Impact — Barista Training Programme – Old Spike
Old Spike barista training session at Crisis charity shop

Impact — Barista Training Programme

Social impact through coffee

Here at Old Spike, impact is at the core of everything we do. This encompasses sustainability, environmental and social — the latter being the core mission of our business and achieved through our training programme. 

As a social enterprise, the majority of our profits are reinvested into initiatives to support our impact, namely our specialty barista training programme which aims to reduce homelessness in the UK by supporting those affected into long-term employment or education. The infographic below outlines our programme and the support provided to trainees. 

Old Spike barista training programme overview infographic

Beyond training

Our training programme is ultimately there to support and facilitate trainees back into long-term employment or further education. Although employment is the overall goal for us and the trainees, the initiative also provides individuals with benefits and key learnings which they can carry with them through life. From CV development and interview preparation to increased confidence, work readiness and, of course, barista skills. 

Crisis Charity Shop coffee training session with sign saying 'this coffee ends homelessness'

Our referral partners  

Our training programme and work with those experiencing homelessness could only be possible with the continued support from our customers and, more importantly, our relationships with amazing charity referral organisations. Some of these are noted below: 

The Connection at St Martins-in-the-fields


Baytree Centre

St Mungo’s


More on our impact 

For more information about Old Spike’s Barista Training Programme and social impact, you can read our Impact Report. With every coffee purchase, we are able to provide further support for those on our programme. Discover coffees and more on our online shop.