The DIAL LEEDS Happiness Café…… A safe space for disabled people to get together:

 

We are very pleased to announce that the DIAL LEEDS pop up Happiness Café is now open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 11.00am and 3.00pm at our premises in New Wortley.

You are very welcome to drop in and join us for a cuppa and a chat.  We are very good listeners too!

We aim to overcome social isolation and to remove the barriers for participating fully in the community by providing support to and receiving help from your peers. There will be art therapies, mood boosting books, social activities, themed events and lots of time for talking and listening.

Come and try out some:

  • Mood boosting books
  • Calming colouring
  • Crosswords, word searches and sudoku
  • Board games
  • Other social activities –it’s your choice!

 

Relax in a safe, positive environment, meet people and make new friends (in small groups).

 

We can also offer peer support on any disability related issues while you are with us.

For more information contact us on:

0113 467 6981

 

 

There is no charge for refreshments or any activities that you may want to take part in.  Bring a sandwich or snack if you are planning to visit over lunchtime.

 

Get involved and be happy!

 

 

This project is funded by The People’s Health Trust (until 31/12/19) which is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each of the society lotteries and makes grants using money raised by the Health Lottery.

 

 

For the Happiness Cafe poster please see HERE:

 

Happiness Cafe Testimonials:

 

By a Cafe Member (December 2018):

I have visited the Happiness Café on a couple of occasions and had such a pleasant afternoon each time I wanted to share my experience with others.

I was delighted by how easy the café was to find. Just a short journey on the 4/4a bus, which I was able to catch opposite McDonalds on Boar Lane. The bus stopped immediately outside the venue, Photon House on Percy Street, and there was easy access through the back of the building.

I rang ahead and was warmly greeted by a member of staff at the door. The Café itself is well attended by volunteers, who let me settle in before all introducing themselves and their roles. I was made a lovely cup of tea – which is always welcome, as I live alone and am a carer for others.

I was impressed by the café itself. It felt like a comfortable little snug, with a range of sofas, chairs and comfortable seating arrangement. I was struck by the number of activities available. I noticed a large selection of board games, if you felt like engaging with others. Also a range of quiz books and colouring books, if you just want to chill and have quiet space.

I also noticed a selection of books, with uplifting titles like “How to be an optimist” and “The Opposite of Loneliness”, which I was allowed to take away and read. While not a food providing café as such, there were some tasty looking health bars on the table for keeping energy levels up.

But for me, the very best thing about the DIAL LEEDS Happiness Café was is lovely company you find there. Each volunteer took time to chat and share and make me feel very welcome. There were also members of staff on hand to help and advise and make sure I was comfortable.

I can honestly say that for me that The Happiness Café lived up to it’s name. Each time I have come away feeling more optimistic and positive about life and looking forward to being able to visit again.

If The Happiness Café is but a small taste of DIAL LEEDS vision for the future of “A People’s Place for all to grow”, I can really see the benefit of how these ambitious plans for a Community Hub for disabled people, could benefit so many.

During these times of increasing financial hardship and social disconnect for many of us, having the opportunity to come together in The Happiness Café could, with funding, be replicated and expanded upon on a much bigger scale bringing many more people together to learn and share by supporting one another.