Residents invited to get into real world and connect over a cuppa

THE Salvos’ Steve and Tracy Briggs are on a mission to bring back a sense of connection and friendship to the Inner West.

Mr Briggs said that in a world where we’re more connected than ever digitally, it is very common for us to feel disconnected emotionally.
“Feeling alone in a world full of noise is more common than you might think, and something that can be reversed with an act as simple as a coffee and a chat,” he said
That’s why the Salvation Army has partnered with Marrickville Metro to establish Coffee Connections – an opportunity to meet and engage with fellow Inner West locals while enjoying a cup of coffee in a relaxed, informal environment.
Mr Briggs said when he and his wife Tracey first worked with Marrickville Metro in their roles as team leaders with the Salvation Army, they realised it was in a unique position to provide a place of support in the heart of our community.
“Tracey and I have been servicing the Marrickville and Inner West community through the Salvation Army for 25 years. During that time we have come to know the importance of community and connection better than most,” he said.
“We believe that it will provide people with life-changing friendships that will empower them to move into the future with confidence.”
In 2018 an Australian report into loneliness and isolation revealed that one in four Australians feel lonely and that 30 per cent of people don’t belong to a friendship or support group.
Coffee Connections will be held on Wednesdays at Marrickville Metro Food Court, 9am-noon.