The Fed-Up community Café was established in Stranraer in 2018 with a goal to ‘help reduce poverty and social isolation by offering a place for people to come and feel welcomed. A place to get a good meal and not have to worry about the bill. A place where we work with local services to direct anyone in need of support or help, to be able to get the help they need.’
Everything that they do is given free of charge thanks to funding received from several sources and donations from the local community. They are happy to help be it with a food parcel, some advice, life skills, cooking or just somewhere to go for some company.
They hold the Big Christmas Dinner event each year and in their first full year they served over 5500 meals.
During the Covid 19 Pandemic they have moved their meal provision to take away and home delivery and Loreburn Housing Association was delighted to contribute £250.00 to support this. The Café have said “Since the lockdown back in March 2020, the need for food has increased dramatically bringing the total meals to over 20,000 by the end of the second year”.
There contact details are: www.fedup.org.uk, or phone on 07487522884 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
A second TLC Cafe opened in the Stewartry December 2018 to help combat social isolation.
The venture launched in Dalbeattie and follows the success of a facility in Castle Douglas.
It runs weekly in the St Peter’s Church Maxwell Hall from 12pm to 2pm every Tuesday.
Cafe co-ordinator Hollie Mitchell, of Alcohol and Drugs Support South West Scotland, said: “Local residents approached us to see if we would help them to set up a similar project in Dalbeattie.
“We have been running the TLC cafe in Castle Douglas for two years and it has proved very popular.
“We get quite a lot of community groups in such as Alzheimer’s Scotland, Support in Mind Scotland, local sheltered housing residents as well as the general public. It’s a great way of bringing everybody together.
“It is a real community cafe open to all – that’s what we want to promote.”
The cafe’s main sponsor is Dumfries and Galloway Council’s anti–poverty fund and Loreburn Housing Assocation contributed £500 to help with set-up costs.