Cafe Update – Happy New Year everyone

Exciting times at the Strawberry Line Cafe; we have been involved in getting our name in lights, presentations of donations and even a small part in a Radio 4 programme. Lots to look forward to in 2019 too.

Thanks to funds from the Severnside Rail Partnership, we are making a short promotional film all about the Cafe to help boost our profile and let more people know about who are and what we do. Many other organisations find that film is the best medium to tell a story in just a few minutes and can be very effective in gaining more support. We hope it will be available to view and share by mid February; we will keep you posted.

Congresbury hotel DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, kindly donated £2,500 towards a short promotional film to help gain support and raise funds for a new Employability Project, working title ‘The Hub’, which we hope to get off the ground in 2019. Funders have more sophisticated requirements these days and encourage organisations to submit a short film trailer, up to 90 seconds, about what you what you aim to do and why and what you need to achieve it.

This project is still in its very early stages, but we hope to launch later in the Spring. Support from a major local business such as DoubleTree is a fantastic boost and their offer of longer term support not only with fundraising but in partnering with us to improve the opportunities for people with learning disabilities, is music to our ears.  Read the full article here and just to clarify, we are NOT planning to move from Yatton Railway Station but looking for other local premises to expand, which includes gaining support from employers and organisations. More news very soon. Thank you Mehmet and all the team at DoubleTree.

Woodspring Lodge No 8791 very kindly donated £250 to the Cafe. WM Andy Webb visited us on Christmas Eve to make the presentation. Thank you for your continued support, it is truly appreciated.

Local wildlife broadcaster and keen Cafe supporter, Chris Sperring, interviewed our team whilst making a Radio 4 programme Open Country. It was all about The Strawberry Line and was broadcast on Thursday 3 January and now available on the BBC Sounds App. Lucy and Hannah did us  proud and thanks to Chris for featuring our work at the Cafe. It is well worth a listen as another great supporter and YACWAG member Tony Moulin is also interviewed.

2019 is potentially a big year for the Cafe, but we wouldn’t be here without the continued custom and support of local people and organisations. Thank you all. More news soon.