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Iglu restaurant in Edinburgh to support workers with mental illness

15 August 2011 by
Iglu restaurant in Edinburgh to support workers with mental illness

A restaurant in Edinburgh is to be turned into a not-for-profit organisation offering work to people suffering from mental illnesses.

Iglu in the Scottish capital's New Town area is to become a registered social enterprise after owner Charlie Cornelius decided to change its focus to help people recover from mental health problems.

The new venture will aim to assist people suffering from depression, stress and other issues to get back into work.

"Iglu, from the outset, was more than looking to make a profit from business - it was trying to be proactive in using organic, local and Fairtrade produce. We even called ourselves an ethical eaterie because we tried to do things differently," Cornelius told the Edinburgh Evening News.

"Now Iglu turns a small profit and, for me personally, I will find it very rewarding being able to put something back by taking on trainees who have had mental health issues, as I have had in the past."

Expected to take around six months to implement, under its new guise as a not-for-profit organisation Iglu will pay its staff a ‘living wage' of £7.20 per hour.

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