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NEW PROJECT SEEKS TO CHANGE LIVES ONE CUP AT A TIME

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  • By Light Electoral Office
  • Feb 11, 2019
NEW PROJECT SEEKS TO CHANGE LIVES ONE CUP AT A TIME

At the official launch were Tony Piccolo MP with Lisa Combe (to his left) and Kelly Brealey (to his right) with other supporters.

 

A new project was launched in Gawler on Saturday to provide people with mental health issues a safe place they can chat over a cup of coffee and cake.

The project, called The Human Bean Project, is the brainchild of two local residents and former nurses, Lisa Combe and Kelly Brealey, both who have experience with mental health on a personal and professional level.

Ms Combe said in an era where most people communicate online, combined with stressors of modern-day life, mental illness and suicide are at an all-time high.

“We aim to do our part and have a positive impact on this,” Ms Combe said.
 
“The project is about providing a safe space to sit and talk over a tea or coffee.
 
“The conversation can be about anything- it doesn't have to be about illness.
 
“It’s about talking, human to human, with kindness, acceptance, no judgement and with compassion.
 
Local Member of Parliament, Tony Piccolo welcomed the initiative and said the project is about reducing the isolation which can be a part of mental illness and reconnecting with people.
 
“When Lisa and Kelly approached me about their idea last year, I was more than happy to assist them to get it off the ground,” said Mr Piccolo.
 
“I spoke with Hope Chapel who agreed to make part of their church site available for the weekly event.
 
“It is great to see community organisations and members of the community working together for the wellbeing of others.
 
“Their aim is to change lives, one cup at a time and all conversations and names will be kept in the strictest confidence.
 
The project is open every Saturday morning 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Hope Chapel, 8 Cowan street, Gawler and can be contacted on 0488 220 491.
 
Tea, coffee and light snacks are provided for a small donation and all donations go straight back into the project to fund the above as it is a not for profit venture.

 

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