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A first anniversary celebration for Crafty Fox

8 November 2017
The Crafty Fox Café ‘N’ Hub in Torbay celebrated its first birthday

The Crafty Fox Café ‘N’ Hub in Torbay celebrated its first birthday and the successes it has seen over the past 12 months at an open day event last week.

Partner organisations

Hub volunteers were joined by representatives from partner organisations including Sanctuary Housing, Travis Perkins Managed Services, Torbay Community Development Trust (TCDT) and So-Fly.

The hub’s achievements

Visitors enjoyed tea and delicious homemade cake while learning about the hub’s accomplishments, such as the creation of a work club which is helping residents access employment, and the recruitment of a new welfare and benefits officer based at the hub, thanks to generous funding from Travis Perkins Managed Services.

Aims of the hub

Based at Sanctuary’s former offices in Foxhole Road, the new services at the Crafty Fox have helped support its aims of reducing loneliness and isolation, and assisting jobseekers in finding work through a range of employment projects.

“We’ve achieved so much”

Hub volunteer, Zoey-Anne Marr-Hayes, said: “I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we opened, we’ve achieved so much in such a short time.

“It’s thanks to the funding and support we’ve received that we’ve done so well, and we’re all thrilled with the new developments at the hub, especially our new welfare and benefits officer. We’ve got lots of exciting plans for the future and everyone is looking forward to seeing them being put into place.”

Opened last November

The volunteer-run Crafty Fox was set up with support and funding from Sanctuary, the TCDT and People’s Health Trust. It was officially opened by Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes, in a special ceremony last November.

“A community hotspot”

Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, commented: “Crafty Fox has already established itself as a community hotspot which is well-used by residents of all ages. We are proud to continue to support this project that provides an invaluable resource for local people.”

“Making a real difference”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP added: “Thank you to everyone who has supported the Crafty Fox and for making a real difference.”

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.