Chance to run your own community cafe

March 24 2017

EVER wanted to run your own café?

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EVER wanted to run your own café?

The North Bristol Community Project on Gloucester Road is looking for an individual or group to set up a community café on its premises.

The café will take the place of the former One in Eight charity shop run by the community project, which closed because it wasn’t financially viable.

It’s hoped a new café will provide somewhere for local people to drop in, have a chat and connect with other services.

Rent from the café will also help fund the other work of the charity, which has spent 35 years supporting disadvantaged people in the local area.

Trustee and project manager Rita Gupta said: “This is a fantastic, affordable opportunity for someone who’s always wanted to set up a café but has been put off by high rents.

“The people who used to drop in to the charity shop for a chat every day will now be able to drop in to buy a coffee instead.”

She said the individual or group who takes on the café would need to fund its set up, but should be able to make a good income from it.

One of the trustees of the community project is a head chef and has already offered to run a monthly pop up, pay-what-you-wish restaurant night once the café is open.

The whole user-led community project, which is run entirely by volunteers, also needs more people to step in to keep it going. Behind the scenes are meeting rooms and areas for workshops and courses to take place for everyone, including a new Tuesday weaving workshop and other arts and crafts classes. 

From Monday to Saturday, help is provided on everything from housing applications, benefits and mental health counselling, to healthy eating and art therapy. Homeless people are also supported with gifts of bedding, clothing and food.

Rita, who is one of 15 volunteers currently running the project, said that a wide range of volunteers was being sought, not just professionals.

Skills needed include DIY, marketing, social media, tutoring, interior design and running arts workshops.

Rita said: “We need some more help in order to carry on what we do. It’s such a valuable resource for the local community, especially people over 50 who are more at risk of social isolation.

“We also plan to start mentoring for young people who have been through the care system, and help them into employment.”

To volunteer or to find out about running the café, contact Rita on 0117 924 6228.