Community cafe opens its doors
New venture aims to tackle social isolation
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