Safe Haven Crisis & Recovery Centre in Weston receives £10,000 donation

Howards Motor Group said they wanted to make a "meaningful financial contribution to their incredible efforts". The Safe Haven provides mental health support and a safe space for people in acute emotional distress. Image © Mark Simmons Photography.
A group of people standing outside the Safe Haven Crisis Centre. They are holding a large cheque from Howards Motor Group for £10,000

The Safe Haven, based in the centre of Weston-super-Mare, is the first service of its kind in North Somerset.

It opened its doors in March 2021, and has since supported more than 2,800 people with their mental health, either face to face, or over the phone or Zoom. Up to 12 people can be supported every evening.

Howards Motor Group, who began in Weston and now have multiple vehicle dealerships across the South West, have donated £10,000 to the Safe Haven. Peter Haynes, Managing Director of Howards Group, said: "As part of our commitment to our community, each year we strive to support a small number of local charities who do such essential work in supporting others."

Having seen the work done by Safe Haven, we wanted to help by making a meaningful financial contribution to their incredible efforts.
— Peter Haynes, Managing Director of Howards Group

"As a business, our awareness of mental wellbeing and the plight of those suffering distress has become ever more pronounced over recent years, particularly with the ongoing impact of the pandemic on people who may already have been vulnerable. We are therefore absolutely delighted to support Safe Haven in continuing to look after those in need."

Tammie Hemmett, Safe Haven’s Team Manager, said: "We are so thankful to receive this money from Howards. It’s going to be put to great use, helping equip our volunteers with laptops and also potentially providing a pool table for clients who find it hard to talk. We are talking to our staff and clients about how best to spend this amazing gift."

The Safe Haven Crisis & Recovery Centre is open seven days a week, between 6pm and midnight, to people over 16 who live in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. To discuss the service or make a professional or self-referral you can complete a referral form and send it to refer.safehaven@nhs.net or call 01934 313480.

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