Community café gets a grand opening

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, On your estate, On your estate - estate improvements, On your estate - Sustainable Communities Fund.

Deckham_Community_Cafe_opening_March_2016_0224Central Gateshead has a new community café, thanks to The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council.

The Cosy Crow Community Café has been set up within Deckham Community Centre by Gateshead Older People’s Assembly.

The café will provide accessible training and promote healthy eating. It will also link with local gardeners and allotments, and help local people learn to cook healthy food on a budget.

The Gateshead Housing Company’s Sustainable Communities Fund’s donation of £5,888 was used to supply flooring and furniture and to carry out the maintenance required to get the café up and running.

The Sustainable Communities Fund is a joint venture between the housing company and Gateshead Council and aims to increase pride in neighbourhoods by improving the local environment.

The Cosy Crow Community Café will provide a range of volunteering opportunities to help develop skills such as cooking, serving food, and running a friendship group or club.

The café was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead, Councillor Alex and Mrs Freda Geddes. Cllr Geddes said: “The café is a fantastic addition to Deckham Community Centre.

“The volunteering opportunities here will give invaluable work experience to job seekers as well as providing opportunities for older people to lead fuller lives.

“One of the most exciting initiatives is the Holiday Hunger programme, designed to help break down intergenerational barriers. Older volunteers cook hot meals for younger people from the community who perhaps can’t afford to eat well over the school holidays.”

Residents wanting to suggest ideas for similar estate improvements should contact their housing office or email

Photo: the Mayor and Mayoress of Gateshead, Councillor Alex and Mrs Freda Geddes, with volunteer Lola McPartland, at the launch of the Cosy Crow Community Café in Deckham.