Our People

As a charity we work in prisons across the UK, supporting men, women and young people right up to their release date. But we don’t want to stop there. The Mess Cafe provide jobs, training and discipleship to ex-offenders who are looking to turn their lives around.

Knowing that there was more to do, over the years we’ve expanded who we work with to include people who find that they have significant barriers to employment and need a helping hand. This has included those who may have struggled with an addiction, the homeless, refugees, the long-term unemployment as well as people with additional needs.

Since we opened 10 years ago, we’ve had the pleasure in welcoming over 100 people onto our team member programme not only here in Manchester, but in London and Cape Town, South Africa too.

By visiting the Mess Cafe today, you’re helping us continue our work as well as reducing the rate of reoffending. Thank you!

Our Suppliers

We love partnering with local independent businesses wherever possible, and you get to enjoy this today.

Our coffee is roasted in Failsworth, Manchester by Heart & Graft.

The bread we use is hand-crafted by an artisan bakery, The Bread Factory based in Openshaw, Manchester.

Our cakes come fresh from Silver Apples Bakery in Stockport.

All of our sausages, bacon and steak mince is sourced from Wilshire Family Butchers in Wythenshawe

The eggs you may have enjoyed were laid at Hagg Bank Farm in Disley, Cheshire.

Our milk comes from Jacksons Dairy cows in Hazel Grove.

Our fruit & veg is provided by Strawberry Catering Ltd in Openshaw, Manchester.

Our Hot Chocolates and Chai Lattes use blends produced by Blendsmiths right here in Manchester.

We partner with a number of quirky independent soft drinks suppliers, including Manchester based Steep Soda Co.

Our commitment goes right down to the table and chairs you’re sitting at which are handmade by Old Mill Antiques in Failsworth. And our leather sofas were handmade and donated by Spring Vale Home in Rawtenstall, Lancashire.

Any surplus food we have at the end of the day is donated to our onsite Community Grocery in Sharston, so that we can play our part in helping to keep local families fed.