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Change Please

The Big Issue / Change Please

Issue 45 | December 2017

Background

In 2015, Change Please launched a new way of helping the homeless of London. Starting with one coffee cart in Covent Garden, the NGO was soon helping Londoners get their daily fix of caffeine at 15 different locations around the city.

Homeless people were trained as baristas and given a place to rent and a living wage while working on their carts for six months, learning valuable vocational and social skills to help them re-enter society and move on to full time work.

Once they had completed the programme, the employees returned to into the mainstream world of work and all remaining revenues were put back into the project with the figure currently over £655,000.

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