The Crisis Cafe

Cake or pie anyone?

Pic: Danielle Aumond. Cake or pie anyone?

By Danielle Aumord

The Crisis Skylight London Cafe is perched on Commercial Street in the heart of the city’s financial district and in stark contrast to many of the local eateries, this is a cafe with a mission.

The cafe takes on trainees with the aim of developing skills and gaining qualifications, to enable them to move on into stable, paid work.

And as I enter into this lively hub, the trainees are busy producing healthy, homemade food and coffees. One is even giving testimony to the results of his hard graft training here – he’s now got a full time, paid job starting in a few days time.

Trainees work both in the kitchen and behind the counter.

Trainees work both in the kitchen and behind the counter.

Crisis' plight to end homelessness goes hand in hand with assisting clients to develop skills leading to paid employment.

Crisis’ plight to end homelessness goes hand in hand with assisting clients to develop skills leading to paid employment.

Trainees learn about general health and safety as well as food hygiene.

Trainees learn about general health and safety as well as food hygiene.

The Crisis Cafe pride themselves on serving their customers delicious, healthy meals. They also use seasonal, local and ethically sourced food where possible.

The Crisis Cafe pride themselves on serving their customers delicious, healthy meals. They also use seasonal, local and ethically sourced food where possible.

Tony makes a coffee. The skills that he's developed at Crisis have paid dividends - he now has a paid job to move onto.

Tony makes a coffee. The skills that he’s developed at Crisis have paid dividends – he now has a paid job to move onto.

 

 

 

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