A CAFÉ run by volunteers in Grangetown, which offers cheap and healthy meals to local residents, has been officially reopened.

The Rainbow Café, based at Grangetown Children’s Centre, was reopened by Redcar and Cleveland’s Mayor, Cllr Dennis Teasdale, and World Darts Champion, Glen Durrant.

Thanks to funding from Sirius Minerals Foundation, the café has been recently refurbished, enabling volunteers to serve a greater number of customers and offer more ambitious, healthy menus.

The café serves two course meals at £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children. Residents can also receive benefits, parenting and school readiness advice at the café.

Glen Durrant, who brought his BDO World Darts Trophy, attended the cafe relaunch where he played Velcro darts with children. 

The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Cllr Dennis Teasdale, was in attendance to cut the ribbon to officially reopen the café, while families played games, took part in crafts, and children had their faces painted.

Councillor Craig Hannaway, Cabinet Member for Children at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “The café at the Children’s Centre is at the heart of the Grangetown community, and I’m delighted they have received this funding.

“This is such a valuable facility for families in the area, and I’d like to thank the volunteers who run the café, and the dedicated and passionate staff who support it. “

Grangetown Children’s Centre submitted a bid to Sirius Minerals Foundation and was awarded £4,082 for the refurbishment. The café was one of seventy-five charities, educational establishments and community groups from across North Yorkshire and Redcar and Cleveland which shared a total of £300,000 as part of the Foundation’s first round of funding.

The Sirius Minerals Foundation is a community fund and independent charity which was set up to share revenue from Sirius Minerals’ polyhalite project, to ensure that local people benefit directly from its success.

David Archer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Sirius Minerals Foundation, said: “The Foundation aims to provide and improve facilities that benefit the health and wellbeing of local people. We are delighted to help to bring a new lease of life to this fantastic facility which is at the heart of the Grangetown community and are pleased to play our part in its continued provision of education, health and wellbeing services for residents of all ages.”

To find out more about the Sirius Minerals Foundation grant-giving programme and its future rounds of funding, visit www.siriusmineralsfoundation.co.uk.