On Monday 5th June five learning disabled service users will be overcoming their disabilities to achieve their life-time ambitions of working in a café.
They have been training for the past twelve months to learn all about Food Handling and Food Hygiene, and have all received their certificates, which means they can now work with the public. They will sell coffee, tea and sandwiches to local people.
The service users previously attended East Glasgow Community Health & Care Partnership’s (CHCP), Accord and Riddrie Day Centres until they got involved in this new employment scheme.
The café at 108 Roebank St, Dennistoun will be officially opened by Councillor Elaine McDougall, Executive Member for Housing and Member of the East Glasgow CHCP Committee, on Monday 8th June.
The café, which has been empty for the past year, has been given over by Milnbank Housing Association, rent free for a year to allow this service to be developed to help the local community.
Councillor McDougall said: “I am delighted to open this café as Glasgow City Council is very keen to support people with disabilities take part in the workplace.
"It is exciting to see Milnbank Housing Association and Social Work Services in East Glasgow CHCP working in Partnership to create positive employment for learning disabled people.
"All these five people have worked very hard over a number of weeks to gain qualifications to allow them to work here today. I’d like to thank them for all their hard work – and the staff involved too”.
One of the service users, Jackie Burnett said: “I have always wanted to work in a café but never got the chance, due to my disability. Now I have the chance.”
Another service user, Steven West said: “I hope people in Dennistoun will come along to the café and make it a big success and help learning disabled people keep these new jobs”.
The Acting Head of Learning Disability Services in East Glasgow CHCP, Ian McAlpine said: “I am very proud that all the agencies in the east end have come together to work positively to deliver this new and unique Community Café, which gives real jobs for disabled people and makes them an important part of the community.
"I hope it becomes very busy and well used by local people”.
For further information contact Laurina Hewson, Marketing Officer, East Glasgow CHCP on 0141 277 7455 or 0771 453 9593.