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Forest Gate cafe opens to keep children off the streets

PUBLISHED: 10:28 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:41 16 February 2017

Anne Collard (co-founder), Carol Murraine, Geoffrey Barber (foundation founder) and wife Daphne

Anne Collard (co-founder), Carol Murraine, Geoffrey Barber (foundation founder) and wife Daphne

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A new cafe opened its doors to keep children away from a life of crime.

Anne Collard (co-founder), Carol Murraine, Geoffrey Barber (foundation founder) and wife DaphneAnne Collard (co-founder), Carol Murraine, Geoffrey Barber (foundation founder) and wife Daphne

Cafe Ciao, an American style dnner, officially opened up inside the Eastside Young Leaders Academy, in Bignold Road, Forest Gate yesterday.

The academy received a £2,000 donation from Ciao Foundation, a charity that provides awards and recognition to encourage people to be confident in their ability to overcome any challenge, to start up the hub.

Carol Murraine, head of intervention, said: “It’s quiet exciting for the students, as it’s a space they can use outside of their lesson time.

“It will get these children of the streets, as its a place for them to come hang out.”

The leadership development organisation, which helps young people, who are at risk of social and educational exclusion to overcome the challenge and attraction of gangs and crime.

Geoffrey Barber, founder of the foundation, said: “This is an opportunity for young people to take advantage of this space.

“In 2001 I had a bad accident, where I got 20 different fractures, thanks to my wonderful and hard working family, I now want to help others over come their own challenges.

“We want to see them benefit from it and look forward to hearing how they progress.”

The cafe will be run by the youngsters, who attend the academy, to give them the opportunity to business, leaderships and service skills.

Visit eyla.org.uk for more information.


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