The ‘Imagine More’ Café is a place to socialise and enjoy a selection of delicious dishes, with ingredients sourced from local producers. Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and hot drinks, the café provides a welcoming space for visitors to relax and reflect whilst they enjoy the view into our gardens, where John Lennon used to play.

The café will also provide a space where our Steps to Work programme trainees may complete a work placement if they wish to do so. We hope that by offering this opportunity, we can help them to develop their practical experience in catering, hospitality and customer service. As a result it will help prepare trainees for meaningful future employment, equipping them with skills, knowledge and qualifications for success. All proceeds from our café, shop and exhibition will also go directly to fund the Steps to Work programme.

Strawberry Field will also be supporting other local community-led charities and social issues in the local area. There is a ‘talking table’ in the café, were a member of our team will always be available to come and chat to anyone who sits there. Through this, we hope to create a safe space to socialise and build community. A 'suspended coffee' initiative, where visitors are able to purchase a coffee to be ‘suspended’ and redeemed later by those who may be vulnerable in our community, will be implemented in the new year. Through the scheme we hope to help people to feel part of a community, socialise and feel less isolated. 

"It’s a wonderful idea that The Salvation Army is going to cultivate youngsters in the precious soil of Strawberry Field."

Julia Baird, Honorary President