PCC visits pop up cafe where youngsters created and cooked their own menus (26 Feb 2014)

A pop up café where youngsters created and cooked their own menus was visited by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire this week.

Youngsters aged between 12 and 15 from St George's Community Centre hosted a celebration evening at their very own Lupset Lounge this week where they worked as waitresses and waiters and served food to guests including Mark Burns-Williamson.

Guests were served Italian food by the participants who had studied how to greet customers front of house, how to waitress and how to cook.

The six-week course was funded by a Wakefield Council project called Positive Activities which gives children positive projects to inspire them which means they will not turn to anti-social behaviour. They all received a certificate for their achievements on the night this week.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "I pledged to work with communities and organisations such as schools and the voluntary sector to open up opportunities for young people that will put them on a path away from anti-social behaviour or crime and are supported.

"When I asked communities how crime and anti-social behaviour could be tackled people told me that opportunities for young people, such as after school clubs, activities, and education were important.

" That is why projects and opportunities such as these at St George's Community centre are essential in ensuring young people turn away from anti-social behaviour and become role models themselves. "Following a visit to the centre last year I was honoured that they invited me back to this enjoyable evening at their 'pop-up restaurant' idea and I was very impressed by their work and skills in dealing with customers."

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Mark Burns-Williamson at the pop up cafe with aspiring chefs
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