Origin Story

Welcome to Revival where mental health and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do, woven throughout all our services both in the cafés and specific services that are being developed for our East Kent Mind’s mental health hub in Ramsgate.

This website is currently under development and will become the central point for Café Revival a multi-functioning social enterprise cafe in Whitstable, Ramsgate and Bexley offering Mental Health service provisions under Mind in Bexley and East Kent Mind.

Music is Medicine
for the Mind

Revival is an integral part of me, who I am, what I love and what I do. I helped set this fantastic initiative up based on my own deep love of music as a therapy for my own mental health struggles and my recovery journey which have been well documented.

Music is a universal language within which we can all find our voice, we can connect, resonate and feel sad or uplifted. Music opens up our imagination to different possibilities, allowing us to escape to other continents, cultures and moments in time. Throughout my mental health journey music has been a loyal friend allowing me to lose myself and find myself at the same time. Music was, and is, ‘medicine for my mind’ and it is on this basis that the concept of Revival began.

As an ‘expert by experience’ all I longed for and wanted was a vibrant welcoming inclusive space surrounded by kindness and music that would help with my recovery. Sadly, no such place existed. So as the CEO of Mind in Bexley and East Kent I went about setting one up.

My vision was for more than a ‘mental health’ café, all spaces should be mental health spaces and a café was a perfect partner, providing space for social interaction, informal support, good food and a good footfall audience for raising mental health awareness and challenging stigma.

I wanted to normalise mental health and create a welcoming thriving energetic bright space where it was okay to talk about mental health at the same time as spinning a record on the decks. The decks at Revival have been a real focal and talking point and is often the start of mental health conversations, we have also been able to hold DJ nights and bring people together for dance events.

Music is most definitely a key part of Revival and we look forward to sharing our vision with you when you next visit, we also welcome your musical favourites and will happily play your own records for you when you do.

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Café Revival is supported by a Management Team and Strategic Committee which links into the Mind in Bexley Board that is bound by Charity commission and Company house regulations, Charity No. 1110130 Company No. 05393807 via David Palmer (CEO).