Thurso Community Café

Summary of idea

Thurso Community Café is a Community Interest Company intended to provide support (food, emotional support) and the opportunity to volunteer to those struggling and experiencing poverty within the community. We operate a community café on ‘pay what you can’ basis, a Community Larder and our own supported volunteer programme. We also host an addiction recovery support group. Everything that we do is intended to benefit the most vulnerable in our community and the café is intended as a place which helps combat isolation as well as address food-poverty.

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Amount requested 

£3,000 (the total amount available for all ideas is £32,000)

Name of organisation

Thurso Community Café

Where this will take place


Why the contribution is important

Each application for this fund is to meet the criteria set out by the project Steering Group. More information about the project and the Steering Group is available here

The idea will support the following broad theme(s) to make a difference locally:

  • Safety and wellbeing - including mental health: Making sure that everyone in Caithness has the chance to lead safe, healthy, active lives.
  • Poverty and inequality - including tackling cost of living, fuel poverty and transport: Reduce the harms caused by poverty and inequality, and improve dignity for anyone experiencing poverty.


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  • The ideas that receive the most votes will be successful until all of the £32,000 is spent.

by InsightEngagement_PoliceScotland on November 09, 2022 at 06:04PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 4.5
Based on: 38 votes


  • Posted by annmacinnes123456 November 28, 2022 at 19:08

    go guys!!!
  • Posted by Greenie1965 November 28, 2022 at 19:16

    A very worthwhile service at a time of increasing needing our community
  • Posted by Denisesud November 28, 2022 at 19:55

    Brilliant place and is a great assist to the community
  • Posted by Geekaj November 28, 2022 at 20:13

    A well needed service and support
  • Posted by Airlinepup November 30, 2022 at 21:02

    This service is a vital community support for many of us. Not only does the cafe support people by providing warmth, nutritious food and emotional support especially friendship, it also gives people the opportunity to develop new life skills in a non-threatening environment. Plus on top of that it helps reduce the crime rate of the area as people can go here and eat for free or pay what they can afford which means they have an alternative choice to having to steal from shops to eat. They do so much for many people.
  • Posted by mackay123 December 01, 2022 at 17:33

    An intergeal part of our community. This us a truly worthy cause.
  • Posted by Work2getherCaithness December 06, 2022 at 11:28

    This is much needed within the local Thurso community. It supports and aids the people using the establishment, not only in providing food and refreshments, but at a price that people can afford by simply asking for a donation rather than a set price. It also gives people a place to go and feel welcomed, and with winter upon us, a place to warm up. The TCC does amazing work for the local community and help so many people that depend on it on a daily basis, and with the festive period coming up, it will provide even more support, especially with the cost-of-living crisis escalating as it is.
  • Posted by RogerS December 06, 2022 at 17:19

    The community cafe provides a very useful service, filling a gap in support and providing a safe, warm space.
  • Posted by Alan December 07, 2022 at 17:24

    A great resource for the community and never turns people away because they cannot afford to eat and drink they give Gods love to all.
  • Posted by julsngraham December 09, 2022 at 07:57

    A very good resource much needed at these difficult times
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