CAFE (Colchester and Friends Events) is an initiative started by us and Livewell. Once a week, participating venues invite local people to come along to a weekly session, to enjoy free tea and coffee and a friendly chat.
The free events help people to meet others and to share friendships within the community. People can attend knowing they are guaranteed a warm welcome in a friendly environment and will not stand out as being alone.
Loneliness is a painful emotion, with one in 20 adults in the UK describing themselves as feeling lonely. We are taking steps to tackle this issue and launched a scheme to encourage people to come together and get talking.
The free event is aimed at people struggling with isolation and loneliness who would like to meet for refreshments and a friendly chat. The first ever CAFE event was held on 3 June 2019 at GO4 Café on Recreation Road.
All kinds of venues are being encouraged to sign up to hold CAFE events, opening their doors for two hours once a week, to allow people to come in for refreshments and a friendly chat.
To help host your own event you will have access to the following:
To get things started please contact Chrissy.email@example.com or call 01206 505863
Please Note: The GO4 Cafe event below starts in June and the other venues start events in July.
The Old Pavilion, Recreation Road, Colchester, CO1 2HE
Mondays and Tuesdays 10am-12noon
Age Concern Colchester, 63 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1PX
Colchester Library (2nd Floor), Trinity Square, Colchester CO1 1JB
10 North Station Road, Colchester CO1 1RB
Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester CO1 1JH
Blackthorn Avenue, Greenstead, Colchester CO4 3QD
St Mary's Church Hall, New Church Road, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3DU
St Michael's Church, Myland, Colchester CO4 5DY
Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30am
Wimpole Road Methodist Church, Wimpole Road, Colchester CO1 2DL
Mount Bures Village Hall, Craigs Lane, Mount Bures CO8 5AW