Polmont community cafe open for business

Ania Sandland with husband Frazer and children Lauren and Scott
Ania Sandland with husband Frazer and children Lauren and Scott

A Polmont couple have opened a new cafe in the village and hope to use it to help unemployed and vulnerable people find work in the community.

Ania Sandland (33) and her husband Frazer (39) have secured funding for the social enterprise which is now operating from a unit in Polmont Shopping Centre near the Co-operative supermarket store.

The committed couple hope The Gingerbread Cafe will be a “hub” where local people and groups can meet and enjoy quality, affordable food.

Mother-of-two Anna, who has a social science degree, said: “We have always wanted to open our own cafe and we thought this would be great way to do it.

“Being a social enterprise, we can offer long-term unemployed people and those with health problems a chance to work and gain skills that can help them find full-time work.

“There are many benefits people can take advantage of here.

“We hope the cafe will become a community hub for other projects too and hope to find volunteers to take part.”

The cafe will sell low cost coffee, tea, cakes and light lunches.

Ania and Frazer have been given a BP Loan, a grant from the Sons of the Rock Society and a further grant to help set up the project. As it is a social enterprise, all profits will go to funding the project.

For more information contact Ania through the cafe on Facebook, email admin@forthvalleyenterprise.co.uk or call 07825 746845.