Roads Community Cafe in St Combs has just celebrated two years since opening its doors. In recognition of the success of the venture, Councillor Anne Allan and local MSP Stewart Stevenson visited the venue to congratulate the team.
Rev Forbes Nicol, Voluntary Project Manager at the Cafe told the Herald: “The charity project has been a great success and it provides residents and visitors with a place to have healthy, home cooked, well priced meals, tea, coffee, and a welcoming user friendly place to socialise.
“The venue now provides patrons with free wireless internet access and the use of a computer to check emails or check out employment opportunities.
“We now employ two full time staff, three part time staff, two students at the weekends, and have ten regular volunteers who give up there time to serve tables, and help do something positive for the community.
“Over the last year, the cafe has been used out of hours by the Boys Brigade on Tuesday nights, by a church group on a Wednesday night, and by Roads Kids Club on Friday Nights. The cafe also opens on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm with an emphasis on youth and to provide a safe environment for young people to hang out and socialise.”
The first committee for the community project was formed in 2003 and after approximately six years of hard work fund-raising and looking for suitable premises the Cafe finally opened its doors on February 28, 2009.
Commenting on the success of the venture, Councillor Anne Allan said: “I am delighted to be here and see how the community cafe works in action and is supported by the community. It’s hard to believe that it is two years since it opened.”
MSP Stewart Stevenson added: “It is a terrific facility, encouraging all the residents in the area to participate and changing the village in a constructive manner. Where it can, it is engaging the whole community in a very positive way.”
Rev Forbes added: “Everyone at Roads would like to thank locals who support us and use the cafe facilities. I would also like to thank all the volunteers who make all this possible.”