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Cafe Równik: Equality Cafe With Disabled Staff Opens In Wrocław

The new cafe employs staff with intellectual disabilities

An 'equality cafe' recently opened in Nadodrze has created new jobs for young people with intellectual disabilities.

Located at Jedności Narodowej 47, Cafe Równik is partly staffed by young people with mental disabilities.

The cafe aims to make its disabled staff feel like fully-fledged participants of Wroclaw life by giving them the chance to serve customers and chat with city residents.

The project has been made possible thanks to a grant of 74,000zł, public donations and income from selling 2nd-hand items.

According to Gazeta Wyborcza, the 11 people selected for work have undergone training under the supervision of a local gastronomic school in Wrocław. They have also completed internships at a pizzeria and restaurant. 

Małgorzata Młynarska, a speech therapist from the "Dyna Lingua" Association, says that Cafe Równik will give its disabled staff the chance to "grow into independent adults who are able to communicate with others normally."

The cafe is open from 9am-7pm everyday of the week except Sunday, when it operates between 9am and 5pm.

According to the Cafe Równik website, besides coffee customers can expect to find tea, homemade lemonade, freshly squeezed juices, homemade cakes, sandwiches, other snacks and lunch dishes. Vegans and vegetarians will also be catered for.

Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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