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Mint Lane Café in Lincoln joins Starbucks Community Café Programme

Starbucks and Neighbourly partner with local charity to donate coffee and supplies

Mint Lane Café in Lincoln has become one of the latest cafes across Britain to join Starbucks Community Café programme. The new partnership will give Mint Lane Café the ability to place regular orders for supplies such as coffee, tea and milk jugs to help sustain their invaluable community space.

Mint Lane Café is one of Starbucks community cafés, located in the heart of Lincoln. This June marks the café’s first anniversary, however [email protected] (the centre in which it is located) has been open since 2012. The café has a growing number of regular visitors and currently serves around 100 people every week. Mint Lane Café has around 40 volunteers who regularly work at the café, either cooking food, serving customers or even simply keeping visitors company. Each day, four or five volunteers run the café. The café is the perfect environment to encourage social eating and ease anxiety and social isolation which some of the visitors’ experience. The low prices mean that the café is accessible to a wide range of people in the local community.

[email protected] seeks to support people with enduring difficulties with their mental health and emotional well-being. Peer support groups, counselling services and therapeutic activities are provided in the centre which is open 7 days a week.

This new partnership is part of Starbucks Community Café programme that piloted in August 2017. The four Community Cafés that launched last year, including an innovative coffee truck named Salute that is operated by North Tyneside’s veteran charity Forward Assist, will continue to be part of the programme in addition to the new cafés. As a founding partner, Starbucks has worked with Neighbourly since 2014 to deliver support to hundreds of local community causes across the UK. Together they have identified community spaces that could benefit most from the support of regular access to essential items. 2018 marks Starbucks 20th year since opening in the UK, and its work with all 20 community cafés will mean that each can continue to offer their local communities the space, support and guidance that is relied upon by many.

Charles Cooke, Director at Mint Lane Café, comments:

“Here at Mint Lane Café, we are so excited to become a part of Starbucks Community Café programme and help more people through encouraging social eating and easing anxiety – as well as other mental health conditions. As the café is run entirely on donations, we are grateful for Starbucks and their help in keeping our café open.”

Nick Davies, founder of Neighbourly, said:

“Many community cafés across the UK are struggling with funding and the resources to stay alive, but the importance of them to so many people is undeniable whether they focus on youth, social isolation, exclusion or homelessness. We hope the support and donations will go some way in making sure that cafés like Mint Lane Café remain an integral part of the community for years to come.”

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