Flightpath Fund Award for Bishopbriggs Community Cafe

Duncan Stevenson of Glesga Roasters with Councilor Rosie O’Neil, who sits on the FlightPath fund committee

Glesga Roasters works with people in recovery and rehabilitation to help them build confidence, prepare them for work, and become skilled coffee roasters and baristas.

Thereafter, clients are fully integrated into work placements before transitioning into full-time employment.

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Money from the FlightPath Fund is being used to help furnish the new cafe at Bishopbriggs Community Church, where Glesga Roasters is based.

Duncan Stevenson, Chief Operating Officer, said: “This award from the FlightPath Fund will enable us to properly furnish the cafe, which we hope will be a real asset to the local community and an ideal training base for our baristas.

“The Glesga Roasters team would like to take this opportunity to thank the Fund Committee for their support of our work in the Bishopbriggs area and beyond.”

Run by 12 volunteers, Glesga Roasters trades directly and fairly with coffee cooperatives in Rwanda, DR Congo, Brazil and other countries in the Global South.

Over £90,000 is being made available from the fund in 2022 and the committee is urging neighboring groups and organizations to submit applications for sustainability-themed projects aimed at improving the environment in local airport communities .

Councilor Rosie O’Neil, who sits on the FlightPath Fund committee on behalf of East Dunbartonshire Council, said: ‘Glesga Roasters is a great example of a community business doing fantastic work both locally helping some of our most vulnerable citizens to learn new skills and ensuring that coffee farmers in some of the world’s most disadvantaged regions are treated fairly.

The next meeting will be on June 17 and applications should be submitted no later than three weeks before the meeting.

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