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As April showers have extended into the summer months, the re-opening of The Well Café and Shop has been as varied as the weather! People have gradually braved it out again to try our freshly baked cakes. They have also enjoyed the influx of second-hand clothing, and to reacquaint themselves with our ‘Warm, Well Welcome.’

We have loved having them all. Any money raised through sales at The Well is poured straight back into resourcing the Charity.

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Thank you so much for the high quality of donated clothing for our Charity Shop. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept any other items, including toys and books, until all Covid restrictions have been lifted.

From 17th May, we plan to open on all weekdays from 9.30am – 4pm, except for Monday afternoons. On this afternoon we will be closed for training and specialist groups.

Dementia Café resumes

Dementia Harborough have scheduled their first Dementia Café for 14th June. Enquires about this can be directed to Peter Hirst at Dementia Harborough: or call 07961 538 671.

The first free Legal Clinic session will be on Wednesday 2nd June at 2pm, and thereafter every first Wednesday of the month at the same time. Please call The Well on (0116) 279 0148 to make an appointment.

In addition to these groups gradually reopening, we are continuing with our Listening Team services, and are beginning to move into face-to-face ‘meet-ups’ in our lovely Courtyard Garden, or for socially distanced walks. We are planning to invite Listening Clients to ‘micro’ cream teas as lockdown regulations begin to lift.

If you, or someone close to you, are in need of a regular listening ear, the best route into referral to the service is to contact our local Social Prescribing Team, through the GP surgery.  

Food bank help if needed

The Food Bank service at The Well Next Door is set up to continue beyond the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are taking referrals currently from a range of sources, including Harborough District Council. This is the best way to request a parcel if you are local to Kibworth, Fleckney or the surrounding villages. 

We will soon be offering our clients a Budgeting Review. BUT, please note, this is not financial advice, and is by referral only. All these services are provided in order to help people make decisions for themselves. This is the general direction we hope to go, with the Well Next Door becoming a hub for support and progression.

Donations please

We are always incredibly grateful for donations, no matter how big or small – either long life food to the door or monetary. We are not in a financial position to be able to stockpile food, and so it is very much a ‘hand-to-mouth’ process, where the food comes in, and the food goes out! Some weeks we are short, so donations, either to the door of The Well Next Door, or to the local Coop Food Bank Baskets are vital. In particular, we would be grateful for: –

  • Tinned meat
  • UHT milk
  • Fruit Juices
  • Coffee
  • Rice
  • Bread (not in the baskets though please!)
  • Nappies – size 6 or toddler pull-ups
  • Tinned puddings
  • Cooking sauces of all varieties

Caroline Gilchrist