No ordinary café, Saol Cafe is an incredible not-for-profit community project based in the heart of the Life Course, “ILAS” in NUIG, just off the main road at Dangan, and is open to the public. The coming together of community partners SCCUL Enterprises and lead professors from within the Life Course and Society Institute has set the foundations for the first community-based social inclusion café to exist on a higher education campus in Ireland.
It focuses on employment for people within the community who would be traditionally marginalized. We aim to provide a strong foundation for those people by teaching them the skills and providing paid employment so they engage with the community in a working environment and have the confidence to make a difference to their lives through resourceful living, green issues, sourcing, cooking and sharing wholesome food.
Saol Cafe brings a magical taste of the community into the heart of the ILAS and its welcoming atmosphere draws all kinds of folk together. The three-month-old café seats 40, serves up healthy nutritious grub catering for Coeliac and Vegans also. 90% of our produce is organic and fair trade.
Our menus are designed around what we can get from local farms & producers. We work closely with local businesses such as Kinvara Smoked Salmon, Lizzy Jams & Chutneys, Sugar & Spice, Castlemine farm to name a few. Our food provenance is paramount so we take the time to ensure our ingredients are from sustainable & ethical sources.
And at Saol, every coffee comes with a conversation. Encouraging social interaction, and getting to know people, is a big part of what we are trying to achieve.
Address : ILAS, Upper Newcastle Road, GalwayPhone : +353 (0)91 493055
Hours : Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 4pm | Friday: 8:30am - 2:30pm
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