Finance Minister visits Orchard Cafe @ The Grove


On the 13th August Department of Finance Minister Conor Murphy MLA  announced an allocation of £7Million to the Social Enterprise Sector here in Northern Ireland. There has also been a further allocation of £2.5Million for the Safe Re-Opening of Voluntary & Social Enterprises.

Visiting Orhard Cafe @ The Grove, the Finance Minister met with Joan McGinn, CEO Orchardville ; Gareth Kirk, GLL social enterprise; and Colin Jess, director of Social Enterprise NI.

Orchardville believe that with the right support, any individual with a learning disability or autism can reach their full potential and achieve their employment aspirations. The Orchard Cafe @ the Grove is a social enterprise that provides meaningful work experience opportunities to people with learning disability and/or autism who wish to pursue employment in the catering, hospitality and tourism sectors. The Cafe works in partnership with GLL, which manages 14 leisure centres in Belfast.

Joan McGinn, CEO Orchardville was delighted with the announcement and said ,”Great to have the Minster for Finance visit Orchard Café @ The Grove to hear and see first-hand the impact that our social enterprise business has on our staff and participants with learning disability and autism. Lockdown has been a challenging time for our social enterprise businesses but we are determined to build back stronger and welcome the funding announced by the Minster for the social enterprise sector.”


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