Jason Cornes. Mentor and Coach to the Self-Employed and Small Business Owner.
I am a Small Business Mentor and I’m delighted to support Helen Burton and sponsor Eastbourne Volunteers.
I regularly write articles and advertise in their monthly newspaper Eastbourne Voice. I also attend their regular community networking events.
What strikes me about Helen Burton and Eastbourne Volunteers is not only that they do so many good works within the community, but also how this knocks-on to support local small businesses such as mine. I have noticed an increase in brand awareness and enquiries as a direct result of our mutually supporting each other. A real win-win between the voluntary sector and a small local private business. When I speak with clients and colleagues I hear stories and examples of how this works for them too.
This relationship has helped me to realise that there are opportunities for my business within the voluntary sector and I am currently developing a specialist niche package to meet the needs that I have identified.
I congratulate Helen and her team on everthing that they have achieved in such a short time and urge any local small businesses who want to build their brand and support the local community to take advantage of the reasonably priced sponsorship/advertising on offer. You’ll be glad you did. It works for me and it’ll work for you.
Well done Helen. You have built a thriving and growing community organisation from scratch which is making a real difference to so many people.
Ian Westgate. Chair, Eastbourne Access Group
Helen, with her endless energy and dedication, with her team have worked really hard over the year getting the Eastbourne Volunteers up and running providing a centre supporting many of the existing local charities and community groups in the Eastbourne area. The Volunteer newsletter is a great resource promoting the work going on in the community, promoting volunteering in a positive way, highlighting work, services and events, etc. The work she is doing to help local projects is inspiring.
Helen has helped to promote Eastbourne Access Group’s volunteer vacancies and promote our work in making Eastbourne a more disabled friendly town. They have a stock of our Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People in the Hub. She has made sure The Hub is wheelchair friendly and accessible for all. She has been able to bring together 3VA and Possability People to help and support disabled people with volunteering opportunities. We have been able to write articles for the ‘The Volunteer’.
Eastbourne Volunteers is making a difference and a great place for local people to find out what is going on within the community and how to get involved.
Leanne McConnell. Director of Virtually Perfect
The genuine passion behind Eastbourne Volunteers is a truly contagious force. In its relatively short existence, it has captured the attention of the local community and made a meaningful connection with its supporters.
Our involvement with Helen has been nothing but positive and motivational. Her energy and dedication knows no bounds. As a local start-up, we have formed and developed several key business relationships through the introductions made at Eastbourne Volunteer’s networking events. They are friendly yet pro-active gatherings and their fresh and all-inclusive approach have made them the most successful networking we have done to date.
An effective communication strategy is key to establishing a position in the community and EV have it covered from all angles. The launch of Eastbourne Voice as a non profit newspaper tailored for the community will only serve to further increase the profile of this very worth while project, encouraging yet more local residents to get involved.
Virtually Perfect absolutely look forward to supporting Helen and her team in any way that we can!
Lorri Dodd. Hub Volunteer
Since Helen set up Eastbourne Volunteers in January, it has grown substantially from a small venture into a thriving central information point for the local community. The Hub is located in Eastbourne town centre and is somewhere local people can go to find out about volunteering opportunities, small community events, local clubs, societies, groups and large major events that are happening in the area.
The Hub has many volunteers of its own, who in turn spread the word about the benefits of volunteering to its many visitors and also to the community as a whole, through monthly meetings to which everyone is welcome. Helen is know locally as an avid promoter of volunteering, and promotes it not only as as a way of sharing skills with others while having fun and meeting like minded people, but very importantly to her, is to encourage volunteering as a way of combating loneliness and isolation,which is a very real problem in todays society, something Helen is passionate about and works very hard to try and address within the local community.
Eastbourne Volunteers also publish a free, independent monthly community focused newspaper, which due to popularity is about to be re-launched, it will be a much bigger, with sections written by community based volunteer editors and will have have a much wider distribution area than current publication. Whilst having a very, personal to the the individual editors feeling, all contributors will have Helens full support and assistance at all times.
Alongside the Hub Helen has also set up The Junction, a place where 16-25yr old members of the community can go to access services, such as After Care Teams and also several groups and organisations that can help them with housing, health and employment issues. Helen strongly believes that by creating a central space for all the relevant organisations and groups to work, not just alongside each other but together, a much better and more cohesive service will be created and serve the service users much more effectively.