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Drop-in Café Update (July 2020)
At Mind in Kingston, we have worked hard to keep as many services open during the COVID-19 pandemic, with largely positive results. However, we have not been able to run our Drop-in Cafe largely due to social distancing measures. Whilst video or phone contact has worked well for other services, it hasn’t so much for the Café.
We appreciate that many of our Café customers are keen for the service to reopen, particularly as for some this one of the few points of contact they have with other people.
With lockdown rules changing, we are reviewing what we can offer safely. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our Café customers, as well as our staff team. Serving food and drink may not be possible for the time being as we cannot offer take away services. Our creative activities may also need to be changed so that they can be accessed safely without risk of spreading any viruses. We are working closely with the Drop-in Café team to find alternative options. However, the Café is not likely to open in July whilst social distancing measures are still in place, and the risk of the coronavirus is still considerable.
In the meantime, we are encouraging anyone who requires support or just wants a listening ear to call us on 020 8255 3939 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have any suggestions, please do share these – your feedback is hugely appreciated.
Our Drop-in Cafes the Bridge and the Star offer a friendly, relaxed and safe envirornment for people with mental health issues from in and around Kingston. As well as subsidised meals, we offer low-level support and promote social inclusion. The cafés are open in the evenings and at weekends when other non-crisis services are closed.
No referral is required.
On Wednesdays the Cafe is closed to the public as we run Wellbeing Wednesdays' - a varied range of workshops and training focusing on improving mental health issues such as anxiety, self-esteem and mindfulness. For more information about current workshops, please click here.
We run regular film nights and throughout the year, we run different workshops including arts, crafts and drama. We also run other activities and theme nights.
The Bridge Opening Times:
Monday 6 pm - 9 pm
Friday 6 pm -9 pm
On Wednesdays, we run a project called Wellbeing Wednesdays which delivers a range of wellbeing courses designed to improve mental wellbeing and resilience. For details, please visit the Wellbeing Wednesdays page here.
The Star Opening Times:
Thursday 6 pm - 9 pm
Sunday 2 pm - 5.30 pm every other Sunday
Sunday dates for 2020: 1st March, 15th March, 29th March, 5th April, 19th April, 3rd May, 17th May, 31st May, 14th June, 28th June, 12th July, 26th July.
Please email Vicky at email@example.com for further information.
Anyone who is interested in running their own group, sharing their passion at the Drop-In, please contact the office on the above email.
53-55 Canbury Park Road
Kingston upon Thames
The Bridge Cafe is approx a 5-minute walk from Kingston station with trains from Waterloo via Wimbledon and New Malden to Kingston, Richmond, and Shepperton.
Cromwell Road Bus Station is approx a 5-minute walk from the Bridge Cafe with buses to/ from Epsom, Chessington, Hook, Tolworth, Surbiton, Wimbledon, Sutton, Staines, New Malden, Ham and Richmond.
There is no parking on site, but parking bays are available in Canbury Park Road, Elm Road and other nearby roads. Parking is free from 6:30pm.
Alfriston Day Centre
3 Berrylands Road
The nearest station to the Star Cafe is Surbiton station, which is approx a 20 minute walk. You can get a bus from the station as well - the 281 or the K2.
Buses: the K2 (from Kingston to Hook Parade) stops right outside Alfriston Day Centre. The 281, 418 and 406 stop in Ewell Road, about 5 minutes away.
There is parking on site.
For information about train and bus times, please visit the Transport for London website at https://tfl.gov.uk/.