−−− BY LINZI DAVIES −−−
A café with a difference officially opened their doors to the local community recently. The Small Change Café in Seacroft is set to be a new community hub run by a team of local volunteers as part of the LS14 Trust.
Situated in the Trust’s premises on Ramshead Hill, the café provides somewhere for local people to meet and socialise. As with many areas of the city, Seacroft has lost many of its community focal points over recent years as pubs and clubs have closed their doors for good.
The Small Change Café is a real community affair with volunteers working on all areas – from creating the stylish furnishings from recycled wood, to cooking delicious meals and serving hot drinks. These are all people passionate about making Seacroft a happy and supportive place to live.
As well as being somewhere to relax with a frothy cappuccino for only £1 or grab a bite to eat, the space hosts activities which people can join in with, enjoy and receive support. These include Crafty Cuppa sessions for arts and crafts, Stitch Up – a self-support group with a focus on sewing, and art therapy.
The LS14 Trust also plans to introduce other activities and groups over the coming months and years, to further develop the benefits to the local community.
Chris Jackson from the LS14 Trust said “The Small Change Cafe came about as a result of a 12-month community research project that we carried out in 2017. Local residents expressed their desire for a hospitable space where they could meet friends, grab a coffee and good food. We think that the SCC does just that. It is a space where people can buy food and drink at a reasonable price but more than that, it is a space where people can get together, connect with each other and make small changes that benefit themselves, their families and the whole community.”
If you fancy calling in for a brew, the Small Change Café is open Monday – Thursday 9am-4pm