Groups behind a project to offer work experience to Keighley residents recovering from drug or alcohol addiction have hailed the scheme’s success.
Progress Cafe at Cougar Park draws on the expertise and resources of Keighley’s Project 6 charity and the ‘Your Sporting Chance’ initiative.
Since it was established last year, the cafe has aimed to serve good quality food to supporters and players, and has provided training opportunities for people affected by substance abuse.
The cafe is run by Project 6 service users and volunteers, who are able to learn about food preparation and hygiene.
Profits from the venture are channelled back to Project 6 to help it continue supporting people with drug or alcohol dependency.
Mary Calvert, of Your Sporting Chance, said: “We’re delighted we’ve been able to facilitate this worthwhile project and have contributed to the excellent work carried out by Project 6.”
Ellie McNeill, of Project 6, said: “Progress Cafe gives us an opportunity to help people in recovery to engage with their local community and work towards employment.
“Substance use affects all walks of life, and it’s really important we work to reduce the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol in our area.
“We’re very pleased with the support and commitment from local people, and owe special thanks to Keighley Cougars and Your Sporting Chance. The cafe is a great example of how the voluntary and community sector can respond to emerging needs.”
Keighley Cougars, which provides the venue for the cafe, has said it is happy with the results.
Chairman Gary Fawcett said: “This shows how we can all work together to ensure everyone has the opportunity to realise their full potential.”
The idea for the cafe originated in the Keighley Recovery Forum in 2011, and it received practical and financial support from Incommunities housing association, Davric Builders, Howdens Kitchens and the council’s Keighley Area Committee.
The next Progress Cafe opening will be on Sunday, when Cougars play Whitehaven.