West Swindon Community Café volunteers were recognised for their efforts during national volunteer week in early June, with certificates presented by the Mayor Ray Ballman.
The two cafes, based in Toothill Church and Freshbrook Community Centre, coordinated by Tina Mackie and Carol Gibbon, rely on the help of the 14 volunteers. Tina said, “there is no doubt we could not function without our volunteers – they make the cafe a vibrant place and their enthusiasm to ensure the community is better for everyone is inspirational.”
She added that some helpers have been involved since they first started at Freshbrook six years ago. “Our mission to help volunteers achieve their potential means we do have a steady turnover as we encourage them to reach their goals. Everyone is trusted and shares the responsibility; some have health problems or disabilities. They all say the café has helped them grow in confidence and self-esteem.
“For some this has led to work in the catering industry or being able to go back into education.”
To find out more about becoming a volunteer, call the cafe hotline on 07944 134915.
The Community Cafés run at Toothill Church on Mondays and Freshbrook Community Centre on Wednesdays, 9.30am – 1.30pm.
Experienced cafe supervisor/cook required to run Wednesday shift in Freshbrook Community Centre. £46 per shift is paid (8.30am to 2.30pm). See details at www.swindoncommunitycafe.org.uk