Joy Café & community hub Churchill Gardens
Opened July 2022
On 2nd July 2022, after 7 years serving the local community firstly as a ‘pop-up’ and from 2018 in a converted shipping container, Joy Café moved into a new home within the ‘Churchill Gardens Hub’ in Boscombe. The café is open 6 days a week, and refeshments include freshly made hand roasted coffee, toasted sandwiches and delicious locally baked cakes including gluten-free and vegan choices.
The children’s play area is close by, as is the communal garden set up by Boscombe-based charity Grounded Community and local volunteers to grow, cook, eat, and distribute a range of vegetables and herbs.
The café also and provides cookery workshops & taster activities as part of BCP Council’s ASPIRE programme, which aims to help people boost their self-esteem and focus on their wellbeing by supporting them towards employability and healthier, more active lifestyles.
In addition to the café, the community space provides a hub for the ASPIRE programme – a food related project which aims to help people boost their self-esteem and focus on their wellbeing by supporting them towards employability and healthier, more active lifestyles.
Those taking part in the programme will be offered help to become more active, work towards achieving their goals and incorporate healthy food into their diet.
The programme is being delivered by local activity providers including Vita Nova, Bournemouth Wellbeing Experience, Grounded Community and community choir and Boscombe Sing. Together they provide a range of activities: performing arts, gardening, dance, yoga, meditation, Pilates and other small group sessions.
About Joy Café
Joy Café first started as a pop-up café in the summer of 2015 by our lovely manager Becky, serving refreshments and providing activities for local kids.
We are a lush little cafe in Bournemouth underpinned by Coastline Vineyard Church, with a dream to build a life-giving community in which people are building positive relationships, feel supported, accepted and valued.
We want to create a space where people can enjoy fun, food and friendships. We hope that Joy Café will become a place that feels like family; a community that encourages one another. We also keep our prices low without compromising quality because we want people to visit often!