A WEARSIDE children’s centre is on the hunt for volunteers to help get a community coffee shop off the ground.
Sunderland Children – a council-run service that provides parents and young children with a range of activities – has plans to open a public coffee shop at the Rainbow Family Centre in Elliott Terrace, Concord, Washington.
The centre had a cafe until last summer, when it was forced to close after volunteers used their catering skills to gain paid employment.
Councillor Linda Williams, part of the centre’s advisory board, uses the centre with her grandchildren.
She said: “Hundreds of parents and their children access the centre every month, and the cafe always proved to be a great place for mums and dads to catch up and chat with their friends.
“Since the cafe closed, there has been something missing and we’d love to find some new volunteers to help out and make sure our visitors have the best possible experience when they come to the centre.
“We’re open six days a week and we recognise that many people will not be able to commit to working every day, but we really would love to hear from people who might be willing to give up a day or two of their time.”
Anyone interested can ring 219 3995. For more details visit www.sunderlandchildrencentres.co.uk.