Like a cuckoo, the Eggtooth Project has been doing its amazing work without a place to call its own. Since 2012, its work with young people and families to tackle academic underachievement, mental health issues and lack of opportunity in Hastings and St Leonards has been carried out in scattered locations around the town. 

Their latest venture, aptly called The Nest, will finally provide them with the home they need: a mental health and well-being centre and vibrant community hub based in the historic Hastings Old Town Hall. 

The lease is secured and they have already raised enough money for the conversion of the ground floor area, the town’s first alcohol-free bar, cafe and creative event space, planned to host the best that Hastings has to offer in live music, spoken word, podcasts, movie nights and visual arts. It will also offer high-end barista bar and front of house training to young people who face barriers to employment.

That’s the exciting part, but the real work will be carried out in the upstairs space, home to their bespoke therapeutic service, The Egg, as well as housing the core team’s office, the beating heart of The Eggtooth Project. To raise money to make this happen Eggtooth has recently launched a Crowdfunder campaign: it’s already well on the way to reaching the £20,000 needed but needs your help to get it over the line.

Among the things the money will go towards are:

• Refurbishing an existing room on the upper floor to create a group therapy space

• Forming a dedicated art therapy space, to host hands-on creative therapies and activities

• Creating a ‘therapy pod’ for one-to-one sessions

In 2019, Hastings ranked as the 13th most deprived local council area in England, with 26% of our local children living under the poverty line. It is well known that poverty is linked to mental health, and that high fees, long waiting lists and lack of capacity prevent the people who need it most from accessing support. By offering funded and subsidised places, as well as a quick turnaround for appointments, Eggtooth have removed this financial barrier and created a service that can really support our local community.

To donate money, go to crowdfunder.co.uk/buildournest and visit eggtooth.org.uk for more about the project


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