KEN Skates MS visited the Community Café in Rhos to learn about the good work being done there.

The Member of the Senedd for Clwyd South heard about the work funded through The National Lottery around food poverty and wellbeing at the café.

He visited the Community Café recently who support their community with a food bank and offer a well-being centre as part of the café.

With the aid of The National Lottery Community Fund, they’ve recently been able to provide community wellbeing engagement to improve mental and general health and wellbeing.

The £9,960 grant over one year will also seek to promote a sense of belonging to support community resilience after Covid-19.

In the past, the café has benefited from a £9,550 grant to develop a inclusion café that offered volunteer opportunities to community members whilst breaking down barriers and proactively building relationships within the multi-cultural community.

Grace Lockhart, cafe founder and manager, said: "We are extremely grateful for the support we are receiving and are delighted to be able to offer support to our community during these difficult times."

Mr Skates added: "It was brilliant to visit Rhos Community Cafe and see first-hand the amazing support it is providing to the community with the help of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.

"I'd also like to say a huge thank you to Grace and the team for such a warm welcome. They do a wonderful job, and the comfortable, supportive atmosphere they have created is testament to their vision and a great deal of hard work and passion.”

John Rose, Wales Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: "It’s incredibly rewarding to see the incredible work that the Community Café offer in their community and it has been wonderful to see how they have managed to adapt their services throughout the lockdown period."