Written by Becky Higgins and Amy Brooks
During our travels last week we came across AsOne Community Space and Café. Amy and I were lucky enough to enjoy tea and lemon drizzle cake and to meet with Leon Holland, the driving force behind the Community Interest Company on the edge of Perranporth.
We went along to see what AsOne are offering to the local community, with our particular interest in children and families. Although the organisation is still developing with some exciting plans for the future, we were not disappointed. The café is in a tranquil setting on the edge of the coast with plenty of parking outside and provides an inclusive community environment supplying enthusiastic regulars with freshly cooked food at a very reasonable price. Leon offers space for hire to local groups or individuals whether it is a craft group or a birthday party.
Leon’s future plans include providing education to support young people. Rather than concentrating on a typical academic path, the aim is to improve mental health by using a programme to help them to increase awareness and resilience in themselves. A range of specialists will create an alternative way of educating which will support young people’s learning while promoting a sense of community and wellbeing.
Leon spoke enthusiastically about plans for increasing community engagement by finding out what it is that local people would like to be involved in and how this can be supported by AsOne. The activities for young people will be developed and led by young people who will be encouraged to use their creativity within this inclusive environment.
The last Friday night of the month is family games night, not an electronic device in sight though! Good old board games are the focus of the night, either bring one of your own or use one of the array of games provided at the café.
We are looking forward to seeing how this community gem develops.
In the meantime if you are at the top of St Georges Hill in Perranporth and fancy a relaxing atmosphere and good cake pop in and say hello.
Now where is my Monopoly ………