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A new hub opens in St.leonards on Friday 27th March.  The new hub St.leonards Works will be a  marketplace for people to access employment and gain skills.


St.Leonards Work will officially open at 5pm on Friday at 65 London Road. Employers and local organisations are invited to attend the formal opening and launch event.

The two year project which is funded by Hastings Borough Council, Amicus Horizon and the Department for Work and Pensions means that residents will be able to access employment, training and volunteering opportunities at the hub.

The St.leonards hub will offer the same as Hastings Works which is based in Robertson Street.

Both centres will open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm  providing skills and support for local people.


Hastings Independent is a free fortnightly newspaper for the Hastings & St Leonards community. This month has been a milestone month as not only did the paper celebrate its first anniversary but on Saturday 21st February it began its long awaited training programme for people interested in journalism and newspaper production.

As a community newspaper run by volunteers, one of its aims is to provide opportunities for those considering a profession in the newspaper industry but experience is often very difficult to obtain. The Hastings Independent has developed an on-going training programme, starting with an introductory overview to be held at regular intervals and they will be making topic specific subject courses such as research, sub-editing, editing and production available over the year. These will be advertised on the website and in the paper (and in Business in Hastings!).

training course

For the first introductory course Hastings Works kindly provided a suitable training space, and the workshop was run by the paper’s existing volunteers.  This meant the group is able to offer training free to anyone interested, in line with its guiding principles of supporting all people in the community.

On Saturday twenty prospective reporters and editors attended and went through an introductory session. The first part introduced the newspaper production process from inception to distribution, the overview of the roles of the various people involved and the legal requirements that are specific to the business. The second part focused on journalism; how information is gathered, verified and then written. Those wishing to were offered a topic to research and prepare an article which they could submit for consideration for inclusion in the newspaper.

Hastings Independent is a not for profit organisation. Its income is from grants, donations and from limited paid advertising in the paper and on the website. Back issues are available to download from its website www.hastingsindependentpress.co.uk. Potential advertisers are welcome to discuss opportunities with us, particularly those with a community focus.

Hastings Independent is always interested in suitable stories and leads so please send any you are aware of to subs@hastingsindependentpress.co.uk.