Edinburgh coffee mornings for community spirit

You may regard your morning cup of coffee as essential in order to get your day off to a great start – you might even think of it as a lifesaver – but did you know that hosting a coffee morning can also provide a welcome boost to local community spirit?

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This is particularly so if it’s held in aid of a good cause – such as to support a charity or other community campaign. From Leith to Morningside and from Portobello to Murrayfield, Edinburgh coffee mornings are proving popular with residents and businesses alike as well as beneficial for a lot of local and national community projects.

Here are a few tips on how to set up a community coffee morning and how it can bring great advantages to those in need.

The best venues for a coffee morning

If you’re a beginner you may want to start small in terms of numbers, and therefore hosting a coffee morning at home or in your workplace is often a good idea – in both cases there is likely to be a kitchen and seating for guests, although no one minds an extra fold-up chair or two being added if it’s all in a good cause.

For a larger gathering and a bigger coffee morning, you may need to ask around within your local community. There are community centres or halls right across Edinburgh city, including Royston Wardieburn on Pilton Drive North, South Side on Nicolson Street and Gilmerton on Drum Street, and as this is a morning event you may benefit from a reduced rate or even be allowed to use the venue free of charge.

Remember when booking a community hall to enquire about what will be provided, such as chairs, tables and access to kitchen and toilet facilities. It helps if you visit first to make sure what’s on offer.

Also, when booking, allow adequate time for setting up beforehand and cleaning up afterwards.

Planning your coffee morning

Once your venue is sorted out you need to decide what to serve up. This can be very basic, such as coffee only, for a fixed price or a donation, or you could encourage friends, colleagues and family members to donate cakes or biscuits to go with the coffee.

Running the event will be a lot easier if you have a Tassimo coffee machine on hand to provide tasty hot drinks on demand. Supporting a local charity or equivalent fosters a sense of wellbeing all round and, as well as being of interest to individuals, a benefit coffee morning can be very good for businesses as it brings local people into contact with the business and each other.

In Edinburgh, the 2011 census tells us that there are 197,413 households with residents, and 38 per cent of these consist of people living alone. More than a third of single-person householders are pensioners.

That’s a lot of elderly people living alone in the city, and a coffee morning aimed at bringing some of them together could provide a genuine and very beneficial community event. Maybe it’s time for you to hold an Edinburgh coffee morning of your own.

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