Wrekin View Primary School in Wellington is already host to a hugely successful Community Fridge, which supports up to 30 families a week by providing food and living essentials. They have now announced they are expanding their efforts to help end holiday hunger in Shropshire by opening a Community Café in the school hall over half term. Read on to find out more!
During the lockdown, school caretaker Russell Garner established Wrekin View Community Fridge. The motto of the food centre is ‘take what you want, donate if you can’, an inclusive message inviting the whole community to engage. No referral or documentation is required to use the fridge/HLC Food hub, and many families in the local community have benefitted from the scheme. A year on and the community fridge is still going strong, now supporting up to 30 families a week.
Russell has now decided to expand by creating Wrekin View Community Café which will open in the Wrekin View Primary School Hall during school holidays. The café will open In the summer holidays from Monday 26th July for two weeks every day from 10am-2:30pm. A wide variety of free food and drink will be available, from breakfast items including toast, cereal and bacon or egg baps, to tea, coffee and cakes in the afternoon. There will also be a lunch menu that will change on a daily basis, with both meat and vegetable options.
Whilst the aim of the café is to provide hot food and drinks to families struggling to eat over the holiday period, the facility is open to all. Everything on offer is free, however if patrons feel that they can donate there will be a donation box to do this.
Russell is extremely excited to re-open the café and is looking forward to welcoming the local community: ‘It will be a lovely place to be where people can relax and have good hot healthy food.
They are looking for a Community Café Chef/Cook volunteer
The Community café Chef/Cook is to provide a happy environment for the local community to eat.
The Community café Chef/Cook will be responsible for supporting the all café volunteers.
They will take a lead role in the running of the café
Providing support with a clear focus on connecting individuals with their community.
Advertising date and location for the cafe.
Build a reliable volunteer work force
Support individuals to build their confidence, self-esteem and extend their social skills.
Menu Making and buying of food/cooking
Making the school hall into a pop up café
Relaying all H&S information
Organize all café volunteers
The café is open 5 days a week (Mon – Fri)
Each shift is 6 hours, but will be flexible to your availability.
Induction and mandatory training will be provided
Wrekin View Primary School