Round 4 was help in the Autumn of 2016.
In this round of funding we supported 12 exciting new projects in the Devonshire West area.
You can find out more about each project we funded in this round in the sections below.
Repairs to Brodie Hall
Funded by DWBL Christ Church made some much needed repairs to one of their buildings, Brodie Hall.
Christ Church is one of the few remaining historic buildings in the area as it becomes ever more urban and developed. As well as being a part of the area’s history, the hall is also a much-needed community resource and is used by a number of local groups and charities doing good work in the ward, including Matthew 25 Mission, who are based out of the hall 4 times a week providing support and hot food for those in need.
After School Club
Community Stuff received funding to run a once a week after school we for pupils of Bourne School.
Bringing with them a wealth of play and circus equipment, Community Stuff aimed to offer a free, fun after school activity for children which promoted health, active play.
Being a Woman
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Create Force designed a project to bring together a group of women from diverse backgrounds and ethnicity to record a song.
The project aimed to raise the profile of International Women’s Day (IWD) in Devonshire West but also across Eastbourne where traditionally IWD is not regularly celebrated and to create an environment which activity encouraged and actively support women from different cultures together to do something creative, improve their confidence and foster inclusion. The sing was recorded and a DVD of the project was created.
Eastbourne Studio Pottery
Eastbourne Studio Pottery wanted to provide weekly, low cost, pottery session for local residents to explore the possibilities of being creative with a range of materials and techniques. Working with help and guidance from tutors, participants had the opportunity to develop their ideas in clay and make a variety of objects that can be fired and taken home.
With support from DWBL they have been able to offer a number of these fun, low cost sessions, giving local residents and families a chance to try their hand at something new and explore their creative side.
Eastbourne Multicultural Education Project
Global Big Local 2016
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.
English 4 All
Free English Lessons
English 4 All offered free, twice weekly English lessons to anyone in the wards for who English was not their first language.
Devonshire West is a hugely diverse population with people from a wide variety of cultures living and working in the ward. Yet sadly, many people feel isolated and cut off from the wider community due to poor language skills, with this in mind English 4 All English 4 All created a service where students can learn at their own pace and to a level in which they feel comfortable. Delivered by qualified Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) tutors and supported by a team of volunteers, the project aimed to promote cohesion between different cultures in the area.
They hope that their work will lead to a stronger, less fragmented community, free from language barriers which are felt by both English and non-English speakers towards each other.
Families for Autism
Drop in Family sessions
Families for Autism requested funding to run twice monthly drop in sessions for families in Eastbourne with children on the autistic spectrum giving families a chance to meet, relax and share experiences in a safe environment which offers fun play activities for their children.
Children with autism are often insecure and anxious on a daily basis as a result of their difficulty in understanding what is happening around them. This anxiety can be expressed through various stress-reducing actions varying from obsessive behavior to full-blown temper tantrums.
As autism is not a physical disability, strangers often assume a child with autism is being wilful or naughty, and that their parents are not controlling them adequately. Consequently, parents often avoid taking their children to public places for fear of embarrassment and public judgement, and this can lead to the whole family becoming housebound, isolated and have a profound effect on their social and emotional well-being.
For parents, meeting up with other adults facing the same sort of problems and being able to talk about them, can be a lifeline. The alternative is that families can become housebound and isolated which can have a profound effect on the social and emotional well-being of all concerned.
A Healthier you
H.O.M.E received funding to offer free employability skills training for those seeking work in Devonshire West. The training offered opportunities for people to learn skills in IT, administration, conducting job searches, interview techniques and writing CVs, book-keeping, web design, communications, etc.
Little Stars Play Group
Little Stars hosts a free play group at Seaside Community Hub every Friday for families in Devonshire West. Cuts in children’s services mean that there are no longer any free parent & toddler groups provided in the area which is an issue as parents and carers of young children no longer have regular contact with each other or service providers such as health professionals. Little Stars Play Group offers a space for parents to come together and connect and a space for children to learn and play.
Matthew 25 Mission
Charity Shop Rent
The Matthew 25 Mission offer vital support for people in crisis in Eastbourne. Working out of Christ Church on Seaside they offer hot food, advice and signposting to services to people at their most vulnerable. The Mission relies heavily on its small charity shop to fund its amazing work and in our 4th round of funding DWBL awarded £3000 to the Mission to put towards the rent of the shop in order to free up their profits to invest in expanding their service.
Part Time Staff Salary
Reformed Eastbourne are a brand-new CIC set up in the heart of Devonshire West supporting ex-offenders in the area to get back into work or access further education. They offer 1-1s with their clients to support them to find employment, offering help with CV writing, interview skills and much more. Reformed Eastbourne hope that by supporting ex-offenders to find employment or other opportunities it will encourage them not to re-offend and hep to reduce crimes rates in the area as well as reduce the number of rough sleepers in the area.
In order to reach as many people as possible, Reformed Eastbourne needed to take on a second member of staff and asked DWBL to contribute towards their first years’ salary.
Christmas Digital Display Workshops
TechResort received DWBL in order to run a number of sessions for children aged 6 – 12 from the Devonshire West area allowing the children to design and build a Christmas themed digital installation to go be displayed at BoHo Winter Lights Festival 2016.
They ran a number of sessions over the winter period culminating in a launch event at the BoHo event.
Participants had a chance to play with a range of arts and craft and technology’s from lego, fimo, LEDs, and more.
Tech Resort aim to bridge the digital skills gap and teach children and young people valuable tech skills.