Compass and Change Please collaborate
Compass Group UK and Ireland – healthcare has teamed up with social enterprise Change Please at Southend University Hospital. Profits from the partnership, which will see Change Please coffee being served at outlets on the site, will be pumped into local communities to help reduce levels of homelessness.
Change Please is a social enterprise that aims to help people through the sales of its award-winning coffee. As part of the Change Please offer a new look café has opened, providing a range of hot and cold drinks alongside a variety of food including paninis, sandwiches and snacks, as well as fresh fruit. Compass has been working with Southend Hospital for 20 years and offers retail services alongside patient dining.
Russell Blake, MD hospitals and senior living for Compass Group UK and Ireland – healthcare, said: “This is a pioneering social enterprise and we’re excited to be able to support it at Southend University Hospital. Compass has worked with Change Please for several years, helping 75 people out of homelessness, so we’re thrilled to continue this partnership working in an NHS hospital.”
Cemal Ezel, founder and CEO of Change Please, commented: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Compass. With the number of people sleeping rough in London doubling in the last five years, it’s vital that we can help as many people as possible.
“Providing award-winning coffee at Southend will help us do this. The more coffee we can sell, the more people we can train as baristas, helping to get them off the streets.”