Located on Chepstow Street, The Clink Café will offer local businesses and shoppers the ideal place to stop for lunch or coffee. The striking, refurbished warehouse beautifully blends modernity with the traditional surroundings of the historic building.
Following the success of the four Clink Restaurants, the new café will continue the great work the charity does in the rehabilitation of offenders and will focus on training Clink Graduates and homeless clients of the Centrepoint Charity to gain their accredited City and Guilds NVQ level 2 in Food and Beverage Service as well as Barista skills.
Opening in mid-April, the team will be serving a range of food and drink using fresh, high quality, seasonal ingredients. With a strong brand identity, the café will replicate the core values of The Clink Charity at its heart.
“We are delighted to be opening The Clink Café and to be partnering with a landlord like LJ Real Estate, which shares our values," comments Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity. "Our Clink restaurants have proved incredibly successful and the café will give us the opportunity to continue the training and provide our graduates with the chance to achieve their full potential.
"Working with Centrepoint, as we do with Clink Events, allows us to expand the great work both charities do to help those who need a second chance.”
The Clink Charity is an innovative rehabilitation initiative that represents a genuine opportunity for change. Training up to 160 prisoners a day, prisoners work 40 hours per week whilst working towards gaining accredited NVQ qualifications in Food Preparation, Food Service and Food Hygiene. The ultimate goal of the charity’s work is to reduce reoffending rates through providing those who want and deserve a second chance in life the opportunity to gain work experience and qualifications to help them to secure employment on release.