Very Social Saturday at Banchory’s Magpie

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Deeside played host to the first Social Saturday event in the UK last week with a visit day at Banchory’s Magpie project.

MP Sir Robert Smith visited Magpie for the event on September 13, which aims to celebrate and raise awareness about social enterprises.

Social Saturday is a scheme being led by the national campaigning body, Social Enterprise UK, and is supported by the Cabinet Office and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The day has cross party political support and is part of the UK’s successful Buy Social campaign.

As a social enterprise, Magpie collects second-hand furniture and household goods from the Crow’s Nest Waste and Recycling Centre in Banchory.

The collected goods, along with donations, are then sold by Magpie and the project uses that money to employee staff and to support the local community through the Aberdeenshire, Central & South CVS (Council for Voluntary Services).

The Magpie project also helps local families and individuals who are in need of support by providing free furniture and household goods, to help people get back on their feet or to set up a new home.

Sir Robert said: ““I enjoyed meeting with staff and volunteers at Magpie and was particularly encouraged to learn that many young people have become involved with the project through the Duke of Edinburgh Award.”

“Social enterprises in Aberdeenshire and across Scotland play important roles in our local communities and I am pleased that events such as Social Saturday will help to raise awareness and encourage people to visit and support social enterprises near to them.”

Magpie has gifted around £30,000 in the last year alone, with that figure set to be surpassed in the future.