Round 9

Devonshire West Big Local ran its 9th round of Community Grants in winter 2020 and funded 11 new projects.

Find our more below.

Age Concern

Sessions for anyone aged 50+ who would like to get to grips with using an iPad or other tablet, based in the Pantry at Age Concern.

Animazing C.I.C.
Free exhibition, open daily 10am-4pm during winter, 10am-5pm during the summer.
Community Stuff
The grant will pay for the delivery of a weekly lunch and social club at Seaside Community Hub.

This will cater for older residents and anyone who is feeling isolated, giving them the opportunity to meet people of all ages and backgrounds, socialise in a safe environment and make friends in their local area. It has been running for 15 months with a variety of funders.


Defiant Sports

An open football skills and progression session. Adapted for all.



Eastbourne Street Pastors

Eastbourne Street Pastors patrol the streets particularly around the clubs and pubs (Cameo,
Embassy, Blue, Duke of Devonshire, Phoenix etc. to help anyone in

Eastbourne Studio Pottery

We would like to ensure that our existing groups can continue their workshops with a subsidized rate as well as extend the offer to similar groups in the Devonshire West ward.

We would like to equip the studio with an easily transportable kit of hand-building equipment that can be taken to our host locations (this would mean that classes can run in the studio and out on location at the same time).

We would like to purchase a slab roller that would significantly help our clients with reduced strength and mobility to make their work. We have found that the physical strength and stamina required to roll out slabs of clay is very hard for a large number of our clients.



English 4 All

Providing weekly English language lessons so that residents can learn English so they can gain skills to go to college to get formal qualifications, help with gaining employment or improving their prospect at work. Help them feel less isolated and more able to access health care and social services. Help the parents to understand better what their children are learning at school..



Enthum Foundation

3 x 1 hour weekly in-house sessions with qualified ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) classes David Perry.

(Two of these classes are group classes and one class will be an individual class) 


We would like to offer a number of activities for groups identified by those already attending Café North which will be supported by our trained volunteers. These groups would run weekly initially for six months to seed the impact of those attending and their well-being. 

Sweet Circus



50+ Social Circus & Learn to Juggle lunch breaks.


The Hive (Eastbourne Mencap Day Service)

Following the success of last year’s show and documentary (in addition to the new skills / confidence gained through filmmaking workshops this year) for 2020 we intend to work more directly with the DW community and its people.

The project will include multiple visual arts (show films & photography), art/craft/pottery, writing & spoken word workshops.

We will create an overview of DW and Eastbourne and the people currently living here. The project will finish with a final exhibition – one that’s mobile so as to maximise visibility and the use of community spaces within DW and beyond.


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