Great Coffee Doing Good
Posted on 26th May 2022
St Martins House Conference Centre are proud to serve life-changing coffee from Change Please, a social enterprise that uses profits from its award-winning coffee to train people experiencing homelessness to be baristas.
Founded by Cemal Ezel in 2015, Change Please’s Life Changing programme builds skills, pays a living wage, provides housing and therapy support, and crucially, onward employment opportunities - all funded by 100% of the profits Change Please make from selling their coffee.
Change Please has won several coffee awards including the Great Taste Awards, World’s best social enterprise and in 2019, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise promoting mobility.
Since partnering with Change Please in May 2021, St Martins House Conference Centre has served the life-changing coffee to conference delegates in addition to customers at Café No:7.
In the first twelve months, the amount of coffee purchased by St Martins House Conference Centre has directly contributed in helping lift 1.5 people out of homelessness and go through the Change Please Academy.
The Change Please Academy is a Speciality Coffee Association accredited training centre where a Change Please trainee’s journey will start. They cover every aspect of coffee making, from green beans and roasting through to latte art and customer service. The aim is to equip their trainees with the skills and experience they need to start a new career and have a secure place to live.
In addition to work-based skills, Change Please focus on the trainee’s wider needs. A secure income means they can help improve living circumstances and also assist with any therapy needs. Change Please also help with some of life’s admin, getting through the paperwork of returning to work and managing finances.
St Martins House Conference Centre look forward to continuing their partnership with Change Please - where every award-winning cup they brew - and every cup you buy - helps change someone’s life for the better.
For further information
Change Please https://changeplease.org/
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