More free activities in the community

We want all children and young people living in Hastings and St Leonards to have access to high quality enrichment activities. To achieve this we are funding  community groups and organisations to deliver a range of engaging activities that are free to access and delivered in a range of settings and neighbourhoods.

After school, weekend & holiday activities

We have made funding of £170,000 available for 12 organisations to deliver enrichment activities for children and young people living in Hastings and St Leonards.

The activities include:

  • Football and cricket
  • Creative Art based activities
  • Multi-sports and other team based activities across Hastings
  • Coding and digital activities
  • Music sessions
  • Outdoor forest school activities
  • A young Film Makers Programme
  • An after school ‘Youth Club’ at the Jerwood
  • Cooking activities
  • A series of dance workshops

We have set out the activities that will be delivered below.

Culture Shift           

Culture Shift will offer a creative space at schools where children can develop creative skills, experience a wide range of creative activities, build confidence and self-esteem through the commitment and achievement, develop curiosity, problem solving and collaborate working skills. The 8-week programme will be supplemented with holiday workshops in local community centres and town centre cultural venues.              

Electric Palace

Electric Palace will run a Hastings Young Film Programmers’ project to broaden the horizons of 16 – 19 year olds and give them real-life skills and experience in cultural cinema programming and event management not currently catered for in Hastings.         


In2Play will run a 10-week Forest School programme of evening sessions for children aged 10-14 years living in Hastings. The programme will provide interesting, stimulating, hands-on outdoor experiences to develop self-esteem, confidence, independence and responsibility. They will develop their abilities to work as a team, problem-solve and make friends instilling a can-do attitude.                                                    


Techresort will deliver evening and weekend courses for young people on digital skills from making a game, to a website, to coding or shooting and editing a film etc.                                    

Active Hastings                             

Active Hastings will work across 4 community venues based directly in our target neighbourhoods. They will engage with the police and the schools to reach those children that are not currently attending a school or are struggling within their community with various issues. Sessions will include youth neighbourhood voice events, new skills like boxing, self-defence, street dance, bake off, yoga and how to make messy play activities at home. Local trips will be organised, to places such as the aquarium or fire station, and courses will be delivered in first aid, food hygiene and financial capability. Trips at the end of term to places such as Bedgebury and indoor trampoline parks will take place for those participants who have regularly attended and earnt certificates.                           

The Jerwood Gallery                    

This project is an after-school ‘Youth Group’, with artist practitioner and gallery-driven activities and sessions delivered in the gallery. It will focus on developing essential life and employability skills, as well as offering young people the opportunity to make the gallery their creative home in Hastings. Over the course of the project the participants will develop a sense of ownership and entitlement in the space, through regular and meaningful interaction with staff, artists and volunteers. Their work will also be exhibited in the studio or other available spaces across the gallery if appropriate. The project will include time spent in other local arts and business organisations including the Pier, the De La Warr Pavilion, St Mary in the Castle, Project Artworks and more.                  

Hastings Priory                                      

This project will work with groups of young people in year groups 3-5, delivering 6 week courses in 6 schools around Horntye. These are St Pauls, Christ Church, St Mary Star of the Sea, Hollington, Silverdale and Robsack Wood. The project will introduce students them to cricket and invite the enthusiastic ones to come to join the club colts’ sessions in the summer.                      

Hofesh Shechter Company                       

This project will run a series of dance workshops, run as after school clubs (8 week project, 2 hour weekly session), 4 all day training sessions and 5 full day intensive at the end of the project the St Mary in the Castle dance floor at local community centres.         

Albion in the Community                       

Albion in the Community will extend its successful summer community programme at the Firs, and run this for one hour per evening during school term time. They will engage with young people on the Premier League Kicks project from the Tressel, Baird and Braybrooke wards.          

Education Futures Trust

Education Futures Trust will run a ‘Go Wild After School’ club for children in the Church wood area, as wellas activities across at Hollington, and one at The Firs for children from local schools such as Baird and Sandown.                                


FSN will run culinary focussed activities for young people aged 11+.  A trained tutor will facilitate but not lead the young people, as the intention is to develop leadership skills, resilience and motivation whilst broadening knowledge, inventiveness and ingenuity.                                         


Rhythmix will run Music in Mind, an innovative programme for young people with mental health problems. The programme uses music making to enhance life chances and offer tangible help to young people with mental health problems.