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Viking Community Café launch in Rock Ferry

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Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Communities and also in Housing

Patricia Hughes makes a Viking Café cuppa Patricia Hughes makes a Viking Café cuppa

A community café in Rock Ferry, Wirral, opened its doors to the public, with Frank Field MP welcoming customers and volunteers to its launch. 

Social landlord, Riverside, is supporting the resident-run Viking Community Café, with over £9,000 of funding, to help set up the service in the heart of the Rock Ferry neighbourhood.

Lorna Cotterill, Riverside’s regeneration project officer, said:  “We hope that the café becomes a real hub for the community.  Volunteers will be able to develop their skills, providing residents with a healthy balance of meals and snacks.”

Patricia Hughes, age 54, from Rock Ferry has been volunteering at the Viking centre, taking courses in healthy cooking and food hygiene. Her experience of working in catering, and interest in creating healthy menus inspired her to become a volunteer at the café.  “Volunteering at the centre has really boosted my confidence,” said Patricia.  “If I didn’t volunteer I wouldn’t leave the house.  This opportunity has put an end to being isolated and I’ve met some great people, who I can now call great friends.”

Patricia has learned more about healthy eating and creating new dishes from fresh ingredients.  She was able to apply her volunteering experience and mentoring skills to the role, as well as first aid knowledge.

The newly refurbished café is recruiting more volunteers.  If you are interested, contact the Viking Centre on 0151 644 1535.

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