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Cafe to open in Stourbridge High Street at site of former Well coffee shop
12:06pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
TWO Christian charities have joined forces to open a cafe at the site of the former Well coffee shop which closed in June after 22 years in the town.
Walsall based Vine Social Enterprises and Stourton charity Living Springs hope to open Vines cafe on Monday September 30.
A complete refurbishment of the High Street unit is currently nearing completion.
When The Well, which had been a base for Christian ministry services as well as a base for a counselling and pregnancy support service run by Living Springs, closed, eleven members of staff lost their jobs.
Living Springs founder Rob Chapman said Vine Social Enterprises will run the cafe, which will be staffed by a small management team overseeing trainees, while Living Springs will continue its counselling service above it.
The charity recently received £30k from Lloyds TSB for a community support worker, who will be based there.
Founder Rob Chapman said: “We wanted to help fill the gap left by The Well, to continue our broader work there within the community and retain a Christian presence on the High Street.
“Vine Social Enterprises will run the restaurant and working with them we will look at areas like training for young people.
“But also beyond catering it is hoped those looking for other opportunities, for example in construction or other skilled trades, will receive help.
“We want to make Vines a centre for helping the local community.
“Other services to be offered could include debt counselling and employment advice.”
Since its inception in 1989 The Vine Trust group has run a restaurant in Walsall, with income generated providing training and support to youngsters.
It has helped more than 40 young people get permanent jobs over the last two years.
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