Monday, September 7, 2009

Hastings Trust Annual General Meeting

That time has come round again - our annual celebration of all that the Trust has done.

The AGM will be held on Thursday 17th September at F-ISH Gallery in Robertson Street (the same venue as last year) at 12.00 for 12.30.

Refreshments will be available and there will be a chance to meet staff, trustees and volunteers.

If you would like to vote at the AGM you need to be a member, and if you would like to stand as a trustee you will also need to become a member. Please make sure your membership is up to date and if you would like a membership form to join, or more information about being a member or a trustee, please give me a ring (446373) or drop me an e-mail (

I look forward to seeing you on the 17th.

MyPlace at St Mary in the Castle

I'm really pleased to report that I've just come from Hastings Borough Council's Cabinet meeting where there was unanimous support for granting the lease of St Mary in the Castle to Hastings Trust to enable the project to go forward.

Tomorrow we submit all of the documentation that we've been working on with young people, architects, and other partners for the past six months and hopefully by the end of December we will have had our 'in-principle' grant converted into a real offer of cash!

It's great news for Hastings Trust and for young people in the town, as well as for others who are interested in a sustainable and vibrant future for St Mary in the Castle.

The new facility will be called The Point at St Mary in the Castle, a name selected by young people, and its new logo has been designed by our own youth client team member, Elissa Seddon, a graphic design student at the University of Brighton - well done Elissa.

More updates as they happen

Employability Through Experience Pilot

We are just about to launch an exciting new work placement initiative funded through Hastings Borough Council's Area Based Grants programme.

Steve Shonk has been appointed as Employer Liaison Officer, and Ben Browton as Personal Adviser. Both started at the Trust today to work with Heather to deliver the project.

Keep an eye on our website and in the Hastings Trust Resource Centre for more information, and a huge welcome to Ben and Steve.