Tea and cake on the menu as Stansted Day Centre reopens to users
Stansted Day Centre welcomed back visitors for the first time since the pandemic started with a tea and cake afternoon.
The test event held last week was to try out the new outdoor space designed by community organisation TouchPoint, which is aiming to breath life back into the Crafton Road centre and reach out to vulnerable residents.
The weekly community cafe will now run every Thursday (starting from tomorrow, July 29) between 11am and 5pm.
TouchPoint’s Paul Chambers said the test event produced positive feedback from the day centre users who were invited back, but it was also “very emotional” for those who had not been out for over a year.
“We’ve had a team of people working hard to refresh and reinvigorate the outside space. We are trying to create a space where people who have suffered the isolation of not having their own outside space can find some kind of respite. For some, it was emotional.”
Users have been invited back again this week with an open invitation for anyone to pop along for tea and cake, with no appointment necessary. Those wanting a cream tea experience, however, do need to book by calling 07572 114882 or emailing email@example.com
Stansted district and parish councillor Ayub Khan praised TouchPoint’s work: “You are doing a great job reaching out to the really vulnerable.”