11:38 8 April 2022
A new cafe is to open in Exmouth as part of a project to help people with stroke regain life skills.
The Exmouth Stroke Survivors Club plans to get food from FairShare, the charity that redistributes surplus food from supermarkets, and the meals will be prepared by stroke survivors who need to practice cooking.
The club hopes to start the project on Monday May 2, with the cafe opening three days a week at the Bidmead community centre.
Profits from the cafe will be used to support club activities.
At the end of each day, any leftover food will be donated to the Littleham Community Fridge, which is based on the same premises.
The club organizes an event on Good Friday to raise funds for the coffee project and other activities, including outings for its members.
On Friday, April 15, doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for an Easter Mass starting at noon. There will then be a three-course lunch at 1 p.m.
Music will be provided by the East Devon Day Time Band, and the Otter Morris Men will perform at 3 p.m.
Tickets for the meal cost £10 for adults and £5 for children, who will also receive an Easter egg.
The Stroke Survivors Club supports people who have had a stroke and their families, as well as anyone who has suffered a brain injury or is living with dementia.
They meet at the Bidmead Community Center every Monday and Wednesday morning, and also have a club supper and a bingo session on Friday evening.
Chairman Steve Beer said: ‘We help those who have had speech impairment due to a stroke and help them get back to normal speech and conversation. We encourage people to exercise and get back to normal life.
The club also organizes outings to local attractions such as Bicton Gardens and the Donkey Sanctuary.
He is planning a community event on June 4 for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. There will be entertainment – yet to be announced – and a buffet meal.
For more details on the Exmouth Stroke Survivors Club, its activities and community events, visit its website or email [email protected]