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Spalding wellbeing charity's new cafe given a helping hand by Bakkavor volunteers

Spalding health and wellbeing charity Tonic Health’s latest venture - a community café in Surfleet - was given a helping hand by a group of employees from Bakkavor.

The team kindly volunteered some helping hands towards the project, with fence painting and internal decorating works, alongside kitchen fitter Steve Smith and plasterer Shaun Bignell.

Tonic 44, based at 44 Station Road in Surfleet, will be opening its doors to the public this month following major renovation work to the former art gallery.

Volunteer Sharon Spikings checks plaster work in the new kitchen area prior to painting.
Volunteer Sharon Spikings checks plaster work in the new kitchen area prior to painting.

It will be open seven days a week as a community café and host a variety of activities and groups as an extension to the work the charity provides, especially in the dementia and mental health fields.

The toilets will also be made available to the local public, providing a much-needed facility in the village, especially being next door to Glen Park which doesn’t have such amenities. The café will also provide a base for Spalding Hockey Club to entertain their playing visitors after matches on Saturdays.

Chair of trustees for Tonic Health Michael Morris welcomes people looking for volunteer opportunities to enhance their employability and gain useful skills by working at the café.

"We are especially keen to encourage those who are unable to work due to health or other reasons who are currently not ‘job ready’ but are keen to work in a supportive and encouraging environment and gain the necessary confidence to get them back up and running and hopefully find employment further down the line," he said.

The café will provide light bites, hot and cold drinks and aims to become a focal point for the people of Surfleet and the wider area to meet and socialise.

More information can be found at www.tonic-health.co.uk or by calling Tonic Health on 01775 725059.

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