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Council to open new cafe and donate day one profits to Comic Relief  

On Friday 15 March Barking and Dagenham Council is opening a new café called Relish@BLC and will donate all profits made on the day to Comic Relief.

The new café will be located in Barking Town Square and will be offering a tantalising new menu and will be mainly staffed by people with a learning disability, including support from the Maples.

As the launch of the café coincides with Red Nose Day, the Council decided to donate all profit from Relish, on the day, to Comic Relief and to help tie everything together a range of fun activities are planned for the community to enjoy and to help raise even more money.

Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Cllr Linda Reason, said: “I have seen the menu for Relish, and although we’re keeping it under wraps for now, I am confident that this café will provide an exciting new hospitality and catering venue for the town centre.

“The fact that Relish will mainly be staffed by people with a learning disability also helps this café stand out, I have met some of the staff and I know they are keen to start.  People with a learning disability can sometimes find it difficult to get employment, so I hope that this venture will help highlight their value in the workplace".

Planned for the day is the Great Barking Bake Off competition, in which people can follow the recipe provided to bake a Red Velvet Sponge and bring along their cake for judging at Relish on the day (£1 entry fee applies).

Also on the day will be a lunch time dance session, including Sha’bam and an attempt at the Harlem Shake – everyone attending is asked to wear red!

There is also a children’s hour in the afternoon, which will include lots of fun and games, as well as a decorating ‘cake-pop’ session.

For more information visit www.lbbd.gov.uk/relish