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Please donate to our Give us Some Juice campaign to save Mencap's Finchley juice bar
Donations are starting to come in for The Times Series’ Give us Some Juice Campaign.
On Wednesday we launched a campaign to save a juice bar run by people with learning disabilities.
Drink it Juice Bar, at Finchley Youth Theatre, in High Road, East Finchley, faces closure at the end of the year if it fails to raise at least £5,000 to cover its costs.
The bar has trained 14 adults with learning disabilities to serve customers their healthy fruit shakes every Saturday from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
The bar also gives disabled people a chance to get paid, as well as gain qualifications in customer services, health and safety and first aid.
Laura Davitt, project coordinator, said: “The juice bar is really important because we’re training people who would never get the opportunity to work in a paid environment – it’s very rare.
“For the people we’ve trained it’s been a big part of their lives. It’s a way for them to access the outside world. They’re meeting people they wouldn’t normally meet and doing things they wouldn’t normally do.
“It would be a great shame if the juice bar has to close. We want to give as many people with learning disabilities the chance to access our services, while encouraging healthy eating and living.
“Too much time and effort has gone into making this happen for it to be wasted now.”
Barnet Mencap received a corporate grant from Barnet Council to set up the juice bar last July, but the funding ran out in December, leaving the project running entirely on its profits.
Giulia Capitelli, who works at the juice bar, said: “We really enjoy working there. It keeps us occupied, we learn to make healthy drinks and it gives us an idea of what working is like.
“It also makes us get out and about and we meet new friends and work as a team.
“I would love it to stay open – it would be very sad if it has to close.”
The Times Series will keep you up to date with its battle to keep the juice bar open for business.
For more information about Barnet Mencap visit www.barnetmencap.org.uk or to make a donation to the Give us Some Juice campaign go to www.justgiving.com/drinkitjuicebar
If anyone has any fundraising ideas please email Emma Phippen on firstname.lastname@example.org