The third round of Devonshire West Big Local funding was available in the Spring of 2016.
In this round we funded 13 fantastic new community projects.
You can find out more about each project we funded in this round in the sections below.
Music Appreciation Group
Age Concern Eastbourne undertook a piece of research which highlighted that participation in music activities can promote well-being for people 50+. Knowing this they decided to run a weekly music appreciation group, covering a range of topics and musical genres.
They hoped that as well as being an opportunity learn more about music, these sessions would be a great social opportunity for many isolated older people, supporting them to create friendships and promoting emotional and social wellbeing.
Albion in the Community
Albion in the Community (AITC) is a registered charity that uses the power of sport and the reach of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club to change lives across Sussex.
Their DWBL funded project, KICKS, would run free football sessions for young people at Seaside Rec every week for 6 months, giving young people a chance to participate in a healthy, active, social activity. They hoped to engage with young people using football whilst also offering emotional support and mentoring for particularly at risk youths, by offering constructive workshops on key issues as well as their regular football sessions.
Albion in the Communities work helps to address the lack of free, regular activities for children and young people in the area as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle to young people at a crucial time in their lives. AITC hope that long term their work will help to improve the physical and emotional health of young people living in our community.
DWBL Youth Project
Audio Active hoped to develop a programme of activities for young people as part of the wider Devonshire Collective & Devonshire Creative Hub Cluster which would create opportunities for young people to work with professional artists to make and perform digital and contemporary music, helping young people to develop their confidence and their musical skills.
Audio Active noticed that there was a distinctive lack of musical opportunities for young people in Eastbourne, especially opportunities around urban music and rap, two very popular musical styles. Using their connections with successful musical organisations in Brighton, Audio Active designed a program for young people to learn more about music and begin to make their own, delivering sessions on topics such as lyric writing and music production. They hope to inspire young people to grow, learn and make.
Youth Theater Project
Bootcamp Theatre obtained DWBL funding to run regular, free theatre workshop session for young people aged 16 – 25. These sessions would support young people to learn more about the creative arts and the theatre industry, exploring acting and stage management.
The sessions would encourage self-expressions and exploration as well as confidence and self-esteem building, encouraging participants to interact with their own emotions in a safe space.
With very few free holiday activities for children in Eastbourne, Community Stuff organised a number of fun, outdoor, family play sessions for local residents at Seaside Recreational ground and a number of other venues over the summer holidays.
Holiday periods can be very stressful for families on a low income, having a regular activity to take part in, and look forward to can make all the difference, and provide the opportunity to relax and make new friends in their local area.
Community Stuff delivered a mixture of three hour sessions of activities for families, and six hour sessions to coincide with specific local events with all of their activities based around the theme of British Wildlife.
Their fantastic, free sessions, included art and crafts, play, games, cookery, music and much more.
Fit in Your Space
Creative Force held a wonderful day event at the beautiful Pavilion Gardens in Devonshire West, a much-underused outdoor space in the area. Working with Eastbourne Health Champions, Sport Eastbourne and many other local groups, Creative Force spearheaded a day all about promoting health and healthy lifestyles to local residents.
The event was full of fun activities and games as well as useful information and resources on healthy living. The event proved to be a great success.
Eastbourne Multicultural Education Project
Global Big Local
Eastbourne Multicultural Education Project received funding to organise what would become an annual event under the name Global Big Local. Global Big Local was an open to all multicultural event which offered local people, from all cultural and social backgrounds, to come together and celebrate their diversity. The event included music, dancing and traditional costumes from a variety of different cultures and gave residents the chance to explore cultures different from their own.
EMEP hope that activities like Global Big Local, they can support and grow a more inclusive, accepting and diverse community.
The Eastbourne Society
East of the Pier Heritage Trail
The Eastbourne Society pioneered a new Heritage Trail in Eastbourne which includes 11 on the street heritage markers which tell visitors and local alike about the vibrant history of Eastbourne. 5 of the 11 markers fall in the Devonshire West ward, an area that has a rich and interesting history.
While the project itself was already fully funded, there was no additional funding for promotional flyers and fact sheets for students and families. Seeing the great opportunity that the heritage trail was for local families and students to explore and learn more about our area, DWBL funded the printing of these advertisements and fun sheets.
Embrace East Sussex
Embrace Saturday Club
Embrace East Sussex received funding from Devonshire west big local to run a regular Saturday club for children and young people with disabilities.
The club provides a range of activities that help disabled children and young people develop social skills and interact, increases their levels of confidence, self-esteem and independence and provides respite for families.
Research published in 2014 in Disability and Society reported that 1 in 3 disabled, young people reported feeling ‘sad’ and many were excluded from social activities with their peers due to their disability. The Embrace East Sussex Saturday Club is about promoting inclusion and so the group is both open to children with additional needs and those without. The club provides a place for special needs and disabled children to develop social skills and participate in social activities in a supported and safe environment.
The club was, and still is hugely popular, with around 25 regular attendees.
Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society
Regeneration of 96 Seaside
EODS received a grant from DWBL to regenerate the front of their building at 96 Seaside. Our funding allowed the group to resurface the entrance, making it fully accessible, and replace the entrance archway to make the entrance safe.
This project has allowed EODS to open up their building as a community venue that can be rented for a low cost by local community groups and residents.
Friends of Seaside Rec
Each year the Friends of Seaside Rec host a fantastic, free fun day for the local community. The event includes stalls from local business and restaurants, games and family activities as well as a prestigious dog show.
Each year there is a great show of community spirit with people from all over the ward and wider Eastbourne coming together for a day of fun whilst growing the profile of Seaside Recreational Ground, one of the few open green spaces in the ward.
Over 400 people attended the fun day with many leaving very positive feedback. Friends of Seaside Rec plan to make the fun day an annual event.
Community Get Better Known
H.O.M.E received funding in our third round in order to offer a free computer training club for young people, with a particular focus on those with complex needs or who had been unemployed long term. The club taught participants key computer skills and then asked them to use those skills to support people from the local community who were having computer trouble. This approach not along supported the growth and development of computer skills but also social skills, whilst offering a much-needed service to the whole community.
This innovative project trained over 30 volunteers and helped almost 100 community members with tech problems. Volunteers also helped to create websites for a number of local charities.
BoHo is a non-religious, winter festival for all resident of Devonshire West. This beautiful event is an opportunity for all members of the community, no matter their religious beliefs, to come together to celebrate winter and the vibrant community they are part of.
The event includes a winter themed festival as well as a number of creative workshops in the weeks running up to create costumes and street decorations.
BoHo hopes to bring the community together to learn new skills and form new friendships whilst giving local people a sense of ‘ownership’ over the event.