New cafes for Wirral 'Best Bites' as students and staff celebrate sweet taste of success (From Wirral Globe)
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New cafes for Wirral 'Best Bites' as students and staff celebrate sweet taste of success
11:16am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A SOCIAL enterprise catering service that provides training and employment for people with disabilities is celebrating after opening three new cafes.
Wirral Council’s “Best Bites” is taking over at Tam O’ Shanter Farm, The Bebington Oval and Wirral Tennis Centre.
The new ventures are in addition to premises already run by Best Bites at Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Mendell Lodge, Bebington and Willow Bank in Wallasey.
The company operates as a social enterprise from premises at Willow Bank Court, an extra care housing scheme in Gorsey Lane, Wallasey, and at Mendell Lodge, Bromborough.
The project helps vulnerable people through work experience, paid employment and qualifications, which hopefully lead to permanent jobs.
The company has grown from the Best Sandwich Project, set up in 2007 with four staff, to offering placements to between 70 and 80 people with disabilities and those with mental health issues.
Manager Debbie Broster said: “Our new cafes are great news and we are looking forward to developing the service at each of our new sites.”
Councillor Christine Jones, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Best Bites not only gives work and training opportunities, it builds the self-esteem and confidence of the students who learn valuable life skills.
“This expansion will allow them to offer even more experience and opportunities. I wish them every success.”
Organised through the local authority’s adult social services department, the project works in partnership with Housing 21, which provides care, health and housing services for the elderly, NHS Wirral, Wirral Metropolitan College, local charities and volunteers including Mencap.
Local businesses and customers have also supported the venture.
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