Barings partners with Change Please to sponsor barista training for homeless

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by Mark Johnson

Global financial services firm, Barings, has teamed up with London charitable coffee company, Change Please, to help London’s homeless. 

The award-winning coffee company, which trains the homeless community as baristas, and Barings, one of the world’s leading financial services firms, have partnered to open a number of permanent coffee kiosks across a number of central London underground stations. 

In addition to providing barista training, Change Please supports its trainees with accommodation, mental wellbeing and pays the Living Wage.

The first coffee kiosk opened today at Goodge Street Station. Staffed by the homeless, the site is the first in central London and has the backing of TfL and the Mayor of London.

All change: Barings CEO Thomas Finke (left), with Change Please founder Cemal Ezel

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 first collaboration between Change Please and Barings, and the companies plan to continue to work together to open further Underground sites, and change more lives as a result.

Located to the left of Goodge Street Underground entrance, the Barings’ Change Please kiosk will serve a range of gourmet coffees, hot drinks and snacks, and provide coffee drinkers access to high quality coffee that gives back to society. 

Award winning firm

Change Please has won several coffee awards - including Great Taste Awards and a Quality Food Award - so commuters won’t have to compromise on taste and quality to make a difference.

Cemal Ezel, founder of Change Please, said: “Homelessness is at a record high and we all want to help but don’t know where to begin. 

“For that reason we’re so pleased Barings chose to partner with Change Please, working closely with us to make this central London site possible. Now commuters can buy award-winning coffee and know they’re making a difference to the homeless situation.”

Thomas Finke, Chairman and CEO Barings, said: “We hope that our partnership will make a positive impact on the lives of the homeless community in London. 

“By providing training, accommodation and pay at the Living Wage, Change Please aligns with our goals of being an active and engaged member in the community and advancing economic and social mobility for our underserved communities. 

“We look forward to rolling out additional coffee kiosks and supporting this initiative further.”

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