Residents are relishing the chance to eat, drink and chat at a new community café set up in Eastfield Community Centre in Scarborough.
Paula’s Pantry was established with the help of £1,500 from the locality budget of North Yorkshire County Councillor Tony Randerson, who represents Eastfield and Osgodby. Locality budgets allow the 72 county councillors to respond to local needs and requests by recommending funding of up to £5,000 to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.
The funds generated by the community café, which is run by volunteers, will be ploughed back into the community centre.
Mick Barnett, of the community centre and volunteer at Paula's Pantry, said: "Paula's Pantry is now open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8am to 2 pm. It was able to get started with the help of Cllr Randerson’s locality budget and since we opened it has gone from strength to strength and we are doing a good thing for our community.
“A very big thank you to all concerned including our seven volunteers who give their time to make us a success."
Cllr Randerson said: “It was indeed a pleasure to recommend utilising £1,500 of my county council locality budget to help to set up a much required community cafe in Eastfield. This has been a resounding success since the doors opened to the residents. It provides a very welcome meeting place in Eastfield, which was sadly lacking before.’’