Bishop of Worcester officially opens the Carden St. Cafe

Our new cafe, which will provide training and employment opportunities for vulnerable people in Worcester, was opened by the Bishop of Worcester, Dr. John Inge.

cake cuttingBishop John said  It was a privilege to open the Carden St. Cafe. This is just one of YSS’s very important projects which enable people to develop new skills and to improve their self-esteem so that they can achieve their potential. Judging from the delicious food that was on offer when the cafe was officially opened, I have no hesitation in recommending that everyone stops for a snack and cup of tea next time they’re in the city centre!”

“I feel very honoured to have been asked to open the Cafe. YSS does wonderful work amongst some of the most vulnerable people in our society and this new initiative is a very exciting one.”                 

The launch of Carden St. Cafe was hosted by Lady McFarlane, Chair of YSS Trustees and was attended by the High Sheriff of Worcester, Mayor of Worcester, Robin Walker MP for Worcester,  the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and the Heads of West Mercia Youth OffendingDSCF2033 Service and  of Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Resolution Company, together with YSS Trustees, staff, volunteers and service users. The project would not have been possible without the support of The Drapers Charitable Fund,   Big Helping, Jigsaw Tree Ltd and Lakeland (Hereford).

bishop john cutting cake small 2Lady Mc Farlane commented The cafe had been dream for YSS since the initial opening of this building 6 years ago. We are immensely proud  that the dream has now become reality, and it is another way that YSS can contribute to the local community and will help to benefit our YSS clients MP Mayor High sheriff head of YOS tricia bradbury trusteefurther”.

Lorraine Preece, YSS CEO, said “ We are very proud of thisDSCF2138 Social enterprise, and very appreciative of all the hard work , together with the invaluable advise and vital funding from so many people to get this new venture launched.”

The social enterprise cafe owned by YSS is located just off City Walls Road in Worcester. It is designed to help YSS service users to develop their skills, knowledge and self-confidence to ultimately help them gain sustainable employment. The cafe will be open weekdays, from 7.30am to 2.45pm and offers a range of freshly-made breakfasts, lunches, hot drinks and cakes to eat in or take away. The cafe also offers Free Wi-Fi and all profits will be reinvested in the project. (see our Facebook page @CardenStCafeUK  for menu, updates and special offers.)

DSCF2049At the launch, there was an opportunity for all guests to tour the YSS Training and Enterprise Centre adjacent to the Cafe to find out more about the work of YSS and to meet staff, volunteers and service users.  The YSS projects range from Criminal Justice, Worcestershire Young Carers to Social enterprises. The Good Stuff Furniture project, which recently received support from West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner’s Grant,   is also situated at this venue. The furniture restoration involves re-cycling wooden furniture into “shabby chic” furniture for sale, and gives the clients the opportunity to learn the skills involved in  preparing  and painting wood.

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