Gosport community cafe volunteers triumph at NatWest OSCAs

Earlier this month volunteers from the club were bowled over to receive the inaugural ‘Most Inspiring and Diverse Cricket Offer Award’ at the annual NatWest OSCAs ceremony at the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire. As a result, we’ve been invited to Lords Cricket Ground in October for the national awards.

We joined forces with Gosport Borough Cricket Club earlier this year to support them in realising their dream of setting up a community café – Privett’s Pavilion. We replicated our successful Round About Café model, working with the club on a programme to deliver activities that surrounding health and wellbeing, education, training and that tackle social isolation, crime and anti-social behaviour.

The pavilion, located in a large, pleasant park, sits empty for much of the year. The club saw the café as a way of opening the building up to the community, working with partners to address a wide range of issues whilst promoting the benefits of the game they love. It opened its’s doors in May as a community café, run entirely by volunteers from the club and the local community. Locals are benefiting from a range of activities and events including health checks, information sessions, healthy walks, games and sports alongside an affordable healthy menu.

The club is engaged with the SBS Hampshire Men’s Activity Network, promoting men’s physical and mental health and is about to play a pioneering role in Hampshire Cricket’s physical health campaign across Hampshire. One Radian resident has set up a new business at the café, offering advice on Creative Writing and one volunteer is holding regular support group meetings, drawing members from a wide area.