It was a pleasure to attend the launch of The Green Bean Café in Athenry, Co. Galway in the Athenry Primary Care Centre.
The Green Bean Café, a social enterprise that aims to empower young adults with intellectual disabilities; changing lives one brew at a time.
They are open in the Athenry Primary Care Centre, serving specialty coffee and teas and a selection of handmade sandwiches & pastries.
Green Bean operate like any other café; the only difference is their team is mostly made up of aspiring young Barista Apprentices. 100% of sales goes back into this initiative, empowering these young adults.
Minister Rabbitte said:
It was an honour to address the launch of The Green Bean Café in Athenry, Co. Galway in the Athenry Primary Care Centre.
Social Enterprises are businesses whose core objective is to achieve a social, societal or environmental impact.
The Green Bean Café’s mission is to create a community café that supports, trains and employs young people with learning difficulties, giving them valid employment within their communities, whilst empowering them and supporting them to transition into the world of work.
Their café reflect’s their core values; that social fairness and the protection of the planet will be a pre-condition of all their activity and their business practice will be honest and fair.
Their vision is to create a society where adults with learning disabilities have an equal and fair chance at obtaining and maintaining employment.
I cannot tell you how inspired I am by the Green Bean Café and would love to see this model take off throughout the county.