The Storybook Cafe gifts you can find in our shop were created after the original, literal Storybook Cafe was set up in Sheffield. It’s a mental health cafe, a safe space where people can come and do things to improve their mental health, like reading, origami, writing letters, colouring, or just having a chat over a cup of tea. We promote self-care – doing small things to look after yourself which together start to make a big difference. I love to read in particular, because it provides me with a way to escape, as well as providing comfort in the characters who feel something similar to me. I find that the connection we find in stories about our common human experiences – love, loss, loneliness, kindness, frustration, hope – mean we can learn so much about different people’s lives through their stories. The cafe is a place where this comes to life, where we tell our own stories and create a community based on understanding and kindness.
Storybook Cafe Gifts are delivering self-care into your home, so when you need to take some time to look after yourself, you will be reminded to do so by one of our gifts. They are also an important reminder to someone else who may need a little show of love. All the profit from the gifts goes back into the cafe so that the activities remain free and we can keep giving people our most valuable gift – time and care.
But we also wanted to make sure people could access some free resources and information about self care and support options online, so that’s what the blog is for. You will find our weekly updates, videos, and activity ideas on here alongside links to other support services.
Spreading kindness, love and big squishy hugs,
The Storybook Cafe Team
Amy Metcalf (center) Founder, Manager, Hug Giver, Ideas Fairy, Gift Maker
Nicola Wallace (right) Digital Communications Volunteer, Writer Extraordinaire, Book Nerd, Cafe Companion
(also featuring the lovely Gemma on the left and Gemma and our Abi in the top picture with Amy)
Dan Chalk, Tech Superhero, Webmaster, Stress Reducer, Lol Provider
Smokey aka Pusscat, Sleeping Partner (literally, he sleeps while I work), Purr Machine, Floof Distributor, Professional Miaow Artist, Most Elegant Poser