Meet Bill, one of the familiar faces at Soul Cafe. We caught up with Bill and asked him all about his Soul Cafe journey!
How did you get connected with Soul Cafe?
Bill - I got connected with Soul Cafe by accident. I was walking past, in need of a meal. There was a man downstairs and I had seen the sign down the front about Soul’s food … so I asked him and that’s how it started. That was about 1 year ago.
And how often do you come in?
Bill - I come in often… every day that it’s on.
And why do you keep coming back?
Bill - Because I’m hungry! (chuckles) Well for the food of course, but I’ve got a lot of friends with the staff and guests alike, so that’s part of the day. I’ve met a lot of people through here, good people who you meet out on the street too who you might go and have a coffee with… lots of good friendships.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about coming to Soul Café but –
Bill - Is a little embarrassed?
Bill - Forget about it! Come up here and they’ll treat you like family once they get to know you. You’ve got friends. The staff themselves are beautiful. You won’t get on with every person, but that’s what it’s like in the world anyway. But I can guarantee you a lot of good friends up here, and a jolly good time.
What’s been your most favourite meal ever that you can remember?
Bill – Well there’s been a few of them! Probably the roast dinners when they’ve had them… and whenever there’s ice cream and chocolate! Yum Yum! It’s always a good meal.
What do you like about the volunteers?
Bill – They’re always very courteous, very friendly and cant’ do enough for you.
I also hear that you’ve been looking after Soul’s indoor plants?
Bill – Ah yes all of the pot plants downstairs! Making sure that they don’t turn their toes up and die on us! Just a little bit a water now and then. And we put new soil in them… that was a major job and took a few hours that one, but from now on it’s just a bit of water for them and that should keep them alright for a while.
Do you have any last words that you’d like to share about Soul?
Bill – I couldn’t put them higher on my list really. I think that it’s a terrific organisation. They’re good in a way because they don’t ask questions about your background, and they don’t seek to know any private stuff at all. You can just come for a meal, make plenty of friends with the staff and guests. I’d give them a 10/10!
“I came to Soul 10 years ago when I moved here from Forster, and I had a lot of issues on my plate that I had to sort out from my smoking, drinking and other drugs.
I met some people in the street and they told me that I might be able to get some help from Soul Café… and they really did help me get rid of my bad habits and into a good routine..."