Social Enterprise Cafes

Our cafes are inspiring spaces serving more than just coffee! Our social enterprises offer employment and volunteering opportunities for young people within the community and support them with skills development and experience.

Sams Lowestoft

Sams Lowestoft

Our flagship social enterprise cafe, opened in 2015 and designed by local young people, is located within the former Sam Hooks sports and fishing shop in Bevan Street East.

Since its regeneration from a derelict building damaged by coastal flooding, it has transformed into a real hub of the community, hosting a plethora of regular events including weekly language cafes, youth club sessions, and mindfulness workshops open to all alongside serving delicious food and locally sourced Paddy and Scott’s coffee. Our popular conference room, the Enterprise Lounge, is located above the cafe and available for external hire.

Sams Lowestoft has also been developed into the base for Trust’s enrichment and wellbeing services, as well as our volunteering, training and employment opportunities in the town. The cafe was named Innovation of the Year in Suffolk County Council’s Raising the Bar education awards 2017 in recognition of our range of training, learning and work experience provisions especially for disadvantaged young people.

Sams Marram Green, Kessingland

Sams Marram Green, Kessingland

In 2017, our branch at Marram Green opened next to Kessingland Library, serving a variety of hot food and drinks, including locally sourced Paddy and Scott’s coffee. Regular events include Meet up Mondays, which is open to anyone 55+ to come along, have a chat with a free hot drink, with an aim to reduce loneliness and isolation. Other events include Fish Fridays, where we will be serving delicious fish and chips cooked freshly on site.

Sams Tanner Street, Thetford

Sams Tanner Street, Thetford

Currently under development – expected opening date: TBC.

We are planning to totally renovate and bring back into public use a vacant ground floor cafe below The Crossing, our dedicated employment and wellbeing support hub within Thetford town centre, building upon the success of our flagship social enterprise cafe, Sams Lowestoft which was also regenerated from a vacant, derelict space. The cafe will create valuable work experience, and training opportunities for our customers in a supportive environment complimenting the wide range of support services already hosted above the cafe.

As a public cafe, this project will create a community hub at the heart of Thetford, accessible to everyone as a gateway to our suite of services and a positive environment and space for events and activities. It will enable a cohesive, happy and supported space for many of our customers who may be feeling lonely and isolated to socialise and engage with the wider community, helping people to overcome inherent social problems and re-integrating them into their local community.

The Waterways

The Waterways

The Island Boating Lake Café provides an amazing setting to relax and take in one of Gt Yarmouth’s most beautiful attractions for both locals and tourists alike. Featuring both traditional row boats suitable for 4 people and 2 person pedalos there’s also fun and excitement to be had around the boating lake. With indoor and outdoor seating, mouth watering snacks catering for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free taste buds, amazing Paddy & Scott’s coffee and award winning Birchall’s Tea this is the place to be in Great Yarmouth.

And if you’re feeling a little guilty about the extra piece of cake you had and boats are not your best friend then the boating lake has beautiful walkways surrounded by fantastic plants for you to explore. But there’s more. In fact there’s a little secret you may not know. Whenever you purchase something from us you are literally changing people’s lives. The Island Boating Lake café is run by Access Community Trust, a charity supporting social inclusion across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Access works to provide a seamless journey for those who are homeless to be housed, or others in society who are devoid of opportunity, to be given opportunities to train and become employed. As an organisation we primarily achieve this through the running of coffee shops which provide countless work experience and volunteer opportunities to those furthest from employment. Linking in with other work-based projects the coffee shops provide critical training and experience and support people back onto a road of success and future independent living.

You don’t even need to worry about leaving your dog at home either. We’re (well behaved) dog friendly too. There just isn’t a good reason not to visit us. For further information check out our Facebook and Instagram pages or call 07712 326603

Visit The Waterways Facebook page. View The Waterways Instagram.

This page needs to refresh
Please reload.

Reload Page