What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The coffee house aims to utilise ethical trading to address 4 main needs:
1. Lack of high quality dedicated social spaces for the local community, especially alcohol-free evening venues
2. NEETs - young adults in Wales who are unable to gain the training, experience and support they need to get into rewarding, sustainable work
3. Unemployment - those who are stuck in a cycle of unemployment with limited opportunities available to them
4. Funding for charitable work - with Government cuts and austerity charitable ventures are struggling to find much needed funds
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
1. Only 1 alcohol-free venue open past 7pm in the Swansea City area.
2. Just under 1/5 young people in Wales are NEET; those NEET at 18yrs stand a 50% chance of finding employment within 12 months and face a future of low wages, repeated periods of unemployment, and increased risk of depression and crime. On average, an individual who has been NEET will have earned £51,000 less by age 33 than someone who has not, and will cost the public £56,000 over the course of their lives.
3. Unemployment has remained at 8.4% in Wales in 2013
What is your solution?
1. The Coffee House will provide a quality alcohol-free space where micro-communities can flourish.
2. Our unique apprenticeship scheme will see initially two NEETs per year benefitting from on-the-job training, personal mentoring and an individually tailored development plan (including training and development outside the business) before graduating with ongoing personal support.
3. Our week-long work placements will provide 18 individuals per year with the opportunity to gain training, work experience and references, providing the kick-start to re-introduce them into work.
4. Profits, forecasted at as much as £20,000 per annum by year 3, will be distributed between selected charitable causes
How will you deliver this?
The coffee house will provide outstanding local and speciality products and service to the local community, generating healthy profits to be given to carefully selected charitable causes and sustaining the creation of 10 new jobs. Late evening opening (Thursday-Saturday), availability to community groups and promotion of local businesses, groups and artists will boost the local community. The workplace will provide a high quality, focussed and supportive environment for apprentices and work-placement volunteers, who will also benefit from our network of volunteer professionals providing additional support. Once the initial capital has been raised, the business will be completely self-sustaining.