Creating a vibrant community network across our catchment area by becoming a point of contact for your organisation or community group. Is this something you could do?

What is a Community Link?
A Community Link acts as a point of contact between their organisation or community group and St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

How does it work?
We will regularly post you St Wilfrid’s news and events for you to distribute among your group or organisation. By doing this, you can help us to promote community awareness of our services and any upcoming events which St Wilfrid’s are providing in your local area.

About the role:

• To act as a point of contact for St Wilfrid’s by circulating information among your group or organisation.

• To provide St Wilfrid’s with information about any services or activities your group is running that may be of interest to hospice patients and their families.

• To provide feedback from your community on St Wilfrid’s services and to let the hospice know about any issues it may be able to help your group with.

For an informal discussion around the role, please contact Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Lucy Cheshire on 07784 238569 or [email protected]

Please note: St Wilfrid’s Hospice (Eastbourne) Ltd is keen to promote community links with other organisations and community groups and whilst the links on this page will take you to their respective websites, St Wilfrid’s Hospice (Eastbourne) Ltd is not responsible for the content of their websites or the practices of these groups/organisations. All other websites should have their own privacy notice/policy, and you are advised to refer to those accordingly.

Our Community Links

Action in Rural Sussex supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.

Age Concern Eastbourne a local, independent charity for older people in Eastbourne.

Age UK East Sussex a local independent charity providing support in East Sussex.

Alfriston Women’s Institute a small, friendly village WI founded in 1918 with at present 27 members. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Eastbourne Blind Society helping people cope with the diagnosis, treatment and life-affecting impact of sight loss.

Eastbourne Foodbank provides three days of nutritional food in exchange for a red food voucher. We also provide advocacy and advice toiletries, nappies, shoes and bedding,  baby equipment (as available) and crockery and cutlery.

Time for Dementia, Alzheimer’s Society  Time for Dementia is an exciting, innovative, award-winning educational programme designed to create a new generation of healthcare professionals who are more aware and understanding of dementia.

Cavendish School

Deanland Wood Park

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

Eastbourne Rainbow A social group of older LGBT people (50plus) - part of AGE Concern Eastbourne.  The main aim is to increase social contacts and enable group members to become aware of what is going on locally. Organise theatre visits, meals out and other social events through the year.

Facing Cancer Together an informal, friendly support group in Heathfield for women of any age with a cancer diagnosis and women who are caregivers to someone with cancer.

Just Friends is a social group for people who live alone, including carers, who do not want romance, a partner or a relationship, just friends.

The Matthew 25 Mission is a Christian charity offering practical assistance and support to anyone in need regardless of race, religion, age or gender.

One You East Sussex is the county’s free healthy lifestyle service for residents of East Sussex.  All of our services are free and are available in a wide variety of locations.

Old Ben Homes

Parkinson’s UK – Eastbourne offers information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. Organises regular events and social activities.

Salvation Army

Eastbourne and District Samaritans The Samaritans Helpline is open 24/7, 365 days a year to provide emotional support to people in distress.

Seahaven Afternoon Trefoil Guild

Pentacle Drummers Pentacle Drummers were founded in Eastbourne in 2001. Since then they have grown from a small group into a premier drumming troupe in Sussex.

Kingdom Way Trust a Christian charitable organisation in Eastbourne, overseeing the Winter Night shelter, providing supported accommodation and offering meaningful activity through Hope Woodwork.

Eastbourne Talking Newspapers Association a voluntary service helping visually-impaired people keep in touch with the news.

Eastbourne Station Health Centre Patients Participation Group

Vitality Villages a community organisation established in 2015. The aim of the organisation is to focus on the health and well-being of residents in Herstmonceux Parish and the surrounding area. 

For further information please contact Janet on 01323 833306 

Sussex Community Development Association SCDA works across East Sussex supporting community-based projects aimed at addressing the needs of those most vulnerable in the community.

Eastbourne and District Soroptimists Like their parent organisation Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI), our aim is to help women and girls locally and worldwide to achieve their potential and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities.

Sporting Memories Using the rich history and heritage of sport, Sporting Memories clubs are open to any people over the age of 50 who enjoy reminiscing about their experiences of watching or playing it.

Eastbourne and District Mencap Supporting people to lead happy and meaningful lives.

Warming Up The Homeless Changing the face of homelessness

Holding Space

Holding Space supports families who are struggling with their mental health.  They provide a safe, non-judgemental space for parents, carers, children to connect, chat and be supported along this journey.  They believe that educating, supporting and empowering families is crucial to the mental health of the next generation, along with early intervention and support.  They have a team of therapists within the organisation that they can signpost you to.

Sovereign Practice Patients Participation Group

Sovereign Practice Patients Participation Group are a team of volunteers representing the views of over 15,000 patients registered at the Practice. Their aim is to liaise with both medical and support staff at the surgery to ensure a more positive experience for everyone using the Princes Park Centre.

Linking Lives Eastbourne

Linking Lives Eastbourne provides a befriending service for lonely and isolated people who would benefit from a home visit by a trained volunteer.  During the coronavirus period, they are operating a telephone befriending service instead.  They are a registered charity with local trustees.

Alzheimer's Society

We are here for everyone affected by dementia.  We offer practical information, advice and support locally and nationally on living well with dementia including legal and financial matters and coping and caring strategies.  You can get our help in whatever way works for you: phone, in person, online.

East Sussex Hearing 

Improving the quality of life for people with sensory loss of deafness or deafblindness and to reduce loneliness and isolation within the community.  We provide a range of support services for clients including information and advice, hearing aid maintenance, equipment demonstrations and installations, lipreading and sign language classes, communication training and peer support groups. In addition, we also provide Deaf Awareness Training to family, friends and carers and "front-line" professional staff to enable them to communicate more effectively with someone who has a hearing loss. We also have a member of staff trained as Deafblind Communicator Guide.  Our Eastbourne Centre is open to the public every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Student Services at the Bader International Study Centre

Provides non-academic support in the form of tools, resources and workshops for students in areas such as health and wellness, community engagement, intercultural development, conflict resolution and overall wellbeing. 

St Wilfrid's WI

The JPK Project

Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre

Dementia Support East Sussex (DSES)

Hailsham Foodbank

Hailsham Foodbank is a project founded by the Crosslink Trust, churches together in Hailsham, working towards stopping hunger in our local area. They are part of the Trussell Trust network and give out 3 day emergency food parcels including toiletries and nappies if needed, to local people/families referred to them by agencies. They also offer Turn2Us and run Hailsham Volunteer Hub where they match volunteers with opportunities locally.

Bourne Out 

MNDA East Sussex

Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) East Sussex Branch supports those living with the disease and their carers.

East Dean and Friston Community Watch

Offers support and assistance to residents in the village. Contact is made by phoning one of three volunteers whose numbers are published in the Parish Magazine. The volunteer contact then rings around our 20+ volunteers to locate someone who can help with the request.  They offer to collect prescriptions, deliver medications, shopping, walking the dog, simple DIY, help with computer problems and more. They do not offer advice such as medical, housing, social services. A leaflet is included in new resident's packs and information is available on the village website.

Uckfield Foodbank

Uckfield Foodbank is set up to help the residents in Uckfield and surrounding villages.  They are currently seeing a large rise in the number of clients needing their support so, if someone needs support they can contact one of these agencies eg; Citizens Advice, Health Visitor, Homeworks, ESCC and Schools to get a voucher. Uckfield Foodbank use agencies so that clients can access further support to help them move forward. They operate a delivery service at the moment and deliveries are made on Tuesday and Friday between 2-4pm.

Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne

Eastbourne Prostate Cancer Support Group, part of PCaSO (Prostate Cancer Support Organisation)

Village Information Centre, Herstmonceux

The Deans Senior Tea Club

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