Pop-Up Cafes: Bringing People Together Through Food

Encouraging conversation, supporting friendships and enjoying good food.
4 Oct

Pop-Up Cafes: Bringing People Together Through Food

Since June 2017, 4Lunch has been running pop-up cafés for mental health charity TLC St Luke’s and Arawak Walton Housing Association for their over 65s residents living in at Daisy Bank Court.

We make home-cooked, healthy food for members of the community who might otherwise face social isolation. Bringing people together through food in a welcoming environment encourages conversation, supports friendships and offers a place for people to socialise.

“We were looking at different ways to get people together in the scheme. Most residents eat microwave meals, so it is great for them to receive a homecooked meal from 4Lunch and use our lounge” – Sabrina, Daisy Bank Court Scheme Manager

When you live with mental health needs or live alone, sharing a home-cooked meal with others can help you feel more connected. It’s something most of us take for granted. Running pop-up cafés is 4Lunch’s way of contributing to our community and working in areas and in venues that are underutilised.


Volunteering Opportunities

Our pop-up café project also provides important volunteering opportunities. James has been a volunteer at the pop-up café from the very beginning and has seen his confidence in the kitchen and in himself grow.

“Now I have something to look forward to every month with the pop-up cafes. The activities at TLC St Luke’s have really help me connect with others and enjoy life more. Working with at the pop-up cafe is an important part of keeping busy and getting me out of the house.” James, Kitchen Volunteer 


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Our pop-up lunches are open to all members of the community – we say the more the merrier!

The remaining 2018 dates are:

Friday 12th October – Arawak Walton, Daisy Bank Court, Daisy Bank Rd, Manchester M14 5GF

Thursday 22nd November – TLC St Luke’s, Guidepost Road, Longsight, Manchester M13 9HP

Friday 14th December – Arawak Walton, Daisy Bank Court, Daisy Bank Rd, Manchester M14 5GF

All from 12.30pm