We need to raise the remaining funds to create a mental health support cafe, where our centre users can socialise in a safe accessible space. Our amazing community are inspirational individuals who live with neurological conditions that are progressive, disabling and for which there are no cure.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (801155)
A hugely valued part of our offering is providing safe, accessible social space, to meet with friends who face similar issues. We do not have the facilities to provide food, meaning they must bring thier own lunch. As all of our community face some degree of physical limitation they find preparing and cooking for themselves very challenging. Lack of carers & community transport means that often they go without. Having, tiring physical therapy, without adequate nutrition is not acceptable.
We are looking to raise the remaining funds to convert our kitchen area to a full service café. This would mean that service users could have nutritious meals and snacks with trained staff on hand. Not only would this provide vital healthy fuel for their therapies, it would also allow the social aspect of dining together which is great for mental wellbeing. It would also be available for carers and family, as a much-needed respite from their duties. It will create volunteering opportunites too.
For a lot of people with MS they don't do much socially as it is very difficult to find accessible places. To have a cafe, where you can get a hot meal and mix with people who understand how you feel would be amazing.
For people to have a meal, when they find it hard to prepare it for themselves would be wonderful. Then to enjoy with friends is even better for wellbeing.
What is massively missing in this area is a cafe, particularly a community type one. Whenever I meet with various community groups we end up having to go outside the area to find a place we can meet and have food and drinks.
The feedback I get is how wonderful it would be to have a community centre, a home away from home. There just isn't anything like that.The wonderful vision the Brightwell has will create volunteering opportunities, which make people feel a useful part of society. I so hope the project can go ahead.
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