Second Shot Coffee is a social enterprise offering training, employment and support to London’s homeless.
The coffee shop, based on London’s Bethnal Green Road in east London, offers three homeless people the opportunity for training and employment at one time.
Second Shot Coffee was founded by 22-year-old entrepreneur, Julius Ibrahim, who whilst studying at UCL in Bloomsbury was shocked at the number of homeless people in the capital city.
With the aim to challenge people’s perceptions of homeless people, Julius Ibrahim set out to create a coffee shop with “the very best experience for customers, while doing something great for London’s homeless population at the same time”.
Employees at Julius Ibrahim’s café are trained as baristas before being transitioned to past or preferred employment. The café also offers an innovative ‘pay it forward’ system, which enables customers to pre-pay for food and drink, so that someone in need can later receive the goods free of charge.
Julius Ibrahim told SBTV: “Walking around somewhere in central London like Bloomsbury or Victoria, homelessness is hugely visible. I thought ‘how can this be the financial capital of the world, when there are so many people on the streets?’
“Homelessness could happen to anyone, especially in a city like London.”
Second Shot Coffee opened in 2015 with the support of £6,000 raised through crowd funding along with help from investors.
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