Enchanté is a citizens' initiative founded in January 2018 in Ghent.
In order to include vulnerable groups into the social structure of daily life, Enchanté connects the excluded people with businesses and citizens.
The Belgian network brings together shopkeepers and citizens who offer small services to those in need.
From a glass of water to a cup of coffee, from a haircut at a hairdresser's to a place to rest for a while.
Enchanté and the 68 shops are together working for a more inclusive community.
Le Carillon was the first network of The Chime. It was founded in November 2015 in the 11th district of Paris by Louis-Xavier Leca, a young social entrepreneur.
Le Carillon now exists in 14 french cities and counts with around a 1000 businesses who offer free services and/or products to people living in precarious conditions. These products, often a meal or a hot drink, can be prepaid by clients or by the shopkeeper.
The network Le Carillon is part of the La Cloche organisation which aims at preventing social exclusion of homeless people. This is possible by changing the way these people are perceived and how they perceive themselves.
Le Carillon chimes with an inclusive approach, that each person is encouraged to take part in the project no matter their background. For them, an essential factor to social inclusion is that beneficiaries can get involved in the formation of social bonds. Among Le Carillon's volunteers some of them have experienced or are currently experiencing life in the street. These volunteers help organise the monthly events where everyone is welcome !
CZECH REPUBLIC (Prag)
By offering simple services to homeless people and those in precarious situations, shopkeepers participate in the creation in social ties . Small actions can make big impacts.
The Pledge was the first network to open outside of France. It was launched by Devin as one project of the nonprofit Be:Seattle.
It is a network of businesses offering anything that can help their homeless neighbours, because "small gestures make big impacts".
So far, 46 businesses have taken The Pledge offering 18 different services.
Neighbours are also welcome to take part of the Pledge by introducing new businesses or even new cities.
The Pledge is in Seattle, Tacoma and soon will be in Portland and New-York.
UNITED KINGDOMS (London)
ReConnect was founded in 2019 in London with the idea of changing the way homeless people are perceived and making them more visible.
Local residents, passers-by, businesses and homeless people can reconnect by using a simple service exchange. That is, through a network of partners, homeless people can receive goods and simple services going from clothes, grooming and hygiene to food, water and Wi-Fi. A system of vouchers also allows locals and passers-by to help people in-need to access different services.
One of the network's core values is for the integration of homeless people. 2 of the 9 volunteers have or are still experiencing homelessness.
8 shops (Reconnectors) have decided to join the network and tackle social exclusion in London.
Reconnect is London based for now, but is willing to spread out in the country in a near future.
NEXOS is an initiative of the Solidarios association that searches for a more charitable community that all people can feel a part of.
The NEXOS community generates a network of businesses offer small services to people that find themselves in a situation of social exclusion or solitude.
Each business decides what small services to offer, for exemple, free access to a toilet in a bar, internet connection in a library or a first aid kit in a pharmacy. These are gestures that have almost no cost to the business and that express a more human coexistence in these areas.
NEXOS network is already implemented in Madrid in the areas of Chamberi and Argüelles for the moment, and is extending to other neighbourhoods.