A charity based in Kidderminster, which helps people living with learning disabilities and autism find love and friendship, was delighted to receive a £1,000 cheque from Barchester’s Charitable Foundation to help fund their new weekly coffee shop.

Our Way Self Advocacy was presented with the cheque on 4th May by one of Barchester’s Charitable Foundation’s trustees, Michael Butler, who works at local care home, Hollyfields Care Home in Kidderminster.

Our Way Self Advocacy runs a range of projects aiming to improve the lives of people living with learning disabilities and autism.

Their ‘Stars in the Sky’ project, which focuses on helping people find friendship and romance, has just launched a new coffee shop in Kidderminster for their members. The coffee shop runs every Thursday and offers a relaxed social setting for individuals to get to know each other.

Catherine Quekett, Manager at Our Way Self Advocacy said: “We are very grateful for this £1,000 grant from Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, which will go towards funding our new coffee shop project. We are really excited about the coffee shop, which is already very popular with our members after just a few initial sessions.”

Michael Butler, a Barchester’s Charitable Foundation trustee said: “Our Way Self Advocacy is changing the lives of people in our community and Barchester’s Charitable Foundation are proud to be able to support their latest project. This year the Foundation is focusing on offering grants that will help tackle isolation and ‘Stars in the Sky’ does just that. It was a pleasure to present the cheque to Catherine and John.”