Healthy Ageing through Innovation in Rural Europe

HAIRE aims to empower older people to help shape their community for their future – thinking about keeping active, combatting loneliness, looking at future challenges and designing services and support that genuinely build on the strengths and needs of local people.

HAIRE engages volunteers to hold conversations that provide the information that can change services as well as working in local communities to make sure people can stay independent for as long as possible.

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To attend our upcoming CREATE Events click here.

To find out more about Age Friendly Communities click here.

Making it Happen

Making it Happen helps people make positive changes in their community. We can help with:

Information sharing and signposting – to specialist advice, support and provision.

Intelligence gathering

Exploring project ideas with you and helping to link with wider networks, expert advice and funding opportunities.

Supporting volunteers –around staying safe and good practice, supported and helpful tools and resources.

If you have an idea and would like to set something up in Bexhill Central, Sackville, Pebsham, St Michael’s or Eastern Rother – pleas do get in touch via

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I Know How

I‑KNOW‑HOW aims to smooth the way for people who receive a diagnosis of cancer to remain in or return to work. We aim to create tools that support:

  • Employers
  • Health Care professionals
  • Job coaches

The Project has 3 components:

  • The development of an interactive web portal.
  • Personal coaching and support for individuals with a cancer diagnosis.
  • Coaching for employers to improve the experience of employees with cancer.

If you can help us make these resources even more effective, do not hesitate to get in touch with We are particularly looking for people who either have employed someone with a cancer diagnosis or an employee who has returned or stayed in work with a cancer diagnosis. Your input would be so valuable.

Clean Seas Please

Lindsay White stepped down from her role as project lead for Clean Seas Please in March 2021. RVA are delighted to welcome Andy Dinsdale and Strandliners to continue Lindsay’s good work and take Clean seas please forward and keep our seas clean.

Founded in 2012, Strandliners became a Community Interest Company in 2018, and are pleased to join RVA in delivering the Clean Seas Please project.

We all want clean seas, and our aim is to add value to beach cleans and litter picks, whether inland, on a riverbank or on a beach.

We have organised over 200 beach, river & inland surveys of plastic pollution and are working with volunteers to collect evidence to lobby for change.

Are you fed up that our inland water and sea is not clean?

Do you want to join groups, take part in events and make a difference?

Let’s work together and we look forward to working with residents, groups and businesses in a variety of ways to enable our communities to enjoy a cleaner environment.