Cafe with ‘Space to Change’ facility now open in Cromer
PUBLISHED: 15:58 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:58 19 July 2018
A cafe, complete with a first for Cromer, a much-needed ‘Space to Change’ facility that people with physical disabilities can use, is now open.
The Honey Pot Cafe is based at a former clothes store in Louden Road, just off Bond Street in the town centre, and staff have already received some excellent feedback.
It’s run by Allcare Community Support (ACS) whose day centre for children and adults with learning disabilities, which has been in the town for more than four years, is further up the road.
Donna Mack, cafe manager, said: “We have had people in wheelchairs coming in. They’re so grateful that this facility is here.”
Shannon Smith, marketing and administrative assistant for ACS, said: “Our main aim is to make people aware of its main use, which is the ‘Space to Change’. With very few around north Norfolk, it’s essential we spread the word.
“The ‘Space to Change’ gives people with disabilities a toilet facility suitable for their own needs. The facility has to be a certain size to meet the requirements of moving around a wheelchair. It also has to include the right equipment such as a ceiling mounted hoist to be able to lift someone out of a wheelchair to access a changing bed or toilet.”
The cafe also boasts a Lego workstation which can be used as a sensory tool for autistic children.
Nicki Durrant, who is office manager at the ACS day centre, said: “The cafe will fund the building and staff so the toilet, which cost £5,000, can be open. We’re hoping to get some new signage to tell people we’re here. We’re open every day and will probably be open later during Cromer Carnival.”
Her student son Nathan Durrant is helping out at the cafe during the summer.
The cafe is dog friendly and sells hot and cold drinks, sweet and savoury treats and afternoon tea. It also sells salads, sandwiches and rolls, and plans to serve breakfast in the near future.
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