If you’re ever in the Hither Green area of South London and fancy a nice cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake be sure to pop into the Café of Good Hope. The café is owned and managed by the charity Jimmy Mizen Foundation and serves as a local community hub for families and local residents, with all profits going to the charity.
Customers at the café are able to chip in to help the charity by adding an extra 25p to their bill via Pennies when they pay by card.
These pennies help the Jimmy Mizen Foundation to fulfill its mission to make young people safe and increase awareness of the potential outcomes of actions and support their development.
The Foundation was set up as a positive way of remembering the life of Jimmy Mizen who was tragically murdered in May 2008 when he was just sixteen. This month, they’ve launched Jimmy 21, a fundraising campaign to mark what would have been Jimmy’s 21st birthday and the 5th anniversary of his passing.
Your electronic spare change is helping the Jimmy 21 campaign achieve its aims, including providing employment and learning opportunities for young people at the café.
So far 16 young people have already completed work experience and five have moved into full time employment in the Café. Over the next year, the charity wants to reach more young people and your pennies are helping that happen. It costs £100 to train ten young people to level 2 in food safety and £500 to help ten young people gain an accredited certificate in first aid and entry level Barista training. So far, your pennies have added up to over £200 for the Foundation, helping to them reach their targets of providing more young people with opportunities to develop their skills.
The Foundation also runs an Awareness Project, encouraging young people to take ownership of their communities, and works to bring together schools, police and local government to think about safety issues for young people. Find out more about their projects by visiting www.jimmymizen.org.