THE Shelter Café is preparing to reopen for the colder months, providing a vital service to people in the community experiencing disadvantage.
The café initiative was introduced in 2020 as a way to help people in need, as the Uniting Safe Shelter couldn't run during the pandemic.
With the shelter again unable to go ahead, the people behind it have rebranded to the Bathurst Uniting Support Services (BUSS) and come up with multiple initiatives to provide some much needed assistance.
BUSS team member Maree Wilsmore said the café was very successful last year.
"Fabulous it was, well supported by the community. Men, women and children were guests at the café," she said.
The café will offer free hot meals to people in need, as well as the opportunity to have a shower, get a change of clothes and to take a sleeping bag if they need one.
It will be run in a similar fashion to how it was last year, with the goal of making it very inviting for those who need it.
"We just want to make sure that the environment is comfortable, warm and welcoming," Ms Wilsmore said
The meals have all been pre-made by volunteers, with the menu including dishes like sausages, mash, gravy and vegetables, chicken casserole, rissoles and roast pork with vegetables.
Cooking bees will be held over the coming months, providing an opportunity to shake-up the menu.
There will also be tea and coffee available, as well as fruit and other snacks people can take with them.
The café will operate on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 2pm in the Bathurst Uniting Church hall.
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