Greenhouse Cafe is a first

Cafe venture supports adults with specific needs.
Cafe venture supports adults with specific needs.

A new health centre is breaking the mould in so many ways as it becomes home to the first third-party partnership cafe for those with support needs.

The recently opened, Eastwood Health and Care Centre (EHCC) on Drumby Crescent is now home to the first partnership of its kind.

East Renfrewshire Council and The Greenhouse Community CIC have partnered to create Scotland’s first employability work programme for adults with learning difficulties.

The Greenhouse Café – situated in the main foyer of EHCC – is open to the public from 8am until 6pm, job coaching individuals with learning difficulties so that they are able to seek further employment following the end of the Café’s six month training programme.

Trainees are given a full spectrum of training, ranging from employment coaching to building on-the-job skills.

The café is also in the process of being accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority so that it will be able to award SVQs – further building its trainees’ skillset.

Established by Steven Jacobs, the Greenhouse Community CIC – a community interest company – is looking to expand their innovative model across other areas in the next 10 to 15 months.

Steven told The Extra: “A combination of my experience as a teacher and also as a business owner was the driving force behind my decision to establish the Greenhouse Community.

“There is no reason why private companies cannot be a force for good in the community, employing and empowering local individuals who may otherwise be ostracised from today’s job market. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead, and the successes that we are already realising”.

And, just for readers of The Extra, if you mention the paper you can take advantage of a special offer for afternoon tea for two ata special price of £13.99. This consists of Italian patisserie, scones, clotted cream and jam, sandwiches of your choice, various teas or coffee. All baked by the in-house chef.

And, in yet another first for this embryonic project, on September 2, as part of the East Ren Food Festival, the cafe will be offering specially priced afternoon teas from 12.30pm. Booking is essential and available spaces are filling up fast already.

Contact the cafe staff on 0141 451 0555.