Torbay residents came together for a family day to celebrate the opening of a new volunteer-led café and community hub in Foxhole.
During a special launch weekend, Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes constituency, officially opened the Hub while residents of all ages celebrated with a barbecue, raffle, apple-bobbing and family games.
The centre has been created at Sanctuary’s former offices and aims to reduce social isolation and help the unemployed find work by being a central hub for the community with services including a café, job club, craft clubs and advice surgeries on welfare benefits and finances.
MP Sarah Wollaston said: ““I was delighted to hear about this exciting community-led project and come along to celebrate its opening. You can see the sense of community already instilled by the centre which will be a welcome addition to Torbay, providing a hub for residents to come together and also help boost local employment opportunities.”
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.
Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager for Torbay, said: “We are proud to support this volunteer-led project that will be an integral part of the community providing a new, useful resource for residents.”
Nina Cooper from Torbay Community Development Trust, said: “Working in partnership with Sanctuary Housing and volunteers, residents will see a real benefit to their community with his new Hub.”