Town’s family centre to open up cafe

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Pontefract Family Centre will open up its own bakery and cafe, thanks to funding from Barclays bank.

The centre, on Harropwell Lane, was established in 1982 and provides activities for adults with learning disabilities.

Now, thanks to funding from Barclays, a new artisan bakery and cafe is being launched at the centre.

John Hughes, centre director, said: “Creating the new bakery and opening a new café in the town centre will be an exciting venture which will provide new skills and employment people who use the centre.

“Barclays’ funding will enable the charity to continue to grow both the services we provide and the income stream – securing the future of the centre for years to come.”

The centre organises special events and day trips for people from across the area, as well as activities including drama, sport, literacy, cooking, gardening, art and photography.

Staff at Barclays have supported the centre for a number of years with business banking manager Christine Hardman raising more than £2,400 by completing a triathlon.

She said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to support Pontefract Family Centre with the loan facility and we look forward to seeing the charity grow with the new café and bakery, creating more opportunities for people with learning difficulties to enhance their lives.

“The triathlon was really tough going, but it makes it all worthwhile knowing the real and lasting difference we can make for the centre and the people who rely on it.”

For more information on the centre and the activities it offers or if you would like to volunteer visit or call 01977 706932.