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Our cafe is spearheading the Suspended Coffees movement on the Isle of Wight, which is already supported internationally by thousands of cafes.

The scheme works by instead of buying just one cup of coffee, you buy two or more. You buy one for yourself and one for someone in need. It is also anonymous so the benefactor doesn’t need to know who it came from which in turns makes it less daunting for them. Because you’re donating a suspended item, you are in direct control of how your money is helping another human being.

Cook Project coordinator Michele Newton explains more how the scheme works, “£1.50 will pay for a hot drink for people visiting our cafe who may be experiencing ‘life challenges’. It really is about so much more than the coffee. It can provide physical comfort, conversation, a smile or even a laugh, and a sense of belonging.”

Clare Griffin Centre Manager adds, “We are proud of being at the heart of the community in the West Wight. We already offer several schemes for people in need such as the use of showers and so we are pleased to be part of this global initiative.”

If you would like to take part in the scheme, simply asked about Suspended Coffees next time you are at in the centre and one of the staff will be happy to explain more.