Home is a cafe for everyone in Didsbury. You’ll find us in the entrance of Emmanuel Church, nicely nestled just behind the library on Barlow Moor Road.
We believe in nurturing relationships, getting involved, not rushing on, and perhaps more importantly, having a warm welcome waiting for all ages, and all walks of life. Everyone is valued at Home, everyone has something to give.
Run by volunteer Home Makers, Home does not run for profit and we are a separate organisation from Emmanuel church although we get on very well! We aspire to contribute every penny we make over and above the running costs of the cafe to local community activities and to involve the community in how we do that.
Whether you’re a frazzled parent, a toddler bursting with energy, someone looking for a listening ear, or maybe someone who doesn’t find it so easy to get out and about these days, you’ll find a warm welcome at Home.
That’s what Home is – somewhere where you are accepted, loved and known for who you are, a friendly spot where people connect, engage and are maybe inspired to see things a little differently. Or, if you just fancy a cuppa and a catch-up, we’re good with that too.
Funding Provided by the Savoy Educational Trust
In September 2017 we were lucky enough to secure funding from the Savoy Educational Trust who aim to promote the advancement and development of education, training and qualifications within the hospitality industry. We used the funding to purchase a professional toastie maker, microwave and food processor. Aretha one of the volunteers is delighted by the new toastie maker. Previously she used to get quite anxious on behalf of the customer when a toastie was ordered because of the time it took to make and get it to the customer and Aretha felt quite uncomfortable about this. Now we can serve toasties much more quickly and it’s a part of service that Aretha enjoys. We have also been able to offer training on the new purchases to people involved with Head Start which they have been able to add to their c.v.s.
Reverse Santa at Home produces a bumper crop of donations for the Mustard Tree!
We were overwhelmed by the enormous generosity of so many Home visitors and other local people to our Reverse Santa event just before Christmas.
The donations were gratefully received by the Mustard Tree, a charity that provides a range of support to the homeless and those in crisis. Rachel Trafford from the Mustard Tree said, “Thank you so much for your amazing batch of donations. It’s so heart warming to see the genuine support and compassion of the community.”
A special thank you goes to the children, parents and the teachers of West Didsbury Church of England School. Year 2 children came to visit Santa with Hannah Large, Head of School and several teachers, bringing with them an enormously generous array of donations. A big thank you for such generosity!
The Reverse Santa event was enhanced by some fabulous live music courtesy of Rachel and Stewart.