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Reform Magazine | November 29, 2023

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Key local services thrive at Skipton’s community café, finds Laurence Wareing

Setting up the Skipton Community Wellbeing Café was never at the top of St Andrew’s to-do list. In fact, it wasn’t on their to-do list at all until, in the summer of 2018, a local charity lost its funding to run a community café that focused on individuals with mental health issues. Peter Smith recalls that, collectively, local Christians said, ‘This is not good’. Almost immediately, St Andrew’s, a Methodist-URC local ecumenical partnership, teamed up with Skipton Baptist Church to fill this significant gap in local community services. Their response was an act of faith and very practical discipleship…

Skipton Community Wellbeing Café was awarded £2,000 in the United Reformed Church Community Project Awards, sponsored by Congregational


This is an extract from an article published in the March 2023 edition of Reform

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