London Mayor Sadiq Khan grabbed a coffee at a Big Issue-backed Change Please cart this morning as he unveiled an extra £7million to tackle rough sleeping in the English capital.
The extra funds are in addition to the £8.5 that City Hall plough into rough sleeping services and will aim to beef up immediate and long-term support with a new rapid response outreach team and expanding winter provision.
To mark the announcement, Khan visited Change Please on Monday morning, which has received £60,000 from the Mayor’s Rough Sleeping Innovation Fund as well as £50,000 from his Good Growth Fund.
.@ChangePlease were among the recipients of our Rough Sleeping Innovation Fund & do an incredible job helping homeless people rebuild their lives. I’ve planned a further £7 million for immediate and long-term support for rough sleepers to have a pathway off the streets for good. pic.twitter.com/3f3POzT4xk
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) February 18, 2019
The social enterprise trains homeless people as baristas on carts and in tube station locations across London, offering a sustainable pathway off the streets.
Founder Cemal Ezel’s firm has been a success story, thanks to support from Big Issue Invest, our social investment arm, growing from a single cart to having their coffee stocked on Sainsbury’s supermarket shelves across the country.