Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones visits The Platform

Residents from Exemplar’s Doncaster home Quarryfields enjoyed a visit from the Lord Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones and Doncaster Council’s Chief Executive Jo Miller as they dropped by the home’s pop-up coffee shop as part of their community tour.

Set up during the summer by residents who live at Quarryfields, The Platform is a unique pop-up project that has seen people from the home, who live with autism and learning disabilities, to create a coffee shop in a former unused sandwich shop, help choose the interior, complete barista training, bake sweet treats and work in the shop.

Mayor Ros Jones, alongside Chief Executive Jo Miller, took time to talk to all of the residents who have been involved in The Platform, learn about the project from lead Heather Johnson and meet other staff members from the home. Ros and Jo enjoyed some homemade Christmas cake, a tour of the shop and the outside garden area and even put their orders in to the shop for some Christmas treats.

Mayor Ros Jone said: “The Platform is a fantastic addition to Balby and I have been so impressed by all of the hard work that has gone into it. What has struck me the most is how The Platform has become a great community hub – both residents who work in the shop and the Quarryfields’ team have come together to get involved in the local area and that is great to see.

“Just talking to the people who work here, you can tell how passionate everyone is about working with the community. Well done to everyone involved and keep up the hard work.”

The Platform recently joined forces with Doncaster Council to hold a community street clean which saw residents of Quarryfields and people who live on Woodfield Road work together to tidy the street and paint decorative pictures on their dustbins.

Heather Johnson, Education Facilitator at Quarryfields and The Platform lead, said: “We would like to say thank you to Ros and Jo for visiting The Platform. We have worked so hard over the past year to get the shop up and running and it is fantastic for the both of them to see everything we have been doing, especially all of our activities in the community.

“We would also like to thank Doncaster Council who have been so supportive to us and helped us organise the visit. Our residents have shown an incredible progression in their communication and life skills since starting the project, which is a fantastic achievement for all involved.”

The shop’s volunteers are now gearing themselves up to host their first ever Christmas Fair which, as well holding a raft of festive activities for people to get involved in, will see groups from the community have a stall to showcase themselves.