You are going to see and hear a lot about cafés this year. These will include Community Conversation Cafés, Vitality Cafés and Parent Cafés. There can even be Dad Cafés, Farmer Cafés, or any demographic, interest or issue based group.
So what is the story about cafés? Humans are naturally social creatures and when we are isolated we are not at our best. We need other people, we need contact, and we need to connect. Some people are already part of a committed coffee group, book club, service group, social group, etc. and that is a healthy thing. Feeling heard, learning from others, sharing ideas and strategies can help you deal with the common challenges of life.
Not everyone is connected in this way yet and cafés give us a chance to connect with more people. Community Connection Cafés are like book club without the book; they will cover general interest topics and then the group can discuss their thoughts. They are designed to be held in person so they will not start until we can meet face to face again. Vitality Café start with a series of targeted questions to get people talking and thinking, with the goal of improving our personal well-being. Parent Cafés allow a chance to connect over the common struggles we face as parents and, with a series of conversation starters, to learn from one another and build our strengths.
Almost everyone has experienced some isolation this year and it affects us all in some way. People who work on their social connections and build their social capital tend to flourish on well-being rather than languish. That is why it is so important to work towards making and maintaining connections and relationships in all forms and why everyone can benefit from joining a café.
We will start the Vitality Cafés virtually because our ability to meet in person is limited by Covid-19 restrictions and because some people may not be comfortable gathering for some time. These can be run in the daytime or evenings. Our goal is to eventually run some in-person cafés as soon as possible in small, comfortable, socially distanced groups.
Please fill out one of our surveys to help us identify a good time to run the cafés. Please use the comment section if you are interested in starting a café around a specific topic, interest, issue or demographic.
Parent Café https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PGYRC2D
Vitality Café https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/62PR65L
Community Conversation Café – please use the Vitality Link and express your interest in in the Community Conversation Café in the comments.