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Community Project Awards 2010: Café Unity, Heald Green URC, Cheadle - a cafe for the community

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Published on Jul 6, 2010

Café Unity, a community café supported by Heald Green URC, Cheadle, which has become a focal point for the community that was entirely missing five years ago when it formed. As well as a friendly and welcoming meeting place, the café provides a venue for youth activities, volunteering opportunities and a focus for support for various local social initiatives. The café now has a paid youth worker who regularly visits secondary schools in the area and is also training to take on a street pastor role.

Café manager Sarah Pritchard, who is also paid, said: "I hate to have time off.
You open up and the whole village comes in, it's a central part of our community. This is where I belong."

Heald Green minister Mike Walsh said: "It's not a church coffee shop, it's a coffee shop which is run by the churches"

Joint 3rd prize winner in the United Reformed Church's Community Project Awards 2010.
See http://www.urc.org.uk/news/2010/july/...

The Community Project Awards are sponsored by Congregational and General Insurance plc and Reform magazine.

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