An innovative and exciting new project was officially launched on Friday 9th February at leading disability charity, Enham Trust, based in Andover, Hampshire.

The Enham Trust Café provides an opportunity for disabled people to undertake café training supported by volunteers and staff. The training programme includes developing skills in food hygiene, food preparation, health and safety, customer service and kitchen skills, enabling disabled people to gain skills and confidence in hospitality and catering, supporting their future development.

The Enham Trust Café is fully accessible in design, with rise and fall work surfaces, and room to navigate easily in a wheelchair making it a completely inclusive environment. The Café was designed in partnership with the charity’s Client Design Panel, who were instrumental in deciding all design and decoration features.

The opening event saw key stakeholders from the local area come together to see Sir Freddie Viggers, a former British Army Officer and former Trustee of Enham Trust, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening;

“I am delighted to be opening the Enham Trust Café. The Trust has military roots, so it was only fitting that I give this event my full support.” Comments Sir Freddie Viggers, “The Café will benefit residents, clients and volunteers to gain skills, confidence and also to reduce social isolation.”

Hannah Leicester, Head of Income Generation, said of the event;

“We would like to thank all our generous funders for making this project a reality. The Morrisons Foundation, a charity set up by the supermarkets initial donation of over £98,000 made the project a reality, with then other significant support from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, Compton Housing Association and Beaulieu Beaufort Foundation.

Funders such as these enable local charities like us, to build and expand current and new services. We are excited by the prospect of the opening and hope that it provides many opportunities for disabled people locally to build skills and experience for their future.”

Find out more about the Enham Trust Café here and for new volunteering opportunities!

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