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Landmark former Stourbridge WRVS centre to become a cafe
9:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A LANDMARK Stourbridge building which was bought by Dudley Mind is set to become a cafe thanks to a new partnership with a former catering manager who was made redundant after 37 years.
The charity bought the Carlisle Centre (the old WRVS base) in Victoria Street last June and has been running self help groups there for people with mental health problems.
But now it has teamed up with former Dudley Council catering manager Jill Seymour who will open Platters Cafe at the base.
Jill, who will serve breakfasts and lunches from Wednesday to Sunday, was made redundant from her council role after 37 years.
She said: “It was quite a blow to lose the security of a council job after so long, but I’ve always wanted to run my own café, and now I’ve got the chance to make it work.
“It’s good for Mind too as they receive rent from my café and we’re planning to put on some evening fundraising dinners together.”
Dudley Mind Chief Executive Martin Mueller said: “We use the Carlisle Centre to run self help groups for people who are experiencing mental health problems and their carers as well as training people about mental health issues, but we don’t use it all the time, so this partnership between ourselves and Jill works well for both parties.
“Jill has plans to make it into a vibrant meeting place at the heart of the local community.”
The centre had previously stood empty since the WRVS pulled the plug on the town’s meals on wheels service in March 2011.
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