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Leicester’s much-loved White Rose Café, located next door to the Guildhall and Leicester Cathedral, will re-open on the 17th May as Café No:7 serving coffee that helps people experiencing homelessness. 
With summer only just around the corner and lockdown restrictions easing the timing has never been better. 
The café will be run by the team at St Martins House Conference Centre, part of the Church of England Diocese of Leicester, and has been refurbished to create a comfortable, contemporary environment offering a great location for customers who want to relax with a cup of tea and a slice of cake or pop in to grab a coffee on the way to work. 
Café No:7 will offer customers Fairtrade teas, scrumptious sandwiches and a tempting range of cakes and pastries in addition to award winning coffee from Change Please, a social enterprise that uses profits from it’s 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. 
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. 
Nigel Jobson, Business Director at St Martins House Conference Centre, said “We’re delighted to partner with Change Please, an award-winning coffee company making a social impact by helping people move out of homelessness through training them as a barista. It aligns with the Church of England Diocese of Leicester values and commitment to reducing homelessness.” 
Julian Burnham, Managing Director at Change Please, said “We are delighted that Change Please coffee will be served at Café No:7 and equally pleased to be working with St Martins House Conference Centre and the Diocese of Leicester. Every cup of Change Please coffee sold helps to change someone’s life for the better, lifting people out of homelessness and giving them another chance to be themselves. Homelessness strips away so much more than just a roof over someone’s head and by helping people get back into work as well as housing Change Please builds people confidence, pride and hope for the future.” 
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