New name for Norwich cafe

A city-centre caf� which offers people somewhere to chat and meet friends – and help the homeless at the same time – has been given a new name in a bid to get more people through the door.

The caf� at the All Saints' Centre in Westlegate, opposite John Lewis, has been re-branded The Sanctuary Caf� in a bid to draw attention to the venue and make it more of a meeting place.

Run largely by volunteers, the cafe serves meals, hot drinks and snacks. It is part of the centre which also boasts a quiet room, a chapel, a Christian lending library, cards and gifts, second-hand books and bric-a-brac and a Traidcraft stall.

It also promotes the Food for Thought voucher scheme: people can buy vouchers to give to the homeless so they can get a meal.

Centre manager Karen Maidstone said: 'We wanted to change the name to the Sanctuary Caf� so people realise it is for anyone to come in here.


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'We want people to come in here to help us and to help the homeless. We are great for prices and people who come in say it's a great and friendly place. We just want people to be aware we are here.'

The centre, which is a registered charity and was founded by Jo Cook more than 30 years ago, is run by four paid staff and about 12 volunteers.

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It costs about �1,650 a week to run.

Mish Baptiste, 59, from Bowthorpe, who uses the caf� regularly, said: 'It's a place where you can get a reasonably priced meal and meet friends. We sit around chatting and have a laugh. I live on my own so it's ideal for me.'

Lois Wiltshire, 60, from Norwich, who meets her friend Sylvia Rogers at the centre once a week, said: 'It's quiet, very reasonable and we love the food, it's good.'

Are you trying to safeguard the future of a community facility? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326.

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