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Your Town, Your Ideas, Your Future

Your Town, Your Ideas, Your Future is a project developed by Eastbourne Schools Partnership to give young people a chance to explore how they could make their town a better place to live and visit.

The project started with a creative consultation event in June, attended by 89 young people from 8 Eastbourne secondary schools. Students shared their perceptions of the town with professionals working across ten different sectors which included the police, community development, sports, arts, transport and engineering, housing, business and volunteering, health and wellbeing and the digital sector.

Following that young people in each school have identified a project that they are passionate about. They met again in October, this time with experts who could help them develop their project further. In January 2019 they will present their ideas to an invited audience of potential supporters and partners.

More information about the January 2019 event.

Reserve your place at this event here.

Ideas include work on mental health support for young people, improving cycle paths – especially around schools, maintaining and expanding use of Paradise Park mountain bike area, clean air solutions for Eastbourne, an outdoor gym, a music festival, outdoor cinema, an ice rink and developing youth PRIDE event/s.

We asked young people at our last session what they were enjoying about the project.

They said:

The opportunity to have ideas, be proactive, put our ideas forward, and meet experts who are genuinely interested.


We are developing good ideas that will improve a place we love already.


Our Town was a fantastic event and is looking to be even more so as it progresses this year; it’s giving young people a say in the place we live in and in turn giving decision makers in the town input from one of the most influential groups in society- the young people.

Indya Jayne, Youth Cabinet member and student at Ratton School

What an absolutely brilliant concept today’s event was – bringing the ideas and enthusiasm of our youngsters together; ideas that can help transform our town. Just brilliant.

Stephen Lloyd MP


Your Town, Your Ideas, Your Future is an Eastbourne Schools Partnership project developed by Culture Shift with fabulous support from 3VA, Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council, East Sussex County Council Equalities and Participation Team, Lord Lucas and @Engineering Eastbourne, Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and many individuals working across the town and beyond.  Project meetings have been hosted by Eastbourne College.

Schools involved: The Cavendish School, Causeway School, Eastbourne Academy, Eastbourne College, Gildredge House Free School, Moira House, St Catherine’s College, Ratton School, Willingdon Community School.

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