Participants in a local programme delivered by Stirling Council and NHS Forth Valley have used the skills they learned there to open up a community café.
Community Cafe Visit

Family Support Workers, the Adult Learning team and NHS Forth Valley’s Keep Well team first established the THRIVE programme in Hillview Children and Family Centre in Cultenhove in 2014, and it was so successful it was introduced in Cornton and Fallin nurseries in 2015, followed by Raploch and Baker Street nurseries in 2016.

THRIVE is a 16-week programme to help local women increase their knowledge, skills and confidence. During the sessions they learn how to manage stress, create a healthier lifestyle and life skills, and identify positive changes they could make. 

Now, some of those involved in THRIVE Cultenhove say the confidence the programme gave them empowered them to start a community café, which opened on 17th November 2016.

Lee-Ann Johnston, one of the parents who started the café, said: “This is something myself and three other volunteers – Kerryann Millar, Liz Simpson and Mandy Currie - wanted to do because we love to help in the community and we want to make a difference and put back in. We opened our cafe in the YT Club on 17th November 2016, where we sold soup and sandwiches, along with tea, coffee and biscuits, for just £2.  

“Everyone loved coming for their lunch, meeting new people and having a chat. We also offer some relaxation techniques to our customers which we learned through the THRIVE programme, and we’re now also looking into having a fundraiser to help raise funds for the cafe.”

Stirling Council Leader Johanna Boyd said: “I have been delighted to support the THRIVE programme since it began and to attend the most recent graduation and new community café in Cultenhove. THRIVE is a fantastic initiative and the café project proves that the confidence and empowerment it can bring to women is invaluable not just for them, but for the community as a whole.”  

Stirling Council’s Health and Social Care Convenor Christine Simpson said: “I would like to add my congratulations to the women who had the vision to press ahead with this bold venture, empowered by the confidence and self-reliance they achieved through the THRIVE project. This cafe will be a great asset for the residents of Cultenhove and will also, I hope, encourage other women to take part in the programme."

A further eight Thrive groups are scheduled to be delivered next year, including two new groups. For more information please contact the Adult Learning Team on 01786 237517/adultlearning@stirling.gov.uk or contact the Keep Well Team on 01786 434044.