Welcome to our Community Social Enterprises

Inspiring spaces serving more than just coffee! Our social enterprises offer employment and volunteering opportunities for young people within the community and support them with skills development and experience.

James Hehir Building | University Avenue | Ipswich | IP3 0FS

James Hehir Building | University Avenue | Ipswich | IP3 0FS

Welcome to MIX, Ipswich’s newest Cafe + Bar

Your vibrant quayside haven for drinks, dining and getting social!

At MIX, we’re all about flexibility and fun. Whether you’re visiting or studying at the University of Suffolk campus or exploring Ipswich’s historic quay, our café and bar are here to welcome everyone.

We’re open daily and can’t wait to share our ever-growing menu of delicious food and drinks with you.

Plus, you’ll get to enjoy it all with the stunning backdrop of Ipswich’s Neptune Marina. Come on in, we can’t wait to serve you!

MIX is a collaboration between regional charity Access Community Trust and the Student Union of the University of Suffolk. As a social enterprise, MIX has found its cosy home on the ground floor of the iconic James Hehir Building. The versatile café and bar is the go-to place for all sorts of activities – be it hanging out with friends, working, studying, attending events, or even hosting your own!

At MIX, we’re proud of our growing menu that includes delicious handcrafted pizzas and more, irresistible Paddy and Scotts Coffee, a wide range of draught beers, and our unique, must-try cocktails. But what really makes MIX special is our big heart for the community. Our profits go right back into our local charitable services, that help the growing number of individuals and families in need throughout Suffolk.

Find out more about MIX on mixipswich.co.uk

The Waterways | North Drive | Great Yarmouth | NR30 1EQ

The Waterways | North Drive | Great Yarmouth | NR30 1EQ

We can confirm that The Island Cafe at The Waterways will be temporarily closed for the 23/24 winter period.

We’re undergoing some essential maintenance as well as a whole cafe refresh, to ensure that we’re back better than ever in the new year!


The Island café and Boating Lake provides an amazing setting to relax and take in one of Gt Yarmouth’s most beautiful attractions for both locals and tourists alike. Featuring both traditional rowing boats suitable for 4 people and 2 person (and a small child) pedalos there’s also fun and excitement to be had around the boating lake. With indoor and outdoor seating, mouth watering snacks catering for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free taste buds, amazing Paddy & Scott’s coffee and dairy soft scoop ice creams  – this is the place to be in Great Yarmouth.

And if you’re feeling a little guilty about the extra piece of cake you had and boats are not your best friend then the boating lake has beautiful walkways surrounded by fantastic plants for you to explore. But there’s more. In fact there’s a little secret you may not know. Whenever you purchase something from us you are literally changing people’s lives. The Island café is run by Access Community Trust, a charity supporting social inclusion across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Access works to provide a seamless journey for those who are homeless to be housed, or others in society who are socially isolated, to be given opportunities to train and become employed. As an organisation we primarily achieve this through the running of coffee shops which provide countless work experience and volunteer opportunities to those furthest from employment. Linking in with other work-based projects the coffee shops provide critical training and experience and support people back onto a road of success and future independent living.

You don’t even need to worry about leaving your dog at home either. We’re (well behaved) dog friendly too. There just isn’t a good reason not to visit us. For further information check out our Facebook page or call 01493 738278

Why not take a free audio walk of the historic site via the Echoes app – click here to find out more.


The Pavilion | Woodbridge | IP12 4BA

The Pavilion | Woodbridge | IP12 4BA

Opening Hours | Open Daily – 10.00am-4.00pm (Last cafe orders at 3.30pm with takeaway service available until close).

Our current menu can be found here.

Situated on Kingston Fields, the Pavilion Café at Woodbridge opened in February 2020 and is our latest community café that is run in partnership with Woodbridge Town Council.

Offering a range of speciality coffees and hot drinks, alongside tasty treats and a range of food options.

The Pavilion provides training and support for people through volunteering opportunities, skills development and work experience. It also houses a community corner, a helpful and usable space, where other agencies and local community groups are welcome to use our facility and display information on their services for those in need.

The café also offers an external buffet service which caters for personal and corporate occasions in surrounding areas.

For more information please follow us on facebook here.


Sams | Bevan St East | Lowestoft | NR32 2AQ

Sams | Bevan St East | Lowestoft | NR32 2AQ

Opening Hours | Mon to Fri – 9am-3pm (Closed Bank Holidays, Christmas Day & New Years Day) Click here to find Sams Lowestoft on Facebook.

Our flagship social enterprise cafe, opened in 2015 and designed by local young people, is located within the former Sam Hooks sports and fishing shop in Bevan Street East.

Since its regeneration from a derelict building damaged by coastal flooding, it has transformed into a real hub of the community, hosting a plethora of regular events including weekly language cafes, youth club sessions, and mindfulness workshops open to all alongside serving delicious food and locally sourced Paddy and Scott’s coffee. Our popular conference room, the Enterprise Lounge, is located above the cafe and available for external hire.

Sams Lowestoft has also been developed into the base for Trust’s enrichment and wellbeing services, as well as our volunteering, training and employment opportunities in the town. The cafe was named Innovation of the Year in Suffolk County Council’s Raising the Bar education awards 2017 in recognition of our range of training, learning and work experience provisions especially for disadvantaged young people.

Our outdoor catering and buffet service options can be view here.

STEAM House Cafes

STEAM House Cafes

Purpose-designed mental health crisis cafés, situated in High Streets across Norfolk & Suffolk.

Discussions about mental health and wellbeing should never be stigmatised and that’s why STEAM House sits in the centre of the community – to encourage open and honest conversations and to raise awareness that it’s ok to not be ok.

Alongside providing holistic assistance to clients from a fully trained multi-disciplined team, our venues double as functioning coffee shops. Serving a range of drinks, savoury and sweet treats and sandwich menus daily.

For more information or mental health, assistance visit our Steam House Cafes website here.

Sunrise Studios @ the studio, 118 Bevan St East | Lowestoft | NR32 2AG

Sunrise Studios @ the studio, 118 Bevan St East | Lowestoft | NR32 2AG

Our core working hours are Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Sunrise Studios is a community production company unlike no other based in Lowestoft.

Part of the regional charity Access Community Trust, the social enterprise covers Suffolk and Norfolk and reinvests all profits made from commercial services to support young people in our community with media & music.

To put it simply, Sunrise Studios is unlike any other traditional for-profit creative agency or production company set up to pay forward all revenue in order to deliver value and social benefit for young people in our communities.

Visit the website for Sunrise Studios here to find out more.

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