'Innovation and Enterprise' is made up of many teams. Together we operate 9 shops in London (4 of which include Coffee Bars), and the flagship training Cafe attached to the London Skylight and a furniture restoration workshop, based in Merseyside. Our Venture Studio for entrepreneurial start-ups, launched in 2020 and is now home to the Changing Lives grants programme.
Our enterprises 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 benefitted from a safe, professional structure to build relationships and try new things.
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."
This webpage is updated regularly with opportunities and activities. Some things can be done in your own time on a computer, some take place on online on Zoom and some are now in person! Find a contact form at the bottom of the page if you have questions or need more information.
We are working to find ways to deliver authentic and enjoyable experiences safely and hope face-to-face training programmes will restart in summer 2021, restrictions permitting.
There are lots of volunteering opportunities now live across our enterprises. Shops from Crisis reopened in April 2021 and you'll find the Café team on coffee machines in Peckham, Croydon, Finsbury Park and Dalston.
An exhibition of photos submitted for award-winning photographer Tom Oldham's challenge “to shoot one, or all, of the five stages of wellbeing.”
Our friends at The Felix Project (previously known as FareShare) are starting their next Employability Course on 25th January. They are part of the UK's largest network fighting hunger and food waste.
A series of interactive, online workshops for people with experience of homelessness and an interest in hospitality.
We are looking forward to making more short videos in 2021 to help build confidence in the kitchen and sharing skills relating to all of our Enterprises. Contact us via the contact form if you’d like to be involved, or have ideas for lessons you’d like to learn.
A member of the team will be in touch soon