StarBistro teams up with Elmscroft Community Café

Students standing in Elmscroft Community Cafe holding tea pots and mugs

We know our regular StarBistro customers are missing popping in to see us and observing how National Star students are developing their customer service skills front of house at the Bistro.

Well you might like to know that while StarBistro remains temporarily closed to the public National Star has teamed up with a Gloucester community association to launch a café to build stronger links in the community.

Work Outcomes students are putting their customer service and hospitality skills into action at the new Elmscroft Community Café, open every Thursday between 11am to 2pm at Elmscroft Community Centre, near Armscroft Park, in Gloucester.

Students are baking cakes in the StarBistro kitchen to sell at the café as well as making sandwiches and soup. The café only opened to the public on 17 September 2020 and it is already attracting regular customers who pop in to see them each week. The cafe is popular with local dog walkers too as there is outside and indoor seating. The simple, value-for-money menu has proved such a hit that there are often people queuing outside the door ready for when the café opens to the public.

‘For many people with a disability, finding and securing a long-term job can be difficult. A disabled person can apply for sixty per cent more jobs than their non-disabled counterparts before getting a role,’ said Jayne Hashmat, Head of National Star’s Work Outcomes Programme.

‘We run a number of programmes for young people with a range of disabilities to prepare them for work. These programmes, which remain open to new applicants, are needed more than ever before,’ said Jayne.   

Anne Radley, Chairman at Elmscroft Community Association said: ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with National Star. The café is a fabulous place for local residents to meet up, reducing social isolation for older members of the community. It will also provide a welcoming space for parents of young children to get together.

‘It is fantastic to see Elmscroft Community Centre buzzing with life and playing a part in maintaining an active community spirit in the local area.’

Elmscroft Community Café is open every Thursday, during term-time, between 11am – 2pm.

How to find Elmscroft Community Café.

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