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August 14, 2019

Café culture

If someone was to write the definitive (albeit theoretical) guide to building a community from scratch, Chapter 1 might contain a list of the fundamental building blocks that need to be put in place if a community is to flourish. That list might be long and no doubt there would be some debate as to its content, but few would argue that every community needs its own  meeting place and café. Senscot plans to publish a briefing on what it takes to run a successful community café. If you have any experience of running one, they’re looking for help.


Senscot wants to hear from social enterprise cafes and social enterprises involved in community cafe type activity following a series of sessions in partnership with Aberdeen SEN, Glasgow SEN, Scottish Borders SEC and NHS Health Scotland to explore what purpose community cafes play within social enterprise. 

Across the wide range of activity in terms of both purpose, scale and location of community cafes, there is a clear desire to share learning of what both has and hasn’t worked and how to avoid or work around some of the challenges.

To facilitate this, we are inviting all social enterprise with experience of community café activity to share one of their biggest challenges and to provide top tips for aspiring community cafes.

THIS SURVEY should only take a few minutes to complete and if you’d like more information please contact Mary or Eddie at