Deja Brew: Cafe volunteers needed at Mary’s Tea House

Mary’s Tea House at Bellinger River District Hospital is proving to be such a success that the café will soon add a fourth day to its opening hours, but in order to meet demand, the café needs more volunteers.

Bellingen Pink and Hospital Auxiliary President Deb Anderson is encouraging anyone in the Bellingen and Urunga communities, who want to make new friends while helping their local public hospital, to sign on.

“We have a fantastic group of community-minded volunteers who give their time so that Mary’s Tea House can provide a much-needed service at the hospital,” Ms Anderson said.

“But it’s not all hard work. It’s a lot of fun and extremely satisfying, knowing our café is not only providing fine fare and barista-quality coffees to hospital staff, patients and their loved ones, but it also helps us to fund vital medical equipment for the hospital.

“Every cent of the profits goes toward purchasing medical equipment or patient comfort items that make a patient’s stay in hospital a bit easier. We’re really helping our family members, our neighbours, our friends, or maybe even ourselves.”

Providing volunteers come forward, the café will soon open on Wednesdays, meaning it will open from Monday to Thursday each week.

“Training is offered to new volunteers, so it’s a chance to not only meet some great people, but to learn some new skills,” Ms Anderson said.

“And there’s nothing stopping someone wanting to volunteer from bringing a buddy with them. The more, the merrier.”

The next barista training day will be from 9am on Wednesday, 18 September at Mary’s Tea House in the hospital.

Enquiries can be directed to Lyndall Edsall on 0482 207 529.