Making it Happen is about discovering, celebrating and building on the positive things in local neighbourhoods. Community development workers are supporting communities to come together to make the most of the opportunities that exist to create positive change.
Do you have a great idea and need help Making it Happen? We’d love to hear from you and help if we can! We can give advice, guidance and funding to help you move your idea into action.
Making it Happen aims to build the confidence and capability of people to come together in their neighbourhoods to create positive change and to tackle local issues that matter to them most.
Community Development Workers will be active in neighbourhoods – in community centres, on streets, in schools – helping people discover their own strengths to connect with the positive things already happening and with others who share the same interests, and to help people see that everybody has something to bring to their community.
A key principle is to not do for individuals and communities what they can do for themselves. Community Development Workers are there to lend-a-hand and provide guidance to people to develop their ideas.
Through strengths based and community driven change, the main aims of Making it Happen are to increase social connection through neighbour-to-neighbour relationship building and to improve communities’ capacity to come together to influence the places that they live.
By discovering a community’s strengths it is also possible to build a fuller picture of a whole community and not just the problems and needs. This re-balancing will help other agencies to better understand the factors that influence healthy communities.
3VA is delivering Making it Happen in the Shinewater, Willingdon Trees and Hampden Park East areas of Eastbourne, but the project is being delivered by partner organisations throughout East Sussex.
Each area presents unique, complex challenges as well as assets, and the level and length of development support will reflect community aspirations, priorities and pace. Additional areas will only be added when or if there is the confidence and self-sufficiency for people to progress collective community priorities themselves, with reduced or no additional support.
The 5 ½ year project started in October 2019 and is funded by East Sussex County Council Public Health and is being delivered in a partnership led by Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) with 3VA, Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA), Rother Voluntary Action (RVA) and Action in rural Sussex (AirS).