Recently a quiet change took place at Hexham Station, but one which will hopefully make a difference in people’s lives. This is the launching of the Journey kiosk at Hexham Station, one of the busiest stations on the Tyne Valley line.
For some time, the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership have been trying to find partner to run the refreshment kiosk and this has come to fruition with Journey Enterprises Ltd. Having won the lease from Northern Rail, with the support of the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership.
Journey is a charity based in the North East of England who wanted to provide meaningful day time occupation for adults with a learning disability.
After a successful trial period earlier this year the charity’s clients, all of whom have additional needs, are now serving commuters with hot takeaway drinks and tasty snacks from 07:00 till 14:00 every weekday.
Journey’s clients are not just busy behind the counter, they’re busy behind the scenes too. The biscuits and traybakes on offer to Hexham’s hungry travellers are all created at Journey’s dedicated training bakery in the nearby village of Acomb.
The staff in the kiosk are all very enthusiastic about the project and are getting to know the Northern staff who regularly use the new facilities, while awaiting train departure time.
Journey has received invaluable input from a variety of sources and members of the local community have chipped in volunteering their painting and decorating skills to create a fresh smart kiosk everyone can be proud of.