The Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd visited Eastbourne last week to meet charity workers and people.
Mr Hurd was at the WOW Exchange, an innovative platform connecting businesses and community organisations, and also visited AmicusHorizon to hear from young people who have been helped to find work by the housing association.
The Minister visited Conqueror Hall in Eastbourne where he met participants from the successful employment programmes run by the company.
He heard how they’d gained confidence, found work, got into university and even set up on their own businesses as a result of the projects.
Sussex resident Lucy Mepham, attended the DIY SOS and the Get On training courses, and said, “It was a big step for me to even sign up for the courses but I’m so glad I did. As the weeks past, my confidence grew and the tutors helped me see how many choices I had.
“I now look at life and see my glass is half full, not half empty. My life is going to happen for me not to me.”
Mr Hurd said he was inspired by what he saw and said, “AmicusHorizon is showing really impressive leadership through the support it provides to help its residents get back to work.
“My visit has shown me an organisation that is giving people a great sense of community and showing them there are people who really care about their lives.”
His other visit was to the WOW Exchange, an online forum which lists wishes and offers for skills, time, resources and facilities.
After the visit Mr Hurd said, “This is leading the way by developing an online platform to bring businesses and charities together to share skills and resources.
“I’ve seen the impact that business people can have when they offer their support to voluntary organisations and I’m impressed with how the WOW Exchange is making better connections in East Sussex.”