In 2015 Community Stuff ran a pilot project, running the café at Devonshire Children’s Centre. We were then awarded Lottery funding to reopen Devonshire Children’s Centre Café for a year.
The café project was titled Our Café, and enabled the café to be open 3 days a week, 11-2 in term time. We served tasty affordable vegetarian food, and made the recipes freely available within the centre. Part of the way through the project we moved the midweek session to a Thursday, so we could partnership work with Embrace. We provided a safe cafe experience for children with disabilities, and their families to enjoy, which was well received. We provided volunteering experience to four volunteers, two of which had special needs. We looked at ways to make the cafe sustainable. One of these was to set up Eastbourne Community Bread Club, which is the legacy of the project. For further information see Bread Stuff.