George Clooney “had no airs and graces” when visited Social Bite cafe, a homelessness charity and social enterprise in Edinburgh – but according to its founder, his presence there was “transformative”.
Josh Littlejohn started Social Bite as a small cafe in Edinburgh in 2012 with the simple aim of donating profits to charity. It has since developed into a movement to end homelessness – a charity and social business that provides homes, jobs, food and support to empower people to transform their own lives.
“Everyone was dumbfounded as to how on earth this little cafe was making friends in Hollywood, but it was transformative for us,” Littlejohn told The Big Issue in this week’s Letter To My Younger Self.
George Clooney was the first of the huge celebrities to visit. In his role as co-founder of human rights charity Clooney Foundation for Justice, the former ER actor was speaking at Littlejohn’s Scottish Business Awards in 2015. With typical brass neck, Littlejohn asked if the superstar would stop by Social Bite on his way to the event.
“We were told he’d love to,” said Littlejohn. Clooney was as unaffected and generous with his time as the cafe crew had hoped.