Blackpool Fulfilling Lives joined Addaction teams from St Helens, Wigan and Liverpool at the newly launched Camerados community café this month. 
 
The pop-up café, which is located in Blackpool Central Library, is run by local people who have previously experienced challenges in life. It’s open to anyone, with the goal of tackling isolation through friends and purpose. 
 
Addaction staff gathered at the café for Solidarity Week, an organisation-wide project to gather staff and service user feedback. Participants discussed what Addaction is doing well and what needs to change. 
 
With a great atmosphere and lots of laughter, teams enjoyed a delicious home-cooked roast dinner, a pop quiz and even a sing-a-long. 
 
Cllr Amy Cross, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Reducing Health Inequalities, said: “We’re proud to support the Camerados project as a great way to reduce social isolation and help people meet like-minded people to share their issues if they are having a rough time.
 
“It’s great that we’re able to lend such a vital community building like Central Library to this project and I’m convinced that it will make a big difference to everybody who visits.
 
“Setting up the living room sounds like a simple thing to do, however the level of purpose and camaraderie that it gives the staff and the visitors is second to none. 
 
“As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved and the living room provides the ideal space for people looking either to get help with a problem in their lives or just looking for somebody to talk to.”
 
Blackpool Fulfilling Lives joined Addaction teams from St Helens, Wigan and Liverpool at the newly launched Camerados community café this month. 
The pop-up café, which is located in Blackpool Central Library, is run by local people who have previously experienced challenges in life. It’s open to anyone, with the goal of tackling isolation through friends and purpose. 
Addaction staff gathered at the café for Solidarity Week, an organisation-wide project to gather staff and service user feedback. Participants discussed what Addaction is doing well and what needs to change. 
With a great atmosphere and lots of laughter, teams enjoyed a delicious home-cooked roast dinner, a pop quiz and even a sing-a-long. 
Cllr Amy Cross, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Reducing Health Inequalities, said: “We’re proud to support the Camerados project as a great way to reduce social isolation and help people meet like-minded people to share their issues if they are having a rough time.
“It’s great that we’re able to lend such a vital community building like Central Library to this project and I’m convinced that it will make a big difference to everybody who visits.
“Setting up the living room sounds like a simple thing to do, however the level of purpose and camaraderie that it gives the staff and the visitors is second to none. 
“As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved and the living room provides the ideal space for people looking either to get help with a problem in their lives or just looking for somebody to talk to.”