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 for further details and to book a space.


"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

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

"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

"Attending the course helped with isolation and I built friendship groups. Given me confidence to take the next steps in my life"
"The Family Learning courses were invaluable to my children, we have learnt skills, bonded more as a family. I am very grateful to FSN!"
"I've learnt more about myself and others and more relaxed in groups. Discovered the real me! The tutor is inspirational and very caring. Being encouraged to volunteer has been an amazing and beneficial experience"

- Community Learning attendees

"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