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10 January 2020

A youth centre in Bexhill on Sea is about to receive a makeover thanks to the Build Yourself project.



Participants will be looking to transform the Sidley Youth Centre, in Ninfield Road, from February 17. They’ll spend six weeks brightening the space and giving the venue a fresh look for the start of the new decade.


Build Yourself gives low waged and unemployed people in East Sussex an opportunity to develop career based skills. They’re given guidance by a professional painter and decorator, and there’s even help and support to gain a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card for those interested in working as a labourer. Many have gone onto employment following the course, having gained confidence and hands on experience learning new skills.



Sarah Paterson, Project Officer at Optivo who helps to coordinate the project, said: “We’re really excited about our first Build Yourself project of 2020. The course continues to open up a world of opportunities to our participants. We’re looking forward to getting started at Sidley Youth Centre and making a positive difference to another venue in East Sussex.”


*If you’d like to take part in the Build Yourself project, please contact Sarah Paterson before 5pm on Monday 3 February. Call 07890 629602 or text ‘Build Yourself’ and you’ll receive a call back. Alternatively, email