Salvation Army reveals community café plans

Woolbrook News. Ref shs 6180-17-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Woolbrook News. Ref shs 6180-17-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Part of a Sidmouth newsagents could be transformed into a community hub featuring a café as well as space for cookery workshops and life skills training.

Plans have been submitted that could pave the way for half of Woolbrook News to be converted for use by The Salvation Army.

The newsagents will continue to run as normal.

Salvation Army leaders previously expressed their interest in securing a venue to operate a community café, as well as space to offer practical help for people who are vulnerable or in need.

In paperwork submitted to East Devon District Council (EDDC), the charity has formally requested permission to change the use of part of the shop area of the Woolbrook Road newsagents to a café.

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A dividing wall is proposed to separate the ‘upper level’ of the shop - which would continue operating as normal - from the café.

The Salvation Army is also applying for permission to use a flat above the newsagents as space for life skills training, education and Christian worship.

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A spokeswoman for the charity said: “For several months we have consulted with local schools, the neighbourhood police, the food bank and other community leaders to find out what provision would be most useful to the community.

“The café would serve simple, wholesome food and, it is hoped, would be open to the public six days-a-week and be a place where people would be assured of a warm welcome.”

The café would also offer cookery workshops, aimed at teaching people how to eat healthily on a budget.

The spokeswoman added: “It would also look to work with schools and the local food bank, offering free breakfasts for children who need them.

“It is hoped that in time it might also be possible for The Salvation Army to offer accredited learning in practical skills for young people.”

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