Crafty Fox cafe and Hub – Healing a Community

Crafty Fox cafe and Hub – Healing a Community


I would think or would like to think that this place has saved a lot of lives I think half of these people included me I’d of probably checked out by now if it wasn’t for this place and I think a lot of them an all It means a lot, to a lot of
people they don’t always come down every day, but they know somebody’s here for them if they need it. There’s a guy sitting out front having a fag and a cup of tea at the minute. He wanted a table, so we went round the garage and we knocked one up between us. He’d never used a cordless drill or a screwdriver, well a lot of people looking at it would probably
wouldn’t even recognise it as a table but to him, he was over the moon,
he shuck my hand and he said nobody’s got time for me. Yes, sorry it’s just stupid little things, make a lot
of difference. I’ve been working here about 17 years now and different
services have come and gone over the years in the community and when the
crafty Fox came to me, I visited and discovered what a great community
resource this could be and could turn out to be. I met Nina who is our community builder who has been central to the development of that service and
gradually we became more aware as a whole team in the surgery, all the
doctors, nurses and administrative staff that this is a place that people could
be directed to, who were struggling in life generally, perhaps isolated and lonely.
People that just need hope for the future where they perhaps don’t see any
hope in their lives. My name is Nina and I’m the Local Community Builder, doing a
lot of work in a Foxhole over the years. My job really is to get people engaged
back into their community and so what I did, is I did a lot of door-knocking,
and I set up her like a pop-up cafe on the grass over there to try and lure
people in to wonder what it was all about, and I was able to ask them the
questions about what you love about where you live? What you think is missing?
What would you like to put in place in your community? And so many people said they just would love to have a safe space too come on sit and have coffee, safe space to see each other meet up.
Because they previously they had a pub, which I think was open in afternoons as
well so they could get tea and coffee and then that became the co-op, so
there’s nothing at all local. So when people are struggling with
illness mental health difficulties in particular it would be lovely to have
the same GP and have regular access, the reality is the pressures of the system
and we can’t always provide that so we need to have some other consistency in
people’s lives that’s going to support them through difficult times. From where I was where I am now I never thought I could be this happy I
never thought when you’re ready to check out you don’t
think about anybody else you don’t look that you know everybody they just don’t
exist all you want is the heartache and the pain to stop sorry Can’t believe how much my life has changed

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