Age UK opens new cafe Crawley - here are all the details

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove (WSBH) has opened a new café called Sunny Side Up at its Crawley centre in Town Barn Road.

Aimed at people over 50, initially the café will be open 9am – 1pm each Wednesday, but opening days are likely to increase as demand does.

The café will offer a light breakfast menu, cakes, snacks and a daily special for lunch at 12pm. On fine days, people will be able to sit in the lovely garden, which has been given a makeover during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Christine Saunders at the opening of the cafe

Christine Saunders, Crawley Development Manager at Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove said “We’re really excited to be inviting our old friends back and hopefully seeing some new faces at the centre.

“We know many people are still anxious about socialising following the pandemic, so we’re re-opening slowly and safely with Sunny Side Up being one of the first steps. Over time we hope to have a whole new timetable of activities and services at our centre and in the community. This is still such a tough time for older people.

“In some cases Covid-19 has increased loneliness, frailty and dementia progression, so it’s vital we’re there for those who need us. We can’t wait to get Sunny Side Up open and see some smiles back on faces.”

Age UK WSBH quickly adapted in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. It offered information and advice, doorstep deliveries, emergency welfare and safety support for the most vulnerable, telephone befriending and wellbeing advice. The charity is now gradually re-opening centres and restarting activities in line with Government guidance.

Enjoying a cuppa at the new cafe

Sunny Side Up café will be at: Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, The Crawley Centre, 1 Town Barn Road, West Green, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 7XG. To find out more, people can call 01293 544 144 or email [email protected]

Councillor Michael Jones at the opening