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“The café is very much part

of our community. It is run

entirely by volunteers, so I

love coming here and

supporting it. The food is

tasty and very reasonably-

priced – and the staff are

lovely too!”

Leah Ellison

, Gwen’s Den regular

Gwen’s Den

, the

volunteer-run community

café at Agar Nook in

Coalville, has been

awarded a £5,730 grant

to launch a new Care Café

service.

Named in memory of

Gwen Abate

,

who worked at the Agar Nook

Community Centre for more than

20 years, the Den already runs a

popular Thursday afternoon sit

down café, with a takeaway

service available during the rest of

the week. After ringing in their

order, customers can pop in to

collect delicious, good value food

from the café later.

The grant from Leicestershire

County Council’s Community

Solutions Fund will go towards

supporting requests for the café

to cater more for local people

with learning disabilities and

other extra needs. So the money

Café volunteer Tanya Freeman serves Amanda Hind and Leah Ellison.

will pay for more equipment,

supplies and longer

opening hours, plus special

activities and information for

vulnerable people.

Local residents’ group

Friends of

the Nook

worked closely with the

Agar Nook Community

Association to win the grant,

which will also help to provide

more volunteering opportunities

for local people to gain skills

and confidence.

Helping families

when they need

it most

emh homes has stepped in to

help the family of an 18-month-

old boy who had Meningitis to

find a new home.

Taylor Marshall

was in hospital for

more than seven months after

contracting the disease, and sadly

had to have his leg and fingers

amputated.

Taylor’s mother,

Terri Lewsley

, has

been by his side to care for him

around the clock. We tried to take

one worry off her shoulders by

finding the family suitable

accommodation for when Taylor was

out of hospital.

The family moved into their new

home with us in November last year,

which meant they could remain

close to friends and family in Long

Eaton. It also means we are able to

offer them support.

A family fun day was held last

August to help raise money

for Taylor’s ongoing care needs,

and Terri is hoping to do the

same again this year.

“The support we received last

year was fantastic.

Everybody had a great day

and we raised money to ensure

Taylor receives the best care.

We’re planning a similar event

for the summer.”

Taylor is still making a recovery,

but Terri is happy that he is out of

hospital and back at home

surrounded by family.

We wish them the best of luck for

the future.

“ I used to rent privately, but when

Taylor fell ill I gave up everything to

make sure I could be with him and

help him recover. When we

were close to being discharged

from hospital, emh homes helped

me find a new home that I could

bring Taylor back to.”

Terri Lewsley

, Taylor’s mother.

The café that cares

COMMUNITY

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