Pouring Heart and Soul into the Community
A Lara based cafe is changing the lives of local mums and bubs thanks to the contributions of a Baptcare Community Grant. Little Teapot Cafe & Play opened its doors in October 2016 and has already become a central hub for bringing families together in a fun and supportive environment.
The cafe, that lovingly calls their patrons “Teapotters”, is a child friendly cafe with three different play areas, run by a growing team of 35 devoted staff and volunteers. Together with Coordinator Sarah Chaney, they have built a community hub where mums can put their feet up and take a moment to relax, while the children have a chance to play.
“We see Little Teapot as an extravagant expression of love for families, for those that are isolated, who want to chat or who just need to get out of the house. We hope and pray that it is a place of refuge, acceptance and joy for all the mums, dads, carers and children that come through our doors,” Sarah said.
Little Teapot works in partnership with Lifeway Christian church and aims to give families of all means the opportunity to enjoy getting out with the kids. That’s why 100 per cent of the profits made from a busy day’s work are given back to helping families in the local area. In addition to the programs and events offered by Little Teapot, the cafe has also collected 200 suspended coffee vouchers so far, where patrons are able to buy a coffee voucher to be given to mums who have either just had a new little one or who are doing in tough. These are distributed through playgroups and the local maternal and child health nurses.
Little Teapot operates out of the grounds of their connecting church. Sarah said that if it wasn’t for the $15,000 grant from Baptcare the church community would not have had the infrastructure they needed to allow the cafe to flourish.
Little Teapot Cafe & Play has only been operating for a little over seven months, but Sarah has been astounded by the response from the local community.
“The project is going amazingly well! We are getting to know lots and lots of regulars, we are also welcoming new volunteers from the community who are finding a place to belong,” Sarah said.
Find out more about the cafe by visiting their Facebook page, but make sure you call ahead and book because tables are filling up fast!
Contact: Annemarie Watt
Phone: 0428 063 664