THE HARBOUR HOWFF CAFE
The Harbour Howff Café exists to provide St. Monans with a meeting and eating place that is friendly, inexpensive and responsive to the needs of the community it serves.
The Café is a charity and a Social Enterprise that provides a range of services and opportunities for the local community as well as opportunities for volunteering, work placements and training.
The Café believes in creating an atmosphere of openness, tolerance and respect for others. We want St. Monans to be a wonderful place to live and to visit. We want our community to be a safe, welcoming, inclusive, dynamic and vibrant place.
A BRIEF HISTORY
In the autumn 2006 the previous Café had closed down with seemingly no hope of a Café in St. Monans. However the local community did not want to lose this resource so a few people got together, talked and planned and a public meeting was organised for December 2006. Many people attended and a Steering Group was elected to work with ENeRGI to open and develop the Café as a Social Enterprise.
After 3 months of cleaning, decorating and organising we opened on 1st April 2007. The decorating was done by Fiona and Michael Audsley and many other people helped with getting the Café up and open. The time, effort and goods donated will never be forgotten. The work of the Steering Group over the first 2 years was invaluable and their time and input appreciated.
The Café is a partnership sister organisation with ENeRGI, a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status, a mental health charity providing services for people who have or have had mental health problems and their carers.
The Cafe is now a Company in its own right with a Board of Directors who are keen to have more people involved and are keen to move forward working with the community.
In its first 2 years the Café has seen many ups and downs. It broke even for the first time in 2009-10.
It’s own income, donations, and the voluntary time of unpaid workers and grants from charitable trusts presently fund the Café. We aim to make surpluses to invest in the Café, other services and in Social Enterprise activities
We have been awarded a grant to refurbish the Café, which will allow further development.
The Café employs a qualified and experienced Chef as Café Manager and 1 Café Assistant and offers supported employment and opportunities for volunteers, learners and paid workers.
The Café is used regularly and is available for use by Community groups, booked through the Café Staff.
OUR VALUES ARE:
- To provide a welcoming environment for local people and visitors alike.
- To treat people with respect and equality and to work to decrease stigma and discrimination.
- To use whenever possible local produce in the Café.
- To use Fair-trade products.
- To provide healthy and nutritious food.
TO THE FUTURE:
It is our intention to develop the Café and to provide wider services and activities for the community.
This will be done through:
- Volunteering in the Café.
- External Catering.
- By seeking grant funding from charitable trusts
- Generating our own income.
- Promoting the Café.
- Networking with other agencies.
- Promotion and Marketing.
- Healthy Eating.
- Cooking Classes.
- And much much more.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Volunteer- in the Café, help with fundraising, time and skills are always needed.
Come along and support the Café with your custom.