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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.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01206 505863
Mondays 10am to 12noon
The Old Pavilion, Recreation Road, Colchester, CO1 2HE
Tuesdays 9am to 11.30am
42 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1PY
Mondays and Tuesdays 10am to 12noon
Age Concern Colchester, 63 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1PX
Colchester Library (2nd Floor), Trinity Square, Colchester CO1 1JB
Tuesdays 12pm to 2pm
10 North Station Road, Colchester CO1 1RB
Mondays 2pm to 4pm
Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester CO1 1JH
Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm
One Colchester Hub, 81 Culver Street East, Colchester CO1 1LF
Tuesdays 10am to 12noon
Colchester Sight Centre, 40 Osborne Street, Colchester CO2 7DB
Blackthorn Avenue, Greenstead, Colchester CO4 3QD
Thursdays 2.30pm to 4pm
St Mary's Church Hall, New Church Road, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3DU
Fridays 10.30am to 12noon
St Michael's Church, Myland, Colchester CO4 5DY
Thursdays 10.30am to 12noon
Wednesdays 9am to 11.30am
Wimpole Road Methodist Church, Wimpole Road, Colchester CO1 2DL
Thursdays 10am to 12noon
Mount Bures Village Hall, Craigs Lane, Mount Bures CO8 5AW
170 Berechurch Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 7QQ