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Safehaven Cafe

Safehaven Café is a 5-week well-being café for parents with pre-school aged children who need help with their mental health and general well-being. Our courses have hot, healthy food for families who need help particularly with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and isolation. Through our courses, families will get to know others, be heard and understood, and pick up practical skills through interactive workshops. We have worked with more than 50 local families since we started in October 2016, taking referrals from Social Services, Health Visitors, Childrens Centres, Supporting Leicestershire Families, Childrens and Families Wellbeing Service, as well as Nurseries and Refuges.

Charnwood Food Poverty Group

Charnwood Food Poverty Group is a multi-agency group representing more than 30 local organisations working together to eradicate food poverty in Charnwood. Open Heaven is working with borough and county councils, charities and faith groups around three key areas: Access - to enable everyone in Charnwood to have access to good food and input that empowers people to use and enjoy good food. Advocacy - to advocate for the reduction in household food poverty in order to respect, protect and fulfil the right to food. Agencies - Working together with agencies within a joined up and coordinated approach to provide food within an empowering and non-judgmental model of local food provision.

Lost Child Officers

Open Heaven have been providing Lost Child Officers to the Loughborough Fair and Christmas Lights Switch On events for Charnwood Borough Council since 2016. Working in pairs, as part of a large operations team made up from a range of local partners, our team cover 88 hours of volunteer time helping reunite lost children and vulnerable adults with their parents or carers across these two significant local events. 

CAP Money Course

The CAP Money Course is a revolutionary money management course that teaches people budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that really works. This course will help anyone to get more in control of their finances, so they can save, give and prevent debt. The CAP Money Course is a course devised by the award winning debt counselling charity, Christians Against Poverty. Some Open Heaven-ers have been trained to be CAP Money Coaches who can deliver courses for people in the local community.