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Spokes travelling cafe!!

Have a look at the facebook page for the newest community cafe in town…




The Family Cafe project opens again next Tuesday…

A new year, a new cook, a new price and a new type of service for you all!

Come and enjoy a tasty, home cooked, fresh, vegetarian dinner for a bargain price. FREE kids activities every Tuesday… Come and support this innovative project and get a delicious dinner for you and your family…

Did you know that we do take away? If you are in a rush but still want a great meal then ask our serving staff about a take-away…

Our new staff member is Victoria. She is a fab cook, an avid grower and maker and has been involved with loads of great social food activities from the cafe and gardens at Shipley Country Park to Newstead Treefest, and her food skills range from allotment growing to making home made cakes and much more; she is a real treasure and we can’t wait for dinner! Now she’s come to take over on Thursday’s and Friday’s so please come and make her welcome, say hello and get stuck into some ace food cooked with lots of love!

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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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Introducing the Pocket Guide to Nottingham Community Cafes

Please see attached at these links below the new pocket guide to community cafes featuring 18 of Nottingham’s (and surrounding area) finest.

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Inside map

This is a tri-fold design and please feel free to print and display, or hand out.  We are seeking a bit of funding to print a few thousand copies to spread the word around Nottingham, so fingers crossed we get that soon!

If you would like your cafe on the next version please get in touch with the details…

Thanks to William Forrest for doing the design

Family Cafe Launch Next Tuesday 4pm


after a lot of work, and with still rather a lot to do… we are happy to announce that our new project: The Family Cafe will open this Tuesday at 4pm until 5.30pm.
This innovative project, the first of it’s kind anywhere in the UK (as far as we are aware) is about encouraging people to share food and eat socially, to promote community, volunteering, conversation and food empowerment and all in return for a donation…
Yes, there is NO FIXED PRICE LIST! Simply put what you want in the pot.
Affordable food, eaten socially, cooked with lots of love by The Secret Kitchen Cafe… See you there. Link to flyer
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News from the Underground (Beth Marriott)

Dear undergrounders

Just wanted to tell you a little about what I have recently been up to. As you know I’ve been running the kiosk since June in the cold wind and rain and after discussions with the land lord I decided to extend. The husband and some friends helped to redevelop a shipping container which is in the last stages of be transformed into a beautiful plush space where by which people can come and eat my food from. I will also be open Friday and Saturday evenings.

In celebration of this I am holding some Guinea Pig testing evenings to test out new menus these are invite only (count this as your invite), and will run from 7.30 on the 3rd,4th,5th,10th,11th,12th of april and the 7th from 10 till 2pm. As all underground events the menu will hold a veggie/ vegan and a meat option and they will be bring your own booze. On Saturday the 6th I will be having an opening day for any one to attend from 2pm where I will be serving some food samples and you can have a look around the new container.

As I said we are still currently fine tuning the interior and the furniture will change but if your around Sherwood and fancy a cuppa the container is warm, almost finished and interesting!!!!

To book give me an email back or a bell on 07514625697 or just drop into the kiosk.

See you soon


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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