A weekly cafe run by North Devon College students at Christ Church in Barnstaple is proving a great success. The Acorn Cafe at the church in Bear Street is run by Supported Learning Students, providing them with invaluable work experience and the chance t
A weekly cafe run by North Devon College students at Christ Church in Barnstaple is proving a great success.The Acorn Cafe at the church in Bear Street is run by Supported Learning Students, providing them with invaluable work experience and the chance to learn new skills.The cafe is open every Thursday from 10am-2pm, serving morning coffees and light lunches. It is a social enterprise project set up by the college in partnership with Cancer Research UK.All the proceeds from the weekly coffee mornings are donated to the charity and there are also various Cancer Research stalls in the church foyer to browse.Each week the students gain valuable training as they learn how to run the cafe, preparing and serving the food, as well as boosting their confidence and social skills as they interact with customers.The affordably priced fare includes home-made cakes, biscuits and freshly prepared meals, with a focus on using ingredients from suppliers as much as possible, plus Fairtrade coffees and teas including speciality varieties."I feel very proud to be a part of a project like this," said project co-ordinator, Geeta Finn. "This experience really brings the students out of their shells and helps them learn to deal with pressure and responsibility. "Within four weeks of being part of the cafe team their confidence really begins to grow and they have learnt skills that make them very employable."The cafe also aims to promote healthy eating and through its alliance with Cancer Research, the benefits of achieving "five a day" and good health.