Photo shows from right to left, Tony Jackson (Director, Henfield Social Enterprise), Maxine Thomas (Development Manager, Impact Initiatives) and Claire Webley (Regional Funding Manager, Big Lottery Fund)

The funding has been awarded to Henfield Social Enterprise CIC, the volunteer led organisation which oversees the Haven under a long term lease from West Sussex County Council.

Due to the success of particularly the café, the funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity across the UK, will enable the project to create extra space by building an extension onto the external wall of the café. This space will be used to extend the café area and will enable the range and size of activities on offer to be increased, benefitting local people with illnesses, disabilities and/or who are lonely, as well as providing an extra room to let out to local groups which will help to sustain the key caring operations at the Haven.

Tony Jackson, on behalf of the CIC, said: “We are delighted to have received this National Lottery funding which will enable us to create much needed extra space at the Haven. The increasing popularity of the centre since it opened shows how important it is that we can continue to meet the needs of our local community, particularly those facing and coping with various stages of dementia.”

Lorette Mackie, the Haven’s Manager said: “Great news. This funding will allow us to meet the increasing local needs for our services”.

Claire Webley, Regional Funding Officer for the Big Lottery, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, communities large and small are able to get the funding they need to bring their great ideas to life. Every time someone buys a National Lottery ticket it raises vital funds that help make a difference to hundreds of people’s lives. We’re delighted to be able to support projects like Henfield Haven which is a fantastic example of people coming together to use their ambitions and aspirations to create something wonderful for their local community.”

Building work is planned to start in October, with the extension being completed by next March. Downs (Southern) Ltd, a local building company located near Henfield, will carry out the work.

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