Festive spirit at community cafe

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A local group is adding Christmas to the menu early this year by holding a festive event at a community café in March.

The community café, run by a team of adults with learning disabilities at March Community Centre, opens its doors to the yuletide event on 4 December.

All are welcome to come along to sample the spirit of Christmas, with crackers, carols and a free mince pie or Christmas chocolate with every drink purchased.

The group running the café is taking part in a scheme run by Cambridgeshire County Council. The aim of the initiative is to give adults with learning disabilities a chance to learn workplace skills and experience and to build their confidence. The café is open every Wednesday at March Community Centre.

Jane Shardlow, Foundation Learning and Employability Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The team is incredibly enthusiastic and has worked hard to put on this event. They love Christmas and wanted to help March folk get into the festive spirit. The programme really helps each individual develop skills and confidence as getting some work experience is often very difficult for these learners. They get involved in all aspects of running the café, including customer service, food preparation and planning menus. Please support us by popping down to the Community Café on the 4 December.”

Councillor David Harty, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, added: “I’m delighted to hear that this scheme is helping this group learn new skills, gain workplace experience and confidence.”