Community Development

The Trust for Developing Communities previously delivered community development work in the Coldean area and continues to deliver community development across Brighton & Hove and Sussex, devises work-led training schemes in community development and provides consultancy and research services. To find out more about the trust and the work that’s going on in communities then visit the website:

So what is Community Development?

Community Development is providing communities with the tools, skills, guidance and support they need to tackle issues, solve problems, provide activities and events for all people living in that area.

There are lots of ways this can be done; here is a list of some;

  • By holding regular meetings like a Residents Association or a Local Action Team, where people come together with service providers to discuss local issues and ways forward for solving them.
  • Working with Service Providers to increase services in a local community, also work with them to change an aspect of their service so that it benefits the needs of local residents.
  • Volunteer in the community to provide a service that you feel is missing, e.g. youth club, exercise group, art group, walking group, mental health discussion group etc.
  • Representing your local communities’ needs at a higher level to make a change, e.g. attending citywide partnerships like the Community and Voluntary Sector committees that look at various areas like parks in the city, festivals in the city, equality in the city etc.
  • Fundraise for a particular project, activity, event or something that needs changing or improving in the local community.
  • Providing a community newsletter or website that can inform local people about what is happening in that community.

If anyone living in Coldean has any ideas for projects, activities or groups they would like to set up, then please get in touch and we will be happy to support you in developing it further.

Local Groups

Coldean Community Stay & Play Group

A local stay and play group for parents and carers of children under 5. Providing fun and educational activities in St Mary Magdalen Church Hall every Wednesday 9am-11am and art activities every Thursday 1pm-3pm. £2 Per Family. 50p Refreshments and Sundries.

  • Working with the newly independent group to formally set up by supporting with: drafting group aims and objectives draft a constitution, organise the group’s first annual general meeting, adopt the constitution and elect officers and a committee, agree signatories and open up the group bank account.
  • Supported the group to draft a baseline for funding applications and supported to fund raise through local pots of money.

For more information contact Chair Luci Carnall-Moore on Email: or find them on Facebook

Community Garden Project

A local partnership group formed to develop Haig Park in to a local community garden space that is accessible to all. We want to improve access and create a sensory space, with community group/project adopted raised beds. We have raised £15,250 so far to do this!

  • Working with the group to consult local people on what they want in the park, and who wants to be involved in developing it.
  • Volunteers are needed to help do the work as the project wants it to be created by local people.

For information on the next meeting please contact Chair Heather hayes on Email:

Coldean Women’s Group (requested from women in the Coldean community)

A local women’s group that aims to provide healthy, fun and informative activities for women to reduce isolation, build friendships and learn about living a healthy lifestyle. We have raised approx. £5000 to develop a programme of activities that local women want to do.

  • Looking at health issues that affect women
  • Provide exercise/ fitness sessions
  • Engage more women from the local area
  • Do fun activities as requested e.g. crafts, baking, sewing, trips/days out etc.
  • Have guest speakers from health agencies to share information about what they do and how what they provide can benefit women’s health
  • A safe place for women to come and share stories about health related issues and sharing methods and ideas about dealing with them

If interested in joining the group please contact Sue 01273 705906 or find us on Facebook.

Volunteering Opportunities

The Trust for Developing Communities is currently recruiting volunteers who are interested in Community Development. The placements are situated in different communities all across the city. The positions are flexible and you gain a huge amount of support to develop your skills further.

If you are interested then please contact us on tel: 01273 262220 or email:

Regular Activities & Meetings

What’s On

Date & Time


Coldean Community Forum

First Tuesday of Every Month, 7pm-9pm

New Larchwood Cafe

Art Group

Every Monday, 2pm-4pm

New Larchwood Cafe

Coldean Community Stay & Play Group (£2 per family)

Every Wednesday Term Time Only, 9am-11am

Art Session Every Thursday Term Time Only, 1pm-3pm

St Mary Magdalen Church Hall

Coldean Youth Club

Coldean Women’s Group

Monday’s 6pm-7:30pm year groups 5-6 and Thursday evenings 6pm-7:30pm for years 7 and upwards

Every Friday

Coldean Youth Club,   Beatty Avenue

New Larchwood


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