Community coffee shop opens on Turnpike Lane

A new community coffee shop, training unemployed people to become baristas in Haringey, was officially opened by the Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Stephen Mann, on 11th May 2018. The Shine team has trained 8 volunteers to run the coffee shop that will be a social and inclusive space for the local community.

The event was attended by over 80 people who enjoyed tasting the coffee that will be on offer and other food and refreshments donated by a generous member of the Shine team.  As well as cutting the ribbon the Mayor spoke to staff and the newly trained baristas about their experiences and how this opportunity will support their future.

The project, opened by David Lammy MP in 2015, launched a crowdfunding campaign last year to set up the coffee shop which received overwhelming support from over 130 people and raised £28,861. It is supported by The Mayor of London who generously funded £9,000 for start-up equipment and essential building works. The local alcohol service, HAGA, kick-started the campaign with £10,000 and Haringey Council donated £5,000 which proved to be the final push the campaign needed to be a success.

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said:

The Shine Café is a terrific project, which is giving local people the skills and confidence to find lasting employment. It’s a perfect example of how a small investment from the Mayor’s Crowdfund can make a real difference to Londoners’ lives.”

The team is extremely grateful to the local community in Haringey for rallying round to ensure that the coffee shop was ready in time which included time and donations from a local interior designer, scaffolder and carpenter.  Shine is part of Blenheim, charity that provides support services for drug and alcohol users, families and carers across London.

Deborah Jenkins, Blenheim Interim Chief Executive, said:

We are over whelmed and extremely grateful for the donations and time we have received from the local community in Haringey, the Council and the Mayor of London. Shine is run as a social enterprise and everything that we make will go back into the project and support the area, helping to train and upskill more people to build their futures.”

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