Members

The SpeakUp Forum is a network of members from the voluntary and community sector (VCS). Membership is open to staff and volunteers from any VCS organisation in East Sussex and members are all welcome to come along to SpeakUp’s bimonthly face-to-face meetings and to join in our online discussions. Members keep in regular contact to share information, engage in dialogue, and make decisions for joint action. 
 

Members are often – but do not have to be – chief executives, senior staff, or trustees. Every member will be supported to develop and use their skills and knowledge to discuss strategic issues.     


SpeakUp aims for inclusivity, diversity, and fluidity in our membership. We have identified the following broad ‘communities’ (of place, interest, and identity) and we try to ensure that we always have knowledge and experience of each of these within our active network. Members do not come to the SpeakUp Forum to act on behalf of any single organisation – instead, they share information and perspectives from each and every community with which they are connected.   
 

Communities of place include: Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Wealden, Rother and rural areas. 
 

Communities of interest include: children and young people; older people; transport; financial inclusion; domestic violence; carers; environment; health and social care; advocacy; volunteer support; learning provision.  
 

Communities of identity include: travellers; faiths; disabilities; gender identity/sexuality; Black and Minority Ethnic; mental health.

 

SpeakUp members may be appointed to act on behalf of the SpeakUp Forum at particular cross-sector partnerships. These “SpeakUp representatives” do not represent their own organisations in such partnerships – instead, they represent the interests and perspectives of the SpeakUp countywide VCS network.

Meet the SpeakUp Members

 

 
Adam Chugg

Organisation: 3VA - Voluntary Action in Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden

Communities connected with: Eastbourne, Lewes, Wealden, Rural areas

Partnerships:

  • ESBT Personal and Community Resilience Planning & Design Group

  • Connecting 4 You Programme Board

  • Connecting 4 You Operational Delivery Group 

Alan Bruzon

Organisation: Citizens Advice Bureau Eastbourne

Communities connected with: Advice; Financial inclusion; BME

Partnerships:

  • East Sussex Strategic Partnership (ESSP)

  • ESSP Financial Inclusion Steering Group

  • Equalities and Involvement Network

Charles Sheldon

Organisation: Age UK East Sussex

Communities connected with: Older people

Partnerships: East Sussex Falls and Secondary Fractures Programme

Chris Cook

Organisation: Sussex Clubs for Young People

Communities connected with: Children & young people

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Daniel Brookbank

Organisation: East Sussex Association for Blind and Partially Sighted People

Communities connected with: Visual impairment

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Fran Abbott-Hawkins

Organisation: Change Grow Live 

Communities connected with: Health and wellbeing; substance use; mental health; criminal justice; domestic abuse homelessness

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Geraldine Des Moulins

Organisation: Possability People

Communities connected with: Disabilities; Mental Health; Carers

Partnerships: Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Gina Sanderson

Organisation: Rother Voluntary Action (RVA)

Communities connected with: Rother, Rural areas

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

James Wong

Organisation: A Band of Brothers

Communities connected with: Young male ex-offenders

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Jennifer Twist

Organisation: Care for the Carers

Communities connected with: Carers

Partnerships:

  • Personal & Community Resilience Deliver Group: Involved Communities and Volunteering

  • Connecting 4 You Programme Board

  • Connecting 4 You Operational Delivery Group

  • Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee 

Jo Gough

Organisation: Rise 

Communities connected with: Domestic Abuse

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

John Routledge

Organisation: East Sussex Community Voice / Healthwatch East Sussex

Communities connected with: Health & Social Care

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Karen Rigby-Faux

Organisation: Greenhavens Network

Communities connected with: Green spaces

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Kate Lawrence

Organisation: Home-Start East Sussex

Communities connected with: Children & young people; Domestic violence

Partnership: Local Safeguarding Children's Board

Liz Mackie

Organisation: Healthwatch East Sussex

Communities connected with: Health & Social Care

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Mandy Crandale

Organisation: Possability People

Communities connected with: Disabilities; Mental Health; Carers

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Matthew Hilton

Organisation: seAp Advocacy

Communities connected with: Advocacy

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Michelle Nice

Organisation: East Sussex Parent and Carers Council

Communities connected with: Health & social care; Domestic violence; Mental health; Substance misuse

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Micky Richards

Organisation: Change, Grow, Live 

Communities connected with: Health & social care; Domestic violence; Mental health; Substance misuse

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Miriam Wilkinson

Organisation: Volunteer Centre East Sussex

Communities connected with: Volunteer support

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Nadine West

Organisation: Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance

Communities connected with: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT)

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Neil Blanchard

Organisation: Southdown 

Communities connected with: Mental health; Housing; Employment; Learning disability  

Partnerships: 

  • ESBT Community Services Planning & Design Group

  • ESBT Integrated Care System Development Group 

Penny Shimmin

Organisation: Sussex Community Development Association 

Communities connected with: Financial inclusion; Learning provision; Older people; BME; Faiths

Partnerships: 

  • East Sussex Employability and Skills Forum

  • South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP): Team East Sussex

  • ESBT Integrated Care System Development Group 

Peter Thorpe

Organisation: Hastings Voluntary Action

Communities connected with: Hastings area

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Petrina Mayson

Organisation: Action in Rural Sussex

Communities connected with: Rural areas

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Rachel Travers

Organisation: Amaze

Communities connected with: Children and young people with disabilities

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Sally Polanski

Organisation: Amaze

Communities connected with: Children and young people with disabilities

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Sarah Bray

Organisation: Southdown Housing

Communities connected with: Mental health; Housing; Financial inclusion 

Partnerships: Safeguarding Adults Board

Stephen Gauntlett

Organisation: Greenhavens Network

Communities connected with: Green spaces

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

Steve Hare

Organisation: Age UK East Sussex

Communities connected with: Older people

Partnerships: 

  • Personal and Community Resilience (PCR) Planning & Design Group

  • PCR Deliver Group: Resourcing

  • Connecting 4 You Programme Board

  • Connecting 4 You Operational Delivery Group

  • ESBT Integrated Care System Development Group

Steve Manwaring

Organisation: Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA)

Communities connected with: Hastings

Partnerships: 

  • East Sussex Strategic Partnership

  • East Sussex Collaborative Stakeholder Group: Health & Wellbeing

Tracy Dighton

Organisation: Citizens Advice 1066

Communities connected with: Advice; Financial inclusion

Partnerships: None on behalf of SpeakUp at present

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Eastbourne

East Sussex

BN21 1DG

 

Tel: 01323 639 373 ext 209 

Email: speakup@3va.org.uk

 

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