Kim Sykes and Rod Case from Bendigo Community Health Services.

THE use of a former cafe has been secured for three years to provide food to disadvantaged people, a place to wash, launder and train for employment.

But Bendigo Community Health Services is calling for tradespeople, community groups and businesses to help fit out the space to be called Fork in the Road.

Located beside BCHS at its central site in Hargreaves Street, financial grants including the most recent $15,000 secured by Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters, the space needs a kitchen and coffee making area for learning opportunities in food handling and preparation skills.

“The hub will also be home to our Thursday Soup Kitchen, a shower and laundry and provide us with the opportunity to run peer support groups in areas such as alcohol and other drugs, our refugee families or youth,” chief executive Kim Sykes said.

Ms Sykes thanked Ms Chesters as well as the Andrews Foundation which delivered use of the space.

“What’s really good about this hub is that it’s in the centre of town and it’s right next to Bendigo Community Health Services, so it’s a gateway beyond just providing support for meals,” Ms Chesters said.

Anyone who can help BCHS to create Fork in the Road can email bchscomms@bchs.com.au or call 5448 1629.