Promoting social connections and inclusion

Research shows the more physically active and connected with others we are, the better our chances of ageing well. People who participate in recreational groups tend to have a sense of belonging and attachment, which leads to higher self-esteem and lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

 

The Social Café addresses the issue of loneliness and isolation by providing a café that is set up specifically to encourage people who are frail and elderly, have a disability or experience poverty to come out of their home, enjoy a free coffee and snack, social engagement and have access to community activities, programs and allied health services.

 

For further information please contact the project coordinator Alex on  9399 3511

socialcafe@gatewaycommunityservices.org.au.

 Pop Up Social Cafe Launch - July 17, 2019

The Cafe was officially launched by Cr Jonathon Marsden, Mayor of Hobsons Bay City Council.  

Join us at our Cafe Locations
MONDAYS
Gordon Street High Rise
127 Gordon Street
Footscray
11.00am - 1.00pm
WEDNESDAYS
Williamstown Community
& Education Centre
14 Thompson Street, Williamstown
11.00am - 1.00pm

Seeking Volunteers - 9399 3511

If you would like to support this project by becoming a volunteer, please contact us to discuss this opportunity.

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Helen's

story

‘I heard about Gateway through their Social Café , which I have been attending weekly since it started.

I didn’t know anything about the organization or the café, but someone from the building office told me about it and I thought “I’ve got nothing to lose”. The café is set up just downstairs from where I live, so I thought I’d give it a try and see what it was like. If nothing else, it would be better than staying inside by myself. I eventually ended up going and I loved it. I have been telling my neighbours about it ever since.

Going to the Social Café is like a wonderful, relaxing break in my day. I usually do my shopping on Monday morning, so now before heading to the market, I go downstairs and enjoy a cuppa and a chat with others. The Social Café has had such a positive influence on me because it helps me to connect with others when I usually wouldn’t socialise with anyone. In fact, now I feel like participating in other programs too.’

Helen - Footscray resident