bigmoose began after a very sad event in my life, i lost my best mate to cancer in 2007 and after this i vowed to myself to get the most out of every minute of my time on this planet. the last few years of running bigmoose has been a great journey, and i really want to continue doing fun stuff that inspires people to live better, healthier, kinder lives.
bigmoose has never been about making money and everything we have done in the past few years has been completely funded by donations and we have never taken a penny out to pay ourselves. however, we decided we wanted to grow bigmoose and so the dream of bigmoose coffee co was born.
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the idea for our coffee shop came after we had been down to feed the homeless people of cardiff every month for just over 2 years. it grew from just taking tea and coffee down, to getting restaurants involved in making food, bringing hairdressers down to cut the homeless people’s hair and rallying the south wales community to collect warm clothes and bedding (over 1100 bags donated in 2 months!)
however, even with all of this in place we still felt like we wanted to make more of a difference to these people’s lives and so bigmoose coffee co. was born. the idea is simple the coffee shop is in the centre of cardiff, it runs like a normal coffee shop selling epic coffee and scrummy grub! but the profits from bigmoose coffee co. are being used to help homeless and other disadvantaged people get back into work and society.
we opened on 12th march and we want to run it for a few months to find our feet and then we want to train one, hand picked person that has experienced homelessness in food and beverage. we are working with llamau, the young homeless persons charity, and they are helping us to find the perfect person to join our bigmoose gang!
they will work with us at the coffee shop and join the team, earning a proper wage and being supported and mentored by the us before then moving on to whatever job they wish to aim for. then the process will begin again with the next person. our ethos is to provide these people with, like the big issue say, a hand up not a hand out.