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23
Oct
Pop-Up Community Cafe
  Woodlands Community Garden’s Pop-up-Café offers an alternative approach to most...
24
Oct
Tuesday Lunchbreak at the Workspace
Get away from the office and bring your packed lunch to enjoy at Woodlands Workspace. Enjoy a...
24
Oct
How to research a community : a hands on workshop
Does community exist in the city? What does it mean to be part of a community? Can a...
25
Oct
Garden Volunteer Session
You can join us for our Garden volunteer sessions on : Sundays 1-4pmWednesdays 1-4pm At these...

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Woodlands Community Cafe

Our vegetarian community café takes place on Monday evenings, feeding an average of 70 people per week, with meals cooked using fresh ingredients including those grown at our community garden.  We also run regular cookery workshops both at the cafe and in partnership with other local organisations. You can join us every Monday from 5.30 - 7.30pm at Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, Glasgow, G4 9AJ

If you would like to find out more about the cafe or are interested in volunteering with us then get in touch on 0141 332 2656 or via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

 

HOMEWORK CLUB COOKERY
We are also providing healthy meals at a Tuesday afternoon Homework Club in partnership with Queens Cross Housing Association.

OUR ETHOS
Our work is centred around a shared meal, with people who are the beneficiaries being actively involved in its preparation, cooking and serving. The strength of our community cafe lies in that there is no distinction between those providing the aid and those receiving it, all are actively encouraged to volunteer in our work. The food we serve is high quality, freshly prepared and of the same quality you would expect in an expensive restaurant. The café has a very welcoming atmosphere, with music workshops and performances adding to its ambience. It is very much a positive place to come. By encouraging a healthy vegetarian diet, we are making permanent changes in people’s perception towards food. Our Café not only provides access to good, fresh and healthy food, it also enables communities from all backgrounds to socialise in a safe welcoming environment. Volunteers who we train and support are gaining skills, confidence and self-esteem and our work has had a transformative effect on people attending.

 TESTIMONIALS
“ Volunteering at Woodlands Community café and garden, working alongside a group of positive and encouraging people, attending a variety of trainings and getting the support and friendship from the Woodlands team has helped me and gave me the courage and confidence to look for a job. After rehab I never thought I would be able to go back to work let along paid employment. I thought I was unable to do that. Volunteering for Woodlands helped me to approach work and realised that I am actually able to fit in in society. It has giving me the opportunity to improve myself, believe in myself and be a better person. Staff members of woodlands actively helped me to find a job. This is by helping me to write my CV and acting as my referee so I could get a job trial and then full-time pay employment. I am so happy and cannot thank you enough.”

“I came to the café as I can’t afford to buy food and am relying on my friend every day to feed me and my daughter. I really liked how you didn’t need to bring any papers to prove something”.

“It’s a lifeline. Good nutritious food.”

“I am disabled and often don’t eat well due to fatigue. Coming to the café means I get good healthy food and a vegetarian food”.

“I enjoy the healthy food and coming out from my home where I feel alone and isolated.”

“Woodlands Community Café not only provides access to good, fresh, and healthy food for a great number of people in our community every week, it also actively breaks down the stigma often associated with accessing food charity. Food here is shared and in that sharing we are all made to feel equal. The Community Café is welcoming, supportive, and nourishing in every way possible.”

"I really like the Community Café. There are many good people. I have learnt a lot through volunteering with them, new skills I never knew I could do. For example, I learnt how to prepare food, cook, speak with people.I have been looking for a job for at least two years. Thanks to woodlands staff, their training, advice, support with my CV and their reference I was finally able to get a job. It feels great and I am very happy. Thanks to Woodlands. I now have a good job and I am able to improve myself. Woodlands has giving me the practical skills to start a new life. I now want to progress and perhaps do some specific training to become a chef. Thank you! I am very happy." 
 

     


This project is supported by Scottish Government People and Communities Fund,  Big Lottery Community Led Activity Fund and Scottish Government's Fair Food Transformation Fund.