Delivering Dial Differently: The Cafe Team

The Coronavirus pandemic has driven us to think differently about our services, while we continue to be unable to invite the public into some of our premises, we have striven to continue to Deliver Dial, Differently.

Our focus is to keep people safe and well, and to be here for people in the community who need us.

While we have adapted some services to be delivered over the phone or in online classrooms, our Community Cafe presented a different challenge. While we are unable to serve our delicious homemade lunches and hot cuppas to the public, our Cafe Manager and her team have worked hard to make sure our fantastic volunteers have still got some great activities to look forward to.

Today, we hear from our Community Cafe Manager.


Lockdown Diary: The Cafe Team

It had been a long time since we had all actually met each other due to the lockdown and, although we were speaking each week, it soon became clear that the volunteers just wanted to see each other.  They were also bored and didn’t know what to do.  We had to find a solution.

At the beginning of May we started showing our volunteers Zoom.  With a little patience (and phone calls off screen sometimes!) we are now meeting twice a week.  We meet once for some brainteasing and then again for some exercise or a demonstation or other activity.

The effect it has had on our volunteers has been amazing.  Now they are in the waiting room before I have even logged on!

The team playing a memory game

The team playing a memory game

The team enjoying a wordsearch

The team enjoying a wordsearch








Stay tuned for our next installment of Lockdown Diaries next week where we will be hearing from different teams, volunteers and supporters of Dial West Cheshire.

If you would like to know more about how we are continuing to Deliver Dial Differently throughout these challenging times or need any help or information, visit our Coronavirus Information Hub, here.