A new community hub in Foxhole is being launched to bring local residents together and reduce social isolation through a range of developmental activities and opportunities.
Volunteers will run the community-led project, supported by Sanctuary Housing, Torbay Community Development Trust and The People’s Health Trust, which aims to boost local services for the unemployed and older residents, including helping them find work.
The centre, named Crafty Fox Café ‘N’ Hub, in Foxhole Road, which is Sanctuary’s former offices, is set to become a hive of activity offering a job club for the unemployed, advice surgeries on welfare benefits and finances, craft clubs and a cafe for residents to meet and chat.
Additional services include youth work projects, Torbay Council street warden surgeries and ANODE community advice sessions.
Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes constituency, will officially open the Hub on November 4. This will be followed by a family day to celebrate the launch on Saturday 5 November at Foxhole Community Hub that will include apple-bobbing, stalls and games.
Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager for Torbay, said: “Sanctuary is committed to investing in projects that benefit residents, like this hub. This community-led project will be at the heart of the Foxhole community and not only give residents support to find work but also provide them with a central point for a wide range of activities.”
Nina Cooper from Torbay Community Development Trust, said: “We are excited to see the creation of the Hub after working in partnership with Sanctuary Housing as it will benefit residents of all ages and be a real asset to the neighbourhood.”
Along with offering its property for the hub, Sanctuary is also funding projects to make jobseekers ready for employment as part of its Community Investment Fund.