Good Hope Cafe – Ladywell Fields

One of three heartwarming community cafĂ©s opened by Barry Mizen and his wife, Margaret, in memory of their son Jimmy who was tragically murdered in an unprovoked attack. The cafes started as a way to fund their charity, For Jimmy, dedicated to spreading a message of love and compassion following the devastating loss of his young life. However, they have since grown into important community hubs in their own right… providing delectable food and drink in the process.

Probably the prettiest and best located of the three Good Hope Cafes. Situated at the edge of Ladywell Fields park, it’s great for those who want to stop for a coffee and a bite after a leisurely stroll in the park. Being next to the children’s playground, it’s also perfect for families with kids. People talk about the homemade cakes and fantastic coffee, as well as the friendly staff and decent range of vegeterian options.

 

The Impact

Profits from the cafe go towards supporting the charity, For Jimmy, which organises a variety of activities across the country to promote a message of love and compassion. There’s a Safe Havens programme which outlines champions that help create positive cultures and attitudes in shared places of rest and play. There are walking tours that help garland public places with buzz, warmth and shared activity.

The spaces also act as hubs and safe spaces for their local communities, particularly vulnerable young people. The cafes now provide personalised placements to young people with autism, partnering with Drumbeat School and ASD Services. This has added significane to the Mizen family as Jimmy’s sister, Sammy, has Downs Syndrome.

 

Here’s what they said

Our Good Hope cafés are a beacon of what a community business should look and feel like, a haven of peace and safety.

Following the murder of our son Jimmy Mizen in May 2008, we as a family have been determined of two outcomes; we will not be beaten by his death and that something good will come from it.For Jimmy works to make young people safer by building a legacy of peace in Jimmy’s memory. We do this by creating unique projects that take young people beyond the school gates.

 

Read more over on GOtilo.org

Heartbreak, Hard Work And Hot Chocolate: Inside South London’s Good Hope Cafe