Cafe for carers now open in Brierley Hill

A NEW cafe aimed at being a one stop shop for carers across the borough is now open in Brierley Hill.

INSIGHT for Carers has taken over a cafe in the Brierley Hill Project, in South Street, to provide a friendly and informal place for carers to go for advice and a chat, as well as food and drink in a welcoming environment.

Set up by Pensnett dad Marc Carter, the cafe – which was launched at the end of June – aims to cater for the needs of the 35,000 carers in the borough.

Marc, who has spent the last 18 months setting up the venture, said: “What we don’t do is jump on people as soon as they come in and insist they tell us their life story, they are more than welcome to just sit quietly and enjoy a cuppa in peace.

“However if people do want some help, advice or support we are there to do all we can to take away some of the stress and worry by guiding them to the answers they need.”

It is hoped in the future months, the cafe can be used as a base for a variety of events and projects.

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Neighbours News is a non-profit voluntary organisation, formally constitued as a group since September 1999 on the Castle & Priory Ward in Dudley. We produce community newsletters for residents. As of 2004, we have expanded to other areas (most of which are in high deprivation). We want to get a community newsletter for Brierley Hill circulating, because there is interest, however we need to find any potential funders and anyone who might be interested in sponsoring an edition. High Arcal School in Sedgley has sponsored an edition of the Oval & Tudor News in Upper Gornal, for example. We remove the official language and put it in plain English for people to understand, keeping them informed about local issues, training and job opportunities, developments, town centre events, etc. Our local distribution is carried out by community groups and the print group we use trains people with learning difficulties. We are based on the Pensnett Trading Estate, having relocated offices, due to the demolition work being done on North Priory, where our former premises were in Pine Road.

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