GO4 Cafe on the Rec (based in the Recreation Ground of Old Heath in Colchester, Essex) was recently built to offer the community many benefits that you often take for granted. They offer in-house cooked food and drinks (hot, cold and iced), a clean toilet and free water to anyone who requests it. It is mainly run by volunteers and is a completely non-profit organisation. It is also pet-friendly, with dogs welcome and plenty of water out front for dogs to ’refresh’.
Unfortunately, over the last few months, it has been subject to multiple attempted break-ins and vandalism, despite there being nothing of any value held overnight. It merely appears to be kids, with nothing better to do, which is quite sad.
Two weeks or so ago, there was another series of attempted break-in and vandalism. Piter Arroyo, who is responsible for the running etc of the cafe, published a Facebook Live Video, pleading with residents and youth to cherish what we have and to not perform these acts of crime.
The installation was completed by 1:00pm and it was delightful not only receiving high levels of praise by the visitors to the cafe but also witnessing many visitors requesting black bags to go around the park, picking up litter that others simply couldn’t be bothered to put in a bin.
Overall it was a proud day for me, not only being able to give back to my community but also seeing the community spirit and ‘everyone mucks in’ attitude shown.
The alarm features an illuminated external bell which warns any potential intruder that the system is protected by an alarm, then coupled with the app notifications, means that the team at GO4 Cafe can be warned of an intrusion, but also set the alarm remotely if they get home and realise they have forgotten to set it.