Our coffee shop and attached roastery will provide a range of opportunities and a supported environment within which young people will gain skills and experience to support their transition into employment. They will not only be able to learn skills connected to the coffee industry but will also be able to develop transferrable employability skills to take with them to other employers. In addition, there will be a range of supported projects running alongside the Coffee House which will allow young people to gain entrepreneurial skills and start their own micro-enterprises.
Working in partnership with Keyham Lodge and Millgate schools and inspired by a student's passion for baking, we hope that this caffeine fuelled initiative will open its first speciality coffee shop in Granby Street in the next few months. Four students have been identified to participate in the project from the Autumn and are eager to start.
We will run a 6 week youth club for young people aged 12-17. The sessions will run from 5-8pm on Tuesday and Thursday and 1-5pm on a Saturday giving the children 18 sessions over 6 weeks. Although we will offer the standard youth equipment such as pool, table tennis, arts and crafts, sports, structures and chase games etc, we will add educational class from the local police and other professionals and use them as a tool for the young people to earn free time.
As part of the Gujarati Arts, Culture & Heritage festival on 7th July 2018 in Leicester, we are arranging a free folk music gathering for the elderly community. This is to increase their engagement and participation in a live traditional performance, which we understand through conversation with them that they will find more accessible than an evening performance.
Crafty Carers brings together a diverse community of unpaid, family carers in Leicester to create different arts and crafts projects. The aim of this group is to work towards a Christmas exhibition of all the work they have created over the year, that their friends, family, and the wider community can come and look at. The project engages with the carers to focus on themselves and their own needs, whilst trying different techniques to create their masterpieces. The different areas that we want to encourage carers to participate in, include handmade cards, latch hook, sketching, painting with different medias, t-shirt designing, cross stitch, salt dough, jewellery making, photo frames, stencilling etc. This not only builds on their creative abilities but also confidence, self-esteem, quality of life, health and wellbeing, and reducing social isolation and discrimination.