Solihull charity The Family Care Trust is spending £300,000 on a purpose-built education centre and cafe despite the uncertain climate.
The charity, which has more than 120 employees offering community support, is diversifying into more commercial areas by offering business-based training courses and has invested in the new centre at Newlands Bishops Farm in Solihull.
The charity, against the backdrop of reduced funding, has also recently been successful in ISO9001 accreditation for the whole operation of the Family Care Trust, and will now begin the process of attaining the accreditation for the new education centre and cafe.
Chief executive Mark Melaugh said: “We have been under real pressure from funding by government and local authority, so expansion into less traditional areas for us as a charity are becoming increasingly important.
“This has seen us develop and extend our training schemes into the general business arena as FCT Training, whilst another project is our exciting new education centre and cafe.
“In the first six to 12 months of operation, this will give approximately 30 or so adults and young people with learning difficulties the social and employability skills that will be invaluable to them in the future”.
With help from funding from Hampton Manor, a local charity, Baily Thomas, a national charitable trust, and the Clothworkers Foundation, the new building will offer training opportunities in the catering industry with a modern and fully equipped kitchen, open to education and community groups.
And once open in the spring, the general public will be invited into the cafe.