A NEW café is serving up lessons in life to disabled people as well as cups of tea and coffee.
The learning café project was thought up by service users at the Percy Hedley Foundation in Forest Hall and funded by Longbenton-based bakery chain Greggs.
Marie Watts, day services manager at the foundation, said: “The aim of the café is to have a trendy, fun place to dine, where service users can be supported to develop everyday skills that some of us take for granted, and these skills can then be transferred into real-life situations.
“These include monetary, communication, literacy and numerical skills.
“Customers will, in part, be users of the service, staff, visiting families and professionals, apprentices and individuals on work placement.
“The café will support community events to promote the charity and increase the customer base. The menu will be simple, quick and affordable”
The café will provide work experience placements for the foundation’s specialist college students and catering apprenticeships.
Foundation chief executive Carole Harder said: “The proposal has been in development for some time, and it was agreed that this was something that service users and staff would welcome.
“I am proud to officially open the project as this gives me an opportunity to formally thank all those people who have supported us, especially Greggs, for their ongoing support, which we really appreciate.”