The Shinewater Shaftesbury Centre has been serving Shinewater, Langney and the wider community for over 25 years.
How did it all begin?
The following timeline gives a short history...
In 1992 the Ian Gow Memorial Health Centre was built at the heart of the Shinewater estate. Shinewater Community Church, which continues to meet in the Community Centre next door, asked if they could cover the building costs of adding on two small rooms to the Health Centre premises. This then opened as the ‘Chat Shop’ run by volunteers from the church as a drop-in centre for the community.
In 1994 the Centre became managed by the Shaftesbury Society (now Livability) although the Shinewater Community Church kept overall responsibility for the Centre and the work expanded and grew.
In 2006 management of the Centre returned to the Shinewater Community Church (now named The Well Community Church) and was renamed the Shinewater Shaftesbury Centre.
In 2008 the Centre became independent from Livability (formerly know as The Shaftesbury Society). The trustees decided to keep the original name of the centre.
In February 2012 the SSC became a charitable Trust in its own right still working with and alongside all local churches in Eastbourne.
To date the work at the Centre has grown and expanded to its present day team in 2018 covering three sites in Eastbourne with a team of 4 trustees, 4 centre staff, 5 advisors, 12 counsellors and 7 volunteers.