A not-for-profit mobile coffee shop in Stanmore says its main aim is to bring the community together in any way it can.
Refuge Coffee, which was set up by Stanmore Baptist Church four-and-a-half years ago, is located on Abercorn Road, in the church’s car park.
It’s open from 8am to 10am on weekdays during term-time, as well as on Monday and Friday afternoons.
Dave Barden, who currently runs the shop with the help of eight volunteers, told STANMOREnews: “The whole point of the shop is to bring the community together, and help people who are struggling to get jobs.
“This could be young people coming out of college, or refugees who need income. We train them to become baristas, as individuals with those skills are always high in demand.
“Any profits we make go straight to local causes in Harrow, such as refugee and homeless centres and various food banks.
“I think our little Italian work van has become a real community asset for both volunteers and customers.
“We have a band of loyal regulars, and we’ve even set up a WhatsApp group for them.
“We hold special events for regular volunteers and customers, too, where we have nights out together.”
You can get in touch with the shop’s team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org