Julie Walter from Cafe Tempest in Wallsend has been helping people going through tough times in her local community for the past three years.
Cafe Tempest donates drinks and meals to people in need, but it offers more than just food and coffee. Cafe Tempest provides a welcoming and inclusive space for people who are doing it tough.
Sitting down at Cafe Tempest has a real community feel. There are people of all ages and walks of life sitting down to a meal here, and the food is delicious.
Julie says she is “happy to assist people who are legitimately in need” by providing a cafe meal, a drink, a place to charge their phones and a welcoming space to chill out.
Marg McKay is a caseworker from Path 2 Change who works with youth experiencing homelessness. Marg sends young people to Cafe Tempest, especially when they haven’t eaten for a few days.
She comments, “Life feels easier when you’ve at least had breakfast. Then we address the other issues going on”.
Marg is utilising the ‘Connecting The Hunter’ program, an extension of the successful Hunter Homeless Connect Day event that provides a dignified and practical way for businesses in the community to offer goods and services to people experiencing homelessness, all year round.
The sign at Cafe Tempest really says it all, “Enter as strangers, leave as friends”.