A Saturday morning breakfast club run by young volunteers is proving a big hit at the Satellite Centre in Greenfield.
The volunteers from Youth Local (YoLo) host the popular café each weekend from 10am to 1pm, with last orders at 12.30pm.
As well as providing a tasty treat for the public, the young people learn about the catering business, including planning, making shopping lists, serving and taking orders, and food hygiene.
“In the process, the participants gain transferrable skills as they interact with the public, meeting people they wouldn’t otherwise meet,” said YoLo youth leader Helen Bishop. “It’s a cross-generational thing.
“It’s also worth noting we cater for different dietary needs, offering a wide variety of non-meat products.”
Emily Taylor, 18, from Greenfield is currently training to run the café as a catering manager.
Customers include those playing or watching rugby and soccer matches, as well as local residents and particularly dog walkers.
“10 out of 10,” said Chris Bottomley, a football dad. “The place is ideal after being out in the cold and wet.”
“After a brisk walk around Churchill Playing Fields, there’s nothing better than a large warming beverage and a bacon buttie,” added Shirley Griffiths.
“It’s a social thing for us and it’s company for our dogs as well,” said Janet Farrington, part of a local dog walking group. “We all get along fine together here.”
And it seems canines like the fayre on offer at the café as well as their human owners.
“Our dogs have been known to share the odd sausage between them,” said Shirley. “Saturday mornings are a highlight of their week!”
“Above all, as customers it’s our way of supporting our local youngsters and the great people who are running this place,” said Julia Carr.
“Do come along on Saturday mornings and see for yourself,” said the Satellite’s trust Chairman, Mike Rooke.
“It’s an opportunity to see our renovations. They’re not finished, but we’re getting there.”
Anyone wishing to get involved with YoLo activities, as a member or youth leader, call Helen Bishop on 07899 720844.
For enquiries about booking the Satellite Centre for hire, activity sessions, meetings or events, call Cathy Jackson on 07734 384163 or email: email@example.com or go online: www.satellitecentre.org.uk