Upcycled headboards feature in a station ident we made for ITV in partnership with local artist Hermione Allsopp
Some of the HFS team spent a day at a London TV studio helping Hermione put together the padded upcycled headboard structure and make the lampshade that features in the ident, used in-between programmes during February.
The structure is also on display in the shop window at our Bexhill store.
If you missed it live, you can see the film and more about the project on the ITV website here.
We have a stall full of vintage finds from our stores at the Age UK vintage fair in Bexhill this Saturday 18th May – do pop along and say hello if you’re there!
The Vintage Spring Fair has been organised to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Age UK East Sussex.
It’s a free-to-enter family fun day expected to attract 8,000 local people. There will be lots of stalls and activities to enjoy, as well as information and opportunities to work together as a community to help support our vulnerable, older neighbours who may be at risk of isolation, loneliness and poverty.
Our Workshop on Wheels (WoW van) will be back out on the road in the Spring, ready to offer free skills sessions to local community groups, thanks to a generous donation from the Mason Charitable Foundation.
The van is equipped with workbenches and tools so we can provide short workshops anywhere in Hastings and Rother.
We have helped community groups undertake their own projects such as restoring benches in a community garden, making raised beds or decorating.
We can also provide a short course for members of your community group. The Oasis Community Project based at Ore Community Centre, for example, used their time with the WoW van to learn furniture restoration.
To celebrate our 3 decades of furntiure reuse, HFS is hosting “Thrift Fest” at the Hastings Centre on Saturday 22nd September, where we will launch a crowd-sourced Thrifty Tips book.
Thrift Fest is a day showcasing way to live a fun-filled, creative, active, rich life without costing the earth. The day will be packed full of activities, workshops and entertainment provided by local community groups, reflecting the ethos of HFS: DIY, reuse, upcycling, sharing practical skills, and being active in the community.
Have you got a thrifty tip to share? Individuals and organisations that successfully submit a Thrifty Tip for the book will be named in print and receive a free copy at Thrift Fest.
Hastings Voluntary Action gives “against all odds” awards for volunteers who have overcome their own challenges to help others through volunteering. The awards were established in memory of Fran McKeown who worked for HVA and was an enthusiastic campaigner for community action.
Ruban Shanmuganathan was nominated by HFS for this award. Ruban contracted meningitis leaving him with memory and language problems. He also has arthritis in one hand, giving him a condition known as claw hand. Ruban has been living at the brain injury rehabilitation unit and making a good recovery. Volunteering at HFS has become part of his recovery programme this year.
Starting out with one day per week in March, Ruban became more committed to his physiotherapy exercises because he wanted to be able to do more at HFS. He now helps move furniture in the prozac online drug store, takes apart and mends small items. We have seen huge improvements in his communication and confidence, feeling part of the team. He is also gaining better use of his hand by carefully lifting and carrying items with the support of the team.
The rehabilitation centre has also noted the improvements which make having his physiotherapy (which he hates!) a little easier.
Ruban now volunteers with HFS 2 days a week and plans to increase this soon because he wants to give more back to the community. We are very proud and thankful to have Ruban as one of our volunteers.
HFS took part in a huge community art event, alongside 12 other local community groups, as part of the Root 1066 Festival in Hastings.
Participants took part in a procession along the seafront, carrying hand-made arrows and gathered at The Stade to celebrate the completion of a huge art installation made by vulnerable adults in Hastings and Rother. The installation was made of hundreds of arrows made by groups in Hastings and Rother. Each arrow was decorated underneath with the hopes and wishes of the participants.