Newhaven businesses survive, revive and thrive

Businesses in Newhaven have been adapting well during Covid-19, with many
diversifying their offers and meeting the needs of the local community.
Tailormade Bakery and Kitchen on Avis Way has doubled its turnover week- onweek since launching its new online delivery service further to the COVID-19 restrictions taking place. Famous for its pies, the business has been selling outsince online operations took off with orders coming in from North Wales and Somerset.

Elsewhere, Hello Flamingo – an award-winning, creative design and
manufacture company manufactured and donated more than 1,200 face masks to NHS hospitals in Brighton, whilst The Patchwork Cat diversified its products to create fabric face masks.
In April, a new website was launched showcasing local food and drink businesses that had adapted their offering to arrange deliveries and collections in the local area.

More than 15 businesses in Newhaven are featured and you can visit the
site at www.eatlocal.info.

We asked Newhaven Enterprise Zone and Newhaven and Seaford Town Council’s how they felt the area had responded to Covid-19.
“The recently formed facebook Newhaven Covid-19 community group have been absolutely fantastic. Delivering food to the vulnerable, taking requests and later raising money for the local food bank too.
The Hillcrest Community Centre Café has been closed to the public, but has
continued to prepare and cook their absolutely amazing high quality fresh and locally sourced food and have been delivering this to vulnerable people daily.
Councillor Woolven has been collecting and delivering food from supermarkets by hand through the Havens Community Hub to her happy club members!
The high street shops have been brilliant at enforcing the 2m rule.
LDC and our own caretaker have been doing a good job of clearing litter, and LDC have responded quickly to reports of fly-tipping.
The parks/open spaces have been quite busy but people have generally been observing social distancing.

The Community Navigation Service (sometimes known as Social Prescribing),supports GP surgeries in the Haven’s area by working with patients who may benefit from non-medical interventions to help with concerns that are affecting their personal wellbeing.

The support given is customised to best meet individual
circumstances, but can include help with isolation, caring responsibilities and financial concerns.

Any person aged over 50 and registered with a Haven-based
surgery is eligible, but the referral needs to come through their surgery.
Amaze has a brand new section on their website all about Coronavirus and children and young people with SEND in Sussex.

The sections include education, health and wellbeing, social care and safety, money and essential and getting support from Amaze. There is also a section just for young people that
focuses on their needs and worries.
https://amazesussex.org.uk/coronavirus-advice/

Seaford has been incredibly lucky that very early on in the Covid-19 pandemic the Seaford Volunteer Emergency Team (SVET) was reformed. Having first been formed four years ago, initially to support flooding coordination in the town, the Team was put together by town and district councillors, churches and volunteers in the community and continues to evolve.