Compassionate Café comes to Wigginton, Tring

A Compassionate Café is being run on the first Wednesday of every month at Wigginton Community Shop & Café, providing a space for local people who have been affected by bereavement or any kind of loss to meet others and come together for a cuppa and a chat. The next one will be on Wednesday 1 November, from 13:30 to 15:00, at The Sports Ground, Chesham Road, Wigginton, HP23 6HH.

This is a partnership between Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care charity and the Wigginton Community Shop & Café. Each session will be run by volunteers trained by the hospice, who will be on hand to welcome and speak to attendees. It will be an informal structure, guided by the needs of the people attending.

The charity has already been running a number of successful Compassionate Cafés in Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere areas since December 2021.

Nicky, one of the volunteers at the Compassionate Café in West Watford says: “Compassionate Cafés offer a great opportunity for us as volunteers to be able to provide comforting and reassuring company in a friendly environment to those who are trying to build up the confidence to venture out, meet with people again and feel a sense of inclusion after suffering a loss”

Sally Clarke, the manager of the Wigginton Community Shop & Café, is excited about the launching the Compassionate Café, saying: “We’re delighted to be part of such an important project and host a compassionate café. This type of support will greatly benefit the local community”

Alison May, Community Engagement Manager at Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care, says: “It has been wonderful to see the impact our Compassionate Cafés have had on both volunteers and attendees in our existing locations, so we’re really looking forward to bringing this to Wigginton Tring area.

“The cafes are very informal in structure – they’re not a support group or counselling session – but people who come along tell us that they get a huge amount out of the peer support, and the chance to meet other people who understand their loss. I’d encourage anybody in the area who has experienced any type of bereavement or loss to come along to the sessions and see what they can take away from them.”

More details: https://renniegrovepeace.org/our-care-and-support/information-about-our-services/compassionate-cafes-bereavement-support (or https://bit.ly/48cVx4m), or email compassion@renniegrovepeace.org. Alternatively tel: 01923 330330.