Star baker at The Platform in Doncaster

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.

Mark is a new volunteer at The Platform, Balby’s new pop-up shop, run by service users from specialist care home Quarryfields.

Mark said,: “I jumped at the chance to volunteer, as the baking takes me back to being a boy – and now I am Star Baker! It has boosted my confidence a lot; and baking has become my new passion.”

Another volunteer, Michael, has also expressed the importance volunteering at The Platform himself; “I am so proud of myself for volunteering; my sister and brother-in-law recently came to visit and tried my cakes. They had a great time and also said they are very proud of me.”

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…

Fancy a cake or a coffee? Plan your trip to The Platform now –

For more information on the service user initiative, or about Quarryfields, email