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Newham’s first ‘deaf café’ opens in Beckton

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Newham’s first ‘deaf café’ opens in Beckton

24th February 2017
The first ‘deaf café’ in Newham has been opened at St Mark's Community Centre in Beckton, which is managed by Caritas Anchor House.

Café No.43 is run by Luca Cusnini, an Italian chef with impaired hearing who approached St Mark's Community Centre for support last year to realise his dream of running his own café.

Now, thanks to the support provided by the Centre, Café No.43 is open and in full swing. As well as serving food to members of both the deaf and hearing community, Luca will offer catering training for deaf and hearing impaired people who would like to work in the industry.

Speaking via an interpreter, Luca said “I like to see it when people like my food. It makes me proud. I have energy so I will succeed.”

Café No.43 is now the second service to benefit members of the deaf community running at St Mark’s, which also has a well-established Friends Deaf Club. The club was launched in 2015 and gives an opportunity for deaf and hearing people who sign to socialise, and it also offers advice and awareness days. When launched, it was the first of its kind in the local area.

Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House said “I am delighted to see that with support of our community centre, Luca has broken down barriers and realised his dream.

“Caritas Anchor House has guided St Mark’s to further develop its support services for marginalised members of our community. Now, in addition to providing services to the deaf community, it also has services for older people, those with disabilities, as well as sports and fitness classes.”
Café No.43 is open Monday-Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm, at 218 Tollgate Road, Beckton, London E6 5YA.

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