What a fantastic night on Sunday night, celebrating just some of the thousands of ways in which DOCK Cafe is so much more than a coffee shop…
For example – a normal coffee shop doesn’t usually go out of its way to provide a ‘wee chat buddy’ to talk to anyone who is feeling that life is getting on top of them a bit.
Diane (that’s her on the left) introduced us to a new scheme which is launching this Friday (10th October), and which she can describe much better than I can:
The Wee Chat Buddy Project is the DOCK’s new support project.
A team of trained ‘chat buddy’ volunteers will be available daily in The DOCK Cafe for anyone needing a wee chat, support or a listening ear through the various life challenges that often lead to poor mental health. The buddies will help gain access to revelant specialist counselling.
We launch on Friday 10th October from 12am onwards to acknowledge World Mental Health Day and it will be attended by a few of our local mental health support organisations.
Our Wee Chat Buddy Co-ordinator Diane says:
“ANYTHING goes…. housing, suicide, self-harming, domestic abuse, alcohol, sexuality – you name it, we can hack it so don’t sit alone! For more info just contact me”.
You can contact Diane through the new Wee Chat Buddy page on the Dock website here
I’m so excited to welcome Diane to the team… The DOCK is founded on the principle that life (and especially Life in the Titanic Quarter) is lived better together… communities connecting, denominations co-operating, people reaching out and discovering that something as simple as a cup of great coffee and a good blether (or indeed a wee chat) can make all the difference in the world.