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Closed 07/12/2019

raised of £50,000 target by 59 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,504 to Keep Marianne's Community Cafe open

    Staines upon Thames
    Funded on Saturday, 7th December 2019

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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.



    • wendy ward8 months ago
      wendy ward

      wendy ward

      8 months ago

      Hi everyone 🙋🏼‍♀️ We open Marianne’s Cafe again this morning. We have worked very hard to secure extra funding for this vital service. I would like to say a massive thank you to each and everyone one of you that has donated towards this goal. Every penny has gone towards enabling this Cafe to continue. Without your generous donations and amazing messages of support this would have been so much harder. Biggest thanks again 👏👏👏👏👏

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    • wendy ward10 months ago
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      wendy ward

      10 months 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 ward11 months ago
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      wendy ward

      11 months 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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    Page last updated on: 12/2/2019 09.13



    • Anonymous


      Nov 1, 2019

      Good luck. Hope you can remain open.


    • Anonymous


      Nov 1, 2019

      What a fantastic place fir local vulnerable people. Bless you all xx


    • Nyenge Brand

      Nyenge Brand

      Oct 30, 2019

      I hope the donations keep coming !


    • Howard GIBBS

      Howard GIBBS

      Oct 28, 2019

      Sorry it's not more. Best of luck for the future.


    • Lulu


      Oct 25, 2019

      Will visit the cafe too as plenty of customers will help.


    • Valerie


      Oct 25, 2019

      The centre is so important to the community. Let’s work to keep it open. Keep going Wendy 🙂


    • Anonymous


      Oct 22, 2019

      Carry on the good work offering support in this much needed area of the community.

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