A popular community café is now expanding into the great outdoors. 

Thanks to a successful fundraising campaign the Living Under One Sun Community Hub & Café (formerly Cafe Connect) in Down Lane Park will soon be able to host a variety of outdoor activities for families including: camping, comedy shows, sporting and arts and craft activities, yoga, dance and outdoor cinema.

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Out of the £24,000 raised from a three-month crowdfunding campaign the cafe will be able to erect a number of covered spaces in the disused bowling green outside and fund lighting and electrics, carpentry and gardening equipment and storage for bikes.

 “Raising this money means everything and there aren’t words to describe how humbled we feel at the contribution from our community,” said Leyla Laksari from Living Under One Sun which runs the cafe. “It is a wonderful thing for people to say ‘Yes’ rather than ‘No’ to something – to saying ‘Yes’ to helping make Tottenham a beautiful place for everyone. Now please come here and celebrate your own achievements!”

In tribute to the café’s good work the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, paid a visit at the start of February. He called on Londoners to take inspiration from projects such as the café and seize the opportunity to do something similar in their community through his Crowdfund London initiative.

“He came 15 minutes early and left an hour late!” said Leyla. “We were chosen out of 90 odd projects and he just couldn’t stop talking about the café! He chose us as the best example of a community group to launch the next crowdfunding programme and it made us very proud.”

The café itself, part run by volunteers, was officially opened at the end of March last year and instantly became a hit in the Tottenham Hale community.

Gavin Thompson visits the cafe once a week with his two young daughters and donated £100 towards the fundraising campaign.

“The cafe has made such a positive impact on the community and we’re excited to see what they do next,” he said. “It’s great for me and my family as there are always activities for us and we hope it triggers more activities in the actual park itself so that it’s better used.”

For more details and to volunteer to work at the cafe visit www.tottenhamcafeconnect.org (external link)