I have been a volunteer (and currently Chairperson) of NIPPERS. This is a registered Charity established in 1973. I have been involved since 1978 and volunteer there daily. NIPPERS offers out of school activities for children and young people aged 3-17. We encourage outdoor activities and supporting their environment.
I am a Forest School Leader and work for a local training organisation offering accredited training in Forest School to level 3. We currently have 2 Forest School Leaders (myself included) and 2 in training.
For many years we have been based near Castle Hill in Newhaven, but more recently have moved to East Side, which is an area of planned re development.
I was a founder member of NCDA (now SCDA) but am no longer involved with that organisation.
Havens Community Hub puts the needs of the community first. Providing personalised support to good causes and creating partnership projects to meet established community need.
We are committed to supporting good causes to fulfil their potential, improve skills and to succeed in meeting the needs of the community.
CREATING – Partnerships and Projects To Meet Established Community Need.
SUPPORTING – Good Causes To Become More Sustainable.
CONNECTING – Volunteers To Appropriate Opportunities.
Havens Community Hub are members of 3VA, FSI, SEUK, NCVO, Locality, AoC & the Plunkett Foundation.
We are happy to support Greenhavens Network in whatever way our skills and resources could be best used.
As well as supporting local non-profits we also administer for Havens Community Cars and Havens Happy Clubs – for community transport and community activities for older people.
During Covid-19, we have also stepped in to support FareShare perishable food distribution to prevent food waste and creation of landfill emissions as many groups who would normally do this have been halted during lockdown.
We look forward to working with, and supporting you, now and in the future.
Havens Community Hub Company Secretary and Newhaven Town Councillor
I have up to 15 years’ experience (as an amateur/volunteer) of the following:
· studying butterflies, moths and other wildlife
· biological recording and sharing records with the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre
· guiding walks (including for Butterfly Conservation, SCDA and Lewes District Council)
· leading wildlife-events (moth-trapping, bug hunts, rock-pooling, one-off events such as Nature Cadets with Newhaven Fort)
· performing and assisting with baseline wildlife surveys (for Lewes District Council and wildlife groups)
· designing survey strategies
· land management for conservation (advisory and practical work)
· committee member of the Friends of Castle Hill LNR since 2005 (Recording Officer since 2017)
· wildlife writing, blogging and ‘bio-tweeting’
I have a background in local government and the third sector. I am currently co running Cycling Without Age – Seaford Chapter, a group which take elderly and socially isolated individuals for free rides on specially adapted trishaws. This allows them to interact with their environment and socialise again, improving mental and physical health and general wellbeing.
During Covid I have been working as part of SeaFriends to set up and run a telephone befriending service to provide regular contact for isolated individuals. Long term it is hoped that we can continue this service and grow it to help to combat social isolation and loneliness in the Seaford area.