Bright future for Sunny Cafe after MP visit

by CWP News - 25 February 2016

A brighter outlook for helpers at Sunny Café

CWP staff and residents from Saddlebridge Recovery Centre recently shared lunch with Macclesfield MP, David Rutley, in Sunny Café. 

Sunny Café, based at York House in Nether Alderley, is a working café where people who access CWP services are able to learn and develop new skills as part of their recovery.

The project began as a lunch preparation and delivery service which assisted service users with their personal development and progression, hopefully leading to volunteering and work opportunities. The scheme soon developed into a working café with helpers choosing menus, preparing food, serving customers using the till and clearing down after service.   Ingredients for some of the dishes were even sourced from a small allotment alongside York House which they help to maintain.

David sampled some of the home made produce and had a hot drink with staff and service users.  He also visited the Saddlebridge Unit and met with staff and residents.

David said: “I was very pleased to be able to visit Sunny Café and the Saddlebridge Unit, and find out more about the important work being done to support people using CWP services. This is a positive and pro-active project, which helps develop skills for all those involved. I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the development of the Café.”

Tim Welch, CWP Deputy Chief Executive added: “We are immensely proud of the continued success of the Sunny Café.  What started as a suggestion by one of CWP’s Occupational Therapists has now blossomed into fantastic project and their hard work has definitely paid off.

“There is even a new breakfast service, so as well as setting people up for the day ahead, the new service will also encourage service users to progress by introducing different menu ideas, earlier working times, understanding healthy eating and will provide the opportunity for them to further improve their social skills.”

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