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Cafe campaigners are attempting to raise £100,000 to fund new facility
10:08am Thursday 6th September 2012 in Local news
The group behind plans for a £100,000 project to develop a cafe providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities are still searching for funding.
So far, £60,000 has been secured for the scheme in Ilkley, which will succeed predecessor, the Oasis Cafe, which provided training and work experience to adults with learning disabilities for more than ten years, and was originally set up in a venture between Bradford College and Churches Together in Ilkley 2000 (CTI2000).
The community group behind the scheme has got permission to transform the former Glovers Garage site in Bridge Lane, Ilkley, and work is expected to start soon to try to create a ‘social hub’.
But Hamish Curry, a trustee of CTI2000, described the project as “an exciting challenge” as the group chases funding.
Mr Curry spoke to Ilkley Parish Council about the scheme at its meeting on Monday night, ahead of councillors deciding next month whether to allocate a grant towards the project.
He said the £60,000 has been raised since January.
“We still need quite a bit more,” he told councillors.
“At the moment, we’re trying to get the costs down. We would like it to operate as a community cafe, run by volunteers with a paid, salary person.
“It’s by far the biggest thing we’ve ever tackled. It’s a challenge, but an exciting challenge.”
Since last autumn, the cafe, based at one of All Saints Parish Church’s buildings, has been looking for new premises, allowing it to operate full-time and become a bigger part of Ilkley’s community life.