‘This will be a place for the whole community’

Justin Fellows director of Just BU CIC, centre, with Michelle, left, and Anthony, right, members of a group for adults with disabilities, are opening a cafe at St John's Church hall, Hindley Green
Justin Fellows director of Just BU CIC, centre, with Michelle, left, and Anthony, right, members of a group for adults with disabilities, are opening a cafe at St John's Church hall, Hindley Green
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A NOT-for-profit community group working with disabled people is branching out by opening a new cafe and drop-in centre later this month.

Community interest company (CIC) Just BU is opening the new facilities in Hindley Green, which will be run by its service users, having previously been based around Leigh.

The Just BU CAFFee, at St John’s Church, will open once a month to the public but will also offer a weekly space where disabled people and their families and carers can meet.

The cafe has been set up by Just BU after some of its servicen users enjoyed running coffee mornings for charity so much they wanted to use their skills in the kitchen on a more regular basis.

Just BU founder Justin Fellows said: “Two years ago a group asked if they could do the Macmillan world’s biggest coffee morning as it was something close to the individuals.

“They asked to do this again last year and we invited the community. It was a great success with friends, family, the public and people from special schools attending.

“The group asked if they could do it again but they didn’t want to wait another year and suggested running a cafe.

“They felt a cafe was a big step so decided on a coffee morning but didn’t want to just sell coffee. It was decided to use the word caffee as a play on coffee and cafe, it’s a place for people to meet up, make friends, socialise and for parents to support each other.”

The monthly cafe event will open to the public and sell hot and cold drinks as well as snacks, with the service users wearing special Just BU CAFFee aprons made by Leigh company Stitchrite.

The Atherton Road venue has its own kitchen, serving counter and dining area where the new service point will be, and Justin says he hopes service users will gain work experience, enthusiasm and confidence in their abilities through serving the public.

The cafe will be officially launched on January 29 with a drop-in for drinks and biscuits. Local residents, parishioners and Hindley Green Residents’ Association have all been invited to the cafe’s first opening.

Just BU also wants to hear from young Wiganers aged between 16 and 18 who would like to gain experience in social care and see its work first hand.

Justin said: “We want the Just BU CAFFee to be a place for the community of Hindley Green and surrounding areas, where people can come along, grab a bite to eat, have a drink, socialise and be entertained.”

The Just BU CAFFee, at St John’s Hall on Atherton Road in Hindley Green, will be launched with an opening event on Thursday January 29 from 10.30am until 2.30pm.

To find out more, search for Just BU CIC on Facebook or visit www.just-bu.org