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Best of Broxtowe Borough Awards: A real Haven whether you are in need or not

1st March 2016 Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottingham Evening Post, The Haven Tags: , , , 0 Comments


Just 18 months ago, The Haven Centre opened in Stapleford.


Since then, the venue has proved a vital lifeline for local residents, providing a range of services including a foodbank, community cinema, jobs advice and mental health support.

Other facilities include a community café, youth club and a soft play area – which is free, unlike others that could set a family back at least £10.

A statement on the centre’s website says: “The Haven Centre is on a mission to add value to our community.”

It’s certainly appreciated, as The Haven, which has three full-time members of staff and more than 50 volunteers, has been nominated for a Best of Broxtowe Borough Award, a campaign from the Nottingham Post and Broxtowe Borough Council which aims to celebrate all that is good about the borough.

Russ Olding, the centre’s operations director, said of being nominated: “That’s fantastic. We’re really pleased that the work we are doing is having an impact on the community.”

The centre, which is self-funded, received three nominations, in the Enabling the Community category, which is awarded to a person, business or organisation that really goes the extra mile to help individuals, groups and community projects or simply enhances life in the area.

In nominating the Wadsworth Road centre, Natalie Harvey, who runs her charity Combat Bullying from The Haven, highlighted how the centre “literally caters for anybody from birth to 100-plus”.

She listed its facilities, including a free Xbox, Lego and books to play with, Super Tots group, Super Kids, Friday youth club, low-cost café, with kids meals costing just £1 in the school holidays and free family photographs.

She added: “It’s a hidden gem and a huge support to the Stapleford community, if you are in need or not there is nothing you can’t do here

“The staff are simply amazing – they go above and beyond and the atmosphere at the Haven is a happy one where everybody is made to feel to welcome.”

Gemma Caulton, whose children attend Combat Bullying, also nominated the venue, saying: “They really are the quiet unsung heroes who never expect a thank you or recognition.”

Her son, Leon, 11, also made a nomination, saying: ” They always help people and have lots of different clubs to use. They never ask for anything in return. They are really great people.”

The Haven was borne from the former Haven Church, which was based in Antill Street until 18 months ago.

The church continues, with Sunday services at The Haven.

Mr Olding, of Long Eaton, said: “The reason we are called The Haven is we want to be a safe place where people can feel welcome and safe, that’s the biggest pleasure – building relationships with people.

“One of the biggest challenges is to let people know we are here, although the church has been in the community for 21 years.”

We are inviting nominations in 11 categories including Local Hero, Young Achiever, Food & Drink Establishment, Health, Hair & Beauty Retailer of the Year, Enabling the Community Award and Family Business of the Year.

An overall Pride of Broxtowe Award will be chosen from all the nominations, recognising an exceptional organisation or individual who has particularly impressed the judging panel.

Three finalists will be shortlisted in each category by an independent judging panel, then invited to the awards ceremony.

The event will be held on Thursday, May 12 at The Walled Garden, Beeston Fields.

Closing date for nominations is April 8.

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