Community Stuff began life as a community organisation in 2013 and we are now a registered CIC. Our mission is to improve the lives of everyone living in our community through positive action and community involvement. We believe that people own a stake in their community, and that by working together we can improve all of our lives.
Clare comes from a family of artists, and ran her own private art school The Clare Hackney Studio in Surrey for 20 years before moving to Eastbourne. After painting a Lottery funded touring show Children at War, and creating a Children’s Rights Art Trail as part of Brighton Festival, Clare decided she wanted to do something that had a direct positive impact on people’s lives, and when she got the opportunity trained as a cookery leader. Clare and Sue met as both were involved helping set up the Devonshire West Big Local project. They decided to get together and set up Community Stuff, and run projects to make a positive difference in their local community. Clare is Community Stuffs Creative Director. She is also responsible for writing funding bids to fund their projects. Clare specialises in teaching basic cookery skills, arts and crafts, and producing learning material for our many projects. Clare has a lifetimes experience in session delivery, is a mental health first aider, and loves working with people.
Sue Morris’s passion is play, and has worked with children and young people of all ages for over 30 years. Initially a home educator, she went on to be Play Ranger for Eastbourne Borough Council for many years, in which time she held lots of events around the town. She went on to tutor at the local pupil referral unit tutoring year 11’s who had been expelled from main stream education in Mathematics and English, up to GCSE level. Sue has been chair of the Big Local board for the past three years. The board are responsible for allocating 1 million pounds over ten years to improve the local area. Sue has a first class degree in Mathematics and is Community Stuffs Financial Director, keeping a tight rein on our funding budgets. She also writes funding bids to run Community Stuff projects. She is the Lead in our holiday activities schedule and also involved in delivery of projects throughout the year. Sue is a trained Cookery and Play Work leader, holds a First Aid Certificate, and is the Lead Child Protection Officer for Community Stuff.
Helen McCabe was asked by Clare and Sue to be Chair of Community Stuff when they became a CIC. They had met Helen when she was involved in helping set up the Big Local project in their local area. Helen has her own business, Helen Owen Marketing Enterprises (HOME) CIC, a charitable not for profit company whose aim is to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our local community. She was TalkTalk Digital Hero in 2015 for her great work. Helen became actively involved with Community Stuff’s delivery last year working with us on the weekly marketing of our first Heritage project. She chairs our monthly meetings.
Ryan has recently joined our team of Directors to bring a new, younger perspective.
Ryan was home educated and then went on to study music at Sussex Downs College. He and two of his peers formed a band called ‘The 55’s’ and played at many local events.
Ryan has worked in the hospitality industry where he has learned all aspects of cooking, serving and bar work
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