The Invisible Café is an unique concept created for people with Invisible Illnesses, like Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia Syndrome or Crohn's disease - to name but a few. It's a calm space to relax, meet other like minded people, feel supported, understood and above all - have some fun. A one stop shop for help, advice and support.
All are welcome, especially those who have been on the shielding list and those who still are shielding. The Invisible Café 2.0 will work with other community groups to offer help and support to those in need. As well as supporting carers and other key workers and assistants, in our community. We require funding for the first six months. After which, we hope to become self funding. Through a series of fund raising events, a side business (vintage designer fashion) and grant applications.
What we'll deliver:
- Adaptive exercise classes
- Mindfulness and Wellbeing Classes
- A new social circle, for people to be part of
- Discounted Hair and Nail treatments
- Music therapy
- Art Therapy
- Aquatic exercise therapy
- Coffee Mornings and social meet ups
Why it's a great idea:
The Invisible Café is a Community Interest Company for people with Invisible Illnesses. As no “visible” supports to indicate a disability such as a cane, walking frame or wheelchair, the illness becomes Invisible and too often the person does too. This can result in negative reactions and add to social isolation. By meeting other people with other conditions, this is a stress free way to make new friends, be more active and learn from others' experiences. While, no two people or conditions are identical, being able to chat to others with similar conditions can help one’ manage their own symptoms. This will help with psychological wellbeing and promote positive mindful actions. Which, has been medically document to have a direct effect on symptom management. The Invisible Café will hold various classes to be streamed live on the website and be available to download. Benefits from being a member offers discounts on beauty treatments, gym membership, exclusive events in H&F + more...
Steps to get it done:
- Website to be ready by September 2020
- St Pauls School on board in September
- Age UK and Carers Network on board
Bringing the community together to say thank you to all service providers throughout the pandemic. We will create a mural in Lillie Park. It has been a godsend for the community during this time. We would want to hold a community Mid Summer picnic in the park. Hopefully before the new school year starts. Or maybe in the Autumn term. It will be to bring the community together and say thank you.