A social enterprise coffee shop to engage vulnerable homeless people in mainstream learning and training provision to lead to enhanced long term career prospects.
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (243044)
We currently support approximately 60 homeless people directly through our supported accommodation, sited in the same building as Caf√© Y. We actively support all our residents through a variety of training (both vocational and life-skills) and with career advice and support. We have done extensive research with our residents to ascertain their perceived barriers to gaining employment, and, from those asked, 50% stated that being out of work for a long time is the main barrier to employment, 94% were interested in participating in the social enterprise and 81% said their top reason for participating would be getting training and feeling that they are contributing positively to their situation. Caf√© Y follows a similar concept piloted at our site in Mansfield. We will engage our unemployed homeless residents, providing ‚Äòpre-employment training‚Äô and progression onto employment through practical work-experience in a ‚Äòreal‚Äô environment. Due to the size of the coffee shop, we will be working directly with 3 residents during each 10 week cycle, and providing dedicated training on a number of ‚Äòretail‚Äô issues such as customer service and cash-handling, as well as catering skills from food hygiene to preparation. As this will be a quarterly cycle, we will be supporting approximately 12 residents each year. Rough financial Breakdown ¬£4,000 Disabled access costs ¬£20,000 Entrance door and system ¬£40,000 Internal renovation (new window and wall) ¬£5,000 Build and furbish store room ¬£12,000 Installation of air conditioning & ventilation ¬£3,000 Fridges/freezers/chilling units ¬£4,000 Lighting units ¬£3,000 Furniture ¬£15,000 Cooking equipment (oven) ¬£5,000 Flooring/decoration ¬£3,000 Supplementary Fire exit ¬£3,000 Fire detection ¬£3,000 Toilet ¬£3,000 Installation of wireless networking ¬£12,000 Professional fees Please note we have already been allocated ¬£40,000 from HSBC. Many thanks for reading!!
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