“It’s about the fellowship not the coffee – although that’s nice too!”

“It’s awfully sociable and a lovely atmosphere”

“It’s what’s needed, encouraging community, and really good value too!”

This is some of the feedback received from visitors to our Community Café which, this October, celebrates its second birthday. The Café is open on Mondays from 1.30-4.30pm at the Peter and Paul Centre in the centre of Teddington.

From the outset we wanted the Café to be more than just another coffee shop, being there for anyone who fancies a chat, particularly those feeling socially isolated and anxious. Given the focus on promoting mental health, we work closely with Ruils (Richmond-Upon-Thames Independent Living Service) whose NHS link workers often come to meet clients at the Café.

It has been lovely to see people come, meet others and over the weeks develop lasting friendships. Our customers range in age from nonagenarians to new-borns (with their mothers) and newcomers are always welcome. We have started a book swap scheme and sell local jams and marmalades. The Café is also the ideal place to signpost local organisations offering interesting activities and valuable services. Now Covid restrictions have eased, we hope to do more of this in the future.

If you would like to volunteer either at the café or by baking cakes then do let us know on communitycafe@teddingtonparish.org. We’re a friendly bunch!