A new lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) café has opened in Weston-super-Mare this month, with a little help from our Community Connect service which we run with the West of England Rural Network.
The aim of the café is to provide support to LGBT people to boost their wellbeing in a friendly and informal environment, while offering everyone in Weston-super-Mare a new, inclusive place to meet and socialise.
The café launched on 10 September 2016 and runs every second Saturday of the month from 2-4.30pm at Bar Cameo, Weston’s new inclusive bar on Walliscote Road.
At the café Community Connect will offer support for the over 50s while GayWest, who already run a successful Rainbow Café in Bath, will be there to provide more general advice.
The café is run by a team of volunteers from the community with other agencies on hand to give more specific advice around issues such as health and finance.
Community Connect and North Somerset (NS) LGBT Forum worked together to apply for a Curo Communities Grant, a fund overseen by Curo customers who want to make a sustainable difference to communities across the South West.
Stefania Rulli, Team Leader for Community Connect, said: “We recognise that isolation and loneliness is a big problem for the over 50s across North Somerset. It can be even more acute for LGBT people who often encounter substantial barriers to accessing community services. At Curo we want to celebrate diversity within the communities where we work, supporting initiatives – like this café – that will improve emotional wellbeing and resilience.”
Nigel Briers, Chair of the NS LGBT Forum, said: “We welcome all organisations and individuals to engage with this new, exciting project which promotes better understanding and acceptance of the LGBT communities and encourages community cohesion. If you want to support the long-term sustainability of this project and help us make Weston-super-Mare a truly inclusive place to socialise that embraces diversity, please contact the NS LGBT Forum on 0791 401 8326.”
Community Connect works with people who are over 50 and need support with tackling isolation and loneliness or help to access the right support and community services. It’s a free service funded by North Somerset Council.
For more information about the wealth of support available to help tackle social isolation and loneliness in North Somerset, please call Community Connect on 01934 888 803, visit www.curo-group.co.uk/communityconnect or find us on Facebook at fb.com/CommunityConnectNSC.