Eastbourne & Hailsham Communities

We support local residents to develop their neighbourhoods, improve facilities and build community resilience in Hailsham, Eastbourne and surrounding areas.


Community Courses: Interested in free or low cost community courses in Hailsham? Our range of courses based at Prospects House, Hailsham includes arts and crafts, computer and social media skills and personal wellbeing courses. For more information, please visit our Facebook page (right), drop in to Prospects House or call us on 01323 446404. 

SCAM Awareness: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! With support from the Wealden Joint Action Group and National Trading Standards, we are delivering Friends Against Scams Sessions, open to all. For courses running locally or to complete the session online, please visit https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/article.php?xArt=37

 ‘We are Connected’ Hailsham: Our befriending project in Hailsham aims to support local people to develop their social networks and feel connected. Do you feel lonely or know someone who does? Or are you willing to give some time as a befriending volunteer? We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to spend a couple of hours a week with someone who is lonely or isolated. For more information, call us on 01323 446404.

We have a number of volunteers supporting existing clients, following on from our previous pilot and are very grateful for their dedication. 


Since 2016 SCDA has been supporting a number of small charities in Eastbourne to develop local assets for the benefit of the local community. This includes work with:

  • Willingdon Trees Community Centre, managed by Trees Community Association Ltd
  • Old Town Community Centre, managed by Old Town Community Association
  • Friends of Old Town Library

Willingdon Trees Community Centre: our Development Worker, based at Willingdon Trees Community Centre supports new and existing community groups, activities include:

  • Free Community Courses in partnership with Sussex Downs College
  • Eastbourne Food Bank and church run coffee morning
  • Holly Place 55’s Club, an older peoples social group
  • Tuesday toddler group
  • Exercise classes
  • Faith group meetings

If you would like support in setting up a new activity, are interested in volunteering at the centre or would like to enquire about hall hire, please contact 01323 504438 or email eastbourne@sussexcommunity.org.uk. For up to date information about courses and events, find the centre on Facebook @treescommunityassociation