It takes a village to raise a child

Have you heard that one?

I have to admit that I hadn’t until I had my own kids, and someone quoted it to me when I was reflecting on how wonderful it was to be part of a community that really helped me when I was struggling with three under three (yep! twins then another one twenty one months later…).

It takes a village to raise a child. There are so many aspects to it, that it’s impossible for one person, or one set of parents, to do it all, and get it right all of the time. And the magic of it is, when you do invite others to be part of the story, even when you think you’re asking them to do menial jobs with an embarrassingly inadequate return, actually it is those jobs that prove to be the most important, or give back in unimaginable ways.

And so it has been with the cafe today. It was a hive of activity this afternoon; plumbers, builders,  a carpet fitter, volunteers (big shout out to the ENGAGE team), well wishers and family members all converging on our little corner of the planet, all doing something to contribute to the creation of our new cafe space.

There was a real buzz; much more so than when there are just one or two of us there; it really does take a community to create a community cafe.

published by Anna Dyson
Founder and Director of ToastLoveCoffee. CEO of Dyson family, Roundhay (Leeds) branch which involves a huge array of skills impossible to imagine or articulate! Formerly, Jewish educator and community professional.


  1. posted by Lawrence Glyn on Reply

    Great blog. There has been an undercurrent while building works have been going on. Today was the first volunteer day, prepping for paint and beginning to think about signage. Fabulous buzz there, and it’s also the start of being part of the community there, with real presence. We are going to make a difference – be that a cup of coffee (Engage guys couldn’t find one anywhere nearby!) passers by asking for healthy food, and doing what TLC does best, bringing people together, in so many different ways. Onwards and upwards

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