Mental health support and social activities now on the menu five days a week at Hartlepool Café

LilyAnne Coffee Bar staff member Gemma Robinson (left) and owner Angela Arnold prepare to welcome guests to their walk-in support days and the new knitting and stitch group cross.

It includes classes, arts and crafts activities for adults and a new knitting and cross stitch group for visitors to indulge or learn a new hobby, while meeting new ones. people over a friendly cup of tea.

LilyAnne co-owner Trevor Sherwood said, “We have decided to run support every day between 10am and 1pm, which means we’ve added two new ones on Thursday and Friday.

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Trevor Sherwood, Gemma Robinson and the owner of the Lilyannes Coffee Bar prepare to greet guests on their drop-in support days.

“This means that between these times there is support available for anyone who is really in trouble.”

The cafe works with the mental health organization Let’s Connect – formerly Hartlepool Mind.

During the drop ins on Mondays and Tuesdays, Let’s Connect will be there for all those looking for a little support but don’t know where to turn.

Anyone in a lonely situation can also take advantage of the sessions to make new friends.

Trevor added, “What we’ve found in people who come in is that they can’t access mental health supports.

“Thanks to our work in partnership with Let’s Connect, we are able to provide support to them a little faster. ”

On Wednesdays, LilyAnne’s hosts a Forget Me Not Coffee Morning, a group for people to meet and make new friendships, and access the café’s peer support.

Trevor said it was a great opportunity to get out of the house to meet new people and there were new faces every week.

The new knitting and cross stitch social group takes place Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for enthusiasts looking for a space to meet up with others who enjoy the hobby or want to learn.

On Friday mornings, arts and crafts for adults are on the menu. Bring your tracks and meet new people.

Then from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the café welcomes [email protected] providing the gaming community with an opportunity to play a variety of board and card games.

Trevor added, “What we do is really work with our connection through Let’s Connect.

“For us, these groups are really essential.

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