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We are a social enterprise that train and employ homeless people to work as Baristas on our mobile coffee vans and at our fixed sites dotted around London. We will use the project towards launching a new cafe from which we will train and employ people experiencing homelessness as Baristas. We’re a beneficiary focused organisation – our homeless Baristas are at the core of everything we do. We pay London Living Wage and offer support with housing by acting as guarantors, making direct payments and underwriting tenancies to ensure our Baristas’ living situations are secure. We offer support with mental wellbeing, both as an organisation and through referrals to our partners, to ensure our Baristas have access to all of the services they require. We also provide additional training in essentials like health and safety, cash handling and customer service, to equip our Baristas with the skills and experience necessary to progress into onward employment in higher paying roles.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our ‘jobs-first’ approach offers a sustainable platform from which our beneficiaries can rebuild their lives. Our beneficiaries are our greatest asset and they are incredibly loyal and hard-working people. Our work also shows to the public, employers and business owners, the vast amount of skills, knowledge and experience of people experiencing homelessness. Change Please want to help create a world where employers around the globe recognise the value in employing members of the homeless community. 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 are doing everything we can to reduce this number. The impact of being homeless is completely devastating, resulting in physical and mental health issues, feelings of isolation, and numerous barriers that prevent those experiencing homelessness from getting back into employment.
Steps to get it done:
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
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