Bridge Street Community Cafe

About The Cafe

Bridge Street, Bantry, P75 EC42

Mon: 10am - 4pm | Wed: 1pm - 4pm | Fri: 10am - 4pm & 7pm - 10pm

Bridge Street Community Café is a peer-led mental health initiative supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our community. We offer a safe, welcoming, space for anyone over 18 years of age to have a cuppa, and a chat. It is a place to come make connections, have a snack, find out what’s on in the local area or sit in our quite space, read a book and relax.

The Aim

The aim of the café is to try normalise seeking support and to help break down the stigma around mental health difficulties. We want to facilitate an opportunity for people to be open about what has happened to them and for them to be responded to in a compassionate, and empathetic way. If some of us are in a good place, we can be with others who are not, as you try to navigate difficult times or make sense of what you need to improve your mental health. We want people to feel accepted and to have a sense of belonging and to encourage the whole community to help make this possible in hope to reduce isolation and loneliness. 

We welcome people without Mental Health difficulties in hope to break down those barriers of the stigma surrounding mental health.

Peer Support

If someone is going through difficult times or they want to improve their mental health further by being with others in a group setting, they can sign up for a regular peer support group. Peer support is where people give and receive non formal peer support to one another in a fully confidential space.

The Listening Table

The listening table available during café times where people can book in for a half hour and chat about what’s on their mind. The listening table is a safe space to have a conversation with a trained peer supporter. At the listening table a person can be listened to fully, and acknowledged for what they have or are going through in a non-judgemental, safe space.

To book the listening table please contact: 083 437 4096

Looking forward to seeing you

The café supplies light savoury & sweet snacks, teas and coffee. Providing the light snacks gives something for people to chat about who may feel uncomfortable making conversation. We like to make people comfortable and stay a bit longer at the café, we hope this will support someone who needs support the opportunity to open up to one of the staff. This also provides a service to the whole community, inviting individuals to visit regardless of their mental health.