New skills for mums

Last week Barnardos arranged for a mobile coffee cart to pay a visit so that local mums could learn about the art of making a good coffee.

The mobile coffee van is a social enterprise run by Barnardos Wellington as part of their 'Beyond Barbed Wire' mentoring program.

The initiative aims to help mothers transition from the penal system by providing support as well as practical skills to assist them with gaining employment.

The mobile coffee van, named in honour of 'three wise women' at Barnardos being the former CEO, current CEO and the broader team who work for the organisation, usually attends festivals, markets and other events.

COVID restrictions have meant that the van was available to come to Warren, so Barnardos arranged for trainer Martha Smith to bring the van to town so that woman here could gain customer service and barista skills.

With child care taken care of by staff at Barnardos Warren, the ladies were free to learn more about the art of making good coffee.

The eager students undertook some online training before being introduced to the coffee machine in the van, where they had the opportunity to put theory into practice by making coffees and drinking them! "The van will be back here for the opening of the Youth Centre in Janary 2021," said local Barnardos Youth Worker Fleur Stubbs.

This article first appeared in the Warren Weekly.

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