ToastLoveCoffee Community Cafe

by annadyson in Leeds

A safe, warm, neutral cafe space for new people to meet ; to break down barriers, create new friendships and build community

by annadyson in Leeds

We did it
On 9th November 2015 we successfully raised £10,908 with 198 supporters in 42 days

New stretch target

Any money that is received that can go beyond the basics of the transfer, setting in and basics for the cafe, will be spent on wishlist equipment for use in the kitchen; a panini press, food processor, smoothie maker, in particular.

Additional money after that will go towards training of new volunteers, and developing more food-based projects to engage more people in the ToastLoveCoffee community. 


Project aim

ToastLoveCoffee is about providing a warm welcome in Leeds. It is a safe, warm, neutral cafe space for new people to meet; to break down barriers, create new friendships and build community.

About the project

It's a simple idea really, a cafe where all are welcome. But there are far too few places, where anyone can walk in through the door and feel welcomed, safe, respected as an equal and valued for who they are, whoever they are.

That is the driving force behind ToastLoveCoffee when I realised that for too many people, be they refugees, asylum seekers, locals, newly arrived, Muslims, Jews - you get the picture - feel unwelcome in places in the UK more than they feel welcome.

I wanted to make a difference locally, so I set up ToastLoveCoffee in Leeds, where I live, in a busy part of the city with a large cultural mix*.

ToastLoveCoffee aims to create a space where all are genuinely welcome, and this simple idea generates unlikely and vital conversation, eye contact, smiles and friendships extending far beyond the cafe walls. 

For our first year of business, we were popping up in a youth centre in Harehills, Leeds, and the plan now is to go permanent with our own space, attached to the youth centre. 

ToastLoveCoffee is a Community Interest Company, meaning that, in addition to community being exactly what we are all about, any profits (not that we are driven by this) that are made will go back into the community, either through expanding projects within our cafe, or supporting other local charities and initiatives with similar objectives. 

* "The area is very densely populated, for instance Harehills Triangle has a population density of 138.6 people per hectare compared to a Leeds average of 13.6 (source: Census 2011). The area is very ethnically diverse " (Leeds City Council Harehills Neighbourhood Improvement Plan 2014/2015).

The next chapter

We need to raise £15,000 (some of which is already raised) to bring a donated portacabin to the site, set it in, connect it to gas, electricity and water, and create ToastLoveCoffee's permanent home complete with fully functioning kitchen, and courtyard seating area.

We plan to design a huge mural on one of the interior walls, which will feature a cake stand filled with cakes. The cakes will be designed and named by the crowdfunder sponsors, giving them a unique opportunity to be part of the TLC story.

Thank you for reading

To find out more about the journey of ToastLoveCoffee from crazy idea in my head to the reality it is today, you can catch up on the story at www.toastlovecoffee.wordpress.com and give us a like and a follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

£2 Reward

This is the amount you can expect to pay in a high street cafe for a regular cappucino or latte. You are giving the gift of a "suspended coffee" - you are buying a coffee in advance, for either yourself or someone else. Thank you!

£5 or more

£5 Reward

This is the amount you can expect to pay in a high street cafe for two coffees when you're out with a friend. You are giving the gift of two "suspended coffees" - you are buying a coffee in advance, for yourself and someone else. Thank you!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

- invite to special opening - listing on website as a supporter - add a personalised cupcake design to our TLC wall of cake

£30 or more

£30 Reward

- invite to special opening - listing on website as a supporter - add two personalised cupcake designs to our TLC wall of cake

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

All of the rewards for the £30 pledge, PLUS A SIGNED COPY OF HOWARD MIDDLETON'S NEW BOOK: GLUTEN FREE BAKING

£100 or more

£100 Reward

-limited edition TLC apron - limited edition TLC mug - invite to special opening - listing on website as a supporter - add a personalised cake design to our TLC wall of cake

£500 or more

4 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

-limited edition TLC apron - limited edition TLC mug - invite to special opening - listing on website as a supporter - add a personalised cake design to our TLC wall of cake - freshly baked cake of your choice delivered to the door, once a month for three months

£2,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£2,000 Reward

**CORPORATE OPPORTUNITY** -12 x limited edition TLC aprons - 12 x limited edition TLC mugs - invite to special opening - listing on website as a supporter - add a personalised cake design to our TLC wall of cake - freshly baked big cake of your choice delivered to the door every month for a year


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