A community cafe in a popular Green Flag park is celebrating.
Whitby Park Community Cafe in Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port had an official opening earlier this year with a big thank you to a charity founded by the Prince of Wales.
Invited guests included The Prince’s Trust, Social Services, the NHS, the borough’s young adults transition team and the borough council.
The non-profit making cafe in Whitby Hall is run by adults with learning difficulties, supported by Little Sutton based 1st Enable.
Cafe manager Chris Dod from 1st Enable explained The Prince’s Trust had chosen the cafe as their winter community project in Ellesmere Port and had been busy decorating each room giving them a new lease of life.
Local businesses had helped and supported the project helping 1st Enable to provide ‘a positive difference to the community’.
Now the project has scooped a welcome £500 award from Asda.
During the summer the Ellesmere Port store held their ‘Green Token’ competition with the cafe and two other worthy community causes being put forward. For the first time, the winner was in line to receive £500 and the runners up £200 each to spend on essential items.
With support from the ‘amazing shoppers’ at Asda the community cafe won and received the £500.
Mr Dod said: “We would like to thank the on going support from everyone who loves Ellesmere Port and visitors who come to the cafe and also Asda Ellesmere Port plus Ann, their community champion, for putting us forward.”
The cafe says the award will enable them to buy new outdoor furniture and other items which are needed for its ‘wonderful customers’ to enjoy.
1st Enable said at the opening local businesses had understood the project would help adults with disabilities to gain essential skills and experience while providing a service to the community.
The cafe opens Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm serving snacks and hot and cold drinks, to take away or eat in.