The Caritas Community Café
The Caritas Community Cafe in Mill Street was opened some 2 1/2 years ago. The premises were bought by the Guernsey Deanery for our use and we only have a peppercorn rent to pay. Since it is run almost exclusively by volunteers we are able to charge very reasonable prices.
The Cafe is a place of welcoming, acceptance and belonging; a place to meet and make friends, a place where we try to break down barriers between those who apparently have much and those who apparently have little. Here we work with a huge variety of people with different life experiences - the broken and broken hearted, those suffering from a variety of addictions, those suffering from mental illness, the lonely and isolated, the unemployed, the homeless, ex-offenders, family breakdown, poor physical health. The facts and figures are stark. In Guernsey we have approximately 4,000 people suffering from mental illness, about 400 out of work, some 850 on long term sick leave, and up to 120 in prison.
The Cafe thrives on their glorious mix and sometimes challenging group of people - both volunteers and guests [as we like to call our customers] all bring something unique and special. We are blessed with about 70 volunteers who work throughout Caritas.
We rely on our very kind volunteers for their support, both with their time and donations of food.
This enables us to keep our prices down so that all our customers can enjoy wholesome homemade food at affordable prices.
If you would like to purchase a food voucher for someone special please speak to our volunteers who will be delighted to help you.
We operate a Suspended Payment system whereby an overpayment you make will provide somebody else with a free meal and drink.