Support organisation Senscot has been working with NHS Health Scotland to explore the role that community café activity plays within social enterprise.
In partnership with Aberdeen SEN, Glasgow SEN and Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber, they hosted several discussion sessions to explore this in more detail.
A summary of key points is available to view here: senscot.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Community-Cafe-Discussion-Summary.docx.
Emerging from all three sessions was a clear ask to share lessons learned from social enterprises, including what has and hasn’t worked and how to overcome or avoid common challenges.
In taking this forward Senscot is inviting all social enterprise with experience in the area to share their learning through a very short survey here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8JSFXFX.
Senscot is keen to hear from social enterprise in all areas of Scotland.
The responses provided will inform a series of information sheets the charitable organisation is developing on the following community cafe scenarios:
- Providing a community café for another organisation
- Bringing in an external provider to operate a café within your premises
- Having a space available and considering using it for a community café
- Setting up a community café from scratch
- Currently providing community café activity but it’s not sustainable