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CAFE IN HACKNEY IS A SPRINGBOARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Last year, a new café sprung up in Hackney, east London. This in itself, is perhaps not such an unusual occurrence in the borough, but the Red Route Café is a not-for-profit, social enterprise, set up as part of a charity called Springboard Hackney (which is why it sprung up), that helps local young people gain skills and qualifications and supports them in to jobs.

Based at The Levy Centre, where Springboard Hackney focuses on providing a range of learning programmes for 16-25 year olds, the Red Route Café not only acts as a place where people from the local community can meet and socialise, but provides young people with a place to gain work, experience customer service, learn barista skills and food preparation.

All profits from the café are re-invested in to Springboard Hackney to increase the amount of support they can offer and continue their work, so if you find yourself in Hackney, are a bit peckish or fancy a coffee, why not pop in.

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