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Cafe & Community Centre

Our café is situated on the ground floor of the building, accessible from Robertson Street only. Ramp access available for scooters and wheelchairs. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. There are a range of seating areas, hard seats, padded seats with arms and two areas with sofas and arm chairs. Our café doubles up as a community centre and event area also, we have a sensory/quiet room with activity hall for group activities including art, social groups, exercise groups, children's play and more. Currently we are open till we get quiet rather than 3pm so please use us and we will stay open.

Looking for space for your community group to meet?
At His Place we believe in giving back to the community, if you are not making money from your activity or skills group we try our best to accommodate you. Depending on amount of time and space required we may ask for contribution for the heating and cleaning of space. (Although not hire rate cost)

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We have a community kitchen available for event hire and for use for social cooking groups.
If you are looking for a place to start your own social group, you would be welcome to enquire for use of His Place, we are home to the 1066 Crafters (Mental Health Peer Support Art and Craft Group twice a week) and we have a knitting group using the space as well.
We try our best to offer a range of free activities for all age groups but rely totally on volunteers. So if you are looking for a new interest please get in touch and discuss your ideas.
You're welcome to download our posters and share them, we aim to keep our publicity up to date.
Please note that His Place is a volunteer run organisation at all levels, and some volunteers work full time in addition to their volunteering.

His Place is a small charity in Hastings, a faith based organisation which provides a safe social space for the general public to access. Our venue includes a community centre, art café, and church. We are also home to a number of external organisations who run their activities from our premises including 'Hastings Safe Space' (NHS initiative), and is home also to OPUS Theatre. We are a not for profit organisation - all the income from our activites is ploughed back into providing more services to the community.
You will not find a more friendly venue, the sole aim of which is to reduce isolation, provide friendship, and activites for all ages.
The café is staffed and run by a small group of volunteers - most of whom were once customers of the facitlity.

To volunteer with us you don't have to be part of the His Place Community Church or any other faith organisation - our only requirment is that you wish to serve the wider community, are commited and respect the organisation and all our customers.
If you're interested in helping to save the building and therefore all the work for the community you will find out about our restoration project and the urgent structual work on the following site, Hastings Community Heritage.

Activities:

We have a variety of spaces within the café where organised activities take place, as well as providing space for customers to chill out and enjoy their own social time, using the free activities available, cupboards full of games and craft materials for you to enjoy, such as books, board games, colouring books etc.
Most of our workshops/activity sessions are free. Those that are not are pocket money prices.

Food:
We have a varied menu which includes, snacks, cooked breakfast, hot meals, deserts and cakes. We have vegan and vegetarian options and try to cater for all allergies. If you can't find what you want on the menu, just ask and see what we can sort for you. We are open to suggetions.

Artwork for sale:
we have local artists' paintings decorating our walls. Most pieces are for sale, some are available in print format. A percentage of the sale price goes to the building restoration fund.

Access:

We have a portable ramp for access to the café, there is a hand rail also and under that is the bell should you require support to get into the building. Small scooters are able to access the venue also.
In the hall we have an electric desk should you require it. As well as armchairs and a recliner sofa. There are a variety of chairs for use including some with arms that are in the hall but can be brought into the café should you require them.

Toilet facilites:
Should you require an accessible toilet there is an ambulant toilet with grab rail in the ladies and the disabled toilet has a changing couch and pull down grab rail. If you require help to access please ask at the counter. In the event that an even higher toilet is required please ask at the counter for the raised toilet frame to be brought down from church floor.

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Community Space:

His Place try to accommodate other community groups with space to use during our opening hours free of charge as long as they are not being commissioned, paid or earning money from their activity. If they are then they would be provided with a low cost hire rate.

Enquires:

Please contact Nicola or discuss your requirements with Caroline in the café, please leave a contact name and number or email.
We're open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and some Sundays.
During our open times you would be able to slot in your activity if we have space and if we feel your activity is in line with our aims.

Regular, free to attend, evening activities are:

Bible Study Wednesday evening - 19:00 - 20:00

Silver Surfer Entertains: At evening café - 1st Thursday of month - 18:00 - 20:30 (On hold due to pandemic)

Games night: Board games, quizzes etc. ) - 3rd Friday of the month 19:00 - 21:00 (On hold due to pandemic)

Hastings Healing Rooms: 1st Saturday of month - Healing Rooms - 13:30 - 14:30 in the café, open to all who wish to receive prayer - run by Hastings Healing Rooms.
Daytime in the cafe:
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His Place Hastings, Robertson Street, Hastings, TN34 1HL
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