Change Please and Barings partnership provides employment for fourteen homeless people in 2019 as new sites and training academy announced.

Barings London Office at 20 Old Bailey to serve as training academy for future baristas.

London, 05 December 2019: Change Please, the award-winning coffee company that trains the homeless community as baristas, and Barings, one of the world’s leading financial services firms, have announced they will be opening three additional permanent coffee sites and a new training academy, at central London locations, to extend the positive impact on people experiencing homelessness in London.

These openings mark the next phase of the Change Please partnership with Barings, following two existing coffee kiosks at Clapham Common and Goodge Street London Underground Stations, which have provided employment and accommodation to 14 homeless people since opening earlier this year.

The first of the new sites, which opened this week, is in the reception area of 20 Old Bailey, the home of Barings London office, located opposite the Central Criminal Court. This new facility includes a kitchen space, which Change Please will occupy as a training academy to extend the skillsets of the baristas they employ, equipping them with more opportunities for further employment in the long-term. It will also enable Change Please to expand their product range, starting with the launch of New York style gooey cookies, which along with Change Please coffee will help to change more lives.

This year, our partnership with Barings enabled us to employ 14 homeless people, who are now living in accommodation, whilst a further seven have moved on to longer term employment,” said Cemal Ezel, founder of Change Please. “These three new coffee sites will allow us to widen our reach and make an even greater impact on people experiencing homeless. I am particularly excited that the facility at 20 Old Bailey provides the space we need to provide further training and enable us to extend our product range to deliver delicious treats for customers, which will help the homeless at the same time.”

It is fantastic that our partnership with Change Please has been so successful in its first year and helped those in need with gaining employment and new skills,” said Thomas Finke, Chairman and CEO Barings. “Through our continued partnership with Change Please, Barings hopes to help more of the homeless community in London and enable social mobility within our underserved communities.”

Being able to have a job working in Clapham Common then Goodge Street has absolutely changed my life,” said Marco, Change Please beneficiary. “From feeling lonely and hopeless, I have been trained with a skill and I feel proud that I am able to provide people with a service that they need on a daily basis. For the first time in a long time, I feel proud about myself. I now have a job, a home and dignity, things that I didn’t think I would see again, thank you.

Additional sites will open at Elephant Park and Victoria London Underground station in Q1 2020, both will serve coffee and light refreshments during the day and the Elephant Park site will be the first Change Please cocktail bar, opening from 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Since 2010, the number of rough-sleepers in London has doubled, and, with Barings’ support, Change Please is on a mission to challenge these statistics. This is the part of an on-going collaboration between Change Please and Barings, and the companies plan to continue to work together and change more lives as a result.