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 the My Time team
Tel: 01424 855222 ext. 2104 or email:

Volunteering @ My Time
Volunteers are needed to support the delivery of peer support sessions to children and young people facing mental health challenges across a range of settings such as centres and in schools.
Click here to find out how to volunteer for My Time

or please contact a member of the My Time team on 01424 855222 ext 2104 or for further information.




"I feel more open in front of other people now"
"I'm less stressed, more confident"
"I feel good about myself - I am amazing"
"I found people that have experienced the same, it's good to talk to them"
"I've learnt little things that I can do"
"It's helped me talk to people and to make friends"

- My Time Now young people's comments

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

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

I do feel that safeguarding and wellbeing of the children is fully prioritised and staff go to great lengths to support families and children. The Nursery demonstrates empathy and works hard to ensure fairness for families/children here. Really stands out as 'safe space' for children.

- Health Visitor - St. Nick's Nursery

I have been at FSN since 2010. When I first came I knew about it because the fellowship was founded on Christian principles 80 years ago. Volunteering has changed my life. It is not only the staff who are always there to help you when you are at your lowest and feel down, but it is also a place where you can come and meet people. Volunteering for FSN has changed my life.

- FSN Volunteer