After one year, ten amazing guests and 524 coffees given away to local community members, the Village Cuppa at Glenrose Village has become a monthly event that brings people together.
Since the beginning of 2018, on one Tuesday a month, the Village Cuppa has brought a number of local leaders, community groups and national organisations to each of the centre’s cafés to spend an hour with the local community in a relaxed atmosphere. Locals were able to grab a free coffee during the hour and some interesting topics were discussed with all our guests.
This was especially so when Northern Beaches Council Mayor, Michael Regan covered a lot of relevant local topics on his visit, and the Frenchs Forest Police were on hand at Cuppa #1 to offer advice and answer questions from guests.
A huge part of the local community is powered by volunteers. People who give up their time for causes, people who donate their time to promote the arts; and people who sacrifice their time to make us safe. We loved hosting guests from the Lion’s Club, Surf Lifesaving Australia, Rotary, the Glen St Theatre, the SES and the Davidson Rural Fire Service.
The most popular morning, however, was thanks to the great people from WIRES Animal Protection. With Belrose and surrounds being located within a bushland setting, having WIRES at the centre to teach both kids and kids-at-heart about the role they can play in protecting local fauna was so important.
Ashley Loder, Senior Centre Manager at Glenrose Shopping Centre has loved having community representatives take centre stage and share their cause over a coffee.
“It has been really encouraging to see the local community’s interest in our monthly Village Cuppa. It’s a great way for people to learn something new, raise concerns and share their views on local, social and environmental issues,” she said.
New guests are lining up for Village Cuppa’s 2019 return in February, so watch this space and mark down the third Tuesday of every month. There’s no need to book. We’ll see you there.