Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Progress on community cafe for Palmer Park

I got this last week from the group wanting to set up a community cafe in Palmer Park:

"I am writing to you to let you know that Reading PlayCafés is now an official Community Interest Company. The company’s activities will provide benefit to communities including that of Reading and its surrounding areas, providing child- and family-friendly venues that focus particularly upon the needs and interests of children and of their carers. The PlayCafes aim to create accessible community spaces and parent/carer hubs offering recreational, social, educational and information-based opportunities both for individuals and for groups, including
people who may be on the social margins.

We have just received a contract from RBC to start operating out of the little kiosk in the larger building in Palmer Park (where Costa ran a little kiosk service last summer) and are awaiting another contract to convert and use the small old toilet block as a cafe.

We are not a charity, but as a Social Enterprise we will plough our profits back into the company, in order to improve current cafés and expand new ones. We are looking for financial support although this is not the objective of this email! We are hoping to hire staff to run the kiosk during the week, but are looking for volunteers to help at weekends. We also would like to have your general support in making the first Reading PlayCafé a real success.

We are in desperate need of a LOGO. If your child or a child you know would like to enter our competition to design the logo (just needs to have the words 'Reading PlayCafés' on it) then please email it in before Sunday 24th July. Make sure the child's name and contact details are on the design (can be hand-drawn or computer-designed). The winning design will obviously be used as our Company Logo and the child will help with the cutting of our ribbon on Opening Day!! Open to children of all ages.

Please come and find us on Facebook.

You can e-mail us at: readingplaycafes@gmail.com

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