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Vassall Café by Props

In June 2022 we opened the shutters on the Vassal Café by Props. It was a proud moment having taken huge amounts of work by staff and Trainees – months of developing and planning recipes, sourcing supplies, collecting equipment and seemingly endless cleaning, painting and decorating.

Working in the café has been a learning curve for Trainees, with new systems, health and safety, food preparation and customer service processes to grapple with.

But everyone has taken it in their stride and we’re so proud of how our team of Trainees have stepped up and flourished in their new roles of responsibility. 

For many Trainees this is their first experience in customer facing roles and it is fantastic to see their confidence grow with every interaction. 

The Vassal Café is a perfect stepping stone for Trainees to experience what is involved in working in a public facing café,  gain confidence and skills in their roles and explore if they want to work in our high street café and shop – Crafted by Props.

As our first café enterprise, this has also been a vital opportunity for Props to learn what working practices and support need to be in place to enable everyone who wants to be involved to access this workplace opportunity.

You can come along to the café to meet our wonderful team and sample our ever-evolving menu of homemade treats 5 days a week between 10.00 – 14.30 at The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ.

Our menu boasts a mouth-watering selection of sourdough Toasties made to order like red pepper, feta and basil, or try the kimchi, garlic, honey and gouda.

Take your pick of freshly baked cakes including blueberry and orange, vegan carrot and walnut, traybakes like miso brownie and raspberry bakewell slice. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

"Paid job is the target. It would be very very useful to earn my own money, knowing that I worked hard for that money."

Dive into Props Enterprises.

Crafted by Props is our high street Café, shop and exhibition space where we showcase the vibrant talent of our Trainees to the public.

Workshop by Props is the Creative heart of our social enterprises, where the products and design elements of our shop, brewery and cafes are born

Our Cycle Hub has the dual aim of providing work opportunities in bicycle maintenance and supporting Trainees to get out cycling with weekly guided rides.

Tapestry by Props aims to break down barriers in the brewing industry and create long term meaningful jobs for people who have disabilities

Our café in the Vassall Centre offers many Trainees their first experience in customer facing roles, allowing them to build confidence within a familiar environment.

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