New-look special needs cafe makes funding appeal

A CAF� offering young people with special needs a chance to learn work skills has been given a facelift and a new name for the new term.

A CAF� offering young people with special needs a chance to learn work skills has been given a facelift and a new name for the new term.

The Dreamers Bar at Huntingdon Youth Centre reopened yesterday (Tuesday), but organisers warn it may not survive beyond November unless funds and help can be found.

Since its launch in February, the weekly Tuesday-morning caf� has welcomed more than 400 people with special needs, providing a place for them to socialise, access information and find out what’s going on in the community.

The bar is run by eight trained volunteers with special needs who over the summer break were part of the team that redesigned, redecorated and renamed the bar in preparation for the new term.


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Graham Fitzgerald of Active Voices, part of the VoiceAbility organisation that runs the bar, said: “The idea is to empower disabled people of all ages and help them work on the project they want. We give them the work skills and resources to do that.

“The issue is that this is a well-used and popular project that provides opportunities and valuable work skills for people.

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The caf� has funding from a charitable trust only until November, and Mr Fitzgerald is keen to hear from anyone who may be able to help the caf�.

“That could be in the form of help in kind, volunteering, local businesses making a donation, or any other contributions.”

INFORMATION: To find out more about the Dreamers Bar contact Graham Fitzgerald on 01223 555850 or see www.voiceability.org

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