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We are a social enterprise that trains and employs homeless people to work as baristas on our mobile coffee vans and retail outlets around London. We will use all funds to launch a new training academy and café from which to train and employ people experiencing homelessness as baristas.
We pay our Beneficiaries - people experiencing homelessness - the London Living Wage and offer support with housing and mental wellbeing. We also provide additional training in essential areas, such as: health & safety, cash handling, and customer service - equipping our Baristas with the skills and experience necessary to progress into onward employment in higher paying roles.
How we'll use our funding:
· Open a café and training centre to train our Beneficiaries
· Employ Beneficiaries to run the café
· Help people to rebuild their lives
What we'll deliver:
- We will purchase a new retail space
- We will open a cafe and training centre for homeless people
- We will employ people experiencing homelessness to run the cafe
Why it's a great idea:
By providing them with jobs - we give our Beneficiaries a sustainable way to rebuild their lives. They are incredibly loyal and hard-working people and Change Please helps them demonstrate to the public, business owners and our commercial partners, the great talent, skills, knowledge and experience people experiencing homelessness have to offer.
Change Please wants to help create a world where employers around the globe recognise the value in employing members of the homeless community.
Steps to achieve our project goal:
· Choose new café site
· Sign lease for new café
· Refurbish site
· Market café
· Recruit staff
· Recruit beneficiaries
· Launch café
How much of a problem is homelessness? Since 2010 homelessness has almost doubled in the UK. Every night more than 4,000 people sleep rough across the country (CrisisUK). This is unacceptable. Change Please is doing everything we can to reduce this number. For more information and statistics, see www.homeless.org.uk
Steps to get it done:
- Choose new cafe site
- Sign lease for new cafe
- Refurbish site
- Market cafe
- Recruit staff
- Recruit Beneficiaries
- Launch cafe
Can people’s love of coffee really solve homelessness?
We certainly think so…
The coffee industry is growing at a rapid rate…
· The number of coffee outlets in the UK is set to rise from 18,000 in 2015 to 21,000 by 2020
· The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has revealed that the coffee industry is the fourth largest employer in the UK, with 4.49 million employees
· Over the last five years, 331,000 new jobs have been created and the BHA predicts that a further 100,000 roles will be delivered by the end of the decade
Despite this growing demand, the hospitality industry is currently undergoing a major skills shortage in the UK, across Europe, and further afield in the USA, Australia, and Canada – all countries where homelessness is rising.
With the BHA warning that the UK industry could face a shortfall of 60,000 workers per year. Equipped with all the necessary skills and training, people experiencing homelessness should fill these roles