skills and social skills) after being chronically excluded are essential to integration to wider society.
3). When working towards work and social inclusion we do not believe it is helpful for people to be labelled, defined or treated according to a housing status, support needs or past mistakes. We also do not believe it is helpful for individuals to be given to in such a way that develops or increases a taking or victim mentality. We facilitate people to develop responsibility for their own pathway of interdependency and relate to people as members of society that have something to offer- because we believe that everyone does.
4). We do not promote or encourage anti-social, illegal, addictive, violent, criminal or disrespectful behaviour to oneself or others. However rather than exclude whilst people are wrestling with and building motivation for change we seek to understand and respond to route causes in order to for individuals to develop lasting transformation.