The Project

Do you have an interest in cooking? Are you a budding chef of the future?
If you have answered yes, we can help!

The Project is a FREE after school programme for young people aged 11+ offering cooking activities, helping you to take the next steps towards your dream.

To join The Project, you must:

  • Be attending a secondary school within the Hastings or St Leonards area

  • Be committed to attending the 10 week course which will help you to build teamwork and cooking skills

 
Sessions will run from the St Nicholas Centre, 66 London Road, St Leonards on Sea, between
4-6pm once a week. The course will include a visit to a professional kitchen and the final session will allow you to show off your cooking skills to your family.
 
The project is funded through the Hastings Opportunity Area, Broadening Horizons fund and courses will run throughout the year. Contact JP, on 01424 423683 ext. 34 or e-mail jpdunin@fsncharity.co.uk for further details and to book a space.

SuccessES


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

"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

"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

2148 children and young people aged between 5 and 18 have been supported by Dragonflies since 2006, including:
463 who have lost their father
223 who have lost their mother
186 who have lost their sibling
616 who have lost their grandparent
353 who have lost a close significant relative or friend
293 who have experienced multiple deaths in the family
14 who have experienced pre-bereavement
and of these children 139 have lost someone through suicide

- Dragonflies Bereavement Project

"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