HI-5 TALK TIME STORY
Hi-5TalkTimeCafe was started in Jan 2017 as a result of three Nana’s meeting each other in Bude and finding they had one thing in common, ‘Living Experience’ within their own families of children with additional needs. Two lost their children with additional needs 30 years ago and one is bringing up her teenage grandson with Downs Syndrome following the death of his mum when he was 2 years old. A safe, caring, friendly, self- funding café & support group was the result, where parents, grandparents and carers can come for some precious ‘Their Time’ for a few hours to chat, share, laugh or cry in a non –judgmental cosy environment over a cuppa and lovely homemade cake and light lunches.
One of our Key strengths: No Diagnosis is required.
We began in Bude with one family and now support many, with numbers growing through word of mouth, and the help of a team of super volunteers. In 2019 we moved to the former Methodist Chapel at Bangors, Poundstock, where we have the space and environment to expand.
Families come from Bude, surrounding areas and as far as Launceston and Okehampton due to what we offer. Some with their children now at school like to pop in when they can for the continued support chat & cake! Sharing includes joys, fears, feelings of isolation, frustration with the numerous hospital and professionals appointments requiring travelling two hour round trips on Cornwall and Devon’s roads, having to fight for their children to have a diagnosis, which can take up to 3 years, having to fight for their children’s individual education placement.
In 2019 we also gained charity status and the National Lottery Community Fund awarded us a grant to develop our activities and services, both enabling an exciting long-term future.
In 2020, we received a ‘Together for Families in Cornwall’ grant from Cornwall Rural Community Charity for a cooking project that we are looking forward to beginning after the Coronovirus pandemic.