The Mind Cafe, a beloved Narrabeen institution known for fostering mental wellbeing within the community, faced a potential closure earlier this year due to financial strain. However, after a successful public appeal and a dedicated effort from the cafe’s owner, Guy Morel, the future looks bright.

We asked Guy for an update on the plans for ensuring the cafe’s long-term sustainability. “We’ve established a management team and advisory board,” he explained. “They’re helping us address the financial challenges and focus on building a sustainable model.” This includes valuable community input through sponsorships and fundraisers, along with a renewed focus on operational efficiency.

“We have rejigged our menu, pricing, supply chain, employee rosters and tightened volunteer management,” says Guy. “Our sustainability is definitely improving and looks positive. Looking ahead, Guy envisions the cafe becoming a central hub for community meetings, further solidifying its role as a shared space.

Despite the necessary changes, Guy remains committed to supporting those in need. “We’re mindful of our regulars with limited means,” he emphasised. “Navigating support services for them has been a challenge, but we’re working on solutions.” The cafe’s landlord has been supportive of the cause.  “Their understanding is crucial,” Guy said, “and we believe our success will lead to a long-term tenancy.”

The outpouring of community support during the cafe’s difficult period has been overwhelming.  “So many amazing stories emerged,” Guy shared. “The support shows how deeply our mission resonates with the community. We are incredibly grateful.”

A segment on A Current Affair highlighted the cafe’s purpose, while many local residents reached to organise successful fundraising events that raised thousands of dollars. Emily Barnabas and her band raised over $2,000 with a music event. Inner Wellbeing and Simone Aspinall Makeup raffled off their services and raised over $1,500. Dhinawan Yarn and Entertainment hosted a smoking ceremony, sound healing session, and indigenous art workshop at the cafe, contributing over $1,400. Additionally, Amanda Dass generously donated two of her Aboriginal artworks, bringing in over $1,250.

Many volunteers also stepped forward to offer financial and marketing expertise, practical help at the cafe, and ideas for future workshops and community programs.

“The community has done so much,” Guy expressed his immense gratitude. “Looking ahead, registering as a charity, exploring grants, and raising public awareness are some ways we can solidify our long-term sustainability.”

The Mind Cafe’s Go Fund Me is still open, you can donate by clicking here or show your support by stopping in for a cuppa and to try their delicious new menu.

The Mind Cafe

Address: 1356 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen NSW 2101

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMindCafeAU

Instagram: @themindcafeau

Go Fund Me: www.gofundme.com/f/save-the-mind-cafe 

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