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Portsmouth based Canvas Coffee Shop is an award winning social enterprise and Community Interest Company that exists to help people in early recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

It was cleverly set up as a self sustainable entity and trades by operating a premium speciality coffee shop which behind the scenes uses profits to train people in early recovery. In addition the social enterprise has created 10 local jobs.

Since starting in early 2014 Canvas Coffee Shop has operated as a pop-up within Portsmouth & Southsea train station - working from an unused unit that South West Trains kindly provided on a flexible term.

Unfortunately, earlier this year, it was announced that this unit was to be taken over by Cafe Destino, a private company with a chain of stores across our train network, following a tender process that Canvas Coffee Shop were unable to be part of.

Canvas Coffee Shop now faces a serious blow to the excellent work they are doing in Portsmouth to support some of its most vulnerable groups, and at a time when government cuts to similar services that Canvas is providing for free come into play.

Finding a new home that is suitable for both providing excellent coffee to customers but also that has the space to offer the support and training to those in need is going to be extremely difficult which is why we are asking, via this petition, Cafe Destino and South West Trains (via TPT, a strategic management consultancy) to re-consider the use of this unit which has helped so many people already.

Please sign this petition to show your support of the great cause that is Canvas Coffee Shop.


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