OUR COMMUNITY café reopened its doors to the public, showcasing its new look and menu.
T&A Comunity reporter Haleem Saheed reported that the community café based at the Gateway Centre has now been renamed ‘Hideaway Café’ after a community vote and opened on Thursday, September 28.
The community and local councillors came out to mark the occasion and a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place.
Matt Henderson, Centre Manager, said: “It was fantastic to see so much of the community and families there coming together to join in the celebrations re-launching their café, serving their community of Ravenscliffe and Greengates, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone and working together going forward, everyone is welcome.”
The café offers healthy and nutritious meals for the community as well as coffees and hot drinks.
To celebrate the reopening there was a buffet, quiz, book stall, tombola, guess the teddy and stalls.
The Hideaway café is funded by the Tudor Trust to support the local community.
The event was supported by My Living Well who have provided funding to run a Living Well Hub at the centre which promotes healthy living options and advice.
A whole host of Bradford organisations attended the opening, to show their support for the great work the café does.
Mr Henderson described Hideaway as the focal point for the centre and the first point of access for many families.
He said: “Our community food provision has never been busier and thanks to the Tudor Trust we have been able to expand our offer and provide support working with our community.
“We have expanded our offer through the café which includes after-school sessions for children.”
Due to increased demand, the café has also increased the number of surplus food organisations it partners with.
The café has introduced a Sunday dinner session to support people who are isolated and provide wider support out of usual operating hours.
The café helps people empower themselves and make friends and links with wider community support.
Cllr Ian Parsons, who attended the event, said: “It was a pleasure to attend the Hideaway Café relaunch at the Gateway Centre today.
“This is a wonderful resource for the whole community and I know Matt the centre manager and his team have always created a welcoming and inclusive environment.
“This is an exciting time for the centre as several new initiatives are in the pipeline.”