With Love - A cafe with a heart opens its doors in Waterloo
With Love was launched by the Mayor of Lambeth and local Councillor, Ibrahim Dogus, earlier this week. We were thrilled to be invited to the soft launch, and catch up with Ibrahim regarding his intentions for the project.
Situated on York Road, With Love is a not-for-profit coffee shop which aims to make a positive difference to the lives of the local community. The cafe has been created in the wake of record numbers of rough sleepers in London, many of whom stay around Waterloo station. Last year, more than 8,000 people were forced to sleep rough on the streets of London and almost 10% of children in our area struggle to access enough food. Customers to With Love are encouraged to by discounted food and hot drinks to be donated to someone who couldn't afford them. The project will also provide training opportunities to unemployed Londoners, helping to build their skills and confidence.
Ibrahim told us:
"With Love is a small, not-for-profit coffee shop. Our customers will be encouraged to buy discounted food and hot drinks to be donated to someone who otherwise couldn’t afford them. It won’t end homelessness, but providing warm food and warm conversation can make a real difference to the tired and the lonely. And whilst we work to make giving easier, we’ll provide training opportunities for unemployed Londoners – building their skills and confidence, and paying them the London Living Wage."
We are delighted to announce that we will be working with Ibrahim to give our upcoming Community Fridge scheme a home at 'With Love'. The project will provide BID members the opportunity to donate perishable food items that would otherwise be wasted, benefiting those locally who are struggling to support themselves over the summer. With thanks to Andrew Cheng - owner of Sino Thai - for donating two fridges to the cause. If you would like to find out more or get involved with the scheme, which we hope to launch ASAP, please contact Alex Butt via email.