Founders hailed as points of light by PM

A pair of volunteers from Northampton who run an eco-sustainable farm with an education and rejuvenation centre that has delivered wellbeing events to over 500 people, including many vulnerable and homeless individuals, have received Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s daily Points of Light award.

Sammuel Yisrael and Natasha Caton are the founders of ‘Sol Haven’ community farm based in Moulton, which hosts wellbeing projects, particularly for people who have experienced hardship. Natasha experienced various addictions and homelessness at a young age, and partnered with Samuel, a long-time community volunteer with people who are disabled, have learning disabilities or are living homeless, to create a project that could help people grow and recover from adversity by connecting meaningfully with natural surroundings. On their farm, the pair provide sessions in rural skills, growing food, eco-therapy, meditation, nature-based arts and crafts, and cooking, led by Natasha, who is a Michelin-trained vegan chef.

Congratulating Sammuel and Natasha on their award, Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry, said:

“It is wonderful news that Sammuel and Natasha are being recognised by the Prime Minister for their outstanding contribution and support to homeless and vulnerable people in the community. ‘Sol Haven’ really is changing people’s lives through education and rejuvenation, and I hope their actions will inspire others to provide a helping hand to those in need. A very big well done indeed.”

Sammuel and Natasha said:

“This is an incredibly humbling experience to be honoured in this way.

“Points of Light appears to be an important initiative, and we are honoured to be considered as ‘outstanding individuals’ by those working in Parliament.

“We are beyond delighted to be able to offer vulnerable and homeless individuals a safe working environment to learn, grow, and reach their full potential. Bringing all our passions and expertise together to offer an opportunity we truly believe, and hope will help many people.”

Sammuel and Natasha are recipients of the Prime Minister’s UK daily Points of Light award, which was first launched in April 2014 to recognise outstanding individuals making a difference where they live. Each day, someone, somewhere in the

Chris Heaton-Harris, Sammuel and Natasha’s local MP for Daventry, said:

“It is wonderful news that Sammuel and Natasha are being recognised by the Prime Minister for their outstanding contribution and support to homeless and vulnerable people in the community. ‘Sol Haven’ really is changing people’s lives through education and rejuvenation, and I hope their actions will inspire others to provide a helping hand to those in need. A very big well done indeed.”

This award comes at the time of them launching their new wellbeing course thanks to the support of the National Lottery Community Fund.

The ‘Ploughing the mind’ 12-week course has been carefully designed to help people struggling with their mental health to reconnect with the community, themselves and make new friends.

Activities within the course include nature and horticultural therapy, mental health education, movement meditation, drumming and cooking. A mixture of activities combined to provide support, outlets for expression and the ability to learn new skills.

Following the completion of the programme Sol Haven will look to continue to support people in a wider programme. One that will continue to help them to overcome the barriers to both engaging socially with others and finding work.

Main course details:

There are a variety of sessions available each supporting a maximum of 6 people. 

The programme is structured to use evidence-based tools designed to support positive change and greater wellbeing with two reviews of the attendee’s progress, one midterm and one on completion.

 All attendees will be given a certificate to show the completion of the programme.

 There are additional health and wellbeing sessions also available to further your development. We will look to continue to support our participants to work towards training and employment as appropriate.

Available sessions

Monday

  • Am 10:30 – 12:30 
  • Pm 14:30 – 16:30 

Tuesday

  • Am 10:30 – 12:30 
  • Pm 14:30 – 16:30 

Alternatively contact Natasha and Sammuel at admin@slhavens.co.uk.