Picture this: a cosy café where you can savour delicious food, sip on great coffee, and indulge in other delightful treats. But Café Fifty Five will go beyond culinary pleasures. It's about contributing to the local community. Set up by St Luke's Church it is all about reaching out, listening, and discovering the real needs of the local area. The café will provide events and a diverse range of services to meet those needs, all while partnering with different people, groups, and organisations to offer the kind of help people are looking for.
Café Fifty Five isn't just about revitalising a building; it's about improving our community. A survey conducted by Thurnby Parish Council and St Luke's Church revealed that 95% of respondents believe the village would benefit from a community café. Beyond caffeine cravings, there's a real desire for an atmosphere of welcome, help, and hope for all.
As well as serving coffee and cake, Café Fifty Five is designed to be a multifaceted space. St Luke's Church is already involved in numerous outreach activities, from youth clubs to senior away days. With the new Community Centre & Café, these offerings can expand further. Think Dementia Café, before and after-school programs in partnership with local schools, and ambitious initiatives for the community, like 'Kids Outdoors' events. Plus, there's a plan to collaborate with established providers like Citizens Advice and local health and social care services.
This isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. The project is designed with a three-tier provision system. St Luke's Church, with the help of local community volunteers, will be at the forefront. They'll also work closely with other local and national agencies. And for certain services, they'll partner with external providers.
What's remarkable is the self-sustaining business model. Café Fifty Five is about supporting the community centre’s activities through the proceeds of the café. Any profits generated will go right back into funding these essential community endeavours.
So, join us on this journey of transforming a derelict building into an asset for our community. It's a place where good food and great coffee meet the even greater warmth of a caring community.
We have already raised 85% of the money needed and aim to open our doors by the end of January 2024. So please help us reach our final target.