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Weʼre raising £50,000 to Keep Marianne's Community Cafe open

Staines upon Thames

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Marianne's is a Community Café in the heart of Staines-Upon-Thames.
Marianne's was opened following a gift from a local lady, called Marianne Kewan, who after her death left money in her will to be used for vulnerable adults in Spelthorne and surrounding areas. We are extremely grateful to have received such a donation from her estate.
We have been open for 18 months and during this time have welcomed approximately 5000 people.
Our purpose is;
1 - We provide a professional Information and Welfare Benefits Advice service.
2 - We offer fantastic volunteering programs for individuals with the aim of building confidence, learning new skills, interacting with others and improving their opportunities.
3 - these services are housed in the friendly, welcoming and safe environment of our Café

Our very busy Welfare Benefits Advisor is in the café from 10am-4pm Monday –Friday, helping people from the surrounding areas, to sort out their welfare benefits. This includes form filling, queries, appeals, all welfare benefits, contacting the DWP, council tax issues, and food bank parcels.
Our volunteers most of which are from the local community, are often vulnerable and need support to volunteer, learn a new skill and build confidence. We have supported young adults with learning difficulties, adults with mental health problems, physical difficulties and also adults on the autistic spectrum. So far six of these have gone on to paid employment, additional volunteering and college training courses.
We have great fun working with and welcoming everyone that comes through our doors each week.
Marianne's will close its doors for the last time on Thursday 31st of October 2019 unless we can raise enough money to keep it open.
We need £50,000 to continue our work here in Marianne's – this is for us to run the café, mentor and support our amazing volunteers and provide a professional Information and Advice service.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please donate.

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  • wendy ward4 days ago
    wendy ward

    wendy ward

    4 days ago

    Hi everyone and a massive thank you to all of you that have donated to our very worthy cause. Just to update you, we now have a possible chance to stay in the Marianne's building on Thames Street for another couple of months, but we still have no funds to staff Marianne's :-( The Crowdfunding page is thankfully open until December. We are of course doing everything behind the scenes to raise enough money to pay staff and continue this fabulous service and everything we can raise on this page will go towards that goal. Thank you again x

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  • wendy ward19 days ago
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    wendy ward

    19 days ago

    We have had our fantastic helpers from Dramatize back with us this morning. Each of them told us what volunteering at Marianne’s meant to them 🙋🏼‍♀️ Thank you 🙏

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  • wendy ward1 month ago
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    wendy ward

    1 month ago

    This is Ben one of our treasured volunteers 👏 we asked him why he volunteers. This is what he said “ Volunteering allows me to express my skills in a creative way whilst helping and serving a friendly and buzzing community. It has given me a sense of pride. Everyone from everywhere coming to one place to chill out and talk, it gives me a real purpose and want to volunteer” I would like to add to this that Ben is a MASTER Barista, his coffees are fabulous!

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2 months ago

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Page last updated on: 10/18/2019 21.48

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47

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 18, 2019

  • Despina

    Despina

    Oct 18, 2019

    What a great opportunity for the young people.

    £20.00

  • Sadie Hall

    Sadie Hall

    Oct 18, 2019

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 18, 2019

    Keep spreading the word. Good luck thanks for all you do.

  • Andrea

    Andrea

    Oct 18, 2019

    £10.00

  • Lisa Mullins

    Lisa Mullins

    Oct 18, 2019

    £20.00

  • Fiona Cooper

    Fiona Cooper

    Oct 17, 2019

    I hope you can raise all the funds you need

    £20.00

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