Jewish Care’s Chatty Café connects the local community

17 Dec 2019

Jewish Care’s Supportive Communities aims to combat social isolation by connecting people with others in their local community.Last week, volunteers greeted members of the local community at Jewish Care’s Supportive Communities first Chatty Café morning at Costa coffee shop in Temple Fortune, where they could enjoy a coffee and a chat with some friendly faces.

Alison Smardina, Jewish Care’s Supportive Communities, said, “We were so pleased with how it went. It was what we had hoped for in terms of our guests. People came and just started talking like they’d known each other for ages, and there was a relaxed, chatty atmosphere. Our friendly volunteers welcomed guests and will be phoning them each week to remind them to come along to the Costa in Temple Fortune on a Monday, between 11am to 1pm.

“Costa have been amazing too. They reserved seats for us, had an extra person on the shift to serve and gave us a discount on drinks and cakes. They surprised us by bringing us extra cake free of charge on our first visit. It’s so important for people’s wellbeing that people see a friendly face at this time of year, and that’s why we wanted to start the Café now. We know that this is important all year round too, so we’re determined to keep the Café meet every week.”

Jewish Care’s Supportive Communities aims to combat social isolation by connecting people with others in their local community in North West, North East and South London. Guests meet at tea parties in volunteers' houses and Chaps That Chat and Women of Worth groups also meet in North East and North West London. The new Chatty Café is an extension of the Supportive Communities initiative.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering or would like to come along to the Chatty Café or any of the groups, please contact asmardina@jcare.org or call 020 8922 2273.