When a waffle is good for your health

Axminster's Community Waffle House

Good company and conversation at Axminster's Community Waffle House - Credit: Matt Smith

At the Community Waffle House in Axminster it’s both the edible and the conversational type of waffle that people are passionate about.
The not-for-profit community café occupies the entire first floor of Trinity House in the town centre, where a team of volunteers are ready to ‘waffle’ with people over the phone or in person.
They have partnered with Devon Carers to offer tailored support for carers to be able to have a couple hours of respite in their week through the ‘Time for You’ scheme.
The organisers say: “If you yourself or someone you know, would appreciate a chat, whether as a one-off or regular conversations, please give us a call on 01297 34694.
“Alternatively, if you would like to volunteer with us, we would love your help! There’s loads you could get involved with, including community gardening, tech surgery and washing up – or perhaps you have your own project or idea? Get in touch!
“We’d love to waffle with you – just call us on 01297 34694.”
As well as the waffle house, which serves its now famous Liege and Brussels waffles alongside a traditional café menu, there is also a free workspace (Waffle Work) and, as of the summer this year, a free soft play area for under fives (Waffle Play). 
They say: “The ethos at ‘Waffle’ is simple: we use everyday conversations to tackle loneliness and that runs through the heart of our Waffle House as well as our community outreach work.”

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