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Your Town, Your Ideas, Your Future

Your Town, Your Ideas, Your Future was 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 identified a project that they felt passionate about. They met again in October, this time with experts who could help them develop their project further.

In January 2019, teams of young people from each school presented their ideas to an invited audience of potential supporters and partners.

The event was hosted by Eastbourne Schools Partnership at the Birley Centre and was attended by an audience of more than 70 people, including Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, Councillors, businesses and people working across the statutory and voluntary sector who have a vested interest in the students’ ideas and proposals.

Ideas from the young people included:

  • 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 beach gym
  • a music festival
  • an outdoor cinema
  • an ice rink
  • developing a youth PRIDE event

Following presentations from students, audience members joined students in conversations to contribute ideas, expertise and support for projects going forwards, resulting in approximately 50 individual offers of support or help from the audience for the school projects.

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We asked young people at our last session what they enjoyed 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.