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Boxes Of Hope Community Hub opened on High Street in Holbeach and is the ‘first of its kind’





A new community hub has opened from the team behind a good cause that provides a vital ‘missing link’ for people in need - and is set to offer a range of support to individuals.

The Boxes Of Hope Community Hub was officially opened in at 23 High Street in Holbeach on Wednesday last week - and founder Mandy Baxter was ‘overwhelmed by the support’.

Mandy set up the group last year after being moved by the horrific pictures coming out of Ukraine following the Russian invasion - and feels the new facility can offer a lot to the community.

The Boxes Of Hope community hub is on High Street in Holbeach
The Boxes Of Hope community hub is on High Street in Holbeach

Mandy, managing director for Boxes of Hope, said: “I’m really overwhelmed with the support we've had and I am totally over the moon with the amount of people attending for the open day.

“It’s the first hub of its kind and is very personal to me. To be able to tell the community what support is available is a big thing, especially at the moment with all of the uncertainty, the cost of living crisis and the way the world is.”

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The community hub will offer mental health support every week, as well as night light drop-in sessions every Monday and Wednesday from 4pm-7pm.

Citizens Advice will be there every Thursday between 10am and 3pm with a good mood cafe on Thursdays from 10am until 12pm plus there are plans for crafting groups, a uniform bank and a community miracles shop.

The Boxes Of Hope team with Councillor Andrew Woolf, Stephen Timewell and members of the community
The Boxes Of Hope team with Councillor Andrew Woolf, Stephen Timewell and members of the community

Mandy added: “We work with other services in the area such as women’s aid, the different councils and food banks. We’re like the missing link that will bring all of that support to people in need together and make them aware of what is available.

“We will help to pinpoint where individuals need to go and what information they need, whether that will be practical or well being.

“It's a nice safe space for people and everyone that visits the hub will feel like they belong somewhere and have a place where they will be listened to.”

The Community Hub also launched a ‘Cost of a Coffee’ scheme to help raise money to become more sustainable.

By donating the cost of a coffee each month, the charity will be able to offer more services for the community.

For more information on the hub, visit the Boxes Of Hope website.

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