GIBRALTARIANS suffering from mental health issues have been offered supported employment through a revolutionary new catering initiative.

The initiative, headed by Positive Pathways and Clubhouse Gibraltar, has seen a new cafeteria constructed at Ocean Views Mental Health Hospital.

The facility will be staffed by those suffering from mental health issues to help them take their first steps in getting back to full time employment.

The facility is now open to all the users, visitors and staff at Ocean Views, Hillsides Residential Home and the Bella Vista Day Centre.  

“The cafeteria will be operating using a social enterprise model, with an emphasis on social reinvestment,” Darryl Britto, Positive Pathway’s Project Manager told the press.

“We are working in partnership with Clubhouse Gibraltar in offering their members opportunities to work and receive training within the hospitality and catering industry.”

Minister for Health, Neil F. Costa was delighted with the project, believing it offers a unique opportunity for Gibraltarians to gain confidence and obtain full time employment.

“The cafeteria is a wonderful initiative, which will not only provide a service to the entire campus, but job opportunities to persons that may find it difficult to take the first step to get back into employment,” he said.

“No doubt, it will provide these individuals with a sense of pride and purpose and help them gain confidence in a working environment.”