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Café offers employment for township youths, dignity for the elderly

Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH) recently opened the All-Day Corner Café (cnr Essex & Regent Streets, Woodstock). The café is the result of a unique collaboration between NOAH and the trendy Gardens café and pub, ROXY Late Night.

The venture launched in October 2023, and according to NOAH Director, Jane Mills, represents “a significant step towards empowering our residents and youth, and fostering community engagement.”

ROXY Late Night owner Marvin Haddon provided business expertise and support, drawing on some 23 years in the restaurant industry. The young baristas are graduates of training program run by the Langa based NPO, Just Grace.

The All-Day Corner Café serves as a multifaceted platform where NOAH residents and Just Grace barista graduates can cultivate essential food prep and front-of-house skills while offering a warm and inviting environment for customers to savour delectable meals, exceptional coffee, and delightful treats from the NOAH Home Industry.

Notably, this social enterprise initiative empowers elders to generate income and gives youth their first opportunity for work.

Corner cafe Inside

According to NOAH, this collaboration creates a unique, intergenerational space that not only enriches the lives of NOAH residents and youth, but also welcomes the community to share in the experience. A step, NOAH believes that brings us one step closer to achieving its vision of ‘Thriving Healthy Communities, Guided by Our Elders’.

Key Highlights of the All-Day Corner Café:

  • Delicious Food and Beverages: indulge in a variety of culinary delights prepared with love and dedication by NOAH residents and one of our charming young baristas from Just Grace. The menu includes an array of mouth-watering dishes and a selection of specialty coffees, expertly crafted by our very own barista.

  • Fresh Produce for Sale: In addition to the delightful cafe experience, customers can purchase fresh vegetables and other artisanal products prepared by NOAH members, ensuring they take home a taste of the NOAH community

  • Operating Hours: All-Day Corner Café will be open from 7 am until 3 pm, Monday to Friday, providing an ideal destination for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon coffee

  • Events and Functions: The venue is available for private events and functions.

NOAH logo 2023 1536x582NOAH is a Cape Town-based, registered NPO/PBO. Their mission is to co-create a thriving, interdependent community where elders live with a sense of purpose, belonging, contribution and hope. Offering access to communal housing, health services, community-building and enterprise development, elders live with a greater sense of freedom and are able to take up their rightful role in society.  READ MORE


just graceJust Grace is a people-focused non-profit organisation established in 2012 in the community of Langa Township. The organisation designs and implements effective and sustainable initiatives to develop the community and achieve reduced poverty, better quality education, decent work and economic growth, and equal opportunities. READ MORE


RoxyROXY Late Night
has been a Gardens, Dunkley Square institution since 1990. This beloved establishment is consistently highly reviewed and well supported by local and loyal patrons. READ MORE



Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH)

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