Cash help for 'pivotal' cafe

A PLEDGE has been made to help find money to save a cafe which helps people who suffer with mental health problems. The Tea Cosy, in Oxford Street, Weston, plays a pivotal role in helping the town's mental health sufferers integrate back into society. But

A PLEDGE has been made to help find money to save a cafe which helps people who suffer with mental health problems.The Tea Cosy, in Oxford Street, Weston, plays a pivotal role in helping the town's mental health sufferers integrate back into society.But the cafe, run by former patients for people who struggle with the problems as well as the general public, has been under threat ever since Government funding was withdrawn earlier this year.North Somerset Council has promised to help it find a way of surviving, and says it understands the effect its closure could have on the community.Sufferers rely upon it not only for help and advice but simply as somewhere to go. For many of them it is the first step back into the real world and is a vital part of the recovery process.Speaking at a recent meeting, council leader Nigel Ashton said: "I am totally supportive of the Tea Cosy and I am sure the relevant executive member responsible will look sympathetically and will try to find a way to support a very worthwhile cause."Previously, the cafe has also received grants from organisations such as Weston Town Council it has also received temporary funding from North Somerset Council while it searched for permanent sources of cash.


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