Rural Coffee Connect has been travelling around rural Leicestershire and Rutland since 2019 popping up a safe and friendly space for people to enjoy a coffee, chat and build connections in their community. Initially funded by the National Lottery Community fund, Rural Coffee Connect was established as a project to tackle loneliness and isolation in rural communities.

Rural Coffee Connect has been so successful, it is no longer delivered as a stand alone project, but as a simple and effective concept underpinning the work of our charity and connecting people with a huge range of community activities, projects, advice, support and other services.

Everyone is welcome at Rural Coffee Connect and drinks are served completely free of charge. If you wish, you can make a donation to cover the cost of your coffee and to support our work.

We look forward to meeting you for a coffee soon!

How we are using Rural Coffee Connect

Little Cup of Joy

Tackling loneliness and isolation in rural areas of Leicestershire & Rutland. Our outreach is focussed around care and residential homes.

Rise & Shine

Helping rural people to develop a mental health & wellbeing resilience plan and to create stronger connections and support networks.

Changing Connections

Reaching people dependent on health and emergency services and connecting them with more appropriate community support

Work.Live.Leicestershire

Acting as a hub for our rural outreach to find and support people who are unemployed or economically inactive into work, job search or training.

Comedy Espresso

The foundations of a new initiative led by Bright Sparks using comedy to help people overcome poor mental health or wellbeing.

CROSS COUNTIES

Base for a 'Health & Wellbeing Roadshow' held by Cross Counties Healthcare PCN offering informal information and services to patients

Where it all started

Watch our short video about the history of Rural Coffee Connect

Where you can find us

FRIDAYS UNTIL 20TH MAY

WORK.LIVE.LEICESTERSHIRE
Markfield Community Centre

Friday until 20th May - 10-12

TUESDAY FROM 17TH MAY - 21ST JUNE

CROSS COUNTIES IN THE COMMUNITY
Houghton on the Hill Village Hall

Tuesday from 17th May to 21st June - 10:30 - 12:30

WED 18TH MAY

CHANGING CONNECTIONS
Greetham Village Hall

Wednesday 18th May - 10:30-12:30

THURSDAYS FROM 19TH MAY - 23RD JUNE

COMEDY ESPRESSO
Burbage Friendly Bench

Thursdays from 19th May to 23rd June (Contact us for times)

WED 25TH MAY

CHANGING CONNECTIONS
Harby Village Hall

Wednesday 25th May - 10:30-12:30

WEDNESDAY FROM 1ST JUNE - 6TH JULY

LITTLE CUP OF JOY
Coalville Chesnut Residential Home

Wednesdays from 1st June - 6th July - 10:00-11:30

MONDAY FROM 6TH - 27TH JUNE

WORK.LIVE.LEICESTERSHIRE
Measham Leisure Centre

Mondays from 6th - 27th June - 10-12

FRIDAY FROM 10TH JUNE - 1ST JULY

WORK.LIVE.LEICESTERSHIRE
Broughton Astley Village Hall
Fridays from 10th June - 1st July - 10-12

THURSDAYS FROM 7TH JULY - 4TH AUGUST

COMEDY ESPRESSO
Newbold Verdon Community Pavilion

Thursdays from 7th July - 4th August (Contact us for times)

FRIDAY FROM 15TH JULY - 5TH AUGUST

WORK.LIVE.LEICESTERSHIRE
Whitwick Park
Fridays from 15th July - 5th August - 10-12

WEDNESDAY FROM 27TH JULY - 17TH AUGUST

LITTLE CUP OF JOY
Beaumanor Care Home - Loughborough
Wednesdays from 27th July - 17th August - 10:00-11:30

TUESDAY FROM 9TH AUGUST - 6TH SEPTEMBER

LITTLE CUP OF JOY
St Peters Church - Higham on the Hill
Tuesdays from 9th August - 6th September - 10:00-11:30

FRIDAY FROM 12TH AUGUST - 2ND SEPTEMBER

WORK.LIVE.LEICESTERSHIRE
Whetstone Co-op
Fridays from 12th August - 2nd September - 10-12

WEDNESDAY FROM 24TH AUGUST - 28TH SEPTEMBER

LITTLE CUP OF JOY
Brookhouse Carehome - Husbands Bosworth
Wednesdays from 24th August - 28th September - 10:15-11:45

TUESDAY FROM 13TH SEPTEMBER - 18TH OCTOBER

LITTLE CUP OF JOY
All Saints Church - Dunton Bassett
Tuesdays from 13th September - 18th October - 10:00-11:30