Radcliffe United Reformed Church celebrates after receiving £10,000 from the National Lottery to launch their Listening Ear Community Café

Radcliffe United Reformed Church is today celebrating after being awarded £10,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work on social isolation and loneliness. The Church, based on Blackburn Street in Radcliffe, will use the funding to launch their weekly community café, which will open to the public on Tuesdays.

Opening hours are 9.30a.m. to 3.30p.m.

The Listening Ear Community Cafe develops on a successful weekly social eating event, whereby 20 members of the church get together to make freshly made soup and bread and eat together. It was founded by Nigel Adkinson after he realised that the church community needed a focus point for togetherness and connection. We have kept this ethos.

We will have a low cost, healthy menu, offering a range of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea options.

The Café will have several additional features including a church Peer Listener programme. Peer Listeners will be present in café to listen to people who are worried or who might want to talk to someone in confidence, and be signposted to further support services if necessary.

A Job Club will launch at Radcliffe URC over the next coming weeks to help people with CV writing, confidence building and job search.

Bury Council Health Trainers and BEATS Programme Leaders will use the Pilsworth Room on Tuesdays when the café is open to enable a link between healthy cooking, food and lifestyle choices.

Volunteering opportunities will also be available to those interested in working in the kitchen or café or who might want to try out Peer Listening.

Quote Nigel Adkinson, Minister of Radcliffe URC: “We’re delighted that the National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. We are very proud of Listening Ear and hope that the Café will be a welcoming place for people in Radcliffe to meet, eat, connect and support each other and be a place of reflection and emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing”.

The Listening Ear Café will have a Launch opening on Tuesday 2 July. Councillor Rishi Shori, Leader of Bury Council, will say a few words to celebrate and open the café at 11.30a.m. The café will be open to the public from 9.30a.m. onwards.

People will also have a chance to visit our Expo Event and marketplace, where there will be Information Stalls showcasing the services they provide in Radcliffe.


For further information contact Caroline Platt on 07710 383212 or caroline.platt31@gmail.com

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Twitter Handle: @CafeEar

Website: radcliffeurc.org.uk