A church and a charity have teamed up to create a city centre café that helps Leicester’s economy

The chapel café initiative has provided work placements for your people during lockdown.

Fourth from the left: Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan and the Chapel Café team

Based in Bishop street, the Chapel Café is run in partnership by the award-winning local charity, Zinthiya Trust, and the Bishop Street Methodist Church.

The Chapel Café has been running since 2013 supporting the local community. In particular, it has assisted young people and people with disabilities throughout the pandemic to build skills and move into education or employment.

Founder of the Zinthiya Trust, Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan, said: “Like every local business, the lockdown has had an impact on the Chapel Café.

“However, it has now reopened and we are continuing to support our beneficiaries while creating a safe space for local people and groups to meet and socialise adhering to the social distancing guidelines.”

Since opening, the café has provided apprenticeships, paid work and work placements, which have been a welcome contribution to Leicester’s local economy.

Photos by Jay Nandha

The café also acts as a hub for local groups. It provides meeting spaces and opportunities for exhibitions and other events including music shows and fundraising events.

Zinthiya added: “We will not be able to continue the work we do without local support. We encourage anyone to visit us to enjoy freshly made food and drink at an affordable price in a relaxing and safe environment.”

Profits generated by the Chapel Café support those suffering hardship and disadvantage in Leicester.

The Chapel Café is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

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