The Big Issue Trains Homeless People to be Baristas With New Initiative

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Magazine publisher The Big Issue has partnered with Change Please to provide a training scheme for homeless people to be baristas.

The concept for the scheme is to “give homeless people the chance to sell a great magazine, earn a legitimate income and turn their lives around. What if selling a great coffee could do the same thing? A groundbreaking new brand called Change Please is based on that very principle: tackling homelessness through the power of a popular product sold on the streets.”

The new partnership between The Big Issue and coffee roasters Old Spike Roastery will see homeless people selling coffee from carts in the street.

Eight locations will launch first in London, with more locations to open up after.

Co-founder of the Old Spike Roastery, Cemal Ezel, thought up the idea. “We were interested in supporting the onward journey The Big Issue already provides by creating new opportunities for the vendors. We’ve been looking for people ready to make the most of this kind of training, and I think we’ve found a great team.”