A much-loved community hub in Paignton is encouraging local residents to give something back and build up new skills to mark Volunteers’ Week 2018.
The Crafty Fox Café ‘N’ Hub – set up in 2016 with money from Sanctuary Housing, People’s Health Trust and Ageing Well Torbay – is searching for volunteers to help it continue to provide essential community services, as well as offering a friendly place for local people to meet.
New volunteers can get involved in serving tasty refreshments, building up skills in customer service, food preparation and organisation, which will give a boost to their future employability.
Based at Sanctuary’s former offices in Foxhole Road, volunteers can also help with the delivery of support services on offer at the hub, which include a job club, craft groups, welfare advice and mental health counselling sessions.
This year, a further £2,000 from Sanctuary will see some services extended to the wider Queen Elizabeth Drive area, with even more opportunities available for volunteers at other locations.
Volunteers’ Week 2018, which runs from 1 to 7 June, is an annual campaign which celebrates volunteering in all its diversity.
“We’re looking for enthusiastic local people”
Community builder Nina Cooper, who works closely with the Crafty Fox, said: “We’re looking for enthusiastic local people to come along and join our really friendly group. No previous experience is required and we will provide all training.
“Volunteers play an integral role at the Crafty Fox and without them we simply wouldn’t be able to operate.”
“Undertaking a volunteering role will have a variety of benefits”
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Lynne Roberts, added: “The success of the Crafty Fox is down to the community spirit that has been created by the wonderful group of volunteers.
“Undertaking a volunteering role will have a variety of benefits for all local residents, so I would urge everyone to give as much of their time as they can.”
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 volunteering 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.