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Hastings Thrives works to overcome barriers to learning, to help children in Hastings and the surrounding area achieve and thrive.


Collaborative Songwriting

Collaborative songwriting is inclusive and develops a whole range of skills and attributes which benefit all children. We run an annual Songwriting Competition and work in schools delivering songwriting. We are currently running a 2-year SongSeeds project with the support of the Youth Music Charity, Hastings Borough Council and Hastings Lions.


The Chat Project

Working with Silverdale Primary Academy we are piloting a volunteer support programme in the playground. Time to chat develops speech and language skills.


Community training

In 2019 we started providing high quality training for people who work in the community with children. Our aim is to support people to include all children in their sessions and be able to respond confidently to challenging behaviour.


Pre School Pilot

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We want to reach children at the earliest possible stages to overcome barriers to learning. With funding from the Chalk Cliff Trust and Isobel Blackman Foundation we worked with Changing Chances to pilot a whole school approach in Robsack Wood Preschool, training staff and parents.

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Robsack Wood Primary Academy

We are very pleased to be working with Dewberry Year 2 class…

Christmas Songwriting Course online

We are running a Christmas songwriting course. Will you help…

Youth Music Funding

We are very pleased to have received two years funding from Youth…

Beat Lockdown - online songwriting course for 11 - 16 years

From the 28 April 2020 we are running 3 online songwriting courses…

Women Who Were Scientists

We can't believe how much was achieved in such a short time.…
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Prep for Best Parenting Course

Week 2 of our parenting course at Robsack Wood Pre-school is…

Community Training Completed

September's community training in understanding child development…

Dinosaur Song completed at Robsack Wood

Robsack Wood Birch Class (Yr 4) with Mrs Piper-Smith have completed…
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It's not just us who highly recommend our community training!

People attending the first of our community training events with…

Amy is walking on hot coals for Hastings Thrives!

On the 29th September Amy Gudgeon will brave the fire coals to…
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Community Training in 2019

If you work with children, we are running high quality training…


Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children…

Sky Garden installation at the Stade

A walk in the Sky Garden Installation at The Stade Hall brought…

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