Cafe aims to reduce stigma in Kingaroy
THE Endeavour Foundation's new cafe at the Kingaroy Kitchen has opened.
Manager Paul Lowe hoped the new venue would help reduce community stigma towards people with disabilities.
"We all know it's a cruel world out there and if you attach a disability to that cruel world, well there are some horrible things that go on in the local community and the wider community,” Mr Lowe said.
"By having the community engage with people with disabilities, it can break down barriers that are here in Kingaroy.”
Mr Lowe said a wide range of food would be available at the cafe.
"You can expect the highest quality food, from steak sandwiches, we have scallops on special, fish of the day, scones and muffins,” he said.
The Kingaroy Kitchen has been open for about 25 years, providing residents with disabilities the chance to work in a welcoming workplace, making biscuits, jams and other products.
The business employs 29 people with a disability.
Staff member Malcolm Selaay said he had worked at the kitchen for about 10 years.
"It's been pretty good. I've made a lot of new friends,” he said.
Mr Selaay said he was excited to work in the new cafe.