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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