We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new Crisis Cafe in Aylestone, Leicester. 

The cafe is part of the major expansion of crisis cafes across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. 

Jane Hughes, CEO of Mental Health Matters, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside the Aylestone community to launch our crisis café.

The service will ensure that residents have a safe space to access emotional, social, and practical mental health support.

The café is our first of five opening across the county, and we look forward to expanding our support to reach more people in need.”

The café will be open on Mondays, 6pm to 11pm, and will be open to everyone with no appointment necessary.

The cafes are funded by the NHS and are supported by other partners including the local authorities.

Claire Kozlowski, Service Manager, Urgent Care & Access Pathway at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, said: “ I am delighted that the Aylestone Crisis Café is now open. With more cafes coming on board in August and September, our network will soon reach 15, with a further 10 to open in 2023. The range of new providers will enhance the localised support for the communities they serve and I look forward to seeing how they grow.”  

The grants are being administered on behalf of the NHS by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) who will continue to work with the Cafes as they set up and develop.


Dan Reynolds, Area Manager, Mental Health Matters

Claire Kozlowski, Service Manager, Urgent Care & Access Pathway, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust