Students celebrate secured future for York’s Café in the Park

Pictured from left are Tom Magee, Andy Mattison, Richard Moorby, Gareth Brown, Steve Magson, Charlotte Wallace and Nicole Carter

Students and the local community are celebrating a secured future for York’s Hull Road Café in the Park.

The not-for-profit social enterprise, Choose2Youth, has operated the popular café for the past three years and during lockdown also delivered over 10,000 meals to elderly and vulnerable people across the city.

York College will continue to fund NVQ training for students at the café, who are receiving practical training and experience in catering and hospitality skills.

York-based Portakabin, who designed and constructed the original building, has also leant its support, working with the Choose2Youth team to ensure the café is refurbished and ready for business for many years to come.

“The Hull Road Café started as an opportunity for voluntary work for local students, but we soon saw the value for young people with additional needs and also the benefit for our local community,” said Steve Rouse, Choose2Youth director.

“We are so grateful for the continued support of York City Council and the team at Portakabin which means we can look forward to continuing our work with young people here, ensuring they receive invaluable experience and much sought-after qualifications, which will enhance their confidence and future employment opportunities.”

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