IT IS a beacon for the vulnerable, the lonely and those in crisis.
The Mission Cafe in Lord Street provides subsidised hot food and drink and much much more.
The cafe offers a safe haven for those in need and provides help, advice and support for those most at risk in our community.
Now its work is threatened by a funding crisis. Recession has meant not only an increase in people feeling pressured financially and emotionally in their daily lives, but a squeeze on the cash available to fund such lifeline projects.
Jacqui Goff, the cafe’s manager, fears for the future and says that if the cafe cannot find funding quickly, its doors may close.
The cafe’s policy means a warm welcome for all and that includes anyone simply wanting to have a quiet coffee or some company, to those who need support as they deal with drug, alcohol or mental health issues.
Many recognise the value of the work done in this small cafe which continues to get referrals from many agencies including the police and council.
The Methodist Church itself is a stalwart supporter of the work done there, but other backers are needed to help plug the funding gaps and to ensure that this vital project continues.
Without it, many would find themselves in the darkest of places. This is a cafe with a mission and one that deserves our support.