Queens Park Community Hub Café reopens due to popular demand

Roberto Bosco (AB Fruits), Richard Hill (bpha) and Rosetta. Image: bpha
Roberto Bosco (AB Fruits), Richard Hill (bpha) and Rosetta at the relaunch of the Queen's Park community hub cafe. Image: bpha

The Queens Park Café Hub which was first opened by bpha and partners in March this year as a warm hub has reopened following requests from the local community.

Open fortnightly during term time, the hub offers warm meals and refreshments at affordable prices and local groups and partners including Impakt, Citizens Advice Bureau and the NHS will be offering free support, advice, and opportunities to meet local services.

More information on the opening dates and times can be found on the Bedford Council website here.

Queens Park Hub is one of a number of bpha community-led hubs which offer a warm space for people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities to come together.

As well as providing support for bpha customers, it has an ‘open door’ to the local community and is open to anyone who needs advice and/or support.

Local resident and volunteer, Safina said: ‘I volunteer at the hub and approach it with passion and 100% commitment.

“It benefits us [the volunteers] in a number of ways, whether mentally, emotionally or socially and it really boosts our confidence and self-esteem.”

bpha’s Chief Executive, Richard Hill said: “A huge thank you to the volunteers, bpha colleagues and partners who have made this possible.

“It is wonderful to see and feel the community spirit as you walk into the hub. People in and around Queens Park will now have access to important local services in the heart of their community.”

Bedford Borough Council, Family Hubs Co-ordinator, Ruth Priest said how lovely it was to see local people coming together to share food, meet friends and access vital services.

“I really hope that in the weeks and months to come it will continue to foster a sense of community and strengthen local ties,” she said.

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