Cafe will help sufferers ‘be an asset to community’

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A NEW drop-in cafe is being opened in Rugby for people with mental health issues.

It is being held at the West Indian Association in St Peter’s Road on Wednesdays, starting June 22.

Group leaders are Gordon Boyle and Jackie Hart of Rugby User Group, which was set up by David Foster, chairman of Rugby Disability Forum.

Gordon, who is vice chairman, said: “The drop-in cafe is going to be a meeting place where service users and carers can come for real friendship.

“It is aimed at people who suffer from some form of mental issues and their carers and will hopefully be a place where people can talk freely about their problems, thoughts and feelings.

“It doesn’t matter what colour, creed, political party, religion, faith or gender that you belong to.”

The cafe will include art groups, board games, non-contact ball games and computers for service users to use and learn on.

Gordon said one of the main goals of the project is to help people make something of their lives.

“We want people to be an asset to the community, to believe in themselves, start volunteering in one way or another and to get themselves a job,” added Gordon.

“We will not push service users or their carers into anything. We will hold their hand and walk down their lonely, dark road with them.”

Sessions and parking are free and the organisers are appealing for any financial support.

Jackie said: “The group is run by users for users. People will be warmly welcomed to come along and have a chat over a cuppa.”

Members of Rugby User Group would like to thank Rugby Borough Council for its continued support.

The cafe is open from 10am to 2pm. Telephone David Foster on (01788) 544991 for more information.