About our Project
The Late-Night Cafe, is innovative not least by making services like a Computer Hub and Befriending service available at times when most, if not all other services are closed, there is no other similar service available, in our local area.
We believe that being open at times when people are in crisis rather than 9-5 is much needed , and heads off greater crises.
How does it work?
The Late-Night Café operates from 9pm. Working in partnership with local community groups, (Scottish Association for Mental Health) local churches, Doctors surgeries and local schools in a way that is taking a community wide approach and is seeking to fill the gaps rather than duplicate.
Our key goal is to get the Late-Night café open as soon as possible, to make an impact on those who are the most vulnerable. to have face to face chats when services are closed.
Pre-lockdown our pilot service had around 20 visitors.
To get the Late-Night Café open permanently, we need your help. £5000 will provide Hand Sanitizers; Gloves; Masks; and deep cleaning services, to reassure visitors to the Late-Night Café that we are taking the protection of their health and the health of our Volunteers seriously and cover our running costs for the next year.
£75,000 - to dream !
We are working on funding goals to find £75,000 to build a small extension to our Café.. Space in our building is now at a premium this has been amplified by current social distancing rules. We are thankful for the provision of our current space, and feel we need to extend the café space through the creation of a small extension, increasing capacity of the Hub , adding more provision for the late night Café, with kitchen facilities.
Increasing café capacity, provides private spaces for one on one conversations and support with individuals. Currently, our Computer Hub, and the Café space and support area are all tightly sitting together in quite a small footprint. The extension would improve the space, improve user experience, and open new avenues where we support some of the most vulnerable in our community.
This community connection is shown to be making a difference in the short term it has been running however, through proper support and investment will make a long-term difference in our community and individual lives.
One example would be of a woman who we helped into a scatter flat in a time of crisis. She then started coming to the late-night café which has given her a newfound confidence, so much so that she in turn is now enabling others who had been in similar circumstances.