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The Haringey community shines for local project

The local community in Haringey has rallied round to ensure that a new community coffee shop, Shine in Turnpike Lane, is ready in time for its opening on 11th May.

John local scaffolder

A team of apprentices from Blenheim, along with Kevin Farrell, Shine Project Officer, asked the local Haringey community for help with furniture and supplies to get the space ready. The response and generosity they received was overwhelming including a local interior designer supporting with design materials and furniture, a scaffolder donating materials, a carpenter donating his time to build bespoke furniture and a gardener providing plants and pots to make the space beautiful.

It wasn’t only the local community that showed their generosity but big businesses also gave generously. With Homebase kindly donating wallpaper and Costa supplying coffee cups and cakes.

The donations came flooding in after Kevin posted a video on Facebook and Twitter, which was widely shared and has been viewed over a 1,200 times already.

Kevin Farrell, the Shine Project Officer, said:

“Once again Haringey shined. I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone that donated and made the apprentice day challenge a success. We absolutely love you Haringey.”

The project started in 2015 and following a crowdfunding campaign last year received 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.

Eamon a local carpenter donating his time

Opened by David Lammy MP in 2015, Shine is at the heart of the local community in Haringey and offers a space that encourages community participation and cohesion in Turnpike Lane. Shine is run as a social enterprise that trains local people to make delicious coffee, giving them a sense of purpose through volunteering and eventually employment.

Please join us at our coffee shop launch on 11th May 2.30-4.30pm at 89-91 Turnpike Lane, N8 0DY.

If you would like to get involved then get in touch with Kevin Farrell on 07944664187 or

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