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| January 19, 2019

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New Cafe in Brighton to Support Deaf Community

New Cafe in Brighton to Support Deaf Community
Edward Pavelli

Dottie’s Cafe opened its doors this week in East Brighton Park as the first of its kind in the country. The cafe is a unique and inspiring place for the community to visit and be a part of while providing delicious food and drinks for all.

Not only will Dottie’s Cafe help support the local deaf community by providing jobs, it will raise awareness, provide British Sign Language (BSL) courses, Driving Theory, English, and Computing Skills all in BSL.

Dottie’s is a not-for-profit startup and needs your help! You can help in several ways:

  • Visit their JustGiving Campaign where they hope to raise £7,500 to help pay for kitchen appliances, equipment, and other expenses required to get up and running.
  • If you have any polka dot décor or crockery, they are welcomed items to help create the style and atmosphere within the cafe.
  • If you have time to give, they are looking for skilled volunteers who can help with carpentry or other tasks.


brighton journal dotties cafe communityInspriation for the cafe came from owner, Ruthanne Garrett’s daughter and mother, Dottie Croall. During the 1940s and 50s, Dottie Croall and her family would set up tables and open their Liverpool home to anyone in the community who needed food while encouraging people to work together to make a difference.

We want Dottie’s to have the same ethos – for everyone to feel involved, valued and aware of what they have to offer.

Find out more about Dottie’s Cafe, future events, and all of the exciting changes to come for the new cafe in town by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

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