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Cafe to employ homeless people

Press release   •   Jul 04, 2017 09:37 BST

Cafe Art is supporting a new venture in Turnpike Lane, north London which will employ people affected by homelessness.

Run by Shine Enterprise Centre, the public are being asked to support the cafe by pledging money in a crowdfunding campaign at

They hope to raise £30,000 to set up the cafe.

The online crowdfunding project is being officially launched on Tuesday 4 July and will run for two months.

People who contribute any amount are welcome to come by for a coffee on us once the café is up and running, or have their name on a plaque for contributions of £50 or more. We aim to complete fundraising by August and then start bringing the café to life straight away.

Donations can be made at our Spacehive page: .

Shine have identified our first trainee – a local man experiencing difficulties with homelessness. We aim to support him to find long-term employment. He will be the first of many people affected by homelessness we will invite to join us working in the café in a supported environment.

Quote from Paul Ryan, Café Art Director:

“We are very keen to support this enterprise which we see as a logical next step for participants in our art projects. By creating jobs for people who are homeless we will be able to direct people who are looking for stable jobs after the annual MyLondon calendar selling season.”

Quote from Angus Barry, Shine Centre Manager:

“We are really excited about establishing the Shine Café in Turnpike Lane, serving amazing coffee and food. In collaboration with Café Art, we want to give local people who may have been facing issues with homelessness, alcohol, drugs and mental health the opportunity to gain barista and café management skills and find long term employment. 

The Shine Centre is located at 89-91 Turnpike Lane and has been set up as a multipurpose social and small business hub, which now runs daily wellbeing sessions and local art exhibitions and offers work experience opportunities to Haringey residents. 

The Shine Centre is supported by Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol (HAGA) and was set up with a capital grant from Public Health England and Haringey Council. We have launched a fundraising campaign for people to help us bring the Shine Café to life: . We really appreciate your support, so please drop by for a coffee on us once we have set up!”


Angus Barry, Shine Centre Manager: / 07944 664 187

CAFÉ ART connects people affected by homelessness with the wider community through art. We hang artwork created in art groups run by homelessness sector organisations and hang it in independent cafes in London. We also run photography contests with disposable FujiFilm cameras. 

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