Special cafe is facing closure

PUBLISHED: 12:48 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 18:00 31 May 2010

Clare Capper at the till Picture: MICHAEL BOYTON

Clare Capper at the till Picture: MICHAEL BOYTON

AN employee of a café run by people with learning difficulties is trying to get people to support the service before their funding runs out. Thirty-one-year-old Clare Capper only started working at Noah s Café, based at the Saffron Walden Community Resour

AN employee of a café run by people with learning difficulties is trying to get people to support the service before their funding runs out.

Thirty-one-year-old Clare Capper only started working at Noah's Café, based at the Saffron Walden Community Resource Centre on Audley Road, in October, but her run in the job could be cut short if they fail to secure extra funding.

Project leader at the café, Simon Till, said: "The possibility of us closing is now very real.

"Our funding from the European Social Fund ran out in June and since then we have only been able to secure small amounts of money to keep us going on a monthly basis. The money could run out by the end of March."

Ms Capper, from Saffron Walden, works in the café every Thursday wrote to the Reporter in a bid to highlight the plight of the service and make readers shop there.

Mr Till said: "We are certainly very grateful to Clare for helping

to bring our cause to the

public's attention.

"We would love more people to place orders with us for cakes and bakes and to support us in any way they can.

"We use good ingredients and produce quality homemade products. We want people to tell their friends and families about us."

The café employs 13 trainees and four paid catering assistants, all with learning difficulties, who make a range of cakes, biscuits, scones, shortbread and cookies to order.

"Working here gives the staff a real sense of achievement and at the end of the day they can see the results of their hard work," said Mr Till. "But we also make good food at good prices."

Support worker Sharon Saltigerald said: "Clare wants the public to know that the café provide a catering service. They make lovely things and people don't realise it."

Working at the café, Clare is involved preparing sandwiches, cooking lunches, baking cakes and working the till. She said that working at Noah's Café was her "favourite job".

To find out more about the products they provide or to place an order with the café call Simon Till or Lucy Sibley on 07871 197041. Orders can also be placed by

e-mailing noahscafe@aol.com

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