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Marathon runners give Hastings support charity a boost

A group of runners helped raise £1525 for Hastings support charity Education Futures Trust when they ran the Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday 18th March.

The team, consisting of six staff and family members, all completed the challenging 13.1 mile course in admirable times ranging from 2:01 hours (120 mins) to 2:15 hours (135 mins).

The funds raised will enable the charity to purchase vital equipment for activities and fund courses for local children and adults who are suffering from significant mental health issues.

EFT does not receive any funding other than those raised themselves, therefore all fundraising activity is crucial for the charity to be able to continue to provide support for some of the most vulnerable children and adults in Hastings.

If you would like to support EFT with their latest campaign, raising funds for outdoor learning equipment,  please visit the charity’s My Donate page;


Hastings Half Marathon – please support our runners

A number of runners are taking the Hastings Half Marathon challenge on Sunday 18th March 2018 to raise vital funds for Education Futures Trust (EFT).

As a Hastings based charity, we are dedicated to providing innovative support and learning tailored to the needs of children and families in the local area.

We do not receive any funding other than those we raise ourselves and therefore all fundraising activity is crucial for us to be able to continue to provide support for some of the most vulnerable children and adults in Hastings.

In particular we need to find funding to run our courses. especially for children and adults who are suffering from significant mental health issues. We have been overwhelmed with referrals, but now need your assistance in raising funds to support our charities work.

To make a donation and sponsor our runners please go to

Your donations will make a huge difference to families in need in Hastings. Thank you in advance for all your support!

Outstanding award for Hastings support charity

Hastings based Education Futures Trust has achieved an outstanding award in recognition of the high level of service it provides as a support charity.

The platinum award was made by SQP (Simple Quality Protects), a programme designed to support the voluntary and community sector by assessing the level of service they provide.

Since forming in 2012, Education Futures Trust has been recognised with bronze, silver and gold awards for its continued achievements. The platinum award was presented by SQP following their latest assessment of the charity in December 2017.

Education Futures Trust CEO Carole Dixon commented; ‘We are absolutely delighted to receive this award, as it demonstrates that we have strong processes in place to underpin the work that we do to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable residents in Hastings. Achieving the platinum standard recognises the hard work of staff and trustees in establishing high quality systems, particularly around safeguarding. We were praised for consulting with our beneficiaries and for embedding policies and practices in the day to day work of staff.’

Four Health & Wellbeing Hubs Announced for Hastings & Bexhill

People in the most deprived communities of Hastings and Bexhill are set to benefit from the establishment of new Health and Wellbeing Community Hubs thanks to funding from NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Cllr Kim Forward, Deputy Leader of Hastings Borough Council and lead member for regeneration and culture said: “We are very pleased to support this scheme, which will benefit the most vulnerable and invest in the sustainability of our voluntary and community sector. This scheme will invest in the infrastructure and capacity of existing community organisations to deliver health and wellbeing services within the most deprived wards of Hastings and Bexhill.”

The development of the hubs is part of ‘Healthy Hastings and Rother’, a scheme that was set up to tackle health inequalities in the area. This is part of the wider East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) programme, which is transforming and integrating health and care to achieve the best possible services for local people.

Steve Manwaring, Director, Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA) said: “The hubs will help local people and communities to improve and manage their health and wellbeing by giving them access to information, sign-posting and support in one convenient place. They are the result of extensive partnership work between the CCG’s Healthy Hastings and Rother team, the local voluntary and community sector, Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council.”

Awards have now been made to local voluntary and community sector organisations to establish hubs in:

  • North East Hastings (Educations Futures Trust led)
  • North West Hastings (Fellowship of St Nicholas led)
  • Central St Leonards (Fellowship of St Nicholas led)
  • Central Bexhill & Sidley (Sussex Community Development Association led)

Work on these individual projects began in late autumn 2017.

Spectacular masked ball raises funds for local children

Rotavive (The Rotary Club of Hastings) held a masked ball at Powdermills Hotel in Battle on Saturday 25th November to raise funds for Hastings support charity Education Futures Trust.

The evening was a huge success and guests enjoyed entertainment from Laton Ash Dance School, Acromax gymnastics, live music from Danielle and a spectacular fire display by Gabrielle Doll Facee, with all acts kindly donating their time.

A total of £2142 was raised from ticket sales, with funds from the event directly benefiting local children in need, who will be presented with a special birthday surprise from EFT on behalf of Rotavive.

Bexhill student awarded for outstanding achievement

Hastings based support charity Education Futures Trust (EFT) awarded a student from Bexhill High Academy for his outstanding achievements while on a Science of Survival (SOS), Alternative Provision course.

Ashley Harris, 12, from Bexhill, was awarded by EFT on Monday 16th October. Ashley proved to be an exceptional student by managing to achieve not only a Young Leader Award, but at least three Chief Survivor Awards too, which are given to one outstanding student each session.

Both Chief Survivor and Young Leader certificates are awarded to those who display outstanding teamwork by showing kindness, maturity and a willingness to support other students and staff with tasks. In addition to this, a student must also show a positive attitude to learning and leadership.

Science of Survival is a school support programme delivered by EFT at the Firs grounds every Monday during term time. The course is designed to assist students with confidence, communication and practical skills, while working towards their Young Leader Awards.

Ashley has been commended by staff James Havbro (Course Leader) and Adam Ransom (Behaviour for Learning Coach) for his positive contributions on the SOS course, which has set a positive example to other students who also attend.

For further information about other courses, please click here

Local children awarded for Comic Relief funded sport achievements

 Hastings support charity Education Futures Trust has been involved in an exciting project this year designed to improve the wellbeing of local children through engagement in physical activity.

Funded by Comic Relief, Sport for Change is a ten week course aimed at improving the fitness and health of children aged 8 -16. Held at venues across Hastings, the sessions offer a variety of physical activities to suit all, including football, cricket, tennis and table tennis, rounders, Uni–hockey, stoolball, netball and basketball.

The latest Sport for Change sessions ended in September, and a group of young people from the course celebrated their sporting achievements by receiving Young Leader Award certificates at events in Alexandra Park and Hollington Skate Park. The certificates were awarded to the children for their participation in sports and team games, for consistent attendance, supporting other young people and showing leadership skills.

As well as improving confidence and well-being, the course looks to encourage young leaders by offering awards and the option to help lead activities.

Sport for Change is run by EFT Learning Coaches Adam Ransom and Denise Sims with support from Alan Foster at Active Hastings.

Further 10 week Sport for Change sessions will be running from 10th October at Hollington Youth Centre, 3.45 – 5.15pm, and 11th October at The Firs in Elphinstone Road, 4pm to 5.30pm. Each session is free to free to attend with advance booking required.

Volunteers from Hastings Direct insurance firm rolled up their sleeves to help local support charity Education Futures Trust on Wednesday 16 August.


The group, from the Bexhill based company, kindly donated their time to help clear The Firs grounds in Elphinstone Road, which the charity will then use to create a wide range of facilities for public and community use.

The Hastings Direct team spent a full day with Shar Brown, EFT’s Outdoor Learning Lead, reclaiming areas of unused land and learning forest school techniques, which they put to good use building a fire to make tea during breaks.

The Hastings Direct volunteers have contributed four dates to the team building project, offering vital support to the charity that relies on donations for funding. It is hoped The Firs development will go on to provide an important community venue for borough residents, whilst providing a sustainable income stream for Education Futures Trust when complete.



Local businesses support The Firs development – 12th July 2017

Kevin Sinfield of A4 Architecture has kindly agreed to work on the planning design for phase 1 of the Education Futures Trust development of The Firs. We are delighted to have Kevin’s support with this part of the project, which builds on the Concept Document that he produced to support the original submission to the council.

In addition, Hastings Direct has very kindly donated two teams of volunteers who will join The Firs team in September. Their challenge will be to clear areas which could eventually be turned into an adventure playground.  

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Our Café @ Ore Launch – 20th June 2017


The Education Futures Trust is delighted to be launching Our Café @Ore on the 20th June. A huge thank you to Tesco Extra as they are providing bunting, children’s ‘goody’ bags and balloons. Tesco Extra are also supply us with food through the Sunday FoodCloud collection, and this provides the café with a range of fresh food.

Comic Relief Funding Secured


The Education Futures Trust is delighted to have been successful in achieving a Comic Relief sports grant for work across Hastings with young people. Keep checking the website for more details.

What  Great Team Spirit!

Education Futures Trust really got stuck in on Monday 7th November, clearing the additional land at the rear of the greenhouse included in our 25 year lease. This will allow access to a possible second entrance to the greenhouse as well as further space for planting and plant sales. A team of 12 enjoyed the sunshine and made short work of the brambles and roots. Together,  they unearthed more concrete terracing which can be used to display larger plants and shrubs for sale.

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Education Futures Trust wins a share of Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund

The Hastings-based charity Education Futures Trust has been awarded £5,000 from Katy Bourne’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund.

The Community Safety Fund supports projects that provide a positive and lasting impact on the local community. The Education Futures Trust’s “Outdoor Survival Squad” is a series of inspirational survival skills and conservation sessions for young people in Hastings aged 10-16 years . These courses improve team work, communication, community involvement, resilience and work-based skills; leading to the possibility of an accredited award in conservation, or a Young Leader qualification.

Carole Dixon, CEO of Education Future Trust, said: “We were delighted with our success in gaining funding for our youth group. This allows us to extend our outdoor learning and conservation work to young people outside school hours. As well as learning new practical skills, young people are developing teamwork, building self-esteem and confidence, whilst clearing and improving areas of green space.’

If you are between 10 and 16 years of age, and wish to join us on a Tuesday at The Firs, please ring the office on 01424 722241 and speak to Adam or James.



Without Walls brings National Success

Throughout 2016 the Education Futures Trust have been facilitating the delivery of John Muir awards in conservation with groups of adults and young people at sites across Hastings including the beach, Alexandra Park and areas of ancient woodland . Teams have worked hard together to protect and promote diversity of wildlife, at the same time as establishing or strengthening connections with the locality. The impact of this work can have far-reaching positive consequences for both the land and the participants:

‘It felt like an achievement when we carried out the clearance task. It’s amazing what teamwork can achieve. It gives personal and team satisfaction.’

Coralie Hopwood, the John Muir Award England Inclusion Manager added

‘The team of the John Muir Award in England has been consistently impressed with the work of the Education Futures Trust and their high quality delivery of the John Muir Award in their programmes: Shore Academy, Without Walls and Working Without Walls.  Not only does EFT deliver innovative and intelligently planned programmes to support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the community, but they enable them to make profound and transformative connections with nature and wild places and enjoy the benefits that being active in an outdoor environment brings.  We routinely refer to the work of EFT when discussing the John Muir Award with new providers as a model of good practice and reference the breadth of activities delivered through their projects as well as the sound structuring of the programmes and holistic support provided to participants at every stage.  We are thrilled to be supporting EFT through access to the John Muir Award and congratulate them on their very impressive achievements with it to date.’

If you would like to find out more about outdoor learning courses at EFT please call the office on 01424 722241 or email