Community cafe moves to new venue

February 27 2019

A LONGWELL Green cafe set up to end loneliness in the community has found a new home.

Gillian Flower and Michelle Ford
The cafe has been held every Friday at Longwell Green Community Centre and featured games, activities, raffle and 'bargain' table, as well as the chance to buy hot drinks and reasonably priced lunches.
The cafe will move to All Saints United Church, just down the road opposite Aldi, from March 1 and will still be held every Friday from 12-3pm.
The cafe is part of a growing number set up by St George resident Gillian Flower who is passionate that people living in the community should never feel lonely.
With the help of her daughter Michelle Ford, who lives in Hanham, she has also established cafes in Speedwell and Kingswood.
The cafes are proving really popular, with the Longwell Green one welcoming 80 people at its opening, increasing to an incredible 150 visitors by just its fourth week.
Gillian set up Bristol Community Friendship Club in 2016 after she was touched by a TV show about loneliness. Its Facebook group now has more than 800 members.
There is no age barrier to attend the cafes and parents are welcome to bring their children.
The new Longwell Green venue, at 83 Bath Road, has a car park and disabled access.
The community cafe is keen to recruit more volunteers to meet and greet new guests, help serve food and run activities.
You can also donate items for Gillian to sell on her Facebook page (Bristol Community Cafes) to raise money to keep the cafes running.
If you can help, or would like to find out more about attending the cafe sessions, please call Gillian on 07948 393397 or email gill.flower@blueyonder.co.uk