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Poole Methodists 
Community Award: Story Café

When a local head teacher told the Probationary Deacon at Poole Methodists that her schoolchildren needed help with reading, the congregation jumped into action. The head teacher handpicked the children who needed help the most, and the church opened its doors to ten of them every Monday night. Children sit and read with volunteers, while their parents enjoy coffee, cake and a chat with members of the church.   

“Everyone I asked was very happy to help. It was a brave thing as this was a brand new project and I was asking them to trust that it might work.”  “It’s about providing a listening ear, and giving families the chance to eat and read together.” Deacon Sarah Wickett.

Story Cafe started a few months ago when I asked a local infant headteacher, “how can the church help you?”  Her biggest concern was for a group of “vulnerable” children who “never” read at home. The reasons for not reading were varied, but their families face economic challenges, parenting, relationship and medical struggles. Poole Methodists had the capacity to respond. We offered a safe space in our cafe and an enthusiastic group of volunteers. 

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