Minister to open The Melting Pot!

‘It’s a safe space for me.’ One service-user summed it up. The Melting Pot – a combined café, internet café and charity shop at Castle Court, Roscommon – is a safe space for service-users, volunteers and staff. It will be officially opened by Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Eamon O’Cuiv on Thursday, November 8th at 9.00 pm.  The Melting Pot café is open from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, while the retail end of the co-operative is open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday. The café serves a delicious range of Fairtrade products (the cappuccino is much recommended); internet access is competitively priced, and you can always either shop for that special something or donate items arising from a timely de-cluttering at home.  The Melting Pot is a community space aimed at providing a safe environment for young people, foreign nationals, people in recovery from mental health issues, older people, and parents with young children, as well as the general community in Roscommon. Service-users, volunteers and staff work hand in hand to provide a comfortable atmosphere for anyone who needs a cup of tea, access to the internet, a good book, or just a friendly face and a friendly place to sit and watch the world go by.  A service-user with mental health issues explained: ‘ I have up days and down days, but when I work here I meet new people and help people. I get down and depressed sometimes, but this is a safe environment for me. I like working with the people here.’