YMCA Robin Hood Group

Cafe Y - Nottinghamshire YMCA

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)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • OtherOther


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



We currently support approximately 60 homeless people directly through our supported accommodation, sited in the same building as Café 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. Café Y follows a similar concept piloted at our site in Mansfield. We will engage our unemployed homeless residents, providing ‘pre-employment training’ and progression onto employment through practical work-experience in a ‘real’ 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 ‘retail’ 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!!