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Community Spotlight: Harrow’s Conversation Cafe

In the UK, 49.63% of adults say that they feel lonely “occasionally, sometimes or always”, a situation which is rapidly reaching epidemic proportions. Harrow has a number of initiatives created to combat isolation and loneliness and, in this article, we’re going to be talking about the Conversation Cafe.

A coffee and a chat

Located inside St. Peter’s Church on Sumner Road, West Harrow. The Harrow Conversation Cafe has become a vital community hub in our borough.

Meeting every Tuesday between 10am and 3pm, the Conversation Cafe is a safe space for Harrow residents to visit for advice, support or just a chat – something which can be terribly important for those who are alone.

Help is on hand

As well as a social space, the Conversation Cafe offers support and advice on important services, including:

  • Housing – Housing experts join the Conversation Cafe every two weeks to provide advice to Harrow residents. Unfortunately, the Cafe is currently unable to help with homelessness issues.
  • Legal issues – Every Tuesday, representatives from the Citizens Advice Bureau are on hand to help those looking for advice on anything from noisy neighbours to debt.
  • Adult Social Care – You can find Adult Social Care representatives at the Conversation Cafe every Tuesday.
  • Adult Social Care Finance – On the last Tuesday of every month, you can speak to an Adult Social Care Finance expert at the Conversation Cafe.

Unpaid carers

There are currently around five million unpaid carers in the UK – many of whom find themselves overwhelmed and under-supported. Because of this, the Conversation Cafe will be hosting a new cafe starting on the 8th of May to provide much needed advice and support to unpaid carers in Harrow. This new cafe will take place every Wednesday between 10.30am and 1pm at Old Lyonians, 74 Pinner View. For more information, email conversation.cafe@harrow.gov.uk

Giving Harrow residents a sporting chance

Harrow’s Conversation Cafe offers a warm welcome as well as practical support and advice to all Harrow residents and keeps going from strength to strength – so much so that, last December, the cafe even had a visit from campaigner and former professional athlete, Fatima Whitbread. To find out more – and maybe get involved – take a look at the Conversation Cafe’s website.

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