Low cost community cafe in Horden given £3,000 funding boost

A successful community café is set to expand its offer of low cost, or even free, wholesome food in east Durham after being awarded funding by one of the region’s largest housing associations.

The ‘Hub Grub Community Café’ in Horden has provided a lifeline for scores of local people since it opened its doors in early 2018. With meals costing just £1, the café has quickly become a focal point in the former mining community.

Now the café will be able to offer support to even more people in east Durham after being awarded £3,000 by County Durham Housing Group. The funding will support the project for a further 12 months.

Founded by East Durham Trust, the cafe is based in Horden Youth and Community Centre on Eden Street in the village, which now leads the project. It offers a warm and friendly welcome, as well as warm food, with no stigma attached. Operating like a regular café, local people needing support can be referred to the facility for free meals but will be treated exactly the same as paying customers”.

The café is staffed by volunteers recruited from the community, who are then trained in food hygiene, cooking and preparing meals by the project. Some of the volunteers have also been trained to provide advice to anyone using the café on issues such as budgeting and accessing Universal Credit.

County Durham Housing Group Community Investment Officer, Deborah Woods, said: “The work the volunteers do at the café is amazing. It has genuinely become a lifeline for so many people in Horden; not just for the food it provides, but also for the advice and support.

“We’re really pleased to work with Horden Youth and Community Centre on the continuing success of this project. The funding we’ve provided should help dozens of local families who are struggling with the cost of food to access good, hot meals in their own community.”

The café serves tea every Thursday from 4pm to 5pm.

Horden Youth and Community Centre Facilities Manager Dee Stobie said: “We are so glad to be able to add the café to the rest of the services and amenities HYCC offers the local community.”

Malcolm Fallow CEO of East Durham Trust said: “We are delighted with this practical gesture of support from County Durham Housing Group who have shown once again that they care about of their tenants and the wider community.”