Havens Community Hub ended Volunteers Week (1-7 June) with an afternoon tea for their volunteers at The Flying Fish in Denton to celebrate the fantastic contributions they make to the local community. The Hub covers the coastal stretch between Saltdean and Seaford and surrounding towns and villages.
Havens Community Hub has a variety of volunteers that help the community in different ways. They include food waste prevention champions, volunteer drivers, and social engagement volunteers. They were all awarded certificates and badges that were handed out by the Deputy Mayor of Newhaven, Councillor George Taylor.
The Havens Community Hub projects include preventing up to one ton of still edible surplus supermarket produce from reaching landfill every week (Havens Food Cooperative), providing activity and friendship through day centres for older people (Havens Happy Clubs), and volunteer drivers who help those who are unable to use public transport to reach medical and other daily living appointments (Havens Community Cars). Havens Community Hub aims to meet unmet community need and have also done so through smaller projects, such as helping with the Census Support Service and the school holiday booster bag scheme.
Chair of Trustees, Paula Woolven, said “our volunteers are priceless. Through the generous giving of their time, they are making a real difference to their community – and their passion for helping others always shines through. I cannot thank them enough. During the pandemic, our resources were stretched thin to meet the tenfold increase in need we encountered and every single one of our volunteers stepped up to the plate, giving far more than we ever expected of them.”
To make a donation to the work of the Hub and to find out more, please go to https://localgiving.org/charity/havenscommunityhub/