Soundcafe is a charity managed through a Trustee Board; founded by the Rev’d. Helen Hayes; a Director part funded through Leicester Diocese Growth Fund (Rachel Griffiths); a Service Co-ordinator (Maria O’Brien) and a team of volunteers. The Trustees between them have over 30 years of experience of working in the not-for-profit sector in a variety of settings.

SoundCafe’s Trustees are:

Alan Fletcher (Chairperson)

Andrew Schofield (Treasurer)

Pete Miller (Business Development)

Sandie Sobieraj (Pastoral & Safeguarding)

Ruth Olugbenga (Health & Well-being)

SoundCafe’s Patrons are:
the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt. Rev’d. Martyn James Snow
Mrs Janet Arthur
Cllr Manjula Sood.

Other supporters include:
The West Leicester Mission Partnership
St. Martins House
Leicester Cathedral
The Samaritans

What is SoundCafe?

SoundCafe provides safe creative spaces for people (our guests) who are homeless, have lived experience, at risk of homelessness or socially isolated or living in vulnerable housing in Leicester and Leicestershire, to enable them to explore their own creativity.  We welcome guests of all faiths and none.

Our Mission

SoundCafe (SCL) aims to inspire those who are homeless or socially isolated as a consequence of their living arrangements, by providing safe creative spaces. SCL offers opportunities for guests to access services that encourage their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. We are a diverse and inclusive community who are learning to reflect on our experiences, that through this, personal lives may be transformed and empowered.

‘Inspiration within SoundCafe
multiplies its’ Creativity and
feeds its’ Diversity, while regular
Reflection leads to the
Empowerment of both its’ guests
and of its’ volunteers.’

Our Aims

  • provide safe creative spaces regularly for people who are homeless and socially isolated to enable them to explore their own creativity
  • provide a sense of ‘belonging’
  • facilitate guests in ‘finding their voice’ and ensuring that it is heard
  • build, develop and sustain partnerships which enable collaboration on projects


Our new service delivery model is being delivered across three days in the following venues:

  • St Mary de Castro Church – Choir – Speaking of Homelessness – Creative Workshops
  • St Margaret’s Pastures Sports Centre – Football Health & Well-Being
  • The Booth Hall, David Wilson Building, St Martin’s House – alternate Creative Workshops.

Code of Conduct – Safeguarding Our Guests – SoundCafe V6
Expenses Policy November 2019 – Approved
Fire Safety Plan SCL 06.06.19
Lone Worker Policy – SoundCafe – Final Approved Feb 2017
Reserve Policy Final Sept 2019
Safeguarding Policy Statement December 2021 – Final
Student Placement Policy 22.08.19
Guest Welfare Flow Chart 20.01.20
Welfare Policy V2 – 20.01.20