Every day from 9PM Camberley Scout Hall opens it's doors to the Camberley All Night Cafe and Carole Cole and her team of volunteers who provide, food, clothes, showers and a bed for Surrey Heath's Veterans and Homeless 🛏🍽
Since 2015, the Camberley All Night Cafe has been a safe place for the homeless in Surrey Heath and it’s all thanks to one woman.
Carole Cole started the All Night Café after she had taken in a few local young people and word spread that she was someone that could be relied upon to help. She later secured the Camberley Scout Hall on London Road as a place available for the daily café.
The Camberley All Night Cafe provides a 7 night a week service which includes dinner, served around 10:30PM and then lights out at 12PM so people can rest in a safe and comfortable environment. Local food outlets have teamed up with the Café to provide leftover food including KFC, Greggs, Nandos and Tesco. The café also provides a cooked breakfast every day at 7:15AM and if there have been donations of sandwiches or food the homeless can take it away, Carole provides packed lunches too. This has been the pattern every night since the café opened in 2015.
Each night the Camberley All Night Cafe could be providing dinner for up to 25 people from all walks of life including Doctors, Veterans and Families who are “down on their luck” and need an extra helping hand.
Tom Upton, chef and volunteer at the Camberley All Night Café describes how the word has spread across the area: “We had a customer come from Liverpool a couple years ago who had found out about the project and travelled all the way down here… we've had people from Reading recently, we've had people from down on the South Coast; you know that just proves how unique this project is!”
The success and service of the Camberley All Night Cafe wouldn’t be possible without Carole’s team of dedicated volunteers who alongside their daily duties also organise birthdays and a big Christmas dinner for those with no where else to go during the festive period.
The Camberley All Night Cafe has gained a lot of traction in Surrey Heath, so much so they are over subscribed with food donations which has allowed them to start a community outreach project. It aims to provide food parcels for families and individuals around the area who would not be able to otherwise afford the things we take for granted, shampoo, fresh fruit and chocolate.
Carole recently won a Local Heroes Award presented by Surrey and Hampshire’s local radio station Eagle Radio for all her hard work to keep the Camberley All Night Cafe running. The above documentary was made my Greer Riddell for Eagle Radio to celebrate Carole’s achievements.
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