Andrews Charitable Trust (ACT), presented St Giles’ Church, Oxford with £2,000 to support the launch of a new church-based café, staffed by the homeless and former homeless.
The café aims to provide training and work opportunities to some of the most vulnerable people and to help break down the stigma that those who are, or who have been, homeless can suffer from.
Associate Priest Tom Albinson who is the mastermind behind the new café, said, “The term ‘homeless’ is a catch-all and rarely used in any positive sense. Even for those who have come out the other side and are no longer homeless, they’re still stigmatised by their former status.
“The respite café, by giving these people the opportunity to gain useful training and work-based experience, is breaking down some of this negativity and starting to build up the confidence of those who work here.
“We have quite consciously ensured that the service and quality at the café is premium so that that too helps to challenge expectations. We’re enormously grateful for the financial support that we’ve received from Andrews Charitable Trust to make this vision a reality. Simply, without this funding we would not have been able to invest in the commercial-quality equipment that we felt was necessary for this venture.