Many of this Issue’s Community Notices have been taken from Hastings Voluntary Action’s e-bulletin. You can find out more about HVA and subscribe to the bulletin at www.hastings

Vandals at West Hill & District Community Association Centre

Intruders gained access to the Centre on the evening of Friday 28th December 2018, causing damage to the premises. For the time being people can continue to use the space at their own risk, and the Association apologise for any inconvenience caused. The Police are investigating and have good evidence to hand. 

• If you think you might have have any relevant information please email [email protected]

Red Box Project available at HVA

The Red Box Project ultimately aims to provide free sanitary products to young women in schools to prevent them missing their education due to their period. We’re taking this further in Hastings and supporting local women in need via community groups to ensure they have one less issue in their lives.

• You can now leave donations or collect supplies from the Red Box at Hastings Voluntary Action, Jackson Hall, Portland Place, Hastings, TN34 1QN. Red Box Project Hastings is proud to support the local community – From women, to women with love

Winter Activities Grants from Big Local

What could your group deliver to residents in January and February? Big Local North East Hastings have grants of up to £200 available for small, quick projects to relieve residents’ post-Christmas blues. 

See for more details.

Your Borough Council’s Future Priorities

Between January 11th – February 10th 2019 Hastings Borough Council will be consulting on their Budget and Corporate Plan and want to hear views from local community organisations. Hastings Community Network are pleased to collaborate with Hastings Borough Council to ensure that
local voluntary and community groups have an opportunity to communicate their views. 

• For further details and to book a place visit: or phone HVA on 01424 444010.

St Michaels’s Hospice Seek New Trustees

St Michael’s Hospice is looking to welcome new Trustees to the Hospice. The Trustees play a crucial role in the Hospice. They are responsible for the strategic leadership of the charity and act as guardians to ensure its success, now and for generations to come. 

Volunteer Co-ordinators’ Networking Forum – Hastings

Put the date in your diary and book your space early for the next Hastings VCNF on Friday 8th February 2019 –

• If you have any queries or would like to discuss this event further, contact Tanya Vice on [email protected] or call 01424 444010 

Good News Stories from Involved Communities

We would like to hear about positive experiences – both from organisations recruiting volunteers who have now become wonderful assets within the organisation, as well as from individuals who have successfully found their ideal volunteering opportunity. 

• Contact Tanya Vice on [email protected] or 01424 444010 to have a chat about your experience and share your Good News Story. 

Street Bite on Tour

Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council’s Active Hastings team are excited to be teaming up with Hastings Opportunity Area to launch a new youth project.

The programme will be planned by the young people themselves, but it is likely to include activities such as multi-sports and fitness, adventure golf, photography, cake making, graffiti art, and archery.

You can find out more at

All sessions are free and snacks will be provided. Trips during school holidays will also take place for young people who have joined in the weekly activities. 

Café Volunteers

Education Futures Trust are looking for volunteers with catering experience to help in their community café in Ore Community Centre. Volunteers should be able to cover 1 or 2 days a week from January. One day would be spent helping in the café, while the other would involve helping a tutor in alternative education for secondary school-aged students. 

• For more information and to apply please contact Rae on 01424 722241 or [email protected]

Wellbeing Course

Free weekly adult wellbeing course, Time2Be, running January-March 2019. Improve your self-esteem and confidence, learn strategies to manage stress and anxiety, be better equipped to change negative patterns of thinking and behaviour, learn how to effectively manage conflict and difficulties, discover how to have positive, happy and healthy relationships. 

• Contact George at Education Futures Trust on 01424 722241
or [email protected]

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