Posted on 19th December 2019

A Warrington café is being taken over by a local community group as they try to reduce anti-social behaviour and support vulnerable people in the area thanks to funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner.

PCC David Keane has awarded £4,939 from his Safer Communities Fund to Friends of Meadowside to allow them to run the Greenhouse Café in Orford Park.

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Friends of Meadowside have been operating in the area for a number of years, providing a variety of support services to the local community via local venues and events at the local school.

Taking over the Greenhouse Café will provide the group with its own base and an opportunity to develop its offer, putting on more sessions for the local community.

The group will run a youth club, a food bank, a women’s support group and a Sunday lunch club from the café as well as offering refreshments on a regular basis.

PCC David Keane said: “There have been issues with anti-social behaviour in this area in the past but we’re now starting to see lots of small community projects pop-up in the park and the surrounding areas which is making a real difference. The community café will add to this offer.

“Friends of Meadowside has already carried out some real positive work in Orford and I’m pleased to support them in getting their own base so they can develop their activity and support even more vulnerable people.”

Mark Davies, chairman of Friends of Meadowside, said: “We want to create a real hub for the local community and something that can be used by everyone. We cannot thank the police and crime commissioner enough for this funding. Our community will benefit so much as a direct result of the grant.”

Friends of Meadowside is one of hundreds of organisations across Cheshire which has received Safer Communities Funding over the last few years to support crime prevention or meet the objectives within the commissioner’s police and crime plan.