We launched our project at the end of January 2017. This is what we have achieved in our first ten months!
We opened a community information hub in Eastbourne town centre.
We hold monthly networking meetings for people who want to be actively involved in community life in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas (including Pevensey).
We have an Eastbourne Volunteers Facebook page with 509 likes and a group with 1,631 members.
We publish a monthly independent newspaper reaching an estimated 15,000 people a month.
We have produced a mental health awareness special edition newspaper we aim to keep updated as a permanent resource for Eastbourne and the surrounding areas.
Over the last ten months Eastbourne Volunteers has had 30 volunteers work directly for our project (more if you include people working on the newspaper) and this has generated 2773 hours of volunteering time.
We have acquired over £13,000 in grant funding to support us in our first year. Thanks to contracts with other organisations and revenue from advertising in our newspaper we expect to be a self-funding project within our second year.
We have opened a drop-in centre next door to our hub, predominantly for homeless young people and care leavers but with support available for any young person needing help or advice on any issue. The CCG have just agreed to fund this project and staff it as from April.
This year we have been amongst the finalists in the Eastbourne Business Awards, the East Sussex Women in Business Awards, and the Sussex Life Awards, all for services to the community.
We won the Sussex Women in Business Excellence Award for services to the community!
It’s was a busy year, but we also have exciting plans for this year too…..
Thank you to everyone that helps to make our project what it is – amazing!