The Kitchen, a new bakery, shop and cafe with a difference in Stockport centre, not only sells baked goods but also presents new training opportunities.
Opened by Pure Innovations, the Kitchen provides supported training opportunities for people with a range of learning difficulties. They help bake the bread, make the cakes and serve in both the shop and the cafe. These skills and more improve confidence, provide fulfilment and enhance employability.
The Kitchen is on Chestergate at the back of Primark, (formerly The Co-op). It is a fully accessible, bright, open space and is also dementia-friendly. A glass wall divides the bakery from the cafe and shop so customers can see the clients learning their new skills.
The Kitchen was officially launched by Mayor of Stockport Councillor ,Walter Brett.
The Kitchen also has other positive social impacts. These include a weekly donation of a batch of 20 loaves plus any excess stock to local homeless charity The Wellspring. It will also be hosting regular drop-in sessions for The Citizens Advice Bureau.
Approaches are invited from other organisations who may wish to use the space.
If you are in Stockport and fancy lunch, coffee and cake or some freshly baked bread to take home, please do call in at The Kitchen and support this new project.
The Kitchen is open Monday to Saturday, 9am-4pm.
If you know of anyone who would benefit from the training opportunities available please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org