A new volunteer hub for Eastbourne has been supported by Meads Ward councillors and the Devolved Budget.
Eastbourne Volunteers helps people looking for volunteering opportunities. Based in The Labyrinth, Mark Lane, they produce a weekly list of vacancies, as well as a monthly newspaper.
Councillors Kathy Ballard, Robert Smart and Barry Taylor agreed to give them a grant of £1,900 to fund items such as signage and noticeboards, cleaning equipment, a ramp for wheelchair access, insurance and a first aid kit.
Helen Burton, Founder and Chair of Eastbourne Volunteers, said, “It was fantastic to have the support from the borough councillors as it enabled us to set up the office. We’re a community resource in the heart of the town centre and a real hub for people who want to come and find out community information.
“The aim is to document every club, group or organisation in the town, as well as promoting volunteering opportunities available. Volunteering is an important way of reducing social isolation and we hope to put lots of information online, although people are welcome to pop into the hub too,” Helen added.
Cllr Ballard said, “We were delighted to contribute to this excellent concept of a volunteer hub. We provided some essential items and equipment from the Devolved Budget and are very much in support of Eastbourne Volunteers.”
The office is open between 10am-1pm Monday to Friday, with a coffee morning every Friday between 10am-12pm. For more information, contact 01323 381811, go online, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other items the Meads Councillors have funded recently include £4,000 towards lighting in trees at the top end of Terminus Road to boost the evening economy, and £3,000 to plant two trees and a commemorative plaque to Molly and Dolly Sedgewick in Helen Gardens. The ladies were war time parachutists and lived their later years in Eastbourne. Friends of Meads Parks and Gardens made the request.