A NOT-FOR-PROFIT educational community centre in Trafford has opened a new café.

The Hideaway in Partington has opened a giant ‘Noah’s Ark’ café which doubles as an education suite for people to meet volunteers who can provide training and mentoring support.

The project comes amidst a £2 million social investment cash injection from Trafford Housing Trust.

The Trust aims to invest £2 million a year through its Social Investment Fund into projects that tackle poverty, address inequality, strengthen families and improve employment opportunities.

An investment of £29,200 for the café came from the fund while £5,000 came from Wates Construction.

The community hub also offers classes in parenting and life skills, such as money management, an office and private meeting space and a large seating area for children’s parties.

The formal opening event was attended by representatives, staff and volunteers from The Hideaway, along with representatives from Trafford Housing Trust and Wates Construction.

Fay Jackson, Social Investment Fund manager at Trafford Housing Trust, said: “The Hideaway offers a fantastic facility for the whole community and we are delighted to support them through social investment funding.

“We look for community projects with the same social values as Trafford Housing Trust. The finished project looks phenomenal and will be a great asset to the community.”