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FSN aims to provide effective and professional caring action without discrimination and  favour for children and young people suffering the effects of poverty, disadvantage, neglect and abuse. Trustees and staff together agree that the following values must underpin our work:

To alleviate: Poverty, Disadvantage, Discrimination, Social exclusion

To promote:  Equality, Needs led services, Participation

To believe in: Community, Social Justice, Preventative action


About Us

FSN is a local children and families charity operating in Hastings,           St. Leonards, Bexhill,  Rural Rother and Wealden.

Registered Charity No. 208446


With over hundred staff and volunteers FSN runs four nurseries and three centres which offer services to children and families and are venues for local community activities.


FSN runs a wide range of projects including outreach projects that positively support children by promoting health and well-being - learning and volunteering as routes out of poverty  -  peer support projects to help cope with the pressures of daily living including bereavement, parenting challenges, emotional and mental health difficulties, and the effects of living with abuse, poverty, domestic abuse, and debt.


FSN projects are funded through a wide range of grants, fees, commissions but relies heavily on its fundraising activities and events to sustain the organisation.

A potted history

FSN was founded in 1939 to provide homes for boys and later girls, whose parents, for various reasons were unable to look after them.  From 1939 to 1985 FSN ran several small homes with up to 12 children living in them with house parents bringing them up often alongside their own children.

With its Memorandum and Articles registered in 1942, FSN registered as a charity in 1962. Working within the aims and objectives agreed FSN developed a range of residential services between 1985 and 1991 and then went on to develop a range of children’s, young people and family support services based in community buildings in the heart of some of the most disadvantaged areas in East Sussex.

In 1999 FSN celebrated its Diamond Jubilee year by completing on the purchase of the St. Nicholas Centre which is now its registered office. From this secure base FSN has grown to be a leading provider in Hastings and Rother for family support and a range of highly innovative projects have been developed over the years to support children and young people with their families and in their communities.

FSN opened the first "After School Club", the first "Fun Bus" and the first bereavement service for children and young people in East Sussex.

St. Nicholas Centre
FSN Financial Statements and Accounts 20[...]
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Annual Review 2015 2016 Updated.pdf
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FSN ER Liability Certificate 17-18.pdf
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Contact Numbers:

St. Nicholas Centre

Tel: 01424 423683 ext. 20

Robsack Centre

Tel: 01424 855222

SLCC  Tel: 01424 200604


Tel: 01424 423683 ext.35

My Time Too!

Tel: 01424 855222 ext. 200

My Time Now

Tel: 01424 855222 ext. 211 or 201


Tel: 01424 423683 ext. 34

Community Learning

Tel: 01424 423683 ext. 33


Tel: 01424 423683 ext. 22

Little Common Nursery

Tel: 01424 848574

Greenway Nursery

Tel: 01424 438660

Silverdale Nursery

Tel: 01424 435895

St. Nick's Nursery

Tel: 01424 423683 EXT. 26


FSN Registered Office

St Nicholas Centre

66 London Road

St Leonards on Sea

TN37 6AS
01424 423683

Reg. Charity No. 208446

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