Posts from 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.
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Reflections for Volunteers’ Week 2019

It’s Volunteers’ Week in the UK this week, a chance to celebrate our volunteers who are the beating pulse of ToastLoveCoffee, and also an opportunity to reflect on what I have learned about volunteering, what it means and how it has helped create something truly exceptional in Harehills. Firstly, a massive, deep, heartfelt THANK YOU…

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Gatekeepers and Power

  Gledhow Valley Woods  is a beautiful serene woodland tucked away between Harehills, Oakwood and Moortown, and is complete with lake and many footpaths to explore. At the outer edge, behind fencing, lies the Gipton Spa bath house – a grade 2 listed building constructed in 1671. It is kept locked away as there are…

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The view from a volunteer..

These following words were written by one of our volunteers. She wants to remain anonymous so I can’t say too much here, for fear of ‘outing’ her, but I can’t pass by the opportunity to say that it is a real privilege and honour to be regarded so vitally important in someone’s journey to well…

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A local customer, a locksmith and two coffees…

Yesterday, Storm Gareth made its presence known our way by constantly pushing our door open; frustratingly stealing the warmth and triggering the door alarm every time it did so. Two customers were in; a woman from London who was in Leeds to visit her daughter, a university student currently in hospital – who was just looking…

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Good Coffee, Good Food, Good Conversation.. and more!

Reflections by Natalie Tharraleos, our Volunteer and Outreach Co-ordinator: This week really got me thinking about the power of a good, real and connected conversation. For me when they happen they feel like a gift, like they forge a kind of alchemy. You feel you’ve had a fulfilling meaningful experience. One customer told me that…

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