Com­mu­nity cafe opens its doors

New ven­ture aims to tackle so­cial iso­la­tion

The Galloway News - - FUNERAL-NOTICES.CO.UK - Stephen Nor­ris

A sec­ond TLC Cafe has opened in the Ste­wartry to help com­bat so­cial iso­la­tion.

The new ven­ture launched in Dalbeattie on Tues­day and fol­lows the suc­cess of a fa­cil­ity in Cas­tle Dou­glas.

It will run weekly in the St Peter’s Church Maxwell Hall from 12pm to 2pm ev­ery Tues­day.

Cafe co- or­di­na­tor Hol­lie Mitchell, of Al­co­hol and Drugs Sup­port South West Scot­land, said: “Lo­cal res­i­dents ap­proached us to see if we would help them to set up a sim­i­lar project in Dalbeattie.

“We have been run­ning the TLC cafe in Cas­tle Dou­glas for two years and it has proved very pop­u­lar.

“We get quite a lot of com­mu­nity groups in such as Alzheimer’s Scot­land, Sup­port in Mind Scot­land, lo­cal shel­tered hous­ing res­i­dents as well as the gen­eral pub­lic. It’s a great way of bring­ing ev­ery­body to­gether.

“It is a real com­mu­nity cafe open to all – that’s what we want to pro­mote.”

The cafe’s main spon­sor is Dum­fries and Gal­loway Coun­cil’s anti–poverty fund.

And Lore­burn Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion chipped in with £500 to help with set–up costs.

Hol­lie added: “We are also ben­e­fit­ing through the Co–op’s Fair Share scheme. It is de­signed to re­duce food waste and we re­ceive weekly do­na­tions from Dalbeattie Co–op.

“Our TLC cafe is open to ev­ery­body. Do­na­tions are sug­gested if peo­ple can af­ford it.

“In the new year we are hop­ing to ex­pand into pop–up com­mu­nity cafes in more ru­ral ar­eas of the Ste­wartry.”

Launch Peo­ple in­volved in the project at St Peter’s Church Hall on Tues­day

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