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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Seeing humanity

We’ve had the most fabulous welcome since we opened on Harehills Road in December: Locals sharing how they’ve been enjoying an affordable healthy lunch option, volunteers sharing how they’ve been enjoying themselves so much, learning new skills and making new friends (and reconnecting with old ones). There’s been a fantastic buzz of conversation alongside the…

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First Week Musings

  Written by Lawrence Glyn, initial duty cafe manager:   We have had such a lovely, warm welcome in the heart of Harehills this first week and already it feels like we are beginning to make a small, yet noticeable, difference to the area. I am touched by the generosity of a local shop worker…

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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…

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Steep learning curves and gradients for access…

This post is written with melancholy; and spoiler alert -there is no happy ending (yet). We are a community cafe. We want to serve the community in its entirety and we have been committed to creating a safe welcoming space for all in the heart of Harehills. When we moved out of our previous premises…

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