It was an amazing experience being able to serve the community last year running the Lightship Cafe. People commented that it was a positive environment. At Christmas last year The Mayor of Thurrock presented our young volunteers with certificates and lakeside vouchers.
Unfortunately late in 2012 the café had a fire which was due to arson. Although this was disappointing and affected our plans to run the project this year it has allowed us to have a longer period of time planning the next steps.
We met with Thurrock Council and they confirmed that we can run again next year. So we have a refurbished building to use and plan to open on Saturdays again starting in January and running until March 2014.
In terms of volunteers we have advertised via Ngage and Transformation Thurrock websites for opportunities such as washer uppers, waitering and kitchen staff, meeter and greeters and befrienders. Since that we have had over 10 people express an interest in volunteering.
If you would like to volunteer, the commitment to the project is to be available on a Saturday and be involved in training this year. We need to fill the role of volunteer Café Manager and Head Cook and other positions. If you are interested in volunteering in these or other positions then please make contact with us via the website or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
All our volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in training delivered by Grays Adult Community College via the ACE programme.
Training courses offered are
– customer care
– food hygiene
We will also be running our training induction training day in September.
“The lantern of the historic lightship has been returned to Grays and is a magnificent sight. The light has returned to Grays riverside. Go and visit one evening if you have time and capture a vision for Thurrock.” – Beverly Hoyte Project Manager.