Off to a flying start in January 2018, raising funds for UK Infantile Spasms Trust , Guide Dogs for the Blind and  Open Arms Malawi who return again for a 3rd year running.    We have had lovely feedback from customers about the community café and the wider role it plays in the community.  Our Youth Volunteer Programme is a huge hit.  The café patrons are kind and patient as the volunteers try new roles and learn new skills.  The café has a new electronic till, which  offers our volunteers the chance to up-skill their retail work experience learning valuable and portable skills.  In July 2 of our young volunteers ran the café for the Teenage Cancer Trust (1062559) and the Little Princess Trust  (1113172).  In October we welcomed back Oatlands Junior School as well as a film crew from North Yorkshire County Council.  Our Fundraising café had been shortlisted as a finalist in their prestigious Volunteering Awards.  In November we supported CONNECT and had our annual HHP & Foodbank collection and finally in December we raised over £300.00 for Little Crickets Pre-school.  In total our community café raised over £1,300.00 for local charities.

To round up an AWARD-WINNNG 2018 our community group and the café were runners-up in the North Yorkshire County Council Volunteering Awards – receiving £250.00 to further our community engagement work and our Tuki Young Volunteering Team  were recognised with a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the Harrogate and District Volunteering Oscars – PHEW!!  What a year we’ve had!!   Well done to all our volunteers; ambassadors for community spirit and kindness each and every one!!

TUKI – A look back at 2017

We started off the first quarter of the year with our Happy January reverse advent collection – we were overwhelmed by the community support this event received – we made donations to various groups including the Harrogate Homeless Project, The Womens Refuge and the Harrogate Food Bank – every cause was grateful for the donations they received! In February the PPR Brain Tumour Foundation raised over £120 for their cause.  In March the café raised funds at the Enterprise Day for CHSF (Children’s Heart Surgery Fund) which supports children and adults born with congenital heart defects.


OCG Chair Victoria with OCG Volunteer Matty

In April, May and June the café raised over £500 and welcomed the PPR foundation back again, Oatlands Infant School who were raising funds for a defibrillator and Care for Life.  By this time, our Youth Volunteer Programme was well underway and we had our first volunteer, aged just 14,  undertake the City and Guilds accredited Food Hygiene and Safety Certificate allowing him to prepare the lunches for the café customers.



Al Fresco dining at the café !!      

In July, August and September the café and it’s customers raised nearly £500 again and welcomed Oatlands Pre-school – who were raising money for some outdoor equipment for their children to use, Open Arms Malawi and Grace Girls.  The charities were delighted with the funds raised.  Two more volunteers (aged 11 & 15) successfully completed their Food Hygiene Certificates and they now run the kitchen between them whilst mentoring and training new volunteers.  Our Youth Volunteers are a credit to themselves and to the wider community.  Our volunteering opportunities include Front of House, Order Taking, Order Preparation, Serving, table clearing and washing up – all this done with good grace and a welcoming smile!

We ended the year in the last quarter raising over a whopping £850 for the charities, Harrogate Homeless featured again as well as Tewitwell Guides and Craft Aid.  We ran our annual Shoe Box Collection in November and our ninja knitters have been busy enough for 3 parcels of squares to be sent off!!

With thanks to local grant funders we were able to purchase equipment we needed to run the café along with fantastic banners and signage to help show the way to our café and wider community events.  


Whew! What a busy year we’ve had at the café.   Our volunteers have served over 450 bowls of soup, 500 sandwiches, 500 toasties (cheese is the cafés favourite!!) and over 1700 drinks!!  Well done to them all!!  We are looking forward to serving you again for the next twelve months !!














ROLLING OUT THE COMMUNITY DREAM: Tuki Café : The next generation of community volunteers !!

In February 2017 our Tuki Café supported the PPR Brain Tumour Foundation Charity and raised funds in support of their cause. The café also began rolling out it’s Young Community Volunteer Training programme – and here are some of this month’s volunteers;

Here are some of the lovely comments our customers said this month:

“Thank you all so much for your very hard work and delicious soup”

“I always get a lovey lunch here and the home-made cakes are wonderful”

“So nice to see the young adults volunteering their time and taking part in this community café – please do keep doing it”



What our Young Volunteers said:

“I was running the cake stall but halfway through I helped out an older girl with the orders! I really enjoyed it!” Age 11

“I’d like to help again next month”      Age 15

“I learnt something new and enjoyed it” Age 15

“It was really enjoyable to make the food for everyone. I learnt a lot.”  Age 13