THE BLACKBIRD CAFE
Lunch Club on Wheels is back on the road!
Eastleigh Youth & Community Trust who manage The Blackbird Cafe has been able to continue providing its services to elderly, disabled and self-isolating residents in the area during the current lockdown with support from a local law firm.
Eastleigh Youth & Community Trust at Pavilion on the Park have been supporting the local community for nearly 60 years.
Normally reliant on income from services and projects, staff were able to re-launch the Lunch Club on Wheels project with the support of a donation from Dutton Gregory Solicitors.
Managing Partner of Dutton Gregory, Andrew Tilley, said “I regard our firm as part of the local community so Dutton Gregory is delighted to be helping this Eastleigh charity to provide a much-needed service to residents in the area during these testing times.”
After the success of the Christmas Day meals and Boxing Day boxes which were delivered to 50 residents in the Borough, the charity has recruited volunteers to help make deliveries in the current lockdown.
Executive Director for the charity, Daisy Robinson, said “All of this is possible with the continued support of our dedicated team of staff and volunteers. We are also hugely grateful to FareShare, Asda and the Co-op for their donations of food.
All of our service users remain well and are grateful for a friendly face and hot meal each day. They are thankful for the re-introduction of the Lunch Club delivery service, and from a safe distance we ensure that they are safe and well.”
The Lunch Club on Wheels project is a free service available Sunday to Thursday for residents in Eastleigh and surrounding areas who are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to access hot and healthy food. If you know of someone who could benefit from this service please get in touch with Carolynn on 02380 612710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temporary Closure of The Blackbird Cafe
On Monday 4th January the Government announced further restrictions amid rising cases of Covid-19. As a result of the enhanced restrictions, there is an increasing risk that in the coming months we will not be able to raise enough income in the café to cover our costs. Therefore we have had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close our doors.
We want to thank our staff who have been dedicated to feeding the community since the start of the pandemic, and we want to thank our patrons for their support over the last year.
We will be back cooking up some tasty treats as soon as we can!
“A gem of a community cafe.
Delightful staff, very friendly and welcoming.
Full marks, community at its best.”