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Making it Happen

Annual Review 2022-2023

The 2022 to 2023 Annual Review brings together material from projects across East Sussex that our teams in Lewes District, Eastbourne, Hastings, Wealden and Rother have worked with over the last year, as well as looking back on events like Big Sparks. We owe huge thanks to Polly Eason for her fantastic job editing it all together, and hope that the video provides you with an insight into the work that’s taking place in communities all over county.

Getting support

Have you got a good idea to make positive change in your neighbourhood?

What do you need to put in place to make it happen?

Let’s get started!

Making it Happen Community Development Workers can support you to turn your good idea into reality.  From listening to your idea, connecting you up with others who feel the same, signposting you to training or putting you in touch with people with the right expertise, resources or information about funding, they can provide as much or as little support as you need. Give us a call or visit the Making it Happen website and complete the Your Ideas form to tell us about your idea and to find out more about how we can support you, including information about Making it Happen funding opportunities.

Or you can download the form to fill out by hand Making it Happen- Getting Support!

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Who is working in your neighbourhood?

Check to see which neighbourhoods in the Districts and Boroughs we are working in from the list below.  Click on the links for Making it Happen partners covering Wealden, Rother, Hastings and Eastbourne or for Lewes District see the contact information for SCDA.

  • Wealden– Uckfield North, Crowborough East, Polegate and Hailsham East:  Action in Rural Sussex
  • Rother– Central and Sackville, Eastern Rother, St Michaels and Sidley:  Rother Voluntary Action 
  • Hastings– Greater Hollington and Castle:  Hastings Voluntary Action 
  • Eastbourne– Shinewater, Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees:  3VA 
  • Lewes District– Newhaven Valley, Newhaven Meeching, Peacehaven West and Peacehaven North:  Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA).

News and bulletins from the local areas:

Health and Wellbeing Newsletter April 2024


What is Making it Happen?

Making it Happen is about discovering, celebrating and building on the positive things in our local neighbourhoods. We are here to support communities to come together, make the most of the opportunities and create positive change.

We use an Asset Based approach to working with communities:
‘Asset-based community development begins with the gifts of people and their capacity to organize to create the world they want to see’ (ABCD Institute).”

We believe that everyone has skills and talents to offer their community. When these skills and talents are shared, the community thrives and becomes stronger.

Contact us

Contact Making it Happen

Denton Island Community Centre,
Denton Island, Newhaven,

Phone: 07920526224

Email: [email protected]