Raised £22,081 from 345 supporters

+£2,500 +Extra funding from East Sussex Building Stronger Communities Fund

“In 2019, Hastings ranked as the 13th most deprived local council area in England, with 26% of our local children living under the poverty line”.

The Eggtooth Project – 2020

This is not a welcome statistic, yet one that should be kept in sight if we are to understand what support is needed to change it.

The Nest, destined to be Hasting’s new vibrant community hub, is taking on the lease of the Old Town Hall to deliver some of this much needed support. The Nest is the latest step in the journey of a local social enterprise, ‘The Egg Tooth Project’, to deliver on their belief that “our community deserves to be radically well”.

A historic building will once again become a beacon of light for Hastings, somewhere which can nurture and inspire people to make happy and positive changes in their life. With a careful mixture of creativity, training and wellbeing opportunities, this hub seeks to address the needs in their community, especially those found in its most fragile parts.

“We know that poverty is intrinsically linked with mental health, and that high fees and long waiting lists can prevent the people that need it most from accessing support. By offering funded and subsidised places, as well as a quick turnaround for appointments, we have removed this financial barrier and created a service that can really support the community that we live in”.

The Nest has a progressive plan for the town, including what could be one of many possible ‘firsts’ in Hastings. An ‘alcoholic-free bar’, in the good company of a creative space and cafe, set on the ground floor will be a refreshing adaptation to the social landscape, one that might see and inspire a new type of regular. The employment opportunities when considering the staffing of these new services will focus on young people with barriers to employment, offering high-end barista, bar and front of house training.

After a very successful crowdfunding campaign, enough money has been raised (£22,081) to furnish the Nest with ‘The Egg’. A space upstairs dedicated to the specialist practitioners who will offer a range of traditional and creative therapeutic services to people in Hastings.

The £22,081 crowdfunding campaign was supported by 345 people, including a pledge of £2,500 from the East Sussex Building Stronger Communities Fund. This fund from East Sussex County Council, has the explicit purpose of providing funding for projects who are developing community infrastructure in East Sussex.

This crowdfunding campaign was started during the initial COVID-19 lockdown, it is regarded to be one of the best examples of success in what have been extremely unconventional and challenging times. A video created with social distancing practices in place, shows just how strong an online community can be, watch it here.

If you’ve got a great idea to support your community in East Sussex, start crowdfunding now!