The Meeting Place is now up and running and is a wonderfully warm and welcoming place on Monday mornings.
If you want to make contact with Sarah, who is the Co-ordinator of the Meeting Place, you can contact her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a leaflet setting out what we are trying to accomplish: Social Cafe Short Leaflet
Over the last two years, Christ Church has shared a discussion in Stocksbridge with the Council other churches, statutory agencies, like housing, the libraries and the health service, about the particular needs of isolated lone adults in the Valley.
Out of this discussion emerged an idea for a “Social Cafe”. This would be a one-day a week activity at some place in Stocksbridge, where isolated and lone people could come and meet others, find sign-posting to services and activities of use to them, and start the process of making friends and widening their lives.
Christ Church, with the agreement of the group, has sought funding to start the Social Cafe, and we are thrilled that we have been granted £7,500 per annum by the United Reformed Church Yorkshire Synod, and £10,000 per annum by the Methodist ‘Mission Alongside the Poor’ Fund, both for three years, together with a one-off grant of £3,500 from the Sheffield City Council for start-up costs. This has enabled us to a part-time paid worker who is leading a team of volunteers from across the Valley, to develop the Social Cafe, and its supporting activities.
There are lots of things going on in the Valley, and we aim to map them all, ask each activity how it could contribute towards helping lonely and isolated people to improve their ‘connectedness’, and help people to develop a fully and more self-sustaining life.
Here is the background paper setting out the concept and the proposed plans. Please note that this is the original concept paper, and some details have changed, especially that the post is now a part-time post.