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Connect Yorkshire member, The Crescent have recently opened their own tea and coffee lounge to serve the local community.

The Crescent Tea & Coffee Lounge has been set up as a social enterprise and is doing its part to combat loneliness and isolation in the local area. They have signed up to a Pay Forward Scheme, whereby businesses or individuals can pay in advance for a cuppa and a slice of cake for people who may benefit from meeting up with other people and to enjoy having a chat.

They are also providing a cake delivery service whereby people can ring up and order a piece a cake for someone special or to simply cheer them up and put a smile on someone’s face, they come beautifully gift wrapped and are hand delivered by staff from The Crescent.

Café Supervisor Jennifer Wilby says:

“We want to encourage people of all ages to visit the Tea & Coffee Lounge and have even got a Chatty Café table set up. One of our aims as an overall business is to reduce loneliness and isolation and to bring people together talking, we believe our tea and coffee lounge is a perfect setting for this.”

As well as catering to the public, they are dedicated to offering employment to the community.

The Crescent is committed to employing young people to gain experience and learn new skills.

Managing Director of The Crescent, Paula Chamberlain says:

“We have proactively decided to employ young people who are just starting out in their careers, and this may be their first job. Our staff all get to spend time quality time learning with Jennifer, which is great for them. From a business point of view, it demonstrates that we are committed to the local community too.”

The Tea and coffee lounge is open Monday – Friday 8.30am-4.30pm and Saturday 9am – 2pm they serve premium hot and cold drinks, cakes, and light snacks. It is located at 32 Station Road, Batley.