The next journey begins at The Platform

Service users at The Platform have been developing their skills and fast becoming more confident with excellent customer service. The Platform, a new initiative at Doncaster care home, Quarryfields, is a series of pop-up shops, open to the public and run by service users from the home.

Volunteers at The Platform have been successfully running a pop-up coffee shop for a few weeks now, where they have developed their baking, customer service, planning and organization skills. New volunteers have recently signed up and committed to working longer hours as part of the team.

The Platform has hired out space for meetings over coffee and cake, and other visitors have enjoyed breakfast. Local builders working on nearby homes have begun to stop by, setting up accounts for daily coffee and cake! A World Cup sweepstake took place in June, which involved baking the national cakes of each country – including Orange Cake for Spain. The winner of the sweep will win the cake of their choice! Even more exciting – The Platform is now listed on Trip Advisor, and has achieved a 5 star rating from Environmental Health!

As the pop-up coffee shop comes to a close, volunteers at The Platform are getting ready for their next project. Whilst the full details are being kept under wraps for the great reveal, we spotted a big clue with lots of activity in the fruit and vegetable garden at Quarryfields….

On Wednesday 29 August, The Platform is running a ‘Clean your street day’ in association with the local council. Artists will be helping the local community and service users to paint pictures on their bins to make them look more appealing when out for collection. Local councilors have been asked to donate a skip, sweeping brushes and litter pickers for the day, allowing residents to take part in a big street clean-up. As the date closes in, we’ll let you know how it goes!

The Platform pop-up shop is developed and staffed entirely by service users from Quarryfields, part of Exemplar’s Making It Happen programme. The Platform will feature a series of pop-up shops, each running for around 10 weeks, providing service users from different backgrounds, abilities and conditions to plan, budget create and run the themed shops.

The Platform’s website, which is managed by staff and service users at The Platform is now live at and you’ll find all the latest news there.