Conversation Cafe

In the summer of 2023, we ran a Conversation Café, to offer opportunities and encouragement for our Ukrainian pantry members to practise their English.

We asked our members what they would find helpful, and this was by far the most popular idea! It was very relaxed, with lots of coffee and cake, and we developed the content in response to what members wanted to practise. We had some amazing volunteers helping out, and everyone really enjoyed getting to know each other better.

As well as the Conversation Cafe we ran a Ukraine Welcome Event. This was designed to provide a space for our Ukrainian pantry members to meet one another, access support from other organisations and receive a selection of Ukrainian and Polish foods (funded by BANES Council’s Ukraine Support Fund). 33 people attended, with 5 other local organisations coming along to promote their important services. Those who came were so grateful for the session – some have only been in the country for 2 or 3 weeks, and some came having not been able to work out where to go for help.

A huge thank you to the organisations who supported the event (Bath Welcomes Refugees, The Nest Project, Future Bright, Bath College and 1st Impressions) and our brilliant volunteers, who did an amazing job of managing the volume of people, putting people at ease and ensuring the session ran really smoothly!