Plea to get using Sunderland community cafe

The new community cafe at the Farringdon Jubilee Centre has opened as part of a fun day. Clare Connolly and Kevin Smithson from Barclays were holding a raffle to raise funds for CHUF, the Children's Heart Unit Freeman.
The new community cafe at the Farringdon Jubilee Centre has opened as part of a fun day. Clare Connolly and Kevin Smithson from Barclays were holding a raffle to raise funds for CHUF, the Children's Heart Unit Freeman.
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Wearsiders are urged to get along to the £50,000 community cafe they helped to build.

Farringdon Jubilee Centre’s new cafe is up and running thanks to the public who helped scoop the funding.

The new community cafe at the Farringdon Jubilee Centre has opened as part of a fun day. Charles Bate, chairman of the board of diretors at the centre, gets a cup of tea from cafe worker Lorna Lister.

The new community cafe at the Farringdon Jubilee Centre has opened as part of a fun day. Charles Bate, chairman of the board of diretors at the centre, gets a cup of tea from cafe worker Lorna Lister.

Residents picked up the phones and voted for the centre to win the cash through the People’s Millions project.

And, the Fresh Start Cafe was launched this month during a summer fun day.

Jemma Amer, manager at the Allendale Road centre, said: “It was a brilliant day, everyone had a lovely time.

“The cafe is already being well used and it is a big ‘thank you’ to the people of Sunderland who voted for us, it wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.

The new community cafe at the Farringdon Jubilee Centre has opened as part of a fun day. Sister and brother Georgia (3) and Aaron (5) Mackie from Millfield play at the event.

The new community cafe at the Farringdon Jubilee Centre has opened as part of a fun day. Sister and brother Georgia (3) and Aaron (5) Mackie from Millfield play at the event.

“We would love everyone to come along and see it for themselves.”

The aim of the cafe, which was created after the centre scooped £49,916 last November, is not just to provide residents with a place to meet and chat, but also to help give unemployed people a lift onto the career ladder.

Jemma said the cafe is an ideal way to give members a chance of work experience and volunteering experience, which all helps to improve and learn new skills, assisting in future job searches.

She 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 new community cafe at the Farringdon Jubilee Centre has opened as part of a fun day. Farringdon dad Paul Reineck and his seven-month old son Oscar.

The new community cafe at the Farringdon Jubilee Centre has opened as part of a fun day. Farringdon dad Paul Reineck and his seven-month old son Oscar.

The cafe was created out of transforming an under-used room in the centre and the cash was used to put in a new fully-equipped, modern kitchen and toilets, refurbishments and cafe furniture.

Jemma said: “We already have some people working in there and have a list of volunteers waiting to start.

“There is a large mix of people. There are young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and there are also older, retired people who are eager to help out in the community.”

It is also hoped the cafe will be used to hold education sessions, teaching people about healthy eating.