The Hope Cafe

The Hope Cafe is a friendly, welcoming and supportive community cafe for everyone.  It pops up every second Thursday from 10am until 2pm in the hall of St Ninian’s Church in Stonehouse, Lanarkshire .

We work hard to tackle the stigma and discrimination which is faced by people who experience mental health problems by speaking openly about mental ill-health. 

We have information stalls and free training opportunities for the local community.  Free self-help resources and information leaflets are always available at our community café along with an enjoyable cuppa and chat. 

If you’d like to come along but feel a little nervous please contact us by either calling or texting 07340 859713 to speak to one of our volunteers who will arrange to meet you outside the door to accompany you inside to a warm welcome.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Dates for 2022:

February – 24th

March – 10th & 24th

April – 7th & 21st

May – 5th & 19th

June – 2nd, 16th & 30th

July – 14th & 28th

August – 11th & 25th

September – 8th & 22nd

October – 6th & 20th

November – 3rd & 17th

December – 1st & 15th



For just £3 you can close from our freshly prepared main courses, help yourself cakes and as much tea and coffee as you can drink.

Main Courses

Soup of the Day served with chunks of crusty bread

Rolls with lorne sausage or bacon

Toasties with a range of fillings including cheese, ham and tuna and served with a side salad

Baked Potato with a  range of fillings including cheese, coleslaw, ham and tuna and served with a side salad


therapies & activities

Each week we have a range of therapies available, all free of charge, including massage, reiki, aromatherapy, relaxation sessions, mindfulness and informal peer support.  Individual therapies are normally available on a first come, first served basis.

At 10:45am a reading group discusses a short piece of writing, a poem or a song, making connections to life and each other.

You can also access a wide range of leaflets, booklets and resources to help you maintain and improve your wellbeing.


The Hope Cafe Lanarkshire is run entirely by volunteers, each having a connection to mental health challenges either through personal lived experience or supporting someone close to them. 

If you can promote positive mental health and wellbeing, understand the effect that stigma can have on people’s lives and have a few hours to spare each month, why not think about joining our band of volunteers. 

If you are interested please speak to one of our volunteers. 

Get Help

Most people feel in emotional crisis at some point in their lives. For many this passes quite quickly but for others the feeling can be overwhelming, last for a considerable time or can keep reoccurring. If you feel you need someone to talk to about your problems you should speak to your GP. If your surgery is closed or you need to speak to someone urgently the following organisations should prove useful.

NHS 24

is an online and out-of-hours phone service providing the Scottish people with access to health advice and information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

NHS 24 operates an out-of-hours phone service providing help if your GP surgery is closed and you are too ill to wait until it re-opens.

During the call you will be asked about your location and your reason for contacting the service. This will be used to direct your call to a suitable health professional, such as a nurse, pharmacist or dental nurse. They will talk to you about your symptoms and tell you what care they think you need. They might suggest that you treat yourself at home, that you see a doctor or another health professional or, in some cases, they might call an ambulance for you.

You can contact the NHS 24 phone service on 111.

Breathing Space

We are a free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

We are here in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and providing information.

It is our belief and hope that by empowering people, they will have the resources to recover.

Call free on: 0800 83 85 87


Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

Find out why our service works and what you can expect when contacting us.

If you have any concerns about our service before you try it, hear from others about how we’ve helped them. Please don’t suffer alone.

Call free on: 116 123


UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us on the phone, by email or through 1-2-1 counsellor chat. Whatever feels best for you.

Call free on: 0800 1111

Carers Trust

Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

For general enquiries, please email:

If you are a carer and need support, please contact our online support team at:


ParentLine is for anyone caring for or concerned about a child. It’s not just for parents – we also take calls from grandparents, uncles, aunts, family friends, neighbours and professionals.

Kinship carers are extended family members or family friends who care for a child who can no longer live with his or her parents.

Call free on: 08000 28 22 33.


SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through our helpline and email services and our online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences.

Call free on: 0300 304 7000