The Clink Café celebrates official opening

By Georgia Ward

The Clink Charity was delighted to host the official opening of The Clink Café on Monday 3rd September.

Set in the Grade II-listed Canada House on Chepstow Street, the new café follows in the footsteps of The Clink’s four award winning restaurants in supporting the rehabilitation of offenders.

During the event, The Clink Charity’s chairman, Finlay Scott and chief executive, Chris Moore, shared the story behind the vital work done by the charity before the Bishop of Manchester, Rt Rev David Walker discussed the importance of providing people with a second chance at life. Clink Graduates Chrissy and Emily concluded the evening by sharing their own stories and how The Clink Charity has provided them with an opportunity that they never thought was possible.

The guest list included Warren Smith JP; Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester; Councillor June Hitchen, The Lord Mayor of Manchester; Rev Pete Horlock; Councillor Ronnie Wilson, Salford Ceremonial Mayor and Pat Wilson, Mayoress; Bishop John Arnold and Councillor Stephen Coen, as well as Clink Trustees David Walker and Sue Harrison.

The Clink Café offers local businesses and shoppers the ideal place to stop for lunch or coffee, while training the staff to gain their accredited City and Guilds NVQ level 2 in Food and Beverage Service, as well as Barista skills.

To find out more about The Clink Charity, its prisoner training restaurants and schemes, and how you can get involved, please visit www.theclinkcharity.org.