Community cafe taking shape

The new Recycling Lives community cafe is taking shape.

Global leader BAE Systems donated a working kitchen to help Recycling Lives create a new community resource and training facility.

The kitchen was taken from an old canteen from BAE Systems Warton site and is due to be decommissioned in the near future.

It has since been re-fitted at the Recycling Lives pilot centre, in Essex Street, Preston to form part of the new catering facilities.

Basic work on preparing the kitchen space for food preparation is now complete and 80 per cent of the equipment donated by BAE Systems will be reused or recycled.

Recycling Lives provides an opportunity for disadvantaged people in society to seek an alternative future.

It gives those facing an uncertain future an opportunity to make a positive change for themselves; through education, training and work experience.

The Recycling Lives opportunity is a chance to live within a safe and secure environment, while getting the opportunity to embark on a career and to get back into the working world.

The new Recycling Lives café will provide Residents with an alternative choice to work experience in the environmental sector while providing a steady income supporting the charity.

BAE has donated thousands of pounds worth of equipment to Recycling Lives including serve over counters, tables and chairs, cookers, fridges, freezers, work stations and plate warmers.

Lincoln Leech, the Recycling Lives Café Project Manager said: “As our relationship grew with BAE and we learnt more about each other’s business needs, BAE realised they would be able to help the Recycling Lives Charity with this great donation.

“This whole project is very exciting and has given us a great opportunity to work with a global leader.”