January 4th, 2019.

Having received recognition from a variety of award providers including the Argus Community Stars, Sussex Life Awards, BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey Awards and the Lewes District Business Awards for her work with local charities, Paula Woolven - pictured - has formed a new Community Interest Company (CIC) aimed at supporting non-profit and gateway organisations to become more sustainable and achieve their goals.

"During my work with local charities, I have regularly been asked to step in and help other organisations with issues including fundraising, awareness, memberships and governance. I'm horrified every time I hear news of a charity or non-profit group having to close. I've seen the East Sussex Disability Association, Red Cross Volunteer Car Driver Scheme and Haven's Non-Emergency Medical Transport all finish in the last two years."

As Co-Founder and Director of Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors, Paula grew the organisation from 12 children in 2011 to over 80 members, but realised that to fulfil her dream of creating the 'Havens Community Hub', she would have to dedicate more time and has left the Barn Theatre, where she helped fundraise tens of thousands of pounds, including over £6,000 recently to renovate the auditorium seating.

The Havens Community Hub CIC Directors are Wendy Reed and Michaela Twaits, both of whom have worked alongside Paula on other projects in the community.

"Both Wendy and Michaela excel in training and communication and I consider myself extremely lucky to have two such friendly and enthusiastic partners to start this exciting journey with," said Paula. "I know the benefits we can offer groups and individuals in the Havens coastal area will have a wide knock-on effect and support an enormous number of people."

If you are a charity in need of practical support in Newhaven, Seaford, Peacehaven, Telscombe Cliffs, or the surrounding villages, email
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