It’s coffee time at bustling community centre thanks to £10k grant

A coffee house at a bustling community centre is open for business after a £10,000 refurbishment paid for by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The Foundation’s Director of Regional Grants – Jane Harris – was given the honour of cutting the ribbon at the Honey Pot Coffee House at Brookvale Community Centre earlier this month.

The Halton Speak Out charity took over the day-to-day management of the centre in 2019 and have overseen a huge expansion in activities.

The building had never had its own café until Halton Speak Out opened up the ‘Hello Café’ in the small hall between 9am-3pm.

According to Mal Hampson, who is the manager of Halton Speak Out which oversees the running of Brookvale Community Centre, the café became a victim of its own success with tables and chairs packed away at 3pm in readiness for the evening groups and activities.

“We couldn’t have activities in the same space that Hello Café was based so we decided to move it to another part of the building,” she said.

After identifying an area in the kitchen the charity approached the Steve Morgan Foundation for help and were awarded £10,000 for the refurbishment.

Hampson said: “The refurbishment took six months and the new area seats around 50 people and lends itself more to being a coffee house. We changed the name to the Honey Pot Coffee House.

Honey Pot Coffee House

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of the Steve Morgan Foundation so it seemed like the right decision to ask Jane (Harris) to cut the ribbon.”

Brookvale Community Centre now runs a wide range of activities, including kids clubs, line dancing, technology workshops, singing clubs, Ella Together, keep fit and afternoon tea dancing.

Hampson said: “Somebody described the coffee house as being the glue in the community centre with people popping in before or after attending activities. The building is vibrant.”

 

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