Making it Happen

Making it Happen

Making it Happen


What is Making it Happen about?

Making it Happen is about discovering, celebrating and building on the positive things in our local neighbourhoods.  We are here to support communities to come together, make the most of the opportunities and create positive change.


The ABC’s of Making it Happen:

Acting on what matters

Believing in better

Celebrating success


We use an Asset Based approach to working with communities:

 ‘Asset-based community development begins with the gifts of people and their capacity to organize to create the world they want to see’ (ABCD Institute).”



What are we doing?

We believe that everyone has skills and talents to offer their community. When these skills and talents are shared, the community thrives and becomes stronger.


Local people are coming together to:

  • Share stories & celebrate successes
  • Work together to improve their local environment
  • Take positive action to create healthier communities

We can help by:

  • Supporting people to tell their stories
  • Connecting groups, spaces and opportunities that already exist
  • Working with people to find strengths, build confidence & add more to their community
  • Awarding small grants to kick start an idea



Who will be working in your neighbourhood?

Five organisations will be working in 16 areas across the county. These areas have been chosen because while they may face some challenges, there are also an abundance of strengths and opportunities.

Click on the link below to find out more about where Making it Happen is being delivered and for a link to the local partner:

Wealden:  Action in Rural Sussex

Hastings:  Hastings Voluntary Action

Eastbourne:  3VA

Lewes District:  Sussex Community Development Association

And us here at RVA

Let’s continue to Make it Happen!




Making it Happen! Rother

Have a great idea and need help making it happen? Let’s make it happen together in Rother District!

For the first phase of this project, community development workers will be building working to make connections and support community action in the following areas:

  • Bexhill Central/Sackville
  • Pebsham
  • Eastern Rother


We want to find out what inspires you and what you feel passionate about.  How can we collectively build on these positives to build stronger connections and healthier, happier communities?

Tell us your story:

What is the best thing that has happened to you in your community?

What about your community makes a positive difference to you?

What makes you feel: good, hopeful, connected, belong?




Contact:  Ana/Jackie

Tel:  01424 217259      Email: