Edinburgh Community Cafes provide a clean, welcoming and safe environment for different community groups – inclusive spaces. Some cafes will provide this for their immediate community. Others may be a hub for a specific group such as the recovery community in Edinburgh and Lothians.
A community cafe usually will address issues around sustainability, community cohesion and inclusion. They may be a revenue earner, or offer training opportunities or be a focal point for centre users and local people. Others may be part of a sports club or a leisure centre, offering refreshments to those taking part in activities or to chaperoning spectators.
These cafes may all be very different from one another: however, they often have and work towards similar aims:
- Friendly and welcoming atmosphere
- Sociable places preventing isolation
- Promoting healthier eating and be affordable
- Fair trade and local (where possible) and ethical