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Spring Newsletter 2017

News from our CEO
'Despite a significant reduction in Coordinator hours this year, our wonderful volunteers had still managed improve the lives of 108 vulnerable families by the end of February. 

Some positive news to share with you is that we have received confirmation of three years funding from Children in Need.  This means that we will be able to continue to support families in 2017/18 albeit in a more targeted way, helping children and parents to be best-prepared for school and nursery.  While the funding will not cover indirect costs such as rent and heating, it will go a long way to help us to survive in the longer-term.

Our pilot Freedom domestic abuse courses running in Hastings and Eastbourne are a huge success.  We were over-subscribed for participants and had received 57 total referrals for both courses by the beginning of January.   Following an informal one-to-one meeting 18 started in Eastbourne and 16 started in Hastings on session one and those that are attending have given us really positive initial feedback, for example;

“It opened my eyes and made me make a strong decision to leave the relationship I was by the second session."             

"I am finding it really useful and finding what I have been through and how I was treated wasn’t right.  Thank you for this great opportunity to do this group.”

"I am aware of the help out there and that there are women going through similar."                                                                          

The pilot finishes at the end of April and we are optimistic that once the funder reads the evaluation they will value the positive impact it has had on the survivors their children and will be keen continue to fund the project.  We have started a waiting list for the next course and our plan for the long-term is that we develop more non-crisis domestic abuse services so that we are the go-to organisation for non-crisis domestic abuse services in East Sussex.'

For more information contact or 01273 612025

Kind regards

Kate Lawrence

Scheme Manager


Congratulations to our volunteers who have completed the  NCFE Level 2 'Caring for Children and Young People' course through Learning Curve.  The next course we are planning for our volunteers is the NCFE Level 2 'Understanding Autism' course. This course covers:
  • Person centred approach to support individuals with autism
  • Communication and social interaction
  • Sensory processing, perception and cognition
  • Supporting positive behaviour
  • Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives
The course will take six weeks to complete and would be useful for any volunteers who are working with or might consider working with families where a family member has autism.

 Please contact if you are interested in this course or would like a full list of the courses we run through Learning Curve.
Find out more about the autism course
A new play park has been installed on the country park’s Bulverhythe recreation ground in Hastings thanks to a £36,000 grant from Veolia Environmental Trust and from other funders.  The park now has toddler swings and a basket swing, and a large play mound with a slide, tunnel and climbing structures. 

Have confidence in your charity

There is a slight recovery in charity sector's reputation, says YouGov
47 per cent of the public now think of the charity sector as "good" or "very good" - up from 41 per cent last year, according to YouGov polling.  The proportion saying the charity sector was "bad" or "very bad" has fallen from 20 per cent in 2016 to 16 per cent of those polled. 

In response to recent bad press, the NCVO, which represents charities, has created a website to answer some of the common questions people have about how charities work.
Go to NCVO 'How Charities Work' website
We love Allergy Mums - a website dedicated to parents who have children with allergies, sharing experiences, recipes and ideas.  They've been nominated for the Allergy Blog Awards UK 2017 and have been named one of the Top 40 Food Allergy Blogs And Websites on the Web.
Go to the Allergy Mums website
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