Local Social Enterprise Opens Stennetts Community Pop-up Café
Local lady, Lisa Williams set up her social enterprise with the idea to support and welcome those with disabilities into a working environment.
On the July 9th 2015 Lisa from Roseberry Cottage Enterprise Ltd, opened the doors to The Stennetts Community Pop- Up Café. Set in the heart of Trimley St Mary, at the Pavilion of The Trimley Red Devils Football Club, on Stennetts Park. the café is not just any normal pop-up café – it sets the bar for having community at its heart. With free parking and a playground for children this is a perfect place to relax and at the same time, support those with learning difficulties and special needs. We met the lovely Lisa, who tells us more…
“Our purpose is to support people to live a fulfilling and independent life. W e envisioned creating a pop-up café and lunch club, which serves good food and provides work-based training and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and people disadvantaged within the workplace, within their local community.
We teach basic cooking skills like baking cakes, making Sheppard’s pie etc. On Tuesdays we help those who have a placement with us to cook the dishes and on W ednesdays and Thursdays we open our doors to the public. W e make everything from light lunches to lovely hot meals and beautiful cakes. My dad has an allotment nearby so most of the vegetables we use are fresh and organic. It’s a social thing too. In winter we will start a service where we can take a nice hot lunch over to local residents who can’t come to us.”
With a twenty-five years career in caring and twelve years in social enterprise, Lisa has always been keen to support those with disabilities of learning difficulties.
“My mum, Diane Meadows, was a big inspiration to me, sadly she recently passed away. She used to run up a local charity called the Felixstowe Friendly Visiting Service. They’d go out once a month from April – December to do something nice, like afternoon tea or nice walks. For elderly who otherwise are housebound, really rely on such services. Mum was always very caring and service oriented.”
“Graham and Mel (Chairman and President of the Red Devil’s FC) have been so supportive.
“Graham says, “They are a fantastic additional to the club and we’re delighted to have Lisa and her team with us.”
Lisa continues, “The model for this cafe works so well – people that come to work with me become very independent and interact and participate with the community. It’s all about presence in the community and to live an ordinary life. It helps people to achieve more respect and have a valued social role.
At the end of the day, the people we work with just want to work like anyone else. W e hone in on what they’re good at, which is what anyone would want – to have their natural skills and strengths used and improved on.”
“We are part of Social Enterprise UK which means we’re a business with a social mission. W e also do outside catering where you can have a lovely selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones, s ausage rolls and more, and also we can make to order Christmas cakes.”
If you are interested in having a placement in The Stennetts Community Pop-Up Café, then just call Lisa who will be more than happy to talk to you.
Call her on 01394 671554 or email email@example.com.
Stennetts Community Café
Victoria Hall Pavillion,
Trimley St Mary.
Open 10am – 3pm W eds and Thurs
facebook: Roseberry Cottage Photos – Mot and Andrew