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Community cafe opens in Rochester

Fri 17 January 2020, 10:57 am

A new community café has opened in Rochester providing an opportunity for people with learning difficulties and disabilities to be trained at the venue.

Jaspers Community Café is supported by the Rochester Riverside Community Board, and was opened by the Mayor of Medway, Councillor Habib Tejan, in mid-November.

The café is one of six new projects supported and funded by the community board, and the launch event included Rochester and Strood MP, Kelly Tolhurst, as well as Dalia Halpern Matthews and Jane Howard, chairperson and vice-chairperson respectively of the community board.

The venue is located at the Community Hub in Rochester, which also houses Medway Adult Education that offers a wide range of courses including photography, creative writing, pottery, business, digital skills and languages. One of the aims is for the café to help combat loneliness, by using trained volunteers to signpost café users to help groups and community organisations across Medway.

The community board was set up to ensure the benefits of the £419m regeneration scheme of Rochester Riverside, which is being created by developers Countryside and Hyde, are felt across the area. The board has an annual budget of £30,000 available to help fund new initiatives and projects.

To learn more about courses at Medway Adult Education head here: www.medwayadulteducation.co.uk/

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