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Change Please Wins NatWest Trailblazer Award

January 20, 2017

Change Please took home the Trailblazer award from the NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards

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A cup of kindness

November 07, 2016

“The beans come from around the world, the chief stipulations being that they are good quality and from socially-minded plantations: in Peru, the beans are picked by victims of domestic violence; in Tanzania, by survivors of landmines."

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A new charity is fighting homelessness by turning rough sleepers into baristas

November 03, 2016

"So, a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart and your belly? You certainly don’t get that at the big chains."

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Change Please project serves up cappuccinos, lattes and fresh hope

November 03, 2016

"For Liam Mulligan, who says he has lived on the streets since he was kicked out of his home by his dad at 18, the opportunity to be a barista was his first real lifeline in a year - and has unearthed a previously untapped passion for coffee."

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Big Issue moves into the coffee business

November 03, 2016

"Big Issue founder John Bird has teamed up with entrepreneur Cemal Ezel to establish a new coffee brand aimed at helping the homeless."

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BBC

The Big Issue magazine branches out into selling coffee in London

November 02, 2016

"Selling the Big Issue works well to provide people currently living on the streets with a way to help themselves work towards a better life, but there is a gap between that segment of homelessness and securing a regular job that needed a solution."

 

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Coffee project based on Big Issue model gets London launch

November 02, 2016

"Coffee trucks selling £2.50 cups of speciality brews from Tanzania, Columbia and Rwanda will go out on to the streets of London this week staffed by the recently homeless. The scheme will later be extended to Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh."

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Big Issue vendors to start selling espressos and cappuccinos

November 02, 2016

"Big Issue vendors are to start selling espressos and cappuccinos in a bid to cash in on the takeaway coffee market."

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Big Issue branches out into coffee

November 02, 2016

“If we can get a small proportion of coffee drinkers to simply change where they buy their coffee, we really could change the world. By providing both a job and housing we are immediately lifting people out of homelessness.”

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ITV News

November 02, 2016

ITV news coverage of our launch back in November 2015 

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A new coffee brand based on the Big Issue model

November 02, 2016

"What makes the brand so special is that baristas will be paid the London living wage, while developing the skills they need to enter the world of work after six months. Change Please will offer premium, ethically-sourced coffee from Tanzania, Columbia and Rwanda, provided by OSR, while kick-starting a fresh career for their staff."

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Coffee Brand ‘Change Please’ Will Help Once Homeless People Get Back Into Work

November 02, 2016

"Cemal Ezel, co-founder of Old Spike Roastery (OSR), which is providing coffee for the scheme, described the initiative as a “win win” situation."

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