Council backing for coffee shop that’s creating a stir
A new coffee shop that will work with those affected by drugs and alcohol, mental health issues and homelessness has received a £5,300 funding pledge from Haringey Council.
The team behind the innovative Shine Cafe launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money to set up the spot in Turnpike Lane, and needed a final boost to reach their £28,763 target.
The cafe – run by Shine Enterprise Centre – will help train local people experiencing difficulties with drugs, alcohol, homelessness and mental health issues in the art of coffee-making. This will help them to find employment, build skills and confidence, and provide a social hub for the community.
Kevin Farrell, from Shine, said:
Finding employment and developing new skills while you are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, homeless or struggling with mental health difficulties is particularly difficult. We want to provide the space and support for people facing difficulties to be trained in working in and eventually running a cafe, as well as contributing to the local economy.
Shine have already found their first trainee and plan to host regular courses for future trainees.
The cafe will be operated as a social enterprise, reinvesting profits back into the business and the community and ensuring a sustainable source of training and employment in Haringey.
A range of people pitched in to raise the cash, which included £9,000 from the Greater London Authority. The public helped to get the coffers up to £23,463, and the council added the final £5,300. As the campaign is all-or-nothing, all the funds raised would have been lost if they did not hit the full £28,763 target.
Cllr Joe Goldberg, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Sustainability, said:
Shine Cafe will not only offer a great support for those who need it, but it will also create a brilliant place for residents to enjoy. The skills trainees learn through the project will be invaluable to them and to the borough, and we are delighted to support such a creative idea that will have such a positive impact on Haringey’s communities.
The Shine Enterprise Centre works with people who are recovering from a drug or alcohol problem, supporting them to re-engage with their local community through a range of local initiatives. Its inception was supported by a capital grant from Public Health England. The project is part of HAGA – a local charity that works with and on behalf of people, families and communities affected by alcohol. You can find out more about the Shine Cafe project, to be based at 89-91 Turnpike Ln, London, N8 0DY, here: https://www.spacehive.com/shine-cafe and more about the work of HAGA here: https://www.haga.co.uk/
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