A SOCIAL enterprise, which works to combat homelessness in Copeland, has launched an online platform for its coffee blend and every bag sold will support its important work.

Calderwood House, based in Egremont, works to keep homeless people off the streets – giving them a place to stay in its 10-bedroom hostel.

As fundraising events have been unable to go ahead during the Covid-19 pandemic, the charity was forced to sell its hugely successful coffee van in 2020.

The van was funded by Cumbria Community Foundation and had given residents the opportunity to train as baristas, build their confidence serving customers and promote the charity’s very own brand of coffee.

However, thanks to grant funding from UnLtd, the charity has been able to move sales of its coffee blend online.

It also opens a longer-term route for vital funds, to ensure vulnerable people can still access its services. The 100 per cent Arabica coffee on offer from Calderwood was created exclusively for them by Rinaldo’s Speciality Coffee, based in Kendal.

Rin Columbi, founder of Rinaldo’s Speciality Coffee and Tea said: “I grew up in West Cumbria, a couple of miles from Calderwood House, so this social enterprise project has incredible resonance for me.

“Not only is its work more relevant than ever in today’s social climate, but I’m proud to be involved in something this meaningful so close to home.

Rachel Holliday, founder of Calderwood House said: “All proceeds from the sale of the coffee will be used to bring someone in from the cold to the warmth and support of our team.

"If you buy one bag of coffee and tell three people about it, you will have such a positive impact on our future and help us to keep doing what we do best – inspiring change.”