Coming soon – The Platform at Quarryfields



25 April 2018

Opening Today! The Platform at Quarryfields 

The big day has arrived! Head down to The Platform in Balby from 11:30am to join the team at the Grand Opening event. Doncaster’s Paralympic medal-winner turned actor Kevin Davies is cutting the ribbon at 12:30pm. 

Try the fantastic coffee, homemade treats and learn more about what’s coming up with the new shop.

Also, the Platform’s website, which is managed by staff and service users at The Platform is now live at

20 April 2018

Friends and family preview event a great success at The Platform

 The Platform Friends and Family preview

Today, The Platform team held a special preview event as they get ever closer to the official launch on Wednesday 25 April. Friends and family joined the team to sample the new coffee shop and try some freshly baked treats.

June and Peter, parents of Adam who lives at Quarryfields, said: ‘The Platform is just great for everyone and I can’t explain how amazing all of the staff and everyone involved have been to make it happen. We always like to support projects like this and the coffee shops looks and feels so professional!’

Service user Cassandra handed out samples of hot chocolate and lattes to friends and families. Cassandra also designed and made all of the aprons for volunteers.

Tracy, Occupational Therapist at Quarryfields, has worked with service users on the Platform project. She said: “Mark has been part of the education group since the beginning but since the launch of the Platform has been here every day and has been up early to make cakes. He is always the first one to get here and the last one to leave! Mark has shown so much more confidence since being part of The Platform.”

Service user Elaine said: ‘I’ve been part of the group to help set the coffee shop up. I was a bit nervous about coming along but I’ve really enjoyed it. It looks really good!’

If you haven’t already, please register your place at The Platform’s official launch on April 25.

12 April 2018

Kevin Davies visits The Platform

Doncaster’s Paralympic medal-winner turned actor Kevin Davies visited The Platform this week, ahead of the official launch on April 25. 

“I think the project at The Platform is a great idea; I hope the community around here gives it all the support it needs to take off.

“I will be providing support to The Platform as well; calling in every now and then for a coffee. I haven’t heard of anything like this before and that is why I am so interested.

“For me its a first and I think its a fantastic idea. I think its a great way of giving the service users a sense of achievement; they can now provide a service to their local community and be able to say ‘We are here come and see what we can do’.”

Service users have been perfecting their baking and coffee making skills ahead of the launch; this week Mark has made a peanut butter cake, and Cassandra received her Certificate in Infection Control. 

With just 13 days to go, the team at The Platform are busy preparing and perfecting their service.

If you haven’t already, please register your place at The Platform’s official launch on April 25, here.


3 April 2018

Baking begins at The Platform in Quarryfields

 The Platform in Quarryfields

The Platform is a new pop-up coffee shop on Woodfield Road, developed and staffed entirely by service users from Quarryfields, a home for individuals with learning disabilities next-door.  

Today, the team got Euan and Amanda baking a couple of the recipes for sweet treats they’ll be selling at The Platform following the official opening event on Wednesday 25 April. Euan and Cassandra made Malteser tray bake, while Amanda and Michael made shortbread.

Euan Craig, Chief Executive Officer at Exemplar Health Care, said: “It’s great to be part of such fantastic project and to get into the community and to be involved. Today has been a great example of rising to challenges – everyone has risen to the baking challenges today and it is great to be a part of that.

“The Platform Quarryfields project is a fantastic example of what we want all of our homes to be doing in the future. Projects like these are examples of how Exemplar as a company are really forward thinking and wanting to go to extra lengths for our service users.”

From barista training at Frazer’s Coffee Roasters in Sheffield, who taught the team how to make the perfect coffee, to budgeting, interior design, and training in health and safety and Food Hygiene, the Platform team have worked hard to develop all the skills they need to launch their new venture.

Service user Cassandra has made the uniforms for the new shop. She said: “I love taking part in activities– especially baking, so today has been fun. It was really good to have Euan and Amanda here today to help us make cookies. I love the things we get to do and I’m excited for the coffee shop to open.”

The Platform is set to launch on 25 April 2018 and will be officially opened by former Doncaster’s Paralympic medal-winner turned actor Kevin Davids.


25 March 2018

The Platform: the journey continues…

Last week we shared the news of an exciting new project, The Platform in Doncaster. An all-new venture in the heart of Balby, The Platform will provide a destination venue and an exciting range of pop-up shops – the first being an exciting new coffee shop.

Service users from specialist learning disability home, Quarryfields, visited Frazer at the Roasters in Sheffield last week, to learn about the importance of blending and roasting coffee beans to get the right flavour. Tasting various blends of coffee, service users and future baristas at The Platform, chose their preferred blend.

Frazer said “What an amazing project, with a vision and goal – starting their own pop up shop to develop skills and begin working. I look forward to visiting The Platform once it opens, and seeing how everyone is getting on with my coffee beans. Best of luck to everyone.”  

With just a few weeks left until the launch, our team at The Platform are getting ready to serve their first of many Flat Whites.


22 March 2018

Service users at Doncaster home Quarryfields, are putting the finishing touches to a new venture developed to provide volunteering opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

The Platform – a series of pop up shops, great coffee and tasty treats – is set to launch in April.

Exemplar Health Care is supporting service users to develop the Platform with a loan to cover initial costs – here’s Cassandra and Michael counting the funds, which they’ll be using to buy equipment for the coffee shop and stock for the first pop up shop.

We’ll be sharing lots of updates over the coming month check back next week for more updates on The Platform’s progress.