What inspired the Wellbeing Café?
“During the pandemic, we started delivering freshly cooked meals to local housebound and sheltered housing residents – a project that has continued since. We moved into the kitchen at Oldfield Estate and thought up the plan to open up the café. We felt that particularly during the last winter, when people were suffering from food poverty and having difficulty getting nourishing food, it would be great to have a warm space for people to meet and socialise.”
Who can visit the café?
“Anybody is welcome to come and pay what they can afford.”
What impact has the café had on the wellbeing of the community?
“It’s very clear from the regular visitors that they see it as a regular part of their week. They attend the free market, then go to the café and stay for a few hours and socialise. People have said it’s lovely coming here. A couple of people last week said, ‘I didn’t know about this place, and I’ll be coming regularly.”