Meet new people and socialise at wellness cafe

A ‘WELLNESS cafe’ which will give locals a chance to meet new people and socialise is due to launch in Lerwick next week.

Mental health charity Mind Your Head and Voluntary Action Shetland have teamed up with town centre cafe Coffee and Keetchin to launch the project.

It will see a wellness cafe run in the premises on the second Thursday of each month between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, with the first session due to take place on 9 November.


Mind Your Head project manager Anouska Civico said the cafe should give people a chance to enjoy time to themselves and unwind.

“It is an extension of the work that Mind Your Head do and will provide the opportunity for people to come together and take time out for themselves,” she said.

“We all need to take care of ourselves and often we simply forget that. Within Shetland we are getting much better at realising the importance of looking after ourselves and the impact that this can have on our own wellbeing. “

Karen Hannay, of Voluntary Action Shetland, added: “VAS work with unpaid carers and recognise the importance of opportunities for carers to take time out from their caring role.

“Many carers spend so much time thinking about other people that they forget to look after themselves. I am hoping that carers may take this opportunity to pop along to the café as an excuse to take a bit of timeout for themselves.”