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Manchester Cathedral's cafe helps unemployed

Manchester Cathedral Cafe
Image caption The Manchester Cathedral Cafe is the latest from the north of England chain

Unemployed and homeless people are being given the chance to change their lives through a scheme at Manchester Cathedral's cafe.

Catering business Create reopened the cafe, inside Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, on Tuesday.

They are offering trainees a chance to learn the catering trade while working there for three months.

Create is a social enterprise which also works in Leeds, Doncaster, Sunderland and Salford.

'Lives shattered'

Cathedral spokesman Anthony O'Connor said that although the cathedral had initially run the cafe, they wanted a new partnership to help the unemployed people of Manchester.

"People can come in and have a tea and scone in a cafe with great hospitality making a difference in people's lives," he said.

"Create is helping people overcome the barriers of homelessness and unemployment which, from a church's perspective, these are the exactly the issues we are working with."

The company takes on 50 trainees every 12 weeks and, through its training academy, they work towards a qualification in Food Safety.

Last year, Morrisons supermarket guaranteed 1,000 jobs for people who came from Create's academy.

Lucy Campbell, of Create, said: "When people come into our restaurant or cafe we do like to challenge them and say: 'spot our trainees'.

"Nine times out of 10 they can't and that's so rewarding for us.

"These are a group of people who, for one reason or another, have fallen on hard times.

"They've had their lives shattered and they need a place where they can rebuild hope, rebuild confidence and get real work skills."

Create started as a catering company in the kitchen of a night shelter in 2007.

It now helps more than 1,000 people every year.

The Cathedral Visitor Centre was opened by Queen Elizabeth in 2002.

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