Please join our efforts to make Wealdstone an even friendlier place! Pick up the phone to someone!

Online Friendship Cafe

We continue to meet every Wednesday on Zoom. Drop in any time between 1 and 3pm by clicking the link HERE. (You don’t need to enter any code- If you don’t have Zoom installed, just follow the prompts.)

If prompted, enter the Meeting ID 207631292 and password Souper

Bring your own sandwiches! You are welcome to just pop in and listen, or to participate as fully as you wish in our conversations. Here is a recording some of us made on the spur of the moment to give you a quick glimpse into Online Friendship Cafe!

Online Skills Learning Centre

Since 2018, we’ve been encouraging informal opportunities to help each other to access healthcare etc. on the internet.

We have successfully managed to fastrack about 10 beginners who are now managing to meet online. We reopened for the latest group of beginners in the Montrose Hall on 15th March.

You can find out about it HERE

Random Zoom Gatherings

Thanks to the 15 people who dropped in for our Pancake CookAlong on Shrove Tuesday, especially those who propped up their screen in the kitchen to join the fun. If you have ideas for quizzes, games, cooking or craft sessions etc, we want to hear them!

Locket Road Link-Up *HOPING TO RESUME AFTER EASTER*

From 10am until 11ish on Wednesday morning, drop by for a socially-distanced chat with Kath and some of the Friendship Cafe volunteers. We’ve been sitting outside the hall doors on Locket Road next to the bus stop, talking to passers-by and each other, since the summer, until the weather wasn’t so favourable. We’ll hopefully get back together in this way after Easter, when covid rules allow. Come to the doors by the bus stop.

You’ll need to wear a mask unless exempt, and warm clothing as the guidelines require a well-ventilated space. Bring your own refreshments but please don’t hand anything round. (There may be wrapped food, but only under the control of the session leader. Sorry, no cafe yet, and emergency toilets only: but the company is very good!)

Our Friendship Cafe was, pre-lockdown, a thriving hub of food, fun and fellowship each Wednesday. We hope it soon will be again, but we won’t be back to anything like ‘normal’ opening until we can be confident of doing so in a covid-safe way. Meanwhile, we are doing our best to all keep in touch. Phone any time.

Board games, craft sessions, and, of course, eating together have been part of Friendship Cafe since the start. Not all of these activities are possible online, but some of them are. As well as catching up with each others’ news & discussing plans for Saturday night quizzes and other future activities, we have recently been supporting Harrow Healthwatch, and trying to work out how to help others join our online community.

Since mid 2019 we have been working on a project to help people who want to get connected online, which still is progressing, thanks to a grant from the Good Things Foundation.

It was easier to help before the pandemic… but we are doing all we can to help those who want to learn to use new technology in lockdown, providing help over the landline

Get in touch to find out more.

Keep an eye on this page for updates!

We’ll be back…
Piece by piece…
By hook or by crook?
We’re piecing together a plan…
Some crafty ideas are on the cards
Thanks for your patience while we get everything on track
Celebrations will be in order

Thanks to those who attended our Pancake CookAlong on Shrove Tuesday, especially those who bravely propped up their screens in the kitchen and flipped pancakes with us. We’d like to do more one-off gatherings, so if you have ideas for more cooking, crafting, quizzes, games etc, let us know.