“Creating brighter futures by bringing together young people, local businesses and innovative ideas.”


Littlehampton Enterprise Hub is a project created with the purpose of transforming the life chances of young people from one of the South East’s most deprived communities. Littlehampton Enterprise Hub will deliver a range of carefully selected activities & projects with the purpose of raising aspirations & attainment, developing existing services and offering skills and employment opportunities to young people who are most in need.

The ultimate goal of LEH is to build a state-of-the-art Enterprise Centre (Hub) that will bring together local businesses, young people and the wider community through a state of the art, sustainable new build that will be a Hub for skills training, social enterprise and community services.

Through this hub we will support young people with a range of opportunities that will intern help them play their part in creating a diverse, vibrant local economy, challenging the existing cycle of deprivation in the local community.

Andy Gill  Manager, LEH

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Stage 1 – Further Consultation, Raising Aspirations & Attainment,  Service Development

Alongside our further consultation during Stage 1, we will implement a range of projects with proven outcomes, that will help towards raising the aspirations of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We will also work alongside the current local youth services to ensure the are delivering the very best outcomes for young people. Take a look at our Brighter Futures Campaign

Stage 2 – Providing Skills & Employment Opportunities

During Stage 2 we will develop a community focused social business that will give NEET and ‘at risk’ of NEET young people employment and skill building opportunities. We will work along existing community organisations and local businesses in determining the best opportunities that will ensure the best commercial and social success.

Stage 3 – New Build of The Littlehampton Enterprise Hub

During Stage 3 we will work with the local authorities, businesses, and young people to plan and build a world class aspirational space that will become Littlehampton Enterprise Hub, a sustainable, state-of-the-art shared space which will become home to local socially minded business whilst providing opportunities to the young people who most need them.

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Service Development


Early Intervention Mentoring


Teens & Toddlers


Code Club – Littlehampton


Young People focussed Social Business


Enterprise Hub – New Build

Why Littlehampton?

Children living in Poverty

In Ham Ward, Littlehampton 47.1% of children are living in poverty. Many of the social indicators that effect children sit in the bottom 5% nationally.

Active Local Authority

Since 2008 and the closure of the local statutory youth offering, Littlehampton Town Council have been delivering youth services and is committed to providing the very best futures for the young people who are most in need.

Young peoples Qualifications

Also in Ham Ward, Littlehampton on 28% of young people are achieving 5 GCSE’s and 23% of residents have no qualification at all.

Effective Community Organisations

Littlehampton has a rich history of local people supporting their community. A number of effective community organisations have run for decades, making a positive impact on local peoples lives. Arun Community Church (ACC) has been sustainably running The Wickbourne Children’s and Family Centre for the past 11 years. The Centre serves hundred of families every year and is a base for West Sussex County Council’s Children’s Services Team.

Education, Skills & Training

The overall Education, Skills and Training Rank is in the bottom 1.3% in England (2015 index of multiple deprivation).

Seaside Town on the up!

Although Littlehampton has many of the social issues associated with seaside towns, it also is home to award winning beaches, architecture and of course Europe’s longest bench! Consultation is currently being carried out to redevelop various parts of the town. There are also several new housing developments currently being built. Littlehampton is a town on the up!

Project Planning Partners

Arun Community Church

Arun Community Church employs over 50 local people in community facing roles from their two community facilities, The Wickbourne Centre, a Children’s and Family Centre that the church own and run in Littlehampton and a Play Centre in Rustington. ACC also delivers youth services under the ‘Accelerate Youth Services’ banner from various venues in the Littlehampton area including the Keystone Centre.

Littlehampton Town Council

Littlehampton Town Council is the parish authority for the Town of Littlehampton, including Wick and Toddington which has a population of approximately 27,071 (ONS parish projection figure).  The Council provides a wide range of facilities and represents the interests of the town to other bodies.  It works in partnership with the District and County Council as well as other agencies and groups. LTC also runs its own youth service ‘Project 82’ which runs various drop-in sessions at various venues in the Littlehampton area, including the Keystone Centre

Locality – Our Place – Approved

The Littlehampton Enterprise Hub’s operational plan including cost benefit analysis has been approved by Locality on behalf of The Department of Communities and Local Government. Our Place aims to give people more power over local services and budgets in their neighbourhoods. Our Place supports communities and public service organisations to develop an operational plan and take control in their area to make sure that things work in the best way for local people.

We believe that refurbishing and re-resourcing the Keystone Centre will enable us to radically improve youth services in one of the south coast’s most disadvantaged communities. Our development plans have 3 clear goals.
Become an open access point for young people to engage in positive relationships with their peers and youth workers a minimum of 7 times a week.
Skilled youth workers are able to support young people through individual circumstances and also offer the kind of life-enhancing opportunities that otherwise may not be available to them.
Our centre, projects and resources will aim to exceed all expectations of the young people attending and the wider community. Finding innovative, inspiring and informative ideas that will raise the aspirations of young people and inspire them to challenge the ordinary.
Currently, there are three sessions a week run out of the Keystone Centre. One on a Thursday and two on a Friday. These sessions currently attract 23 children.
We are confident that after this development project has been funded we would be able to increase our number of sessions to 7 per week and we estimate that numbers of children impacted will grow from 23 to 100 by the end of the first year. 6 of the 7 sessions will be targeted at 11­-17 yr olds and one session per week will be targeted at and designed for 8-­11 yr olds.
We are seeking to raise investment of £65k over 9 months for the development of the current centre. The costs are broken down as follows:
Refurbishment ­ £22k 
The current centre is not a welcoming, positive or inspiring space inside or out. Accepting it has limitations due to its age, we want the Keystone to look the best it can be. It needs complete re­decoration; and new floors in many rooms. The lighting is harsh and industrial and we would like change this as well.
Equipment ­ £14k
Much of the equipment in the current centre is out of date or run down. This has lead to certain items being mistreated and undervalued or simply not being used by the young people who use the centre.
Staffing ­ £30k 
Central to our plans to redevelop and re­-resource the centre is the ability to increase the number of session we provide per week . In order to increase the number of sessions we need to fund the places for two qualified sessional youth workers.
Andy Gill – Community Development Lead// 07590 536606
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LEH Documents

LEH Theory of Change, Our Place – Operational Plan and LEH 2016 Progress Update

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