A coffee company that supports the homeless opens in FOUNDRY in The Beacon shopping centre in Eastbourne this month (May).

Award-winning social enterprise Change Please opens its doors on Monday May 8. It will offer the full menu of coffees from its site at the entrance to FOUNDRY. The coffee unit will open seven days a week and welcome customers until 3pm every day.

FOUNDRY, a joint initiative between Adam Walker and Beacon owners Legal & General Investment Management, welcomed the arrival of Change Please. Adam explained: “We are excited to welcome Change Please to Eastbourne, a social enterprise that donates every penny of profit to the homeless.

“Their business model puts employment first,” Adam said. “They try to empower people experiencing homelessness to get back into work. Every time a customer buys a coffee, not only are they getting a fantastic cup, they are helping an award-winning social enterprise.”

Coffee customers are encouraged to wander along the FOUNDRY shopping mall and see the range of pop-up retailers that are new to the town.

“Entrepreneurs looking for a start in retail cannot always afford to go straight into a shopping centre,” Adam continued. “Our micro units offer a cost-effective alternative where you can test the market before moving into a bigger site.”

The co-working hub on the first floor has attracted huge interest across the Eastbourne business community. “95% of the offices or studios are now occupied, and we are interviewing a number of local businesses about the remaining studios,” Adam said. “There’s been great feedback for our boutique members lounge and beautiful resident desks. The place is gaining significant traction and there is already a great buzz around the place.”

Change Please offers training to its recruits lasting up to six months at their academy. Trainees learn everything they need to find work in the hospitality industry – from roasting and latte art, through to customer service, time keeping and social skills.”

Change Please also offers therapy sessions and the team works on improving their confidence and self-worth. They are paid a living wage, provided with housing and supported in other fields of interest. At the end of training, graduates are employed at a Change Please coffee shop or in a restaurant run by one of its industry partners.

www. changeplease.org