re:place community arts cafes provide
warm clothes including new socks & underwear
toiletries, including sanitary products for women
arts materials & activities supported by professional artists
support & company
for the most vulnerable people within our community including homeless people, those at risk of isolation and people impacted by low income often due to benefit cuts or sanctions.
After a trial cafe session we realised there was a real need for a safe, supportive space that was also just really nice and welcoming. A place where we'd all like to go and eat. With good, nutritious food. Plates & cutlery. A warm welcome. And appealing surroundings. We found it in Ostara Cafe.
During our first community cafe one of the men asked
"are you sure we're allowed in here? Its awfy nice"
Our answer was of course.
Guests commented on not only the choice of food but how tasty and 'real' it was. That was thanks to the amazing chef's at Ostara who provided soup, sausage casserole and a veggie currie and rice.
At the end of the evening one of our guests stood up to make a toast, he thanked us for hosting the evening, for the great food and for treating them as equals.
We wouldn't have it any other way.
We're aiming to raise enough funds to run monthly community cafes that welcome those that need the support.
From previous projects we've learnt that the best way to engage with people is through street work, visiting homeless hostels, housing associations and food banks. Funding will allow us to print small business card type flyers that detail dates and venues that people can easily keep in their pocket.
Funding will enable us to pay for food, including portions that guests can take away to eat the next day.
Guests were particularly keen to participate in arts activities. They've told us that life on the streets in predictably boring, to be able to draw, write or be creative really helps some people to stay positive. Funding will help us pay for arts materials, folders to keep work safe and dry, professional artists to help develop new skills and an end product- this could be an exhibition of work or a printed booklet of images and stories.
Your support will also enable us to put together re:place packs containing new socks & underwear (fungal infections are particularly high amongst the homeless community), handwipes, tissues, bottles of water (its so much harder than you think to find a drink of water when on the streets), gloves, hat, moisturiser, paper & pens, cereal bars and sanitary products for women.
We will also be accepting donations of the above products at each community cafe.
During our current political climate where the government aren't supporting our most vulnerable people we need to pull together as a community to help one another. The more money we raise the more people we can help.