People supported at Cartref Croeso in Wales got to enjoy a genuine coffee shop experience in their home this April, thanks to a homemade pop-up café. 

Team Leader Tania Sarginson was inspired to open the Cwtch Cartref Coffee Shop after realising how much the people she supports were missing their weekly trips to Costa. 

With the coffee chain closed in line with the lockdown guidance, visits to Costa have stopped.

But when Tania reached out to the team at Costa’s Glangwilli Hospital branch, they were happy to help her create a pop-up cafe at Cartref Croeso instead.  

Deputy Service Manager David Harding said that everyone pitched in to make it an authentic experience. 

David said: “Costa at Glangwilli Hospital very kindly donated some takeaway cups to us so we could serve the drinks in them. 

“The team and the people we support made a special sign for ‘Cwtch Cartref Coffee Shop’, we baked cakes and created fake money to buy drinks. 

“It was great fun and the people we support enjoyed being able to visit the coffee shop and take their drinks away in Costa cups. It was as close as we could get to the real thing.” 

The Cwtch Cartref Café served Victoria sponges, Rice Crispy cakes, chocolate bars, crisps and fruit, as well as coffee, hot chocolate and cold soft drinks. 

David said: “This was a lovely activity that we could get everyone involved in to give them a taste of normality during this difficult time. It’s another example of how creative our hard-working teams in Swanton Services are being in finding ways to keep everyone’s spirits up.”