Renew Wellbeing Cafe off to great start

Mental health provision is improving in Winchester, thanks in part to a new volunteer-led wellbeing café.

Alison Dolphin (Mental Health Champion for Churches Together in Winchester) says: “The Renew Wellbeing café that meets in the Salvation Army Hall on Thursday afternoons opened its doors to the public on 1st February and it’s been such an encouraging start!”

The café has already had a good response from guests and a wide variety of different organisations. Alison reports that they have also
been awarded a generous council grant. She is encouraging churches and their members to think about how they can support
this Churches Together in Winchester initiative.

Alison is determined to ensure anyone who might benefit from a safe space where it is “okay not to be okay” knows they are welcome at the Wellbeing Café. Let’s get Winchester talking about it, because a personal invitation or recommendation is proven to be the best way to bring people in. She is also keen for churches to tell the Renew café team about all the wonderful things they are doing of a well-being nature, (emotional, spiritual or psychological). “That way,” she says, “we can in turn let our guests know! Many thanks
and we hugely value your prayers!”

Winchester wellbeing café poster

The Renew café initiative is part of a national network which helps churches open spaces of welcome and inclusion in partnership with mental health teams to improve mental and emotional wellbeing. Winchester’s cafe meets every Thursday afternoon from 2-4 pm at the Salvation Army Hall on Parchment Street, Winchester SO23 8AZ. This is a very central venue, with easy access from public transport and city centre car parks.


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