New ‘wellbeing cafe’ launched in Sheffield

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The concept of wellbeing is having quite a moment - and a new Sheffield project is aiming to capitalise on the appetite for being healthy, and happy.

The University of Sheffield Students’ Union is hosting the ‘ Wellbeing Cafe’ at the View Deli Cafe in the Students’ Union building at Western Bank from 6pm to 8pm every Monday evening in term time.

The aim of the project - initiated by Students’ Union Development Officer Michael Kind and Welfare Officer Anna Mullaney - is to bring the two social issues of wellbeing and sustainability together to provide a communal space with a pay as you feel meal made completely from food that would have otherwise been wasted.

The wellbeing element comes with the extra mindfulness activities, questions to prompt conversation, games, books and more that are on offer to all, not just students at the university.

“Working with Foodhall and the Real Junkfood Project, two pioneering pay as you feel cafes in the city, Wellbeing Cafe aims to situate the Students’ Union holistically in a city in which such issues and projects are already being worked on,” said Michael.

“It is hoped that the cafe will offer a place for people to come together in a community - in turn addressing issues of isolation, mental ill-health, homesickness and more.”

A series of trial events last term were all attended by more than 100 guests at every session.

Michael added:“We’re delighted that the Wellbeing Cafe is proving popular enough to warrant being weekly,” said Michael.

“It means that more people can use the space for their wellbeing and that we can continue to foster a sense of community among those attending, while taking people out of a food system premised on waste meal-by-meal!”

Visit the cafe page on Facebook for information on volunteering and updates from the cafe @wbcafesheffieldsu.