Community to join together for World Friendship Day

Staff and volunteers at a Shiregreen community hub are urging residents to come along and meet new people to mark World Friendship Day 2018.

Thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing, local community regeneration charity SOAR runs the Shiregreen Social Café at Shiregreen Neighbourhood Centre, providing people with a friendly, informal meeting place.

In line with the ethos of World Friendship Day – which falls on 30 July each year – the café offers a relaxed venue for residents with different backgrounds to come together, as well as supporting those with mental health issues.

The café’s team are encouraging all local people to come along and take part in a varied programme of activities including arts and crafts, games and gentle exercise, have lunch or simply talk with others in a similar situation.

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager for Shiregreen, Melanie King, said: “We are proud to offer support and funding to the Shiregreen Social Café, it’s an invaluable service for our residents.

“World Friendship Day is giving us a fantastic opportunity to promote this much-loved café and I would encourage all residents to go along.”

The Shiregreen Social Café is linked to SOAR’s social prescribing service, which works with 22 GP surgeries in north Sheffield to help people access community-based support.

Helen Warren from SOAR added: “The Social Café offers a relaxed environment for residents to come along and meet new people; there’s no pressure and our staff and volunteers will give a warm welcome to all new faces.”

Sessions take place from 10am until 3pm every other Wednesday. For more information about exact dates, contact Helen Warren by calling 07795 563 700 or by emailing helen.warren@soarcommunity.org.uk.

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.