Board in the City, our first community venue: an inclusive social enterprise board game cafe

Board in the City is no ordinary cafe. It is a not-for-profit, community-run café dedicated to playing board games, and is staffed largely by volunteers. This cosy place is in the heart of one of Southampton’s most diverse neighbourhood and hosts a variety of community events – including our upcoming storytelling workshop. Hayley Binstead, cafe owner, has been a valuable partner in the early days of designing the project – bringing her passion, enthusiasm and experience.

Using a ‘needs-based place-based’ approach, it was important to take our project out of the hospitals and universities and into informal, comfortable and approachable environments. This is what makes the café such a valuable partner to us, and the perfect setting for our first event. We also needed a place that is accessible, inclusive and safe. These values are at the heart of café, which prides itself on its all-inclusive atmosphere.

Board in the City do a lot of community work: their first year was dedicated to education, the second to assisted living for elderly people, and their current focus is on mental health and wellbeing. By hosting our event here, we are supporting a company whose ethos fits with our project.

We are proud to be working with Board in the City, and look forward to welcome our community leaders to its doors to share their stories.

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