Our story so far
We started as Frontline Coffee, successfully raising over £20,000 for charities that directly support our frontline heroes such as NHS Charities Together and the Ambulance Staff Charity. We have sent over 20,000 cups of coffee to Hospitals, Police Stations, Ambulance Stations and Fire Stations all over the country with a mission to keep the frontline fuelled. We are now ready to do so much more.
We currently run Frontline Coffee from a variety of locations, our goal is to bring this all in-house to our own hub where we will be able to majorly increase our fundraising efforts and be in a position to provide support to frontline services.
You can find out more about our story so far and what we have done by going to our website www.frontlinecoffee.co.uk.
We need your help
We are creating a hub that supports our frontline heroes. Now more than ever they need our support. We are a group of former and serving firefighters, police officers and NHS professionals who have all too often seen colleagues needing extra support to navigate the daily challenges working on the frontline can bring. There are amazing charities and support networks available through the place of work, however, it can be difficult to seek help in this way. The support can sometimes feel disjointed to the day to day running's of a shift, ward or station. This is where the hub will play a part. It will be a place to come and exercise, have a coffee and become part of a community of likeminded people who can support each other. There is so much value in social and in-formal conversations, they often provide the space needed for colleagues to process challenging situations. The relaxed space provides a safe environment to share, support and maybe even prompt someone to seek further help if required.
Who will the hub support?
The hub is there to provide community and support to anyone who works on the frontline including but not limited to; Ambulance Service - Blood Bikes - Border Force - British Army - Cave Rescue - Community First Responders - Fire Service - HM Armed Forces Veterans - HM Coastguard - HM Prison Service - Lowland Search and Rescue - MoD Fire Service - MoD Police - Mountain Rescue - NHS - Police - Reserve Armed Forces - RNLI - Royal Air Force - Royal Marines - Royal Navy - Search and Rescue - Second Line Responders - Social Care Workers - St Andrews Ambulance - St John Ambulance.
What will be in the Hub?
Firstly, all of our staff will be mental health first aid trained. This enables us to help, support and guide people who may need it.
Blue Light Coffee and Smoothie Shack
The power of a cuppa is huge. We want to create a relaxing environment not only for frontline heroes but also for the local community. We will be implementing a buy forward scheme meaning when available, frontline staff will be able to get free coffee, tea and smoothies after members of the public buy forward for them. We will also be providing parking and a separate space for emergency service personnel who are out on the road such as ambulances and police cars to take their lunch breaks in a safe environment.
Tom - Serving Firefighter
Since starting Frontline Coffee we have sold over 6 tons of coffee and this is where most of our fundraising comes from. To continue and improve this, we need to expand into a bigger hub. This will allow us to support further charities and bring new coffees to our range.
Exercise is such a fundamental part of health and wellbeing, for both the body and mind. With pensions changing and a more demanding and challenging work life, it’s very important for frontline workers to stay fit and healthy.
We want to open a fitness community accessible to all. With discounted rates for all frontline workers and flexible options to allow for shift work and late cancellations.
Our experience has shown that CrossFit is a great way of combining high intensity with functional fitness and we want to bring this to our community. We also want to offer the chance for frontline workers to re-train and gain experience in coaching and training in a fitness environment, offering re/secondary employment.
Workshops for re/secondary employment
Having a gym and coffee shop on-site will be a fundamental asset to enable us to hold free workshops for frontline workers in barista training, the fitness industry and business support to frontline leavers.
Fundraising for frontline charities
The hub will be used to continue our efforts in fundraising for charities; any profits that are raised will either go directly to the charities we support or into development/support projects for frontline staff.
So why do we need your support?
We are a complete non-profit company. We donate 100% of our profits to frontline charities such as; The RNLI, The Firefighters Charity, The Ambulance Staff Charity and NHS Charities Together to name a few. For this reason we have no budget for expansion unless we reduced the amount we donate to charity, something we are not willing to do. That is why we need your help to allow us to grow, raise more money and directly support frontline workers.
What will we do with the money raised from your support?
50k will allow us to move into a unit that will give us the space we need to create a supportive, fundraising hub and become self sufficient and not require outside funding meaning we will be able to support frontline charities and frontline workers more effectively. We will also use the funds to create a functioning gym space and a coffee shop. All of this space will be available for charities to use for events and for fundraising activities.
If you would like to support our project in any other way or would like to ask any further questions then please get in touch at [email protected]
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our crowd funding page.