ABOUT SUSTAINABLE SUSSEX

Sustainable Sussex provides meaningful real-work experience, education and employment to people who find access to the workplace difficult, including those with learning disabilities and other needs.  Our projects reduce isolation and encourage interaction with a varied section of society.

Based at Worthing Leisure centre and Sompting Estate we carry out gardening, growing, DIY and other sustainable tasks.  We work with our founding partner, South Downs Leisure to look after grounds and to improve their systems to increase positive environmental impact.  Our partnership with Sompting Estate is allowing us to grow our projects and working to deliver wider benefits to more of society.

Our projects began in January 2015 and have so far been operating thanks to donations from individuals and businesses and a few small grants for equipment.  We have no core funding, so our income from sales goes back to supporting the projects.

Our sessions are people focussed – more than work or task focussed – so things get done slowly while participants gain confidence and ownership of the project, learning skills at their own pace.

OUR VISION

We are helping to create a sustainable, inclusive and resilient Sussex, by building strong links in our communities.

We envision wholesome, cooperative and sustainable lifestyles – where the definition of business and community are blurred, where sustainability is standard practice and where every person is valued and has a feeling of ownership.

OUR TEAM MEMBERS

Keith Colin in garden with trug of salads

Keith Colin

Founder, Project Leader

Keith founded Sustainable Sussex after having difficulties accessing the workplace due to chronic pain and stress related illness after serving in the Royal Air Force.  Having spent many years volunteering, he decided that he could use his experience to help others in  similar situations.

Now volunteering full-time for Sustainable Sussex, Keith also works at Worthing Homes – The Community House, providing gardening activities for adults and children from deprived areas of Worthing.

Keith’s hobbies include building lasers and putting on laser shows, yoga and camping.

Amanda Ward

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Gerard Cronin MBA

Gerard’s skills and knowledge gained through his MBA and as business manager of a GP surgery has been invaluable to Sustainable Sussex.  Gerard has previously managed and delivered large scale projects in the UK and EU in the NHS and whilst business development manager for the University of Sussex.

Alex Wilson

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Chris Hughes

Chris is Community Connector for West Sussex County Council, working to integrate people learning disabilities into local communities and also volunteering his time with Sustainable Sussex.

Chris Kemp

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GET INVOLVED

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