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Thank you for visiting our Community Wise website.

We are a very busy community centre in the Old Town/Motcombe area of Eastbourne in East Sussex.

The Centre is open for all activities.  Reception is open from 9 am to 12.30 pm and our Wise Buys Shop on Mondays to Saturdays from 10 to 12.30 pm; Good quality donations are welcomed while the shop is open.

Messages can be left in the postbox outside the front door, or on the ansafone.  Leave messages for us on 01323 722924, or email admin@communitywise.org.uk.

Latest News

Community Wise has been selected by the Co-op as one of its three local good causes this year – November 21 to October 22.  We plan to give valuable work experience opportunities to young people aged 14 to 25.  4500 Good Charities have been chosen by the Co-op nationwide – see coop.co.uk for details of the national scheme, and https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/62964 for info about our own scheme …

Members of the Co-op earn 2p in every £1 they spend, half of which goes to support their chosen good cause …

Community Wise is very grateful to the Arnold Clarke Community Trust for their recent generous donation of £500!

Our Annual Review with Cream Tea took place on Saturday 23rd October at 3 pm … our kind Mayor and Mayoress joined us … Community Wise is one of the Mayor’s chosen Charities this year …a variety of great fund-raising events coming up soon …

Councillor Rodohan said: “I have chosen three fantastic charities which are close to my heart and they all need fundraising support from the community to help them meet demand for their services.

Donate by visiting gofund.me/7faa44eb

MOVE IWTH EASE – stiff, painful joints?  new activity at Community Wise starting on Wednesday lunchtimes, 1.30-2.30 pm … booking now …

THE NEXT VILLAGE MARKET IS…

… on Saturday 27th November 2020 – with a Christmas theme …

Wise Buys Shop is open from 10 am to 12.30 pm, Monday to Saturday … 

We welcome good quality donations during shop opening hours. 

FUNDING FROM THE JOHN JACKSON CHARITABLE TRUST

Community is very grateful for a donation of £900 from this local trust to enable the renewal of  our entire emergency lighting system which was in a sad state of repair.  This work has now been done by the ever efficient and helpful East Sussex Fire and Electrical Ltd …

AG CONTACT CENTRES NEW TO COMMUNITY WISE

AG Eastbourne Family Contact Centre provide 24/7 community-based assessment, family support and monitoring, outreach and child contact services, nationally! Can they help you?  Read about them here:

AG Family Support are pleased to announce the opening of our new Child Contact Centre in Eastbourne, which offers supervised and supported sessions. Like all AG Contact Centres, our Eastbourne venue also caters for community-based contact needs and indirect (video) referrals.

All of our Contact Centres have enhanced accreditation by the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC). We welcome enquiries from local authorities, solicitors, CAFCASS and members of the public (including self-referrals). To get in touch with us, please visit www.agfamilysupport.com/contactcentres or email contact/centres@agfamilysupport.com or telephone the Eastbourne centre manager on 07305 403249.

KEEP IN TOUCH SCHEME

During lockdown, two staff from the Centre worked at home, and recruited 6 additional volunteers – to run a phone-call-based keeping in touch scheme from April to August 2020.

Funded by the Communities Can Grants programme, the team were able to ring people daily, or several times a week, for a catch up call and chat. People were either referred to the scheme by other agencies, or had existing links to the Centre, and were either isolated or vulnerable.

Up to 70 people were contacted, and over 2,000 calls were made and conversations had to ensure people were ok and safe in their circumstances.

COVID-19 UPDATE 

Since lock down and building closure, the Trustees of Community Wise have completed a Risk Assessment, and after an initial deep clean have erected screens and made the necessary adjustments to signage, room occupancy and cleaning procedures.  Our premises are Covid secure.  Thank you to Upperton and Old Town Devolved budgets for a grant of £900 which covered most of these costs.

Community Wise is well-known for its warmth and welcome.