A pioneering project which helps to build partnerships and skill sharing between businesses and community organisations in East Sussex was launched on Wednesday October 23 at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.
WOW Exchange - Wish, Offer, Win - is an online forum where commercial and not-for-profit organisations can post ‘wishes’ and ‘offers’ for skills, time, resources and facilities.
Members can then look for the wishes and offers that match their individual requirements.
The initiative, which is believed to be the first of its kind, has been universally welcomed in East Sussex.
The launch event, which showcased WOW Exchange’s website – www.wowexchange.org - was attended by more than 50 people from the business and voluntary communities in East Sussex.
Keely Rust, commercial account handler at Reid Briggs Insurance Brokers is one of WOW Exchange’s ambassadors. She said: “I am delighted to be involved in this ground-breaking initiative.
“I think it will open doors and provide opportunities for so many organisations in East Sussex.
“ It is important to understand that it is a two-way relationship, of equal benefit to both sectors. WOW Exchange helps charities and voluntary organisations, yet also allows commercial organisations to find new business opportunities and extend their presence in the community.”
Wendy Gorham, Young Enterprise Manager - East Sussex/Brighton and Hove, said: “During my time with Young Enterprise I have found that people in the business sector are keen to give something back to their community.
“WOW Exchange will help them to find organisations and projects where they can add the most value and also get the most out of them.
“I think that this is an excellent initiative and will help more organisations in East Sussex to flourish.”