St John's Church International Café also known as the I-Café set up by a group of local volunteers aimed to help many of our local Refugees and Asylum Seekers in learning English. This I-Café is open for all people, young and old, regardless of if you have lived here since birth or just arrived. British or non-British everyone is welcome! The sessions are run on Monday (1.30pm-3pm), Wednesday (5pm-6.30pm) and Saturday (10.30am-12pm) with time for chats, games, English classes a cup of coffee or Tea and something to eat.
In the past year our I-café hosted people coming from more than 20 different countries. Everyone will be treated with dignity and respect and given the opportunity to relax and perhaps can forget some of their worries, even laugh and sing and, of course, enjoy biscuits or a slice of cake!
Here are just a few quotes from some of them about why they come to the I-Café:
“I want to learn English and like talking to the volunteers and practising English”
“I like the way we are treated. The helpers are excellent people (Thank you!) and I feel I am learning slowly.”
“We like learning about the country, it is good for our mental health, we meet new people and it creates better integration into the society. We learn new things and can explore the religion and people of the U.K.”
“I like the cake!” There is definitely a theme here.
Many of our volunteers also get so much out of it too:
“I love meeting people from all over the World, learning so much and sharing what I have.”
“It is a wonderful opportunity to meet our local refugees and asylum seekers and learn about their cultures, their diversity and customs of their countries or origin.”
If you would like to get involved in the Café or want more information contact St John's Church office on: 01342 712063 or click below: