News and views


Redbridge Mayor's Community Award for Ray Park Cafe

Redbridge Mayor Community AwardOur Supported Employment Community Cafe in Ray Park, Woodford has been recognised in the 2012 London Borough of Redbridge Mayor' Community Awards.

The Cafe Team were runners-up in the Best Business Category, and this is a section from their nomination:

"As well as providing paid supported employment for adults with a learning disability and adults who have mental health issues the cafe provides a wide range of work experience placements.

The cafe works closely with the local special schools, Beal and St Johns, and during 2011 they provided substantial work experience and volunteer placements for 22 vulnerable young people.

This commitment to the community and to supporting the work placements and volunteers demands an enormous amount of time and effort and a dual set of skills from the staff team, over and above that needed to simply run a commercial cafe; in fact because of this demand the cafe cannot make a profit and would not be able to run without subsidy.

The cheerful and friendly team have built up excellent relationships with the park community, especially the dog walkers, Park Police, the Conservation Team, and the Compliments Book bears testimony to the quality of the food and the service."

The Mayor of Redbridge said "I was very impressed with what the team are doing at the Cafe and the time and effort they are putting into this to the benefit of so many others".

CEO/Website/Ray Park Cafe website news item March 2012




Back to the News and Views page

Side Image

Vision & Values

We've set an ambitious goal for 2020. Find out how our values are helping us achieve it, whilst enabling people to lead the lives they want.

Read more

Side Image

Locations Map

Find out more about each Vibrance location on our handy interactive map.

View locations

facebook twitter

Registered Charity Number 1152186. A Company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, number 8466095.
Registered Office: Unit 2, Caxton Place, Roden Street, Ilford, Essex, IG1 2AH