Town centre's new café... with a difference

Access Community Trust has opened a new cafe in Thetford to provide mental health support

Access Community Trust has opened a new cafe in Thetford to provide a safe and friendly space for members of the community to seek mental health support - Credit: Access Community Trust

A new café with a focus on mental health and wellbeing has opened in Thetford in the hopes of making a difference in the local community.

Regional charity Access Community Trust opened its third "purpose focused" mental health café on Tanner Street on Wednesday, June 22, to help those in need.

Named STEAM House, it aims to reduce the stigma of mental health and provide support in the heart of the community, following increased demand due to the pandemic and cost of living crisis.

Steam House Cafe, a new community hub on Tanner Street in Thetford. Picture: Danielle Booden

Steam House Cafe, a new community hub on Tanner Street in Thetford. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Steam House Cafe, a new community hub on Tanner Street in Thetford. Picture: Danielle Booden

Steam House Cafe, a new community hub on Tanner Street in Thetford. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

A former ground floor eatery has been transformed into a space where people can seek guidance and support from resources including a drop-in service and group activities including yoga, mindfulness and arts/crafts therapy.

Gemma Bush, regional service manager for Access, said: "Mental health is no longer a taboo subject and everybody should feel comfortable talking about it.

"By taking that important message directly to the high street and supporting the local community with a range of support and drop-in therapies, we have made it easier for people to ask for advice or assistance in a relaxed environment, accompanied by a coffee and bite to eat."

Craig Davidge, volunteer at Access Community Trust, making hot drinks at the opening of Steam House

Craig Davidge, volunteer at Access Community Trust, making hot drinks at the opening of Steam House Cafe, a new community hub on Tanner Street in Thetford. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

The new cafe, which is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, will run alongside the charity's existing free support service The Crossing, located at the same premises.

Steam House Café opened in Thetford on Wednesday, June 22

Steam House Café opened in Thetford on Wednesday, June 22 - Credit: Access Community Trust

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For more information contact steamth@accessct.org or call 01842 818 361.