The Garden Café Recovery Group offers a therapeutic work environment that is creative, purposeful and fun. The Garden Café is open to the general public and offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere within the tranquility of our award-winning gardens in Cowley, East Oxford. The Garden Café is now the proud winner of the Oxfordshire Restaurant Award for Distinction and was voted 3rd most sustainable restaurant by Good Food Oxford.
The Garden Café supports adults with severe and enduring mental health problems, take control of their recovery, develop skills and lead meaningful lives.
With support from Staff and volunteers, members consider positive changes they wish to make, then set goals in order to attain these changes. We acknowledge that this can be hard work, so regular time is set aside to reflect on how things are going, both as a team and individuals.
The role in the café is for members to be part of a friendly team, and help run our ethical café, serving our community. You don’t need to have experience in kitchens or in retail. We are here to teach you. All you need to be is able to attend regularly and work with us.
Healthy lunch and breakfast provided.
Access to our in house training and learning new skills.
Developing confidence and abilities. Working in a supportive environment.
We can provide a reference for work or volunteering.
Links to other opportunities and progression coaching.
Members arrive between 9:00am and 9:15am. Our Breakfast Club is a time to socialise with each other.
At 9:30am we have our morning team meeting to plan the day and decide who is doing what. There are usually two people at the till, serving customers tea, coffee and cakes. The rest of the team is in the kitchen.
At 10:00am the café opens to the public. The kitchen team will begin prep work for lunches.
At 12 noon the kitchen is open for hot meals. We serve a variety of ethical and organic dishes and snacks.
At 2:00pm the kitchen closes and we start clearing everything away.
At 3:30pm the café closes and we have our end of day team meeting to discuss what happened during the day and how everyone found it.
All members leave around 3:45pm.
The day for café members runs from 9.15am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Lunch is provided. Members usually attend one or two days a week.