Town is a ‘Haven’ for the community

Members of the Wainfleets2gether group at The Haven project's new ICT suite
Members of the Wainfleets2gether group at The Haven project's new ICT suite

Residents in Wainfleet are creating a greater sense of community with the launch of a new project.

The Wainfleets2gether partnership has developed the initiative called The Haven, with funding awarded by People’s Health Trust.

Based at the Coronation Hall, the project launched last week with drama workshops for children and teenagers and the opening of a new computer suite.

The drama workshops will be held weekly, along with a fortnightly children’s disco and cooking and craft club.

As the project progresses there are also plans to introduce singing, drumming and dance workshops.

The aim is for people to develop confidence and social skills, and build stronger links through shared activities.

The launch event provided an opportunity for residents to put forward suggestions on computer sessions they would like to take place, including genealogy classes and safety online.

There are also plans to introduce trainer-supported computer skills lessons.

The £21,500 award from the People’s Health Trust will enable funding for the project for the next two years.

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Services provided support through the bidding process.

A listening event was held for young people in the town to share their views on activities they would like organised.

Wainfleets2gether chairman Paula Clarke said: “We are really excited about the project and the kids in the area are really looking forward to it too.

“As an organisation Wainsfleets2ogether encourages people to get involved in the community, so we’re really excited about working with People’s Health Trust.”

Drama workshops will be held on Thursday afternoon, starting with a session for eight to 12-year-olds between 4 and 5.30pm and for 13-year-olds and over between 5.30pm and 7pm.

Drop-in computer sessions will take place on Mondays and Fridays, between 1pm to 4pm, for activities including writing a CV, research or using social media.

Wainfleets2gether is a part of the Connecting Communities scheme and is sponsored by the NHS.

The People’s Health Trust award was provided with money raised by community interest company HealthComplete through The Health Lottery.