Newly opened cafe will help our clients find work

Good things are on the boil at newly-established cafe Brewbird - backed by St Giles Trust - which will offer our clients a route to employment in the growing hospitality trade and beyond.

South London based Brewbird Coffee, supported by St Giles Trust, will offer St Giles Trust clients training and supported work placements to boost their employability and help them secure paid work.

Our clients will gain experience in serving customers, preparing food and helping run the cafe. They will be overseen by an experienced cafe manager and supported by our Peer Advisors.

It comes in the face of increasingly barriers are clients are experiencing in securing sustainable long-term work. A stable job is one of the key factors in reducing the likelihood of re-offending and so Brewbird will aim to provide a stepping stone for them to enter the workforce

Brewbird is the latest and boldest development from humble beginnings when St Giles Trust first woke up to the possibilities that a career in coffee could offer our clients. In 2012, a pop up coffee cart was established in the middle of the trading floor of our corporate supporter Liberum offering barista training to our clients. A number of subsequent pop ups were developed and a cafe for staff in HMP High Down is under development. All provide vital vocational training and experience for our clients.

Alongside delicious coffee and other beverages, it will serve a mix of snacks, cakes, soup, salads and hot meals. In 2016, there are plans to open Brewbird as a bar and pizzeria in the evenings.

Brewbird is based in homeless charity Thames Reach's Employment Academy at 29 Peckham Road, Camberwell, London SE5 8UA. It is now open for early business From Tuesday 22 December you can contact Brewbird on tel: 0207 701 5234.