Devonshire West Big Local will be holding an AGM on the 11th January 2017 at 7pm at Seaside Community Hub, 125 Seaside.

If you want to learn more about our work so far, what we have planned for the future, apply to join our resident led board of trustees and vote in our board elections then join us on the 11th of January and have your say.

Our AGM is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our work and our local community, whether you’re a resident, work in the area or are just interested in the work we do then then please join us, everyone is welcome!

If you would like more information then feel free to contact our Community Development Officer Jessica Boelema at Jessica.Boelema@3VA.org.

Board Applications

Applications for our board have now closed. Below are the applications we have received so far, further applications will be added in due course.

Name:

Sue Morris

Resident of Devonshire West:

Yes

Other groups involved with:

Community Stuff CIC, YMCA

Personal Statement:

I am a local resident, Mother of 5 young adults and run a successful community interest company that works primarily in Devonshire West. I am a very logical person and my skills include event coordination, delivering creative workshops and a sound grounding in accounting and law. I have been involved with Devonshire west big local since the beginning for the last year I have chaired the meetings, I have attended lots of Big local training and have been able to pass on what I have learnt. . I am a star people awardee and ran many play sessions for the local children with the award money. Living locally, I know lots of other residents and meet them on a regular basis, I am passionate about making this area a better place to live, I have a working relationship with many of the other organisation based in this area and really believe with the help of the big local we can make this happen. At the moment I am trying to set up a Community Hub for use by DWBL and the residents to encourage more community cohesion.

Name:

Adrian Ley

Resident of Devonshire West:

Yes

Other groups involved with:

Town Neighbourhood Panel, Eastbourne Blind Society, East Sussex Vision Care, Driving Devonshire Forward, Devonshire Collective

Personal Statement:

I retired and moved to Eastbourne in 2004 after many years as a senior manager and education inspector. Since retiring I have sought to use my extensive experience in a range of community organisations and charities. I was the volunteer Social Policy Co-ordinator for Eastbourne Citizens Advice Bureau for 5 years. I have been involved in DWBL since the start and serve as Finance Officer. I have a particular interest in DWBL working cooperatively with other Driving Devonshire Forward partners and other local groups to achieve the Residents’ Plan.

Name:

Brian Lawrence

Resident of Devonshire West:

No – local business

Other groups involved with:

None

Personal Statement:

As a business owner in DW, I’m keen to improve the business climate of the area. DW needs to be a district where businesses ‘want to be’. A healthy and prosperous business community benefits all, residents, visitors and businesses alike.

Name:

Andrew Wells

Resident of Devonshire West:

Yes

Other groups involved with:

Previously volunteered with Helen Owen Marketing, Currently working in Marketing & Sales At The Savoy Court, a local hotel, previously volunteered at Eastbourne Food Bank and East Sussex Credit Union, also a Member at Sparta MMA – Local, Polish run Martial Arts Gym and Phoenix Boxing – A local boxing club

Personal Statement:

I am a young, ambitious 24 year old that wants to put Eastbourne on the map. I was born and grew up here, later attending university in the busy city of London. I am convinced Eastbourne has a bright future and a lot of potential. I want to be a part of the board to help push Eastbourne forward as a top destination to work and live in the UK. As a member of the board, I could be used as a sounding board for the ideas and views of younger residents, having attended local schools and colleges in the 90’s and 2000’s.

Name:

Karen Stewart

Resident of Devonshire West:

No

Other groups involved with:

A Founder member of Eco Gardening Group, a Community food growing garden in Hampden Park for the last 8 years. A founder member of Edible Eastbourne, supporting local food and facilitating, planting, growing herbs and fruit trees and berries in some of the parks in Eastbourne. Eastbourne foodbank volunteer

Personal Statement:

I have volunteered for the last 10 years in local food growing projects around the town, as a facilitator and using my horticulture skills. Helped (working group) to create CEPE (Community Environmental Partnership for Eastbourne) action plan for Eastbourne to create a low carbon town. Member of Eastbourne Transition for the last 8 years. I have volunteered for the last 4 years at Eastbourne Foodbank and played an active role in the running and campaigning. For the last 2 years have been (founder member) and volunteering at Edible Eastbourne, using my horticultural skills. Previous to that a  volunteer at Sussex Oakleaf at Brightview, a drop in / support centre for mental health, teaching the client base about growing food, planting, healthy eating and worked in the cafe also to get to know the clients, done risk assessment training day, mental health awareness day. Have attended various training courses at 3va to include safeguarding adults, one day first aid-emergency first aid at work certificate. Mental health first aid training certificate at furniture now Eastbourne.

Name:

Sara Latimer

Resident of Devonshire West:

No

Other groups involved with:

Edible Eastbourne, Seaside Indoor Market, Seaside Community Hub, Leaf Hall (Partner Licensee)

Personal Statement:

I am a mother of 4 who has brought up my family in the greater Devonshire area for the last 11 years.