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Lord Mayor officially opens Norwich community cafe

The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Judith Lubbock, officially opened our Trust's successful community cafe at Hammerton Court on 28 November.

She said the name of the cafe: 'Wrap and Roll' is enough to 'make you smile' in itself apart from the café being a shining example of how organisations can work together.

The cafe at the specialist dementia care unit in Norwich is run by NANSA, a local charity which supports Norfolk people with disabilities. 

Currently one of NANSA's service users is being trained at the cafe and is gaining accredited qualifications and practical experience under the charity’s 'Train and Trade' initiative. 

This will soon be expanded with one service user being trained at the café each day.

The Lord Mayor, who is also president of NANSA, told assembled guests including Hammerton Court staff, NANSA representatives and service users: "We welcome this opportunity to work with the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust who have been very supportive throughout.

"It is a fabulous cafe with a fabulous name, which you can’t help saying without it making you smile."

NANSA created 'Train and Trade' as a range of social enterprises to enable its service users to gain the skills and qualifications to work towards employment in the future.

Michael Scott, Chief Executive, said: "Hammerton is a wonderful building, with a wonderful cafe. Working together in such as way is a superb idea which means we can also support people to get back into work."

Hazel Haresign, Project Co-ordinator at Hammerton Court, said: "The cafe has been welcomed by staff, patients and visitors alike and is proving a real success. 

"We are all delighted that we not only have a great cafe facility but are helping NANSA's service users to learn and develop new skills at the same time. Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy good quality food and great service."

The cafe is open Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm. The menu includes bacon rolls, halloumi rolls, jacket potatoes, paninis, wraps, cheese scones, croissants and brownies.