The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (LLR CCGs) and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), in partnership with Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) are expanding the number of crisis cafés as they announce the next 11 cafes that are set to open.

The first of 11 new Crisis Cafes was launched yesterday in Coalville, North West Leicestershire, at the Marlene Reid Centre (MRC). More than 40 local people and some of the  organisations who will work with the centre, came to hear from the café owners, the NHS and a number of the people who currently use MRC.

Paul Fagan who will oversee the project for MRC said: “When we heard about the opportunity to host and run a crisis café, we we very keen to run one on behalf of people living in and around Coalville. We have a very experienced team here with a vast array of expertise in mental health, mainly working on a non-medical model. For example, on a current wellbeing project, we are running sessions that include mindfulness, yoga and even drumming.

“We used the launch to showcase some of our current work and we were delighted to have the fabulously funny Rob Gee, mental health nurse turned poet, to compere.”

Fiona Myers, Interim Director of Adult Mental Health at Leicestershire Partnership Trust told the audience why the cafes were so important to the overall development of mental health services: “We have seen an increase in numbers attending across the existing cafes in the city and Loughborough, so to widen their presence further will mean that more people can travel less to access this invaluable support.”

I am delighted to be at the launch today as it demonstrates how the cafes are a real partnership between the NHS and the local voluntary and community sector. The NHS is increasingly working with partners at the local level because these partners know best how to give the support that their community needs. I would like to finish by congratulating Paul and the team on their successful application and for putting on such a fabulous event – it is so good to see so many people here today in support. I look forward to following your success over the coming months.”

Crisis Cafes offer local support for people who need immediate help with their mental health.  They are from the NHS’s Long-Term Plan which aims to provide more support for mental health and wellbeing closer to home and more relevant to local communities’ needs. There were four cafes open before this latest expansion of 11 cafes which will open over the coming months across the city and county. The final number of cafes is set to reach 25 when the remaining 10 open at the end of the 2022/2023 year.

The bidding process for the remaining 10 cafes will open again in the next few months and is being administered on behalf of the NHS by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) who will continue to work with the Cafes as they set up and develop.

For more information visit VAL’s website here  Crisis Café Grant Scheme – Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (


A full list of successful applicants

Organisation Area (s)
Turning Point
Turning Point are experts in delivering innovative integrated care in communities, specialising in substance misuse, mental health, learning disability, employment services, criminal justice, primary care and public health.
Our crisis services provides fast, open-access support, to guide you through these challenging times providing an alternative to, wherever possible, hospital. We will help you resolve your crisis and develop coping strategies to prevent or manage future situations

Charnwood, Market Harborough, City, Hinckley and Bosworth.
Marlene Reid Centre

MRC Community Action are a community charity based at the Marlene Reid Centre in Coalville, Leicestershire. We work in collaboration with individuals, families, groups and organisations to encourage, facilitate, manage and deliver, positive community activity in North West Leicestershire and beyond.
Launch 6 June

Beacon Care and Advice (CIC)

Beacon Care and Advice is a comunity interest company based in Market Harborough providing social care advice, information and support in the district. We work with all members of the community including people living with physical and mental health issues and their carers.
Launch 1 July.

Mental Health Matters (MHM) Health Matters is a third sector organisation providing a wide range of support to people with mental health needs offering a welcoming, safe, comfortable, non-judgmental, and non-clinical environment.
Launching their cafes:
– Aylestone – Monday 1st August- Robert Memorial Hall – Friday 5th August- Universities – w/c 26th September
Aylestone Baptist Church
Robert Memorial Hall3 x universities – w/c 26th September
The Peepul Centre

The Peepul Centre is a busy and lively multi-purpose ‘Community and Arts Centre’ serving the largely South Asian community of Belgrave and its surrounding area. We offer lifestyle and health and wellbeing activities including theatre, children’s nursery, gym, arts spaces, training and function rooms, restaurant, and a bar.

Launched in 2021, Peepul Health, with a vision to support the wellbeing and resilience of the Belgrave and surrounding communities is focussing on South Asian prevalent diseases – diabetes, heart and mental health.

Kiran – The Peepul Centre Crisis Café:

June 3 2022 Announcement at Platinum Jubilee Exhibition (4-6pm), The Peepul Centre

July 2022     Launch at The Peepul Centre

Sunny Skies
Sunny Skies Enterprises is a community interest company based in Melton Mowbray country park visitor centre and café. Sunny Skies café provides a safe and nurturing space where people can relax with a hot drink and delicious food, chat with supportive and experienced team members, and do wellbeing activities.