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, LEHLearn More
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.
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!
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.