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Coffee shop reopens with the help of volunteers

Thanks to the help of Trust volunteers, St Austell Community Hospital’s coffee shop is open once again.

It has been closed since 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic. With a shortage of volunteers, it has not been possible to reopen. But following a successful appeal for volunteers the popular café is now back up and running.

Matron Margaret West officially reopened the coffee shop.

She said: “I am delighted that we have been able to reopen the much-loved café at St Austell Community Hospital. Without the commitment and support of our dedicated volunteers this would not have been possible. The café has always been a little gem and when it closed was hugely missed by patients, visitors, and staff, and it is great that it is buzzing again.”

Volunteering in the coffee shop helps support the hospital by providing drinks, snacks and a reassuring smile to patients and visitors.

Jan Jago and Christine Clemes are both helping at the coffee shop.

“The reason we are volunteers is because we enjoy the social aspect. We feel that we are giving our time as a service to people who visit for one reason or another.”

If you are interested in joining the team, contact Volunteers In Partnership on 01726 873253/873255 or by emailing

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