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Haverhill community café teams up with Reach Community Projects to provide visitors with advice on managing debt and other services

A community café that was launched earlier this year in Haverhill has extended its menu and will soon be able to offer some welcome nourishment of another kind to its customers.

Back in February, the River of Life Community Church started ‘Toast’, a Monday afternoon café held at the Chalkstone Community Centre in Strasbourg Square.

From Monday, November 4, the café, which has been running regularly since it was launched, will be taking on a new guise and purpose when it will be joined by some of the team from the Haverhill-based charity Reach Community Projects.

Ann Allen (left) from Reach and Amy Morton, from the River of Life Community Church. Contributed picture
Ann Allen (left) from Reach and Amy Morton, from the River of Life Community Church. Contributed picture

Together with the usual free hot drinks, toast and soup already on the menu, the café will be a place where visitors can speak to members of the Reach team and get support in areas such as debt advice, the foodbank, computer access and more.

The Chalkstone Community Hub will be open from 2-3.30pm every Monday.

Ann Allen, client relationship manager for Reach, which is based at the Wisdom Facilities Centre, in Hollands Road, said: “We often hear about people struggling to get across town to see us at our drop-in centre on the Clements estate.

“So when the opportunity to work again with River of Life (Community Church) came up, we jumped at the chance.

“We will be here with the usual support such as debt advice, the foodbank and anything else that we usually do at Reach.”

Amy Morton, community pastor at River of Life, said: “We know that for many people across Haverhill having a place to go for support, advice and simply someone to listen and care can be a lifeline.

“We’re excited to be expanding the ways that we can meet these needs through opening this community hub.

“Reach do brilliant work across town and given that the organisation originated from River of Life Community Church, we’re looking forward to working together under the same roof again.”

Last week the Echo reported how the Harvest Festival Appeal run by Haverhill Foodbank had received almost three tonnes of food donations as well as more than £1,100 in financial donations.

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