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

FRIDAY 5TH AUGUST

WORK.LIVE.LEICESTERSHIRE
Whitwick Park
Friday 5th August - 10-12

MONDAY FROM 8TH - 15TH AUGUST

WORK.LIVE.LEICESTERSHIRE
Broughton Astley Village Hall

Mondays from 8th - 15th August

WEDNESDAY FROM 27TH JULY - 17TH AUGUST

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

MONDAY 22ND AUGUST

WORK.LIVE.LEICESTERSHIRE
Kibworth Harcourt Recycling Centre
Monday 22nd August - 10am - 2pm

TUESDAY FROM 2ND - 23RD AUGUST

CROSS COUNTIES IN THE COMMUNITY
Medbourne Village Hall
Tuesday from 2nd - 23rd August - 10:30 - 12:30

THURSDAYS FROM 15TH SEPTEMBER - 13TH OCTOBER

COMEDY ESPRESSO
Newbold Verdon Community Library

Thursdays from 15th September - 13th October (Contact us for times)

MONDAYS FROM 5TH - 26TH SEPTEMBER

WORK.LIVE.LEICESTERSHIRE
The Arc Community Hub, Loughborough

Mondays from 5th - 26th September

TUESDAY FROM 30TH AUGUST - 27TH SEPTEMBER

LITTLE CUP OF JOY
St Peters Church - Higham on the Hill
Tuesdays from 30th August - 27th September - 10:00-11:30

WEDNESDAY FROM 24TH AUGUST - 28TH SEPTEMBER

LITTLE CUP OF JOY
Brook House Care Home - Husbands Bosworth
Wednesdays from 24th August - 28th September - 10:15 - 11:45

WEDNESDAY FROM 24TH AUGUST - 28TH SEPTEMBER

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

THURSDAYS FROM 11TH AUGUST - 8TH SEPTEMBER

COMEDY ESPRESSO
Burbage Friendly Bench

Thursdays from 11th August - 8th September (Contact us for times)

FRIDAY FROM 12TH AUGUST - 2ND SEPTEMBER

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

FRIDAY FROM 9TH - 30TH SEPTEMBER

WORK.LIVE.LEICESTERSHIRE
Ibstock Co-op
Fridays from 9th - 30th September - 10-12

FRIDAY 5TH OCTOBER

CHANGING CONNECTIONS
Tesco - Oakham
Friday 5th October - 10:30-12:30

TUESDAY FROM 4TH OCTOBER - 8TH NOVEMBER

LITTLE CUP OF JOY
All Saints Church - Dunton Bassett
Tuesdays from 4th October - 8th November - 10:00-11:30

TUESDAY FROM 25TH OCTOBER - 29TH NOVEMBER

LITTLE CUP OF JOY
Cosby Village Hall
Tuesdays from 25th October - 29th November - 10:00-11:30