Category Archives: Crocus Cafe

Welcome to Real Lives’ Newsletter! [fwd]

The aim of this mailing list is to keep all you lovely people updated about Real Lives

This includes:-    work experience in various forms such as temporary job roles, PAL job vacancies, voluntary opportunities

–    Events we are organising and opportunities for you to attend or get involved

–    Support meetings to facilitate or attend

–    Skills based, social or creative groups

–    Training opportunities

–    Art exhibitions Crocus Cafe

The fundraiser event on the 28th April went brilliantly! A big thank you to all involved and those who came along to join in the fun!We had a fantastic buffet made by Joel, 3 bands and a speech artist, an art exhibition, donated art work to raise money and lots of great stalls including Empleo offering a CV surgery, ridewise with bikability information, Active8 doing art and crafts and helping us out with the PA system and setting up, Sue B from the Crocus board making jewellery and Graham offering leaflets and advice on community gardening, as well as pulp friction who bought along their bike that makes smoothies!

We also had the help of regular volunteers and some new ones who made the event run smoothly and worked brilliantly as a team.We raised £850 so thank you for all your generous donations, this will go towards Crocus’ vibrant and exciting future ahead as well as helping out with some of the debt from the past.We have had our first ‘suspended’ meal! We are taking on this great initiative that is spreading over the world from Italy see the link: if you are ever in Crocus and want to give a drink or meal let us know, or if you feel you are in need of a suspended meal or coffee come and ask what we have got. In the future we are hoping to have a board showing how many are available.Lots of people have been saying some lovely things about Crocus Café and the launch – if you have the time please do write recommendations on our Facebook, twitter or trip advisor!

What’s Real Lives up to? 

Last month our contribution to the centre for welfare reform was published please see the link to read more…

We have changed the price of our managed budgets – they are now £50 set up fee and £3 per invoice, other than real lives invoices– as they are free.We are developing our link with the Nottingham Recovery College and will be doing some more teaching next academic year and hopefully holding some on site. Our course should be around setting up your own group which will tie in nicely with our café venue and communications board. 

Volunteer experience

 We are now running Crocus 7 days a week. We are seeking volunteers to help us mon, tues, weds 10.30 – 3.30. As a volunteer you only have to do 2 hours a shift in a week any more is up to you. We will be delivering food hygiene training in the future and you will be supported to develop your work skills. 

If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch and we will add you to the volunteer rota. 


We want to start to develop a peer support time banking network. This has been done in Doncaster and documented in Peer Power by Simon Duffy a paper you will find in the resource section of our website. Interested parties would be supported to meet up and develop a resource with skills and contact details listed that would be made available to the group, by volunteering some of your time you can then utilise time from others in a form that is useful to you. Ideas and Interest Welcome!We now have a communications board at the café for people to advertise for help, support or interest in a group or meeting.

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Crocus and Real Lives Launch

Real Lives would like to invite you to our fundraiser launch event in aid of Crocus Café – Sunday 28th April 12-4pm

This is an exciting new development – we are now working with Crocus to keep it open 7 days a week and develop a community hub with lots of new exciting projects, opportunities and initiatives.

We hope you can celebrate with us!

Feel free to circulate this flyer or use the poster in your work place or community, and bring along your mates. Food and entertainment and music provided!

Estimates of numbers back to me on this email would be great so I can order in the food.

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Member’s events – new twitter account

Sign up for our new Twitter account – nccnevents

This will also be displayed on the website on the left at the bottom.

Currently there are three events on there:

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Sunday, August 28 · 12:00pm – 9:00pm Crocus Summer Fundraiser
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Saturday 3rd Sept 12-3pm Sneinton Hermitage Square – Retro Street Party – Bands, Icecream, Deckchairs and Bunting…
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Tuesday 30th Aug 2-4pm @ Stonebridge City Farm ‘Nature Fun’…

Network First Event – Report

Thanks to the Crocus volunteers for delicious food and their help, as well as to Michael for his talk on the Crocus history.  Also thanks to Lubna for her gift of the samosas for the starter.

It was only a short event but we managed to cram in dinner, introductions and  a chat to all the other cafe projects there (incl Chillwell Eat Well, Rumbletums, Goshen Cafe, Stonebridge City Farm, Red Hot Cuisine, Art Organisation, Roots n Fruits, Veggies, Sumac Centre, Signpost to Polish Success, Talkingpoint and Cafe Sneinton.

The next step is to organise the next event and I am glad that some of the attendees agreed to help in this by joining a steering group that will meet after Easter.  There has been a suggestion that the next meeting should be at the Green Festival at the end of May. I love this idea (I could try to hire a yurt for it), because we could meet, as well as promote ourselves to the wider public as well as have a good time at the festival! Let me know what you think….

Network First Event

Dear Friend,

You are invited to join us at our first event to launch the Nottingham Community Cafe Network.
You will be joined by other people who run and promote open Community cafes and spaces all across Nottinghamshire.

Location: Crocus Cafe, 2 Church Square,
Lenton, Nottingham. NG7 1SL.

Date & Time: Wed 23rd March 6-8pm

RSVP: 19th March Contact Us

The event is free and includes dinner (veg) plus an opportunity to hear about this new Network, meet and find out about other people’s cafe projects, as well as feedback Your ideas for future network activities.

Crocus On Board

Last week I visited Crocus Cafe and met Emma who is the current chair of their organising committee. We had a good meeting and we agreed that the Crocus had alot to offer other cafes in terms of information-gathering visits. This is something they already do alot, and it just so happened that before meeting me, Emma hosted a group from Birmingham who wanted to set up a community cafe network.

It was agreed that Crocus would host the first NCCN networking event at the end of March and Emma kindly agreed to give a presentation on the history of the Crocus.  More detail about this event are to follow however we will be looking to get a date in late March in the evening when most interested parties are free.

Also I will be volunteering at as many cafes as possible in order that the network will be able to have as much volunteering know-how as possible – in these days of funding cuts, more volunteering may be the best way to sustainability for alot of existing cafes, and the best ethos to get a new project going.