A much-loved community hub in Paignton is set to continue its good work after attracting funding of more than £60,000.
The Crafty Fox Café ‘N’ Hub – set up in 2016 with money from Sanctuary Housing, People’s Health Trust and Ageing Well Torbay – has been so successful that it has been given the additional support to help keep it open for the benefit of the Foxhole community.
Staff from Sanctuary have been working closely with volunteers from the Crafty Fox to prepare detailed bids for the further funding, and will continue to provide this support over the coming months.
A grant of £43,000 from People’s Health Trust is helping to meet the hub’s running costs for the next two years, while a further award from Comic Relief via Devon Community Foundation has gone towards admin support.
Contributions have also been made to services on offer at the Crafty Fox. Travis Perkins Managed Services and Big Lottery Fund have provided funding for a specialist welfare advice service and mental health support sessions respectively.
The Crafty Fox is based at Sanctuary’s former offices in Foxhole Road, after the leading UK social housing provider offered its property for a community hub in autumn 2016.
Maggie Stapleton, Crafty Fox volunteer, said: “We are so grateful for all of the funding we have received and the support we have had from all of our partners.
“We all feel that the Crafty Fox has made a huge difference to the local community by providing a friendly place where they can receive all kinds of helpful advice, or simply grab a cup of coffee.”
A range of services in addition to the welfare advice and mental health support are also on offer. These include employment projects helping jobseekers to find work, craft groups, a befriending service from Coastal Friends and weekly dedicated citizens’ advice sessions.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Lynne Roberts, commented: “Crafty Fox is providing a range of essential services for local people and has quickly become the go-to place for residents when they need advice and support.
“The success of the hub is reflected in the level of funding it has attracted. We are proud to continue to provide support for what has become a vital community hub in Foxhole.”
The Crafty Fox Café ‘N’ Hub is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 3pm, located at 103 Foxhole Road, Paignton. Anyone who would like further information about the hub can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01803 669005.
This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.
Ageing Well Torbay is a six-year programme that helps reduce social isolation in older people and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding.
|Monday||Free tea and coffee||Until 12 noon|
|Counselling||10am - 3pm|
|Games Club||1pm - 3pm|
|Tuesday||Tea and support||10am - 3pm|
|Wednesday||Citizens' advice||10am - 1pm|
|Lacey's Craft Group||10am - 1pm|
|Nifty Needles (knitting group)||1pm - 3pm|
|Thursday||Citizens' advice||10am - 1pm|
|Job Club||10am - 1pm|
|Lacey's Craft Group||12pm - 2pm|
|Friday||Crafty Friday with Mel||11am - 1pm|