Boonah's Community Cafe 11 celebrates second birthday

HOSPITALITY SKILLS: Community Cafe 11 workers Minai Trosky, Rachel Gillow, Shane Haynes and Anton Ortel.
HOSPITALITY SKILLS: Community Cafe 11 workers Minai Trosky, Rachel Gillow, Shane Haynes and Anton Ortel.

A CAFE which teaches hospitality skills to unemployed youth and people with a disability is celebrating its second birthday.

Community Cafe 11, which operates from Boonah's Carinity Fassifern Community Centre, turned two on July 12.

Samantha Caves from Carinity Fassifern Community Centre said workers were taught aspects of running a cafe including customer service, time management, communication skills, problem solving, making coffee, cooking, baking, money handling and food safety.

They catered for dinner functions several times a month.

"The cafe also provides on-the-job training and opportunities for people with a disability to feel empowered as they achieve their own personal goals," Ms Caves said.

Cafe workers, who are between 15 and 44 years old, are impacted by conditions like cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities and complex mental health issues.

"Being part of an inclusive and supportive atmosphere at the cafe has fostered relationships with the greater community and broken down misconceptions about what people with disabilities can achieve if given the opportunity," Ms Caves said.

BARISTA: Rachel Gillow making coffee at Community Cafe 11.

BARISTA: Rachel Gillow making coffee at Community Cafe 11.

Cafe workers recently commenced their biggest catering job to date, during which they fed 80 tradespeople working on the redevelopment of the Churches of Christ Care Fassifern aged care home in Boonah.

For the next year they will prepare and serve smoko, lunch and coffee to construction workers from a food van located on-site.

Community Cafe 11 is open to the public every Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 12pm and Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm at Carinity Fassifern Community Centre on Little High Street, Boonah.