Heart of the Park Community Cafe

by Jennifer Hawksworth in Derby, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 12th November 2018 we successfully raised £2,090 with 35 supporters in 70 days

The Community Cafe will provide a safe space for people of all faiths, beliefs and none to promote social inclusion and celebrate diversity.

by Jennifer Hawksworth in Derby, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

All the extra money will go into this cafe community based initiative and allow us to put on additional, high quality community events and buy equipment for the youth provisions.

Our team run two main projects in and around Normanton. One supports and advocates for refugees and asylum seekers and the other works with the Roma community providing advocacy services through a Roma led organisation Roma Communtiy Care.  We are one of the few organisations remaining that provides open access youth provisions in the area along with targeted support to young people at risk of exclusion from school and other complex needs.

We are a small team that are passionate and committed to challenging social exclusion and discrimination.  We have taken on this project despite financial and staff capacity limitations because we truly believe in its potential. At the moment we have opened the cafe with no funding, but there is an immense amount of community spirit behind us driving the initiative forward.

Our idea it is to use the cafe to create a safe space for people of all faiths, beliefs and none to come together and celebrate the diverse cultures and individuals in the area.  As Arboretum Park is so important historically we also plan to encourage people from outside the area to visit the park. We seek to turn this cafe into more than a cafe, we envision this cafe as being at the centre of, the heart of the communtiy.  We want to create and support community based initiatives such as Afternoon teas for refugees and asylum seekers, Eid celebrations, Diwali Festival of Lights, drop in support sessions and more.

We also want to provide more opportunities for young people to get involved in their communities by supporting their involvement in community initiatives and giving them working opportunities through the youth leadership programme which runs alongside the cafes normal business. 

The money we raise will go towards more equipment for the cafe, so that we can start providing healthy and nutritious meals (and some naughty treats!) to residents and allow us to take forward the initiative to feed those less forunate than us with leftovers and food donations that we receive.  It will allow us to provide a permanent member of staff to manage the cafe which will free up the team to carry out their projects and community initiatives knowing the cafe is in good hands. If we raise enough we will also buy new and improved equipment as currently we are relying on donations.

To make this dream happen we need your support to keep this cafe going.  We are currently doing it with no funding but we believe in this project. The community spirit and support we’ve gained since we opened has been amazing. Let’s keep it open and bring the communtiy together in stead of living parallel lives.  Let’s put the heart back into the park.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£20 or more

Free Afternoon tea

Pop into the cafe For a free Afternoon tea for 4 people. Sit and enjoy 1 tea, coffee or hot chocolate with a slice of cake or scone with cream and jam. Staff will wait on you hand and foot. You can come any time the cafe is open, just let us know when you are coming so we make sure we have really special cake!

£50 or more

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Hire of the Cafe

Half day exclusive use of the Cafe with 10% off refreshments.

£100 or more

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Multi-Faith Centre room hire

Free half day room hire in one of the meeting rooms within the Multi-Faith Centre with another 10% off all food and refreshments ordered. Advanced Booking required.

£200 or more

Free Training

The Multi-Faith centre will deliver free training to your organisation/group. Choose from our two training options; Roma awareness training or religious diversity. Training will be arranged in advance in line with the trainers availability

£500 or more

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Free events at the multi-faith centre

Free 1 day room hire in one of the meeting spaces within the Multi-Faith Centre (up to 50 people) with another 50% off all food and refreshments ordered. Booking required.

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