Listening Ear Cafe. We open one day a week on Tuesdays 10.00-3.00. The cafe is a legacy of our church soup and bread group which met once a week to encourage getting together and to foster connection. The cafe has kept that ethos broadening out to the wider community and we promote ourselves as a place to come and have a chat and help to tackle loneliness.
We launched in July 2019 and have just been awarded 5 stars from Environmental Health. Our menu is based upon freshly made soup and bread and healthy food. We are now aiming to be recognised as a Healthy Eating cafe. Cafe Ear has been chosen to be Ambition for Ageing flagship project for social eating for over 50s in Radcliffe.
The church has trained Peer Listeners who move around the cafe and talk to people if they have any worries or concerns, or who might just be lonely and want someone to talk to. Cafe Ear has a mental health objective as well as a place to combat loneliness. We can signpost to further support if necessary and are now being recognised as a place where statutory providers can reach people. Gaddum Bury use our cafe once a month to support carers in Radcliffe. We have been visited by Bury Council Staying Well team for over 50s and the Greater Manchester nutrition project for the elderly.
We have a number of complementary activities that run alongside the cafe including a drop in Job Club and Bury Council Lifestyle and BEATS health clinics.