“Come in for a chat” – meet the Coffee Caravan project making a real difference in rural Suffolk
The Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project (RCCIP) is a simple but innovative community project making a real difference across rural parts of Suffolk.
Through their mobile community café/information centre – The Coffee Caravan – the charity is tackling loneliness and rural isolation. Equipped with coffee, tea and homemade cakes, the caravan visits villages throughout Suffolk to befriend local residents and open up access to information about their community.
Ann Osborn, project manager for the charity, explains: “It can be very hard for anyone to feel part of a community if they are a resident of a village with limited transport and possibly no shop, pub or Post Office.”
Building a sense of community
As a result, life can be lonely and stressful for the many people who may feel isolated and unsupported.
Ann says: “RCCIP provides innovative, accessible and cost-effective solutions to help people in rural areas to feel a sense of ‘community’ - connected, engaged, better informed and heard.”
The project is dedicated to improving the emotional resilience of rural residents and strengthening the communities in which they live.
Through the caravan visits, the charity is able to refer residents to various community groups, advise agencies and public service providers, and make sure people have the support they need to live independently.
MyDonate helps keep this vital service afloat
The service is run almost entirely by volunteers – meaning funds are used to maintain two caravans, provide catering supplies and arrange visits to 80 rural communities a year.
MyDonate’s commission-free fundraising service means the Rural Coffee Caravan Project can keep delivering these vital services to local communities.
Ann says: “We chose MyDonate because we cannot afford to pay a monthly fee and because the site is easy to use and manage.”