Cafe awarded huge grant of £30,000

IN PICTURE: Martyn Swaby (corr) - Credit Union and Jeff Buck - Rumbletums, pictured at the Rumbletums Cafe in Kimberley.'STORY: NN LEAD: Rumbletums, a charity caf� dedicated to employing learning disabled youngsters, is working on creating a partnership with the Nottingham Credit Union.'PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK FEAR
IN PICTURE: Martyn Swaby (corr) - Credit Union and Jeff Buck - Rumbletums, pictured at the Rumbletums Cafe in Kimberley.'STORY: NN LEAD: Rumbletums, a charity caf� dedicated to employing learning disabled youngsters, is working on creating a partnership with the Nottingham Credit Union.'PHOTOGRAPHER: MARK FEAR

A cafe for waiting staff with learning disabilities has been awarded a grant of £30,000.

The grant is the biggest the cafe has ever had and will pay for support workers to help staff on a one to one basis.

Director and trustee Jeff Buck said: “We were very pleased to get it. We have had small grants in the past, particularly start up grants back in the beginning, but the most we have ever been awarded is about £5,000. So we’re very pleased indeed.”

The money will pay for support worker Emma Salinger, to stay in post for a further two years. She was employed in January on a year contract.

The cash will also pay for a new part time support worker to cover Saturdays, when it is most busy.

Mr Buck said: “It’s really important for us to be able to offer one-to-one support to the trainees in the café who need this level of help and assistance. We currently have a support worker in post but we could have only afforded to employ her until the end of the year if it wasn’t for this grant.”

The money came from Comic Relief via the Nottinghamshire Community Foundation.

Rumbletums, in Main Street, now offers a suspended coffee service. The tradition of suspended coffees originated in Naples 100 years ago and sees people buying an extra coffee for those who do not have much money to redeem at a later date.

Jeff Buck and his wife Michelle are stepping down as directors and trustees this week. Mr Buck said it was time for fresh blood and he wanted to spend more time with family.