Get Cosy in the Living Room

By bellmannews / October 31, 2023

By Claire Jessiman

This week The Community Collective launches their main project ‘The Living Room’ located within what formerly was the cafe space at Stonehaven Community Centre.

From 1st November it will be open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am-2pm. The project has been backed by Aberdeenshire Council’s Tackling Poverty & Inequalities Group Innovation Funding.

The Living Room will be a cosy, safe, welcoming, non-denominational space open to all, manned by people who listen, who treat everyone the same, who don’t judge or try to fix each other. Visitors can expect conversation, support, friendship, community, games, WiFi, food and drinks. 

This innovative concept will be Aberdeenshire’s first Public Living Room and has been inspired by the Camaredos movement. It will offer community members the opportunity to access breakfast, hot drinks, homemade soup, sandwiches or a hot homemade meal on a pay as you can basis. Aiming to fill some of the gaps within current provision and giving everyone in our community the opportunity to make social connections. Open to ALL – no catch – no agenda. 

The Living Room builds upon the ‘Blue Room Blether’ weekly community cafe which The Community Collective have been running successfully since mid october every Thursday from 2-4pm in the Blue Room at Stonehaven Community Centre. It has been funded by Kincardineshire Development Partnership Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund,

The Community Collective are a new community group based in Stonehaven with big ambitions and even bigger hearts. Set up by an initial group of 20 volunteers all with close association to Stonehaven and with a history of community volunteering. The Community Collective is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation with charitable aims. Led by the community for the community. Records of income and expenditure will be maintained by the Treasurer and a fully transparent financial statement will be published publicly monthly.

If anyone would like to support or discuss our projects please contact our Chairperson Julie Gray –  j.graythecommunitycollective@gmail.com