Residents from Quarryfields’ ‘The Platform’ bring Christmas to Exemplar’s Central Services

Residents from our Doncaster home Quarryfields who volunteer for the home’s very own pop-up coffee shop, ‘The Platform’, have raised an impressive £171.50 after hosting a Christmas arts and crafts stall at Exemplar’s Central Services in Rotherham.

Launched in the summer, The Platform, is a pop-up coffee shop in a former disused sandwich shop and has seen residents help choose the interior, complete barista training, bake sweet treats and work in the shop and to kick start the new venture, Chief Executive Euan Craig generously handed the volunteers a £600 loan from Exemplar.

To help Exemplar’s Central Services get into the Christmas spirit, The Platform volunteers set up their shop in one of the offices’ training rooms which boasted a range of Christmas crafts and treats including homemade decorations, Christmas cards, recipes and a chance to enter a raffle to win prizes.

On the day of the stall,  residents were ready to re-pay the loan to Euan, however, he has donated it to The Platform again, to not only honour their hard work but to help towards their next pop-up shop.

The group are already prepping for their next project – making and selling soup and sandwiches and in its early stages, the next pop-up will aim to combine the volunteers’ passion for gardening and growing vegetables along with creating their own sandwich fillings and combinations.

Euan said: “The Platform is such a fantastic project and everyone involved has worked so hard to make it the success it has become. It was fantastic to see The Platform volunteers hosting their own stall and to see the impressive collection of Christmas crafts and treats for sale.

“I am so proud of The Platform for raising enough money to give back and repay the loan, however, it is my pleasure to hand it straight back to help with the next stage of their venture.

“Well done to all involved and good luck with your first Christmas Fayre on Friday!”

The Platform are hosting their first Christmas Fayre on Friday 21 December. The festive afternoon, running from 4-6pm at The Platform, will host their own arts and crafts, homemade sweet treats and barista style coffee, but will also see local community groups host their own stalls at the fayre. Father Christmas will also be joining in on the fun!