About Us

crafting hot chocolate, creating connections, inspiring change

We believe work is transformational – offering a sense of purpose, whilst building confidence and self-worth. Which is why we do what we do – offering work and training opportunities for those struggling with addiction or a history of offending, giving some of the most overlooked and marginalised people in our community a fresh start.

why we are doing it

 The relationship between drugs and crime is complex with high offending rates, but it’s proven that employment can help recovery from dependence. Here, at Chocolate & Co, we believe that being part of a small team and working alongside each other, can be a vital aspect of the journey to health and wellbeing – which is why we are crafting our delicious hot chocolates, creating connections and inspiring change.



Our Gallery

See some of our beautiful drinks, the places we’re making them and the people we’re helping.

Our Team

Team photo. From Left to Right: Tim, Linda, Kierin, Mariah, Lisa

We’ve experienced the devastating consequences of addiction, & it’s hard for so many people. Chocolate & Co is our way of doing something to try prevent another family losing a son or daughter to drugs. It’s a passion and we work with such amazing people, that it’s always a good day when we’re at work together.

“I was living in a homeless hostel, with nothing, no hope or proper living. Chocolate & Co gave me something to aim for and gave me some hope back. I’m now out of the hostel and living in a shared house, I’m working and volunteering. Chocolate & Co gave me that first stepand second chance and without them I wouldn’t be where I am now”

our story

We like to think that we’re changing the world one hot chocolate at a time.
sustainable cocoa to Fairly trading, we placed our passion for the planet at the front.
At Chocolate & Co, we didn’t just want to make delicious hot chocolate, but do some good as well, that’s why we took creating it in a different direction.From sustainable cocoa to fairly trading, we placed our passion for the planet at the front of what we do whilst also focusing on those who are all too often overlooked


Out of the devastation of losing two friends to addiction, came the desire to do something to prevent it happening to other people. We figured that as we knew a bit about chocolate and had seen the impact mental wellbeing can have, we’d bring the two together and offer a range of beautiful hot chocolate that also created training and employment opportunities for those struggling to recover from addiction and the cycle of offending.

Having someone believe in you can be transformational. It can build confidence and return self-worth. That why when you drink our hot chocolate, you’re also offering a second chance at a rewarding life to those who need it the most.




 There’s such stigma around this illness and a culture of deep shame for both the person living with it as well as their families. Addiction respects no age, gender, social class or family situation.


Dealing with addiction
Hands holding cocoa beans



We know first-hand that work is transformational for many –  starting to enable a small sense of worth and value to grow, in a culture where shame and secrecy is the norm. We understand that it isn’t the complete or simple answer to the difficulty, but rather if taken as part of an overall holistic approach, can be part of a journey to health and freedom.

Losing our two friends had a huge effect on us and having seen the transformation in both of them whilst they were working, and the periods of stability they experienced during that time of employment, we felt we needed to try.

We now need your support, and with every purchase you make, you are helping others like Damien and Claire.

Thank you



Pouring Hot Chocolate

Contact Us

To find out more about our hot chocolate and how we’re using it to change lives get in touch with us here.



Telephone: 01904 946749

Chocolate & Co is a project of © 2022 Our Father’s Heart, a registered charity in England and Wales – registration no. 1175341. Registered address; Chocolate & Co, 4 Mansfield House, Lowther Street, York, YO31 7NB