Rugby MP Mark Pawsey praised our community café at Moriarty’s after his recent visit. This venture provides a great opportunity to raise money for New Directions who run Moriarty’s, but also gives the volunteers an opportunity to develop their money management skills, learn about food hygiene and the importance of preparing food in a clean environment. This is a local charitable venture works in partnership with Futures Unlocked. Those out shopping in Rugby can pop in for tea, coffee, cakes and home-made soup which is prepared and served by some of those at New Direction’s Day Opportunities service.

 

All the money made on a Monday by Moriarty’s goes into supporting New Directions. Futures Unlocked are a Rugby based charity who work with ex-offenders to help them lead crime-free lives after their release. Only 35% of those who Futures Unlocked support go on to reoffend, over 10% less than the national average

Speaking after visiting, Mark commented, “Both New Directions and Futures Unlocked are charities I know very well and which I am always very pleased to support. I was delighted to see them come together to help some of the most disadvantaged in our society and it’s a great opportunity for some of those who New Directions works with to gain some valuable skills and experience of working in the world.”

Mark continued, “Moriarty’s is a great community asset and one which is now working with multiple different charities in the local area to raise funds and awareness of some really important challenges which sadly do not always get the visibility they deserve. I hope that Rugby’s shoppers will drop in for a coffee and cake if they have the opportunity, as it’s a really easy way to support some excellent causes.”

Day Opportunities Manager Carol Payne said, “Moriarty’s is a wonderful opportunity for individuals supported by New Directions to gain valuable work experience by serving in the café and preparing a range of food and drinks. The café is located in the heart of Rugby, a warm welcome is guaranteed.”