Spirit of the Rainbow Heron

Late Night Cafe

“Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed”
– Banksy

A weekly late night café open till 11pm, providing a quiet space to sit, read, play games, listen to music, talk, relax or take part in informal art activities, with volunteers and artists from different groups across Sheffield

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The Rainbow Heron Late Night Café launched on 23rd April 2017 and continues to happen on the last Sunday of every month from 7pm to 11pm at the Wellbeing Centre 110 Sharrow Lane, Sheffield, S11 8AL 

We are also developing our activities to promote mental health around Sheffield in collaboration with other organisations working with young people.

You can find up to date information about us on facebook and sign up for our newsletter there.

Please also read our Progress Report (summer 2018) and our recent Annual Report (spring 2019) which give more detail about the development of the project, as well as our activities and achievements over the past two years.

Please check out our popular blog, running for 2 years and updated regularly. Enjoy and respond to articles by our great volunteer bloggers Chloe and Lizzy at https://rainbowheroncafe.wordpress.com/blog/
For example:
‘So, what do you do?’ is a question that most of us have been asked at one point or another. It is a question that can ignite dread, pride, or a strange mixture of the two. It is hard to know what to say, and often I just want to shout, ‘honestly no idea mate’ and run away.’ 

The purpose of the Rainbow Heron Late Night Art Café is to promote wellbeing for young people through providing a regular safe space, with peer support and creative activities for relaxation, fun, self-expression, exploration, healing and sharing: a crisis prevention model for young people experiencing mental health problems. The ethos will be one of peer support and we intend that all who take part (guests, volunteers, artists and staff) will benefit from it. It will be mainly run by young volunteers, with a range of local artists and wellbeing professionals contributing one-off sessions.

Activities are free of charge. Light and healthy refreshments will be available for free and guests will be invited to make a small contribution to costs if they are able. We also plan to have occasional collective cooking sessions. All guests and volunteers are encouraged to bring their ideas, interests and skills and be fully involved in the development of the project.

For more information, contact charly.rainbowheron@gmail.com 

We are still recruiting volunteers, including two special roles developing Social Media and Research, which can be carried out from home. Please click the links below to view our Volunteer Role descriptions:

We imagine that the café will develop a spirit of its own, through the people who come along.

The project concept has been was developed through discussions with young people, consultations with other organisations and visits to similar projects elsewhere in the country (for example, The Dragon Café  in South London). We planned to run the café as a pilot project for one year in the first instance and carry out impact assessment during that time, in order to share our experiences with other organisations in Sheffield who are interested in setting up similar safe space café projects. The project is funded by Spirit of the Rainbow Heron for one year with support from the Rainbow Heron Small Grants Fund, the Seedbed Christian Community Trust and individual donations. We also won some start-up help through Sheffield Soup crowdfunding – and count on support in kind from a number of partners and supporters around Sheffield. We are still seeking funding to help continue the project.

We also won some financial help through Sheffield Soup crowdfunding – and count on support in kind from a number of partners and supporters around Sheffield.

 With many thanks to Gavin Kilcommons aka Delinquent Arts Project who has allowed the use of his artwork to support publicity for the Art House and partner projects.  (Other images below with kind permission of the Art House)