Real stories of our community cafe members.
Gavin is alcohol dependant and lives alone in a flat on Broadfield. He comes to our Community Café every week. Not just for his regular Full Monty butty (bacon, sausage and egg) but for a chance to chat and engage in conversation with our volunteers and other members of the community. He has told us that being able to come and engage has stopped him from wanting to have a drink in the morning and helps with his social isolation, he struggles to live on his own and this is a lifeline for him.
Ashley is a 12-year-old boy with additional needs and is also incredibly anxious. His mum used to bring him and his siblings to Community Café whenever he was off school as she struggled to ‘treat’ them to a takeaway otherwise. She encouraged him to call at the café on his way home from school and order himself a bacon butty and a hot chocolate. He found this very difficult at first but with the warm and friendly welcome, he receives he now comes every week and gives us an update on how he’s doing at school.