Cof­fee van with a spe­cial mis­sion

The Wharf - - The Week -

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

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