Sup­port for Fearon Hall cafe

Loughborough Echo - - FRONT PAGE - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

THE Café in the Hall in Lough­bor­ough has be­come one of the lat­est cafes to join Star­bucks Com­mu­nity Café pro­gramme.

The new part­ner­ship will give The Café in the Hall the abil­ity to place reg­u­lar or­ders for sup­plies such as cof­fee, tea and milk jugs to help sus­tain their in­te­gral com­mu­nity space.

The Café in the Hall has been open for four years and pro­vides a fo­cal point for groups and meet­ings at Fearon Hall, near to All Saints Par­ish Church. The café of­fers af­ford­able drinks, home-made cakes, snacks and a com­mu­nity lunch in a re­laxed and friendly en­vi­ron­ment. Run by just two vol­un­teers, The Café in the Hall wel­comes up to 200 visi­tors each week, most of which are on a low in­come and ben­e­fit most from the low prices.

This new part­ner­ship is part of Star­bucks Com­mu­nity Café pro­gramme that pi­loted in Au­gust 2017. The four Com­mu­nity Cafés that launched last year, in­clud­ing an in­no­va­tive cof­fee truck named Sa­lute that is op­er­ated by North Ty­ne­side’s veteran char­ity For­ward As­sist, will con­tinue to be part of the pro­gramme.

As a found­ing part­ner, Star­bucks has worked with Neigh­bourly since 2014 to de­liver sup­port to hun­dreds of lo­cal com­mu­nity causes across the UK. To­gether they have iden­ti­fied com­mu­nity spa­ces that could ben­e­fit most from the sup­port of reg­u­lar ac­cess to es­sen­tial items. 2018 marks Star­bucks 20th year since open­ing in the UK, and its work with all 20 com­mu­nity cafés will mean that each can con­tinue to of­fer their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties the space, sup­port and guid­ance that is re­lied upon by many.

Emma Pimm at The Café in the Hall, said: “My­self and the other vol­un­teers here at The Café in the Hall are so ex­cited to be a part of the Star­bucks Com­mu­nity Café pro­gramme.

“We aim to be a wel­com­ing place for all, es­pe­cially for those who are on a low in­come, lonely, or sim­ply in need of a place where they feel wel­come. Work­ing with Star­bucks is go­ing to make a huge dif­fer­ence!”

Nick Davies, founder of Neigh­bourly, said: “Many com­mu­nity cafés across the UK are strug­gling with fund­ing and the re­sources to stay alive, but the im­por­tance of them to so many peo­ple is un­de­ni­able whether they fo­cus on youth, so­cial iso­la­tion, ex­clu­sion or home­less­ness.

“We hope the sup­port and do­na­tions will go some way in mak­ing sure that cafés like The Café in the Hall re­main an in­te­gral part of the com­mu­nity for years to come.”

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