ConnectingCrossgates is helping set up a community cafe in Crossgates. The aim is to help create a space for building community and reducing loneliness. Nick Castle, director of the well established Cielo Coffee House in Garforth, has been exploring opportunities for opening another branch, and put Crossgates at the top of his list of preferred locations because of the proximity to Garforth and the work we do in ConnectingCrossgates. The vision is that Cielo in Crossgates will be a self-sustaining, social enterprise project which creates a social hub for other a variety of local, community projects of the sort that ConnectingCrossgates advocates, initiates and encourages.
The very latest news is that Cielo have agreed a lease on a premises in the shopping centre, and so this project is forging ahead, with a view to opening in the autumn.