We open on Mondays 10am-noon at Balby St Johns Church and over the summer we hope to start opening the coffee shop on the other days we are open.
Two years after the pandemic started we have finally been able to re-open the Coffee Shop
In March 2015 we opened a coffee shop, it soon became a free coffee shop as we reached out to those at the margins of the community. So despite everything the project has achieved, the coffee shop is dear to the heart of many of us. Therefore it was a wonderful moment when on the 14th March we were able to re-open the coffee shop, almost seven years to the day when we opened originally.
The coffee shop is now held in the main part of church and we have new tables provided by a grant from the Coalfield Regeneration Board. We have also relocated the sofas into the center of church and to save carrying the drinks from the kitchen, set up a space to make drinks close to the tables.
This is Sharon Ord who is the coffee shop supervisor. Everyone is seated and served by our volunteers at the tables. Sharon is assisted by several of our volunteers.
We have been greatly helped in the re-opening of the coffee shop by grants from Doncaster Culture & Leisure Trust and from the South Yorkshire Mayoral Fund. Thank you.
It has been great to see people readily returning to the cafe and to meet a need in the community. It is amazing how over a coffee, a biscuit and a chat, people will speak about their deep problems. In only three Mondays we have seen someone open up about domestic abuse and someone else about their mental health problems. In additions we have received some wonderful comments from those attending:
Warms you up on a cold morning
Absolutely brilliant, see you next week
Only hot drink I’ll have today
Good people, nice time
I can’t thank you all enough, you were all so understanding and welcoming, thank you very much and I look forward to seeing you all for a chat next Monday.
We still need people who can support us financially . Not only does this help feed many people but it also shows to grant making organisations the level of our local support. Will you be one of our Partners who will help us continue to support the weakest in society?
The above link takes you to the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS)
This is set up by the Church of England who will automatically reclaim Gift Aid for us free. The Account is called BLW Youth & Community Fund. BLW stands for Balby, Loversall & Wadworth because although based at Balby all three churches are involved with running Given Freely Freely Given. Also when not in a pandemic the project includes our free youth club on a Friday, hence youth is in the name. This helps us when we are applying for grants.
Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis by Direct Debit. Even though the donations are made to the PGS, donations are restricted to our community work and cannot be used elsewhere.
The donation will be passed back to us by 10th of the month. Gift Aid will be sent separately once PGS has received it from HMRC.