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Social Enterprise Meets Specialty Coffee

The RWRD platform is home to a number of social enterprises that carry out life-changing work across the UK. Take a look at a few of our partners’ stories and make sure to visit and grab a coffee when you’re in the area.

Luminary Bakery, Camden

Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise providing training, employment and community to some of the most disadvantaged women in London, helping them overcome barriers from lack of opportunity.

Luminary work holistically, offering a safe space to train, receive trauma-informed support, prepare for employment and get guidance in building a positive future.

47 Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm, London NW1 8AJ

The Cosy, Woking

The Cosy is a not-for-profit tea & coffee house, existing to help sustain the work of The Lighthouse.

The Mission of The Lighthouse is to serve and empower, build community and create opportunities.

The Cosy is staffed by an amazing team of volunteers who are passionate both about the work of The Lighthouse, and about great coffee!

The Lighthouse, 8-10 High St, Woking GU21 6BG

Paper and Cup, Shoreditch

Paper and Cup hosts a barista training programme for people in recovery from addiction, helping them learn new skills, gain work experience, and move closer to a more fulfilling way of life.

They also sell a curated selection of second-hand & vintage items including clothes, books, homeware, and accessories, and all profits support people in recovery from addiction & homelessness.

18 Calvert Ave, London E2 7JP

Yellow Submarine, Oxford

Yellow Submarine believes that people with Learning Disabilities and Autism deserve to live life to the full, and deliver this ambition through their café traineeships.

Their two venues are co-staffed by trainees with learning disabilities, and all ‘Life Changing Bakes’ are carefully handmade onsite by the team. Alongside this, they serve fresh sandwiches, toasties, soups and salads, and of course, great tea and coffee.  Not only are they delicious, 100% of profits go to charity.

12 Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HH

Crisis Coffee, Spitalfields

Café from Crisis works to end homelessness through practical hospitality training. Their training programme teaches kitchen craft, barista skills, and develops confidence in public facing environments as staff are supported on their journey out of homelessness and equipped for future opportunities.

Crisis has developed an ethically sourced coffee that is sold in each of their cafes and online to raise funds for their work, so take a look online and in store to do good while drinking your brew.

64 Commercial St, London E1 6LT

Lily’s Social Kitchen, Canterbury

Lily’s Social Kitchen opened in 2017 with the sole purpose to employ people with Autism and Learning Disabilities. Upon opening, this then expanded to working with Porchlight, a homeless charity, and with HMP Standford Hill Prison to offer volunteer positions to these individuals to help other barriers to employment.

Just because someone has been homeless or made a mistake and ended up in prison doesn’t mean that they should be written off by employers. Lily’s are passionate about paid employment for all and incredibly inclusive with their staff.

15 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ

Cafe Van Gogh, Oval

Cafe Van Gogh works in conjunction with Toucan Employment, a leading learning disability employment charity,  to run a programme of on-the-job training for people with additional challenges in life, such as a learning disability or a mental health problem to provide them with the support and confidence to seek paid employment.

They aspire to be zero waste, and do not tolerate single use plastics. Pop by and know that when you drink with Cafe Van Gogh, you are contributing to good.

88 Brixton Rd, London, SW9 6BE

Neal St Espresso, Covent Garden

Each of Neal St Espressos highly skilled baristas has a story to tell. After falling on tough times, and landing into a life of crime or addiction, they needed a second chance to live the lives they dreamed of.

Every trainee has a full time job, paying above the London living wage, and receives accredited training, mentoring and support to turn their lives around. Whilst nationally, 29% of people reoffend within 12 months, with the support of Neal St to break the cycle of reoffending the rate is just 2%.

34 Neal St, London WC2H 9PS

All of these fantastic locations can be found on RWRD App alongside many other local independent cafes all making a positive impact within their communities.

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