Henfield to get its very own community haven

Henfield Day centre open day SUS-151108-093609001
Henfield Day centre open day SUS-151108-093609001

An open day held at Henfield Day Centre has marked another step forward in plans to hand it over to the community.

West Sussex County Council has been working closely with Henfield Community Partnership for more than a year to secure services at the centre both now and for the future.

The open day was for local organisations, health workers and other groups to visit the centre and find out more about the plans for the building and the services.

Agreement to transfer running of the centre is at an advanced stage and it is planned that the formal handover will take place before the end of 2015.

As part of giving a new look to the centre, it is to be renamed Henfield Haven.

The professional care staff at the Haven will be employed by Impact Initiatives, a Sussex charity.

As the Community Partnership which took on this project and brought it to where it is today, is not set up to take over the running of major assets, a Community Interest Company, called Henfield Social Enterprise, has been formed.

Peter Catchpole, the county council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “The community’s support will help ensure the success of the centre.

“This is an exciting time as agreements are finalised to hand it over to the community and the Community Interest Company works on its ideas for the centre’s future.”

To find out more about the services, email enquiries@henfieldcp.org.

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