Coffee van with a special mission
A Canary Wharf social enterprise that trains homeless people to be baristas has been handed The Trailblazing Newcomer Award by NatWest.
Change Please is a joint project between Old Spike Roastery and
The Big Issue which helps people living on the streets turn their lives around.
Its portable Piaggio van is stationed outside the Canary Wharf Tube station during the week.
Everyone who signs up for the training is provided with housing, support, a London living wage and, at the end of six months, should be ready to move onto other employment opportunities.
Change Please director Cemal Ezel said: “The end goal is to find a pathway out of homelessness through selling great coffee.
“The support from the wonderful people working within Canary Wharf and the organisations based here has been invaluable in increasing demand for our coffee.
“We have an innovative model which is making a difference to people but without the support of Canary Wharf Group we would not have been able to have as big an impact.”
Cemal Ezel, centre, collects the award