My Time

Everyday life can be challenging, causing an estimated 1 in 10 young people having a diagnosable mental health condition such as anxiety disorder, depression, self-harm, eating disorder or OCD; that's around 3 young people in every classroom.

FSN My Time is helping to make a difference to children and young people affected by emotional difficulties by offering FREE services across Hastings, St Leonards and Eastbourne.  

What does My Time do? 
My Time offers an early intervention peer support service to help children & young people aged 5-15 cope with emotional wellbeing, anxiety, anger or separation.


My Time provides 10 weekly sessions of peer support delivered during the school day in schools or after school in our community venues, across Hastings, St Leonards, Eastbourne and surrounding areas.  

Creative and therapeutic activities are used to help promote group discussions and to support the children and young people to express and understand their feelings.  


This includes;  

  • Improve self-esteem and confidence 
  • Build social and communication skills 
  • Better understand emotions 
  • Learn coping strategies for dealing with challenging situations 
  • Increase awareness of mental health issues 
  • Build positive relationships 
  • Boost overall wellbeing 

Peer support groups are facilitated by trained staff and volunteers. Children and young people have the opportunity to talk to others their own age who may be going through similar experiences, and to gain support from each other. 


What is peer support? 

Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other, to bring together people with shared experiences to support each other. To provide a space where you feel accepted and understood, to treat everyone's experiences as being equally important.  

Paint The Prom

Paint the Prom was a community led project, with schools, charities and organisations taking part. Each were given a suntrap to paint a mural around the theme of 'Daydreaming.' This is by the GoatLegde, along St Leonard's seafront.

We had a workshop with some children, coming up with ideas and designs. We spent 3 sessions with the children, where they freely painted all their creative ideas, they loved it. Lots of paint and mess, lots of fun. The Mayor of Hastings, James Bacon, come along and had a go too!

There are pictures of My Time's part of the project below!

If you know a young person who may benefit from this early intervention support then to make a referral please complete a Referral Form (please find below) or for further information contact Donna Griffin
Tel: 01424 855222 ext. 207 or email:





2,549 children and young people aged have been supported
561 bereaved of a father
276 bereaved of a mother
227 bereaved of a sibling
768 bereaved of a grandparent
389 bereaved of a relative or friend
423 bereaved through multiple deaths
167 bereaved by suicide
35 pre-bereaved

- Dragonflies Bereavement Project

"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

I just want to thank everyone at FSN who have made the last two years so amazing. I have learnt so much and met so many inspiring people. The work you do with the community truly changes lives, as it changed mine. The courses you provide have led me into employment and given me the skills to create a life for myself.
I will continue to sing your praises to those that I meet and tell people about the amazing work that you do and hope that FSN thrives for many years to come. I know you'll touch many lives as you did mine.

- FSN Volunteer

"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

"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