Foodbank Britain – St Leonards poet publishes collection to feed a local cause

A collection of ‘political, thought-provoking and humorous’ poems will hopefully raise a lot of cash for the local foodbank. Dee Howard, a St Leonards resident and regular contributor at monthly Sheer Poetry,  has published a booklet containing 16 of her poems with all the profits going to Hastings Foodbank.  The foreword was written in verse […]

Hastings council’s housing initiatives half number of rough sleepers

Numbers of rough sleepers in Hastings has halved according to a report that will go before senior councillors next month. Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is now widely recognised as a leader in innovative practice for reducing homelessness through intervention and prevention, members of the authority’s cabinet will be told. The average number sleeping rough in […]

National homeless crisis pushes Hastings Council to the brink

A national homeless crisis is pushing Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) finances to breaking point, councillors will be told next week. Increasing demand has seen its homelessness budget rocket by £386,000 more than expected. The cost of keeping homeless households in temporary accommodation is now costing the council £2 million a year. And families are spending […]

Deputy Mayor is putting a sock in it for Christmas

The Deputy Mayor’s Christmas Sock Appeal is up and running again for 2019. You can donate any new and unused socks, underwear, hats, gloves and scarves, for men and women, at various locations in town. These items will be donated to Surviving Christmas – Hastings & Rother and other local charities working with the homeless and […]

Foodbank usage keeps going up – when breaking records is nothing to celebrate

More food parcels expected to be given out this winter than ever before Hastings’ leading food bank has just had its busiest October on record, with a sharp increase in those being referred for emergency food aid. Natalie Williams, community engagement manager at King’s Church, where the food bank is based, says demand is: “… […]