Beaminster Young Parents group, run by Ripple Workshop, is inviting residents to join them in their monthly Community Cafe.

The group was inspired to start the cafe to reach out to the wider community with the encouragement of Cllr Rachel Goode, who also runs the Beaminster Community Fridge.

The young parents will be using some of the food available at the Community Fridge to bake and cook with, providing cakes and a simple lunch for people to share.

Rachel said: "Ripple Workshop's initiative to launch the community cafe is fantastic. It showcases helpful ways to use surplus food effectively. The cafe serves as a warm and welcoming hub for community members to gather, thanks to the remarkable efforts of Eileen and Kate."

Ripple Workshop is a Community Interest Company, which was started in October 2022 by Kate Brook and Eileen Haste to run inclusive, participatory, projects and the young parents group was their first project.

Kate has a background in Social Work and Eileen in Community Arts.

Having both taken time off work to raise a family, they found it difficult to get back into work and so over many cups of coffee came up with the idea of starting their own company.

Each have worked in different fields but both are inspired by bringing people together to share experiences and find things that connect us whatever our age and background.

Kate said: “The parents we have joining us at the moment are a wonderfully positive group and are keen to give anything a go. Their energy for reaching out and sharing good food with others of all ages is so lovely to see. And with this project, working with Rachel, we’re also able to reduce food waste along the way. Win win.”

The Young Parents group meets at the Prout Bridge Project in Beaminster on Friday mornings from 10am to 11.30 am.

The monthly cafe is held at Beaminster Public Hall 11am to 1pm on the third Friday of every month. Next one is on the March 15. Refreshments and lunch are free though donations are welcomed.