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Wild Olive Tree cafe opens offering training to Glasgow homeless

Wild Olive Tree cafe opens offering training to Glasgow homeless

A new social enterprise cafe has opened on Buchanan Street offering work placements for the city's homeless.

The Wild Olive Tree cafe, launched inside St George’s Tron Church of Scotland, has partnered with Glasgow City Mission and Bethany Christian Trust to set up training opportunities for clients of the two charities.

Serving hot coffee and speciality baking, such as pear, ginger and vanilla scones, the cafe hopes to offer vulnerable people another chance at getting themselves back on their feet.

  (The Wild Olive Tree)
via STV via STV

"We’re a social enterprise cafe, so we’ll be taking on people who are just starting to get back into things and need to be re-skilled to get work," explained Wild Olive Tree trustee Jodi Hamson.

"Everything is handmade on the premises, including fresh cakes and soups, and we'll be offering clients of these charities a chance to try out various parts of the business.

"All profits we make will also be split between the charities to help those in need."

  (The Wild Olive Tree)
via STV via STV

Glasgow City Mission was the world’s first City Mission, originally launched in 1826. Since then, it has actively worked to provide care for vulnerable adults and children by fighting against poverty and disadvantage in Glasgow.

Nestled in the main sanctuary of the church, the cafe has been decorated with live olive trees, planting and clean lines to welcome hungry food lovers.

  (The Wild Olive Tree)
via STV via STV

"We’ve gone for real live olive trees which we’re trying really hard to keep alive," added Jodi.

"We're now open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am and welcome everyone to pop in and give our cafe a visit."

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