Community Survey 2023

Community Supporters is a charity serving coastal communities in East Sussex. Our mission is to create sustainable solutions for improving physical and mental health, increasing accessibility and communication, offering skills training/qualification signposting, as well as fostering greater community cohesion.
Each year we run a month long community survey to hear what matters to you most. This information helps us focus and shape our work for the next 12 months.

Below are the results of our most recent community survey.

Community Survey results

To see the survey results from previous years please click on the text links.

Eco Hub Gets a boost

Community Supporters has recently received news that we’re being supported by the National Lottery Community Fund to ensure the Eco Hub remains open and can offer a full range of activities for a full 12 month period.
This news means our lease is secure until the 30th April 2024.
Throughout this time we will be holding a wide range of activities within the hub as well as continuing to offer a range of sustainable products such as reusable tea bags, compostable sponges, our very popular shampoo bars, and more. Our regular sessions such as knit and natter, repair cafe, and Young Pollinators will also continue, but we’ll also be able to offer more single session workshops such as bird box making, screenprinting, and soon we’ll be arranging a solar panel making workshop. Watch this space!!!

We’d also love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for activities, so please get in touch via the contact us page, or simply pop into the hub in Bexhill to say hello.

Eco/Acticity Hub

On the 10th of September 2022 we opened the first of hopefully several Eco Hubs across the Rother District.

This is a relaxed community space where people are welcome to pop in for a chat or a space to create. We are open to all ages and abilities and offer a wide range of environmentally focused activities to try including, textile repurposing, making solar powered wooden toys, paper making, plastic bottle recycling, sewing, woodwork, and much more.

The hub has group sessions including a repair cafe, knitting groups, craft workshops, demonstrations, Young Pollinators, and a health hub. We also offer low cost room hire for groups wanting workshop space.

For a full break down of workshops each month please visit our Events or Facebook page.

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Southern Water Partnership

Young Pollinators are pleased to announce that they will be teaming up with staff at Southern Water over the next 18 months to help the group grow and to reach their full potential.
The award is a £10,000 donation alongside support through Southern Water employee volunteering, expertise sharing and partnership opportunities over the duration of the partnership. 
The young people involved will be shaping the project themselves and have so far agreed that they would like to have a varied programme of activities ranging from digital skills, outdoor activities, real world experiences, and practical skills. The first activities will involve the creation of a dedicated website and introduction video.
You can find out more about the partnership HERE.

Young Pollinators

In August 2022 the teenagers attending the first Young Pollinators meet up put together a funding application and very soon afterwards found out they were successful!

So, now they have arranged to have weekly face to face sessions, every Saturday, and the Community Supporters Eo Hub in Bexhill.

Planned activities for the future months include candle making, glass blowing, a virtual underwater experience, a presentation at this years Oceans Symposium conference, and more.

To find out more about the group, or to join in, please contact us.

CREST Awards

A group of Young Pollinators created this presentation about bees as part of their Bronze CREST Award, an industry recognised qualification.

Since creating the slideshow it has been presented, by the group, to both Rother District Council and the UNA Biodiversity & Climate Crisis Summit – on the Road to COP26.

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