Novel Bite Café gives Foundation Learning students the skills for success

Students from Warrington & Vale Royal College are gaining valuable employability and life skills through running their very own café in the heart of the Winsford community.

Foundation Learning students from the college’s Warrington and Hartford Campuses attend the Novel Bite Café – situated in Winsford Library – each day, preparing and serving food to members of the public.

The café, which opened in 2014, was made possible thanks to students from across a variety of curriculum areas. Joinery students adapted the kitchen, public services students painted the café and graphics students designed the logo.

Sara Shaw, Lecturer in Foundation at the college, said: “The aim of the café is to give our students the chance to develop vital life and employability skills through real life work experience. They learn so much through being in this setting. It helps to improve their money handling skills and customer service, while also improving their confidence and enhancing their personal and social development.”

Café manager Sue Goodrich said: “From being here each day, I can see the improvement in the students’ self-esteem and confidence as well as the skills they are picking up from being here.”

Sara added: “The Novel Bite Café is a wonderful place for people to come and grab a bite to eat while visiting the library and it’s vitally important for our students, but not everyone knows we are here.

“Our students absolutely love dealing with members of the public – we would love for them to have more people to cater for.”

The Novel Bite Café is open Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 9.30am – 3pm, offering a range of refreshments, snacks and light lunches.