Cafe meets a vital need by bringing people together

Published on: 01 Sep 2014

A WEEKLY cafe for active senior residents in Bromley Heath is going from strength to strength.

It was set up by volunteers at Badminton Road Methodist Church after responses to a parish council survey identified a need for a social group.

The cafe began opening on Sunday afternoons but had only a few regular attendees – so it switched to Wednesday mornings and now has about 50 people through the doors each week.

Parish councillor Martyn Poole, who leads on services for older residents, said the cafe had a great atmosphere. He enjoyed taking part in a quiz on a recent visit and also tucked into coffee, biscuits and birthday cake. It is a drop-in session and anyone is welcome.

Mr Poole said the cafe was a great example of what Downend Connect – the initiative led by Downend and Bromley Heath and South Gloucestershire Councils and backed by Downend Voice – aimed to do to reduce isolation among retired people.

It is open from 10am to noon and people who cannot use public transport can be taken to and fro by Kingswood Community Transport.

Mr Poole said the cafe would continue to operate even during the planned major refurbishment of the church.

“The volunteers who run it are determined that the cafe will not close during the changes as it is an important part in so many Active Seniors’ lives,” he said.

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