Whitchurch Methodist Church, Cardiff
Project Number: 390641.008
Objective: To provide a new Community Café
Project Completion Date: July 2013
Contributing Landfill Operator: Cardiff City Council
LCF Funding: £65000
Project Partners: Whitchurch Methodist Church
This church was established in the late 19th century and in the present day it is sustained by a large congregation whilst serving the local community with a diverse range of outreach facilities. This project provided a new purpose-built community café for residents, visitors and some local user-groups including young mothers/toddlers; Whitchurch library group and the elderly who find a good welcome and reasonably priced food. The church is in close proximity to Velindre Hospital Radiotherapy Centre whose many visitors are often in need of a local amenity to go to for rest and support.
The Café opened in May 2013 and it is overseen by a management group from within the church. It has been a great success with daytime opening being extended to encourage school children to attend and the introduction of Saturday morning opening. A full time manager has been appointed and three assistants (sponsored by Social Services) work on a regular basis as well as trainees from the ‘Work Experience Placement Scheme’ for the young unemployed. Church volunteers help out when necessary.
The facility has improved the aesthetic qualities of the area by replacing what was once an unwelcoming entrance area and this project has protected the built and social environment.
"The responses to all of our questions were dealt with promptly and efficiently. The system of payments was fully explained"
"The support has been very good throughout the whole project with constant encouragement and advice when necessary. Payments were made on time and financial details were always correct. Excellent support for the administration of the project was always available"