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GOOD NEWS



FSN is pleased to announce that we have been awarded 5 year funding from the Big Lottery to continue our delivery of the Dragonflies project, supporting children and young people affected by bereavement. Not only will this enable us to continue the work in schools across Hastings and Rother, but will extend the service to schools in Eastbourne. We will also be able to give support to Early Years providers for younger children and offer 1:1 support for young people over 15 years old. The news was announced at FSN's Public Meeting on the 19th September and Peter Carcas, Chair of FSN said: We are really proud of the project which has supported over 2000 children since Dragonflies was launched in 2005 and are pleased that this has been acknowledged by the Big Lottery. We are looking forward to extending the service across the County, with FSN supporting more children and young people.                                                                     
 

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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
Discirimination
Social exclusion

TO PROMOTE

Equality
Needs led services
Participation

TO BELIEVE IN

Community
Social justice
Preventative action

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VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer Certificate Presentation at Afternoon Tea July 2018

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EVENTS

Family Fun Day held at Porters

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VACANCIES

Vacancies within FSN, projects and nurseries

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SuccessES


The Community Learning courses have been a valuable resource for our clients looking to improve their mental health and wellbeing, as well as providing insight to self-management/coping strategies to build resilience. Our clients have reported they have found them interesting, informative and easy to engage with due to the welcoming and supportive staff and informal setting

- Community Connectors, Southdown

It was really nice to meet other families In our group, in the same situation as us, "I was terrified to start with but it was an extremely fun day"
My little girl has really benefitted from being with other young people in similar situations. She knows she is not alone and it's ok to be sad and angry. She talks about Nanna now a lot more"
"Dragonflies has made an invaluable difference to my son, I think he was in a dark place and Dragonflies has let the light shine for him again

- Dragonflies parent/carer comments

Volunteering at the Health and Wellbeing drop ins I have supported attendees with engaging into activities, not only at FSN but in the local community. It’s great to have access to all the activities and information not only for our service users but also for myself. I really enjoy supporting the community and being part of the hub team!
“I have come along and attended various courses at FSN but also attended the computer and Health and Wellbeing drop ins. Coming here as made me in such a better place, everyone is so supportive! I feel so much more confident, I have found myself again. I love it here!

- Health and Wellbeing Hubs

2072 children and young people aged between 5 and 18 have been supported by Dragonflies since 2006, including:
434 who have lost their father
217 who have lost their mother
182 who have lost their sibling
600 who have lost their grandparent
346 who have lost a close significant relative or friend
288 who have experienced multiple deaths in the family
5 who have experienced pre-bereavement
and of these children 127 have lost someone through suicide

- Dragonflies Bereavement Project

Everyone was kind and never judged everyone"
"Sometimes I find it hard to control my feelings, actions, but I understand this now"
"It was fun and creative"
"I have got more friends now since starting the group"
"I learned that you should share your feelings

- My Time Too children's comments