The Listening Cafe is a not for profit organisation that provides an environment where people come together to talk.Unlike a traditional coffee shop it's not about finding a table on your own or with a friend it's about connecting with other people in your community.
You'll wear a badge with your name (or nickname if you prefer to remain anonymous) so immediately everyone knows your name, the biggest hurdle over with in a second;
There are games to play like backgammon, draughts, chess and scrabble ... so if talking doesn't come easy you can get comfortable and share the moment without feeling the need to speak until you're ready (and have fun in the meantime!);
There will be puzzles to collaborate on ... building a bond whilst giving plenty of space to talk and be heard;
Whilst the unlimited water, Teas and Coffees keep you hydrated you're invited to bake and share your creations. Giving you a reason to get back to baking if that's your thing;
No expensive drinks or food, no rush to leave - stay all day.
There is a book of the month so you can read at leisure and discuss at The Listening Cafe
Why listen alone when you can come to The Listening Cafe and talk about it afterwards? So we play The Archers as it airs on BBCRadio4
Do you? Well there are hundreds of beautiful independent coffee shops for that and lots of branded ones too ... but they don't address the fact that we often don't get the chance to talk ... about our feelings, what's troubling us, our hopes and fears ... and they don't provide a community where you can share life - they're more of a human car park, somewhere to stop before you go again - nothing much going on ... The Listening Cafe is much much more than that. It's your home from home, your community cafe, your social club but most of all it's where you come to talk if you want to ... where everyone is there to listen to YOU ... because we bottle things up, can't speak to friends or family, don't want to worry them ... and we can slip down a lonely path that can lead to many a place we do not want to go ...The Listening Cafe for some is the medicine we need before we need professional help or it can be just fun and friendship ... sometimes the line is blurred and so we'll have to hand all the local support groups, help lines, counsellors and therapists so that it's there if you need it, want it or are just curious.
There's always more ...
The Listening Cafe would like to form groups of interested people that want to Campaign locally and Nationally for causes they believe in ... from organising local litter picking activities to fighting misogyny, misandry, racism and discrimination where ever we see it.
Alone we may have a small voice but together locally and Nationally we can be very loud
To find the nearest Listening Cafe to you please email me, Jason Rich, firstname.lastname@example.org