Alongside this is a passion for food, the impact of fresh food on our health, both physical and mental, our communities and on the planet. An understanding of how our social lives are now so fragmented (further compounded by the pandemic) particularly how the population we work with continue to be socially isolated with their support networks often being family members and/or people who are paid to support them.
With all this in mind the opening of a community café seemed to be the best way to provide fresh food, a social environment and as the vehicle to provide training and employment opportunities. We wished to use this to showcase the skills and employability of our workforce to other local businesses – an ethos of let them SHOW what they can do as opposed to TELL you what they can do.
Thanks to support from the local community, our friends and family, funders we have been able to expand our service and provide more opportunities than she ever dreamt we would be able to offer.