New Café At Rochdale Infirmary Looking For Customers And Workers!

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New Café At Rochdale Infirmary Looking For Customers And Workers!
04 November 2015

A NEW café has opened at Rochdale Infirmary and is inviting both customers to sample its goods and volunteers to help run it.

The Aroma Community Coffee Shop opened in the busy outpatients department at Rochdale Infirmary on 5 October 2015.

Open five days a week, Monday to Friday from 9.00am until 3.00pm, the shop which is part of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust which runs Rochdale Infirmary, sells a wide range of coffees, sandwiches, salads, toast and toasted teacakes, assorted cakes, confectionery, bottled drinks, newspapers and greetings cards.

Open to patients, carers, visitors and staff, the café is looking for volunteers to help run it.  They will be given full training by The Pennine Acute Trust’s catering department and would need to be available to give their support from 8.45am until noon or from noon until 3.15pm.

Julie Leonard, retail manager for the Trust, said: “We are really pleased to have opened the café at Rochdale Infirmary.  Ensuring patients, carers and visitors can have a break in a pleasant environment is very important to the Trust.

“If anyone is interested in volunteering in the café or in another role at Rochdale Infirmary, we would be delighted to hear from them.  Please contact the voluntary services department on 0161 604 5892.”

Jonathan Preston is one volunteer who gave up some of his spare time to help out in the café.  He said: “I am enjoying the experience, I like meeting people, and I feel as if I am giving something back after being a patient in the hospital.”

Any profits generated by the café will be reinvested into making continual improvements in patient care across the Trust.

The Aroma coffee brand was developed by NHS Facilities Scotland and ensures that the same quality of products and services which you would expect in a high street coffee shop retailer are replicated in Aroma coffee shops.  The Aroma community branch was created to be run by volunteers or young unemployed people so that they could develop skills which would increase their chances of getting a job.

Pictured are Kirstin Schofield and Pam Boulton, volunteers at Rochdale Infirmary’s Aroma Community Coffee Shop.