The volunteer led project, which aims to tackle stigma and
promote positive mental health for all residents in Clydesdale,
will officially open its new premises at 8 Wide Close on
The project opened in February 2014 as a pop-up cafe based in
Greyfriars Church. The cafe offers people the chance to access
information, advice and peer to peer support around mental health
& well-being while enjoying something to eat and
The new premises will include Mandy's Room - a space dedicated
to the projects various activities including training courses,
self-help groups, complementary therapies and support groups.
Mandy's Room is named in memory of Mandy Lindsay, who lost her
life to suicide five years ago at age 24. In that time,
Mandy's family have fundraised tirelessly to raise awareness of
depression and to help others who like Mandy struggle with this
illness. The family fully support the work that Hope Café are
doing in the local community and have offered financial assistance
which has enabled the café to move to its new home.
Donna Barrowman, Hope Cafe Lanarkshire's founder and
"From the very outset, our ambition at the Hope Cafe was to
bring discussion about mental health to the heart of our community
so we are very excited to be moving to our own premises.
Too often people view mental health in negative terms and we
want to tackle that stigma. We're creating a welcoming environment
where anyone can come along and learn ways to promote and maintain
positive mental health and wellbeing.
We also want to help support those who are coping with
mental health challenges by providing a variety of self-management
resources and activities alongside information on various sources
of support in Lanarkshire.
All of our volunteers have direct personal experiences of
mental ill-health either in a personal capacity or through caring
for a family member. The project has been an excellent way
for us to share those experiences in a constructive way and tackle
We are incredibly grateful to Bryan Kerr at Greyfriars
Church, which has provided an amazing home for the cafe in its
first year. We are not a religious based organisation but
that didn't stop Bryan from eagerly offering Greyfriars as a venue
for our project when we first started looking last year.
It has been an incredible 12 months and, now that the cafe
has rooted itself in Clydesdale, I have no doubt that 2015 will see
the project flourish."
South Scotland MSP, Claudia Beamish, who has been a
supporter of the Hope Cafe added:
"I am absolutely thrilled that the Hope Cafe has found a new
home to continue its excellent work tackling the stigma surrounding
mental health. I've enjoyed visiting the project in
Greyfriars and have welcomed volunteers to Parliament to
acknowledge their work.
We need to encourage people to talk openly about mental
health, mental ill-health and mental illness and to understand
that, just like physical health, we can all look after our mental
It has been an impressive first year and I am looking
forward to visiting the new premises soon."