Cafe serves up help

Community engagement co-ordinator Donna Smith.
Community engagement co-ordinator Donna Smith.

In the past year, up to 400 people have been attending Cafe LIA at Kelmscott Church of Christ each Tuesday evening.

The cafe provides a free meal to anyone in the community, including socially isolated people, single parents, the elderly or homeless people.

Community engagement co-ordinator Donna Smith said that with the help of Second Bite, an organisation that redistributes surplus fresh food, the church has been able to put on the weekly dinners.

‘Anyone can come in and have a meal in a non-threatening and non-judgemental atmosphere,’ she said.

‘We don’t want to be like a soup kitchen where people have to line up and get their food with a cap in hand, we want them to enjoy their meal in a cafe environment.

‘We also invite local musicians to perform and we run a craft and playgroup for children who attend.’

Volunteers are preparing for the first dinner of 2014, on Tuesday, February 4, 5pm to 7pm.

Centrelink representatives attend Cafe LIA and accommodation and legal services are planned for the future.