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Community Wise is 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.  You can also visit us at Ocklynge Road, Eastbourne BN21 1PY.

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SURVIVAL BOXES for Ukraine 🇺🇦

Community Wise is currently serving as a collection point of survival boxes and donations for Ukraine. This is on behalf of our partner organisation, CfC (Computers for Charities) who has initiated the appeal and distributing the supplies at border crossing points (4 countries).

Survival Box Contents:

Soap, Shower Gel, Flannel, Comb, Tissues, Razor for men, female sanitary items, warm Socks, Hat, Underwear, Chocolate.




More 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 Causes 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 Clark Community Trust for their recent generous donation of £500!






Community Wise has had the privilege of being one of the charities chosen last year by Eastbourne Mayor, Councillor Pat Rodohan:  He says  “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.  A number of very successful fund-raising events have taken place.

Donate by visiting gofund.me/7faa44eb






For Unpaid Carers – creative activities, conversations and freshly cooked lunch!

Care for the Carers drop in days for unpaid carers in East Sussex from 10am to 3pm on the following dates:

21st March

25th April

23rd May

27th June

18th July

26th September

17th October

28th November

19th December

at Community Wise, Ocklynge Road, Eastbourne





Community Wise PAINTING ON TUESDAY has spaces for new painters … starting on 26th April from 9.30 to 12 noon and booking now … £50 for ten weeks, excluding half term … paint with others in a supportive and relaxing environment … email admin@communitywise.org.uk to book a place …

And an opportunity to learn to DANCE the LINDY HOP starts on Monday evening 25th April at 7.45 pm – for beginners and improvers … tel 07808 608860 to find out more …







Saturday 28th May 2022

from 10 am to 12.30 pm

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

We welcome good quality donations during shop opening hours. 









Community Wise is thankful for the donation of £900 from this local trust, to enable the renewal of  our entire emergency lighting system, which was in need of repair. The work has now been done by the ever efficient and helpful East Sussex Fire and Electrical Ltd …






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 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.



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.


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.