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Opportunities within Enterprise & Innovation

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This page will give you information about what opportunities and activities are available for anyone with lived experience of homelessness. 

You can be involved in our business and entrepreneurship offer, access training within our enterprises and our external partners and find out more about our Changing Lives Grant scheme. 

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Our impact

Crisis Enterprise & Innovation is made up of many teams including Impact and Involvement, Venture Studio, E-Commerce and the Retail Teams. 

We operate 11 shops in London (three of which include coffee bars) and are hoping to expand our enterprises across the UK in time. Up until July 2022, we also managed a flagship Cafe from Crisis, attached to the London Skylight and we currently run a Retail Training Programme for our members in 5 of our shops.

Our Venture Studio from Crisis for startups offers support and grants to those interested in education, training and self-employment opportunities through our Changing Lives grants programme.

Our businesses have a long history of volunteering, training, learning and work experience that have helped Crisis members move closer to employment, enhance practical skills and improve self-esteem. We have worked with members who have benefited from a safe, professional structure to build relationships and try new things. 


Here's what a Crisis member said about our Retail Training Programme's Behind the Scene's Day: 

"Go and do it! It was a fun experience and
I got to do things that I hadn’t before like
dress mannequins. The staff were so
friendly and helpful too"


Here’s what a Housing First coach said about one of our programmes:

"One of our Housing First members was part of the Café training programme and it was a life changing experience for him. Being part of the programme helped him to build confidence and regain his sense of identity."



Interested in making coffee? Come and try it out in our Crisis Shop at Peckham!

Read more 18/04/23

Want to find out more about Retail and all the different job opportunities there are? Why not come along to our inspirational away day at Hush! Click here to find out more information.

Read more 18/04/23

We have a new website coming soon! Click here to find out more information and see how you can get in touch!

Read more 18/04/23

Fat Macy’s is a social enterprise that supports Londoners to move on from temporary accommodation through training in our restaurant and catering business, intensive 1:1 support and access to a rental deposit.

Read more 18/04/23

Want to get in to get some transferable skills for the work place, network, build confidence, volunteer? Then this may be the course for you! Click here to find out more.

Read more 18/04/23

Interested in becoming a Barista? Click here to find out more information about what the training has to offer and who to contact to get involved.

Read more 18/04/23

Twice-monthly sessions for hand sewing, fixing buttons, darning jumpers. Come for a cuppa, have a natter and learn new skills. This session welcomes Crisis members and anyone with lived experience of homelessness. NEXT SESSION: WEDNESDAY 6TH JULY

Read more 22/09/23

Interested in Fashion? Starting your own business? Tailoring? Fashion Enter is a not for profit, social enterprise, which strives to be a centre of excellence for sampling, grading, production and for learning and development of skills within the fashion and textiles industry. Click here for more information about how you can get involved.

Read more 18/04/23

Changing Lives Grants Programme

With grants ranging from £250 to £5,000, we support around 70 Crisis members each year to access the tools and equipment, start training and pursue qualifications needed to achieve their ambition.

Read more 18/04/23

"My coaches helped me secure a Crisis Changing Lives grant so I could get started as an illustrator."

Read more 18/04/23

Idea Clinics take place online every 2 weeks to help explore for very early-stage ideas.

Read more 18/04/23


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