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Edinburgh Community Cafes Network (ECCN)

The Edinburgh Community Cafes Network (ECCN) was set up early last year with aims of bringing cafes across the city together to support each other. Most of the café are generating profits that are channeled towards a charitable group or other community services. ECCN currently has around 30 active members

What is a community cafe?

Our definition of a community cafe is inclusive and based on common consensus. Most cafes are profit-making and this money usually goes towards a charitable group or community service.

Community cafes in Edinburgh are varied and individual, many working towards one or more of these aims:
• Be a sociable place
• Support people to develop their skills
• Independent
• Attractive to all ages
• Promote healthier eating
• Serve fair]trade and ethical choices
• Efficient, professional and modern
• A place that prevents isolation
• A place that depends on support from volunteers
• Use local produce
• Be very welcoming
• Social enterprise
See list of community cafes,

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210