Funding sought for community cafe in east Belfast

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Image: Chef Stephen Jeffers gave a demonstration of cooking at CityEast in east Belfast

By Una Murphy

FUNDING is being sought by a charity which trains people with learning disabilities to set up a community café in a business centre in east Belfast.

Orchardville Society which already runs a café at ‘The Arches’ on the Newtownards Road has confirmed that they would like to open a second in a former GP surgery which now forms ‘The Foundry’ – office space and ‘hot-desks’ at CityEast Business Centre at the corner of Ballymacarrett Road.

The charity and business centre plan to work with chef Stephen Jeffers to run a training café giving experience to local people in ‘front of house’ jobs as well as food preparation.

Chef Jeffers and his daughter Katie gave a demonstration of traditional Irish bread making at CityEast ahead of a smorgasbord lunch of leek and potato soup, cold meats and fruit served by trainees from Orchardville this week. He set up Forestside Cookery School located on the outskirts of Belfast city centre within the Forestside shopping centre last year.

A spokesman for East Belfast Enterprise, the charity which runs CityEast Business Centre said:

“The Orchardville Society and East Belfast Enterprise are joining forces with Chef Stephen Jeffers to develop a “training café” at City East. The purpose of the training café will be to train people from inner East Belfast for employment, in the catering and hospitality industry.”

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