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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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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