Change Please - New Cafe!

by Cemal Ezel - Change Please in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 25th December 2017 we successfully raised £20,085 with 114 supporters in 62 days

Change Please is raising funds to open a new café which will provide employment opportunities for homeless people.

by Cemal Ezel - Change Please in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Help us to reach our stretch target so that we can help and train more beneficiaries in our cafe!

We will use the funding to get a larger cafe from which to train and employ our Beneficiaries.

4th place in the GoDaddy + VOOM £1k Giveaway

“The average Londoner buys two coffees every single day.

If you knew you could change someone’s life, simply by changing where you buy your coffee, wouldn’t you do it?”

Change Please are expanding our operations!

Since launching in November 2015, we've seen a wonderful response to our work and we'd now like to open up a café to expand our operations, increase our impact, and to work towards our aim -  to put an end to homelessness once and for all.

Who are Change Please?

We are a social enterprise that train and employ homeless people to work as Baristas on our mobile coffee vans and at our fixed sites dotted around London.

We’re a beneficiary focused organisation – our homeless Baristas are at the core of everything we do.

We pay London Living Wage and offer support with housing by acting as guarantors, making direct payments and underwriting tenancies to ensure our Baristas’ living situations are secure.

We offer support with mental wellbeing, both as an organisation and through referrals to our partners, to ensure our Baristas have access to all of the services they require.

We also provide additional training in essentials like health and safety, cash handling and customer service, to equip our Baristas with the skills and experience necessary to progress into onward employment in higher paying roles.

Our ‘jobs-first’ approach offers a sustainable platform from which our beneficiaries can rebuild their lives.

Our beneficiaries are our greatest asset and they are incredibly loyal and hard-working people.

Our work also shows to the public, employers and business owners, the vast amount of skills, knowledge and experience of people experiencing homelessness.

Change Please want to help create a world where employers around the globe recognise the value in employing members of the homeless community.

How much of a problem is homelessness?

Since 2010 homelessness has almost doubled in the UK.

Every night more than 4,000 people sleep rough across the country (CrisisUK).

This is unacceptable.

Change Please are doing everything we can to reduce this number.

The impact of being homeless is completely devastating, resulting in physical and mental health issues, feelings of isolation, and numerous barriers that prevent those experiencing homelessness from getting back into employment. 

According to Crisis UK:

  • Only 2 percent of homeless people are in full-time employment
  • 12 percent work part-time
  • 57 percent have been unemployed for three years or more
  • With an employment rate of just 15 percent, homeless people are five times less likely than the wider population to be in employment yet the vast majority of homeless people want to work either now (77%) or in the future (97%).

We believe that homeless people are being let down by society.

Focus shouldn’t be on removing the problem from the public eye, or on homeless people being a ‘problem to solve’.

It should instead be on offering this group the help they need while encouraging the public to support companies with a social mission that will help to eradicate the problem…companies like Change Please.

Can people’s love of coffee really solve homelessness? 

We certainly think so…

The coffee industry is growing at a rapid rate…

  • The number of coffee outlets in the UK is set to rise from 18,000 in 2015 to 21,000 by 2020
  • The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has revealed that the coffee industry is the fourth largest employer in the UK, with 4.49 million employees
  • Over the last five years, 331,000 new jobs have been created and the BHA predicts that a further 100,000 roles will be delivered by the end of the decade

Despite this growing demand, the hospitality industry is currently undergoing a major skills shortage in the UK, across Europe, and further afield in the USA, Australia, and Canada – all countries where homelessness is rising.

With the BHA warning that the UK industry could face a shortfall of 60,000 workers per year…there is no reason why, if equipped with all the necessary skills and training, that people experiencing homelessness shouldn’t take these roles.

This café will help us to spread the Change Please message and equip our Baristas with the skills that mean employers can’t say no!


One, well-positioned site has the potential to convert thousands of people to Change Please coffee, especially as they won't have to compromise on taste - Change Please coffee has a taste rating of +86 when compared to Starbucks’ 36.

Many people will happily spend £6 or more per day on their coffees - we're providing them with a better option. Coffee that doesn't just taste good, it does good too. 

One of our mobile coffee vans employs up to four people per year. A fixed site gives us the ability to double that - to employ eight people every year.

Wider benefits:

  • The café has the potential to save local councils over a hundred thousand in benefit payments each year.
  • Brings together the community
  • Communicates how much people experiencing homelessness have to offer

"Change Please is like a light out of the darkness"

Liam, Change Please Barista

Please help us to fund this new fixed site and to help more people by supporting our Crowdfunder.

The Change Please Team x


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

£2 Reward

A heartfelt thank you for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Swing by one of our coffee vans and you'll get a free coffee of your choice - and a hug from one of our Baristas.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Help spread the Change Please message (and keep yourself caffeinated!) on-the-go with a Change Please renewable cup.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Keep those tootsies warm this winter with a pair of Change Please socks. For a donation of just 35 you can have a reminder of the difference you've made every time you wear these comfy socks.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Did you know that coffee has twice the amount of flavour notes as wine? Come and explore the varietals at a Change Please coffee tasting experience.

£45 or more

£45 Reward

Now you can look like a professional Barista every time you step up to your coffee machine... or into your kitchen, in fact. Our Change Please aprons are stylish, hard-wearing, and provide you with a wonderful reminder of how you've helped in the fight against homelessness.

£45 or more

£45 Reward

For £45 you can take home your very own Change Please t-shirt - stylish, comfortable and just perfect for spreading the Change Please message to the world.

£150 or more

£150 Reward

Learn to make every single coffee a work of art with our two-hour latte art class. Flowers, leaves, hearts, peacocks - our world-class barista will teach you all the tricks of the trade.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Come down to one of our coffee vans and over the course of four hours we'll teach you how to craft every coffee on our menu. We'll walk you through cappuccinos, macchiatos, lattes, cortados - the whole shebang. By the end of the day, you'll be frothing your milk to perfection, and achieving the perfect crema with every pour.

£300 or more

£300 Reward

Come along and help us serve coffee at the opening of the new site. This is a wonderful chance to meet our fantastic Baristas and the team behind Change Please. Plus there will be plenty of cake!

£400 or more

£400 Reward

Ever wondered how beans are transformed from what's plucked from the plant to what you grind up to make your morning cuppa? Wonder no longer! For a donation of 400 visit the Old Spike Roastery in Peckham, a wonderful social enterprise which employs homeless people as coffee roasters. Over the course of the tour you'll meet the roasters, follow the beans on their roasting journey and, of course, get the chance to sample a few brews along the way.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

Appear on our website in a short video promoting yourself, your business and your reasons for supporting Change Please.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Do you have an idea for a social enterprise? For a donation of £500 you can come and pick the brains of the team behind Change Please.

£750 or more

£750 Reward

For a donation of £750 you can have a Change Please van and barista come along to serve delicious coffee drinks at your event. Before you ask...yes, our remit DOES include world-class espresso martinis!

£750 or more

£750 Reward

Free Change Please coffee for a whole year! (one bag a week)

£1,000 or more

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£1,000 Reward

For £1000 four people can spend a day learning the wonderful art of street photography with a commercial photographer who runs courses around the world. Explore some of London's most unusual corners, while gaining an in-depth knowledge of how to perfectly capture images of people on the street. Equipment available if required.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Have you always fancied being the one to wield those ribbon-cutting scissors at an important opening of some kind? Now's your chance! For a generous donation of £1000 - you can be the lucky person to cut the ribbon at our new café or at another site.

£1,200 or more

£1,200 Reward

Feeling inspired by The Great British Bake Off? For £1200, you and three friends can come to Brigade in Tooley Street for a baking masterclass with Simon Boyle, followed by a delicious working lunch, also hosted by Simon.

£4,000 or more

£4,000 Reward

Bring along your team of up to 10 and enjoy a team building day on one of our quirky mobile coffee vans.

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