A father-daughter duo is aiming to tackle homelessness in Cardiff by opening a coffee shop with a difference.
Jeff Smith and daughter Chloe were inspired to open their shop after volunteering at a local shelter.
“We volunteered at a homeless facility in Cardiff,” Jeff told The Big Issue. “Every night they serve food and hot drinks to people in need and we steadily added more things like a hairdresser, a greengrocer came along to supply fresh fruit and veg.
“Chloe and I did this for about two years but we came to the conclusion that we were feeding people, but we weren’t doing much more than that. We decided we wanted to try make more of a difference and reverse the process.”
Jeff’s eldest daughter Tiffany works at The House of St Barnabas in London, a private member’s club, whose integrated employment academy offers hospitality training to homeless participants before connecting the graduates with employment partners.