Be part of £50,000 Sunderland community cafe plan

Members of Farringdon Jubilee Centre are urging the city to get behind them in their bid to win the People's Millions.
Members of Farringdon Jubilee Centre are urging the city to get behind them in their bid to win the People's Millions.
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A CHARITY is urging Wearsiders to get behind its bid to win almost £50,000.

Farringdon Jubilee Centre has been chosen as a finalist in the People’s Millions project and hopes to clinch £49,916 to create a community cafe, to help give unemployed people a lift onto the career ladder.

Jemma Amer, manager at the Allendale Road centre, said she was thrilled when their project for Fresh Start Cafe, was chosen as one of six that will go head to head on ITV to fight for the public vote.

She said: “It would be fantastic if we won. The idea of the cafe is something we have had for a while, but didn’t have the money.

“The aim would be to give our members the chance of work experience or volunteering experience, to help them in their quest for work.”

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.

Jemma added: “The cafe would allow people to develop their confidence and realise the skills they already have got, through previous experience.”

Once up and running the cafe would also be used to educate the community about healthy eating.

Other projects in the running to clinch the money include Gateway Wheelers, a group based in Chester-le-Street, which wants to promote cycling for people with a disability, and Durham Wildlife Trust, based at Rainton Meadows, which wants to develop Window on the Wild, a scheme to work with care homes and allow residents to enjoy nature.

The six schemes will be highlighted over three days at 6pm on ITV, starting on Monday, and the public are then asked to vote. For more information, visit www.peoplesmillions.org.uk/2014-finalists/tyne-tees.