MEMBERS of a Wearside community are celebrating scooping almost £50,000 to create a cafe.
Thanks to the public of Sunderland picking up their phones and voting, Farringdon Jubilee Centre won the cash through the People’s Millions project, after being chosen as a finalist and appearing on ITV.
The £49,916 will be used to create a community cafe, to help give unemployed people a lift onto the career ladder.
Jemma Amer, delighted manager at the Allendale Road centre, said the Fresh Start Cafe will give members of the centre the chance of work experience or volunteering experience, which will help in their bid to find future employment.
She said: “We owe a big thank you to everyone who voted for us. The support we had from right across the city was really, really fantastic.
“Everyone got right behind us and picked up their phones to vote, which is amazing.
“We are absolutely over the moon to have won this money for the centre.”
Jemma said everyone involved with the centre is overjoyed to have won the money to create the cafe, which will also be used to educate the public about healthy eating.
Work will begin on the development in the New Year and the centre hopes they can get it up and running by March.
Jemma said the cafe would allow people to get experience in a range of areas such as retail, cooking and running a business, in a place they are comfortable in and not feeling under pressure.
The cafe, which will be open to the public, will be created out of transforming an under-used room in the centre.
Money will be used to put in a new fully-equipped, modern kitchen and toilets, refurbishments and cafe furniture.