the LArches

“Sadly, many people are very isolated. One of our customers had reached the stage where he wouldn’t talk to anybody or even open his mail; eventually he agreed to come into the café for a coffee.

His confidence grew and now he’s a regular, enjoying our home-cooked food whilst chatting to others. He’s also now opening his mail and getting his finances sorted.”

Debbie, Manager of Community Café and Cookshop

the larches

“Sadly, many people are very isolated. One of our customers had reached the stage where he wouldn’t talk to anybody or even open his mail; eventually he agreed to come into the café for a coffee.

His confidence grew and now he’s a regular, enjoying our home-cooked food whilst chatting to others. He’s also now opening his mail and getting his finances sorted.”

Debbie, Manager of Community Café and Cookshop

 

Local residents told us that they like living in Coldean but, as they were less able to use public transport, many had become isolated, and that what they would value above all was to have a place they could go which is warm and welcoming, has good food and where there would be someone to talk to.

Larches Café opened to fill this gap and is now busy with parents popping in after the school run and older people meeting for lunch or one of the groups which meet there. The Larches also provides cookery classes for people with learning disabilities where they are able to make friends and enjoy chatting to customers, and, most importantly, grow their confidence. 

If you want to contact Larches for any reason, please click here.

Larches Café opened to fill a gap and is now busy with parents popping in after the school run and older people meeting for lunch or one of the groups which meet there. 

The Larches also provides The Cookshop – cookery classes for people with learning disabilities, where they are able to make friends and enjoy chatting to customers, and, most importantly, grow their confidence.

The Larches is open Monday to Friday (The Cookshop on Tuesdays) and hosts art, knit and natter and a men’s meet up groups alongside great coffee and a range of drinks and snacks.

If you would like to get in touch please feel free to use the contact form, or give us a call on 01273 609281.

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“I like coming to see my friends and I really enjoy the sessions. I have tried cooking some recipes at home and I feel proud that I’ve produced something. It’s good that we can come and be social. It’s fun, friendly and caring. It gives me confidence.”

Shannon, Larches Cooking Workshop Student

“After talking to staff at the drop ins, I am now more confident applying for jobs and attending interviews”

Kayleigh, YPC Service User

“I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t gone to Stopover. It was the first place ever I could call home and feel safe, and that someone cared about whether I came home or not.”

Chloe, Ex-Stopover Resident

“I love coming to WASP; there is always loads to eat and we never get shouted at. We have to stick to the rules and, mostly, we do. Garry always asks me if I have done well at school today”

Dan, Aged 9

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