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Mayor visits tea garden at Sheffield charity

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Peter Rippon visited the registered charity Enable in Harborough Avenue, seen here  with some of the people who use Enable.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Peter Rippon visited the registered charity Enable in Harborough Avenue, seen here with some of the people who use Enable.

A charity which helps people with learning and physical disabilities has opened a tea gardens within its grounds.

Enable Sheffield is a training organisation which helps people with disabilities from across the city.

The charity’s garden area has recently been refurbished at its premises on Harborough Avenue, Manor, and now features a tea garden.

To celebrate the opening the Mayor, Coun Peter Rippon, was invited to tour the facilities and enjoy afternoon tea.

Charity founder Alan Finchett said: “The tea garden was opened as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations.

“The mayor was very impressed and is coming back at Christmas.

“The waiting-on staff have all got learning or physical disabilities and it really helps them with their confidence and social skills serving members of the public.”

The tea garden sells food, including home-baked scones and cakes, which are made fresh on site by the learners every day.

The charity also runs a garden centre which is open to the public and sells plants grown in the charity’s gardens.

Alan added: “They are involved throughout the process from sowing the seeds to potting on the seedlings, transferring the plants to the garden, and harvesting the crop.”

All the proceeds raised through the tea garden and garden centre go back into the organisation.

The tea room is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to noon, and 1pm to 3.30pm.

The garden centre is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4pm, and at weekends during the spring.

There is also a car renovation programme, and areas for crafts and computers.

 

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