What’s New with the Night Light Cafes?

by Stacey Marriott – Night Light Cafe Manager

The Night Light Cafes continues to be part of the NHS Community Mental Health Transformation Programme, which is being rolled out throughout England and Acts Trust. The project has seen a lot of change over recent months, including the launch of new cafes and the welcoming of new team members, so here is a whistle stop update!

A Lesson from my Cheese Plant

by Stacey Marriott – Night Light Cafe Manager

I recently googled the pointy things that are growing out of my cheese plant and discovered that they are called ‘aerial roots’ and grow to latch on to other plants to give support to the cheese plant as it grows. Wow! The cheese plant by design develops its own support structure. How cleverly created.

An Interview with one of Night Light Cafe’s new Network Leads

with Pam Jenkinson and Dean Bell

The Night Light Cafe team are very excited to recently employ three new members of staff. Two will oversee the running of our Countywide cafes in the North and South of Lincolnshire. Another member of staff will support them both as a Project Worker. Dean Bell, has become our Network Lead for the South of Lincolnshire and I chatted with him about his new role:-

How to become a Night Light Volunteer

by Michelle Russell – Night Light Project Worker

Volunteering for a project like the Night Light Cafe, can be a really rewarding thing to do. But sometimes it can be quite daunting not knowing what the process will be like and how it works. So, I spoke with our Project Worker, Pam Jenkinson, who coordinates the new volunteer’s for our cafes.

Interview with Night Light Cafe Team Leader – Emma Bell

by Kerry Robinson – Assistant Coordinator for Night Light Cafe

I met up with one of our lovely team leaders – Emma to ask them about their experience of leading a Night Light Cafe.

The Soaring Use of Food Banks

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of people turning to food banks for assistance. This rise in food bank usage is a worry.

Inside the Night Light Cafe

by Pam Jenkinson – Night Light Cafe Project Worker

The Night Light Cafes are an out of hours, non-clinical support service for people who are struggling with their mental health. These safe spaces are hosted by teams of trained volunteers, who provide a warm welcome alongside a listening service and signposting advice.

But what does it look like inside our cafes? What would you expect to see?

Acts Trust moves in to Beaumont Manor

We have moved into our new HQ!

Beaumont Manor, a lovely Grade 2 listed heritage building in the centre of Lincoln has reopened after 6 years of being unused.

A big new chapter for Energize

by Luke Wallace

In June 2017, I took over from Dan leading the Energize project for Acts Trust, and first need to say what a privilege it’s been. Over my nearly-6-years leading the project I’ve made as many mistakes and faux-pas as any youth worker can, learned a huge amount and hopefully also made a difference for young people. I’m now moving on to a new role with the county council (still in youth work!), but rather than indulge you about cliche lesson’s I’ve learned, success stories etc etc, I wanted to share some exciting updates on the Energize project because I think there’s even better to come!

Interview with the New Night Light Cafe Assistant Coordinator?

by Stacey Marriott – Night Light Cafe Coordinator

The Night Light Cafe staff team has recently grown as we welcomed Kerry to the team at the start of August in the role of Assistant Night Light Cafe Coordinator. We thought an interview with Kerry would provide a great opportunity for you all to get to know her a little better!

An Interview with Fran, our Night Light Fundraising Volunteer!

by Pam Jenkinson – Night Light Project Worker

One of our wonderful volunteers Fran is planning to embark on a quest to help raise funds for the Night Light Cafe. He’s doing a sponsored bike ride from Lincoln to Louth and back to Lincoln. Up and down those Wolds (rather him than us!). I asked Fran some questions about why he has chosen to do this challenge for Night Light


Find out more about our projects.


Provision of food aid and the development of Lincoln’s Waste Food Supermarket


Youth Work services into schools and local communities


Empowering those 18+ with skills, opportunities and friendship


Providing a safe space at night for those experiencing a mental health crisis


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