More than 50,000 people used the services of the Fellowship of St Nicholas last year.
So explained Stephanie Edmonds, Operations Director for the Fellowship of St Nicholas, when she spoke to members of the Rotary club of Senlac at a recent meeting. She showed her passion and dedication to her job as she described the history and many facets of the Fellowship which aims to alleviate poverty and deprivation among young people.
In the Hastings area more than 6,000 children are deemed to live in poverty, and the Fellowship covers Bexhill and Rother, too.
Formed in 1939 the Fellowship has expanded its services considerable and now organises Dragonflies, a children’s bereavement service, after-schools clubs, nurseries, Mytime, a service for 7 to 18 year olds who have mental health issues, apprenticeships and a number of family-related projects.
Stephanie explained that they relied totally on funding from local authorities and charities including the Lottery and Comic Relief but there was always a shortfall and they needed other ways to meet their needs be they financial or by volunteers.