linking-lives-logoLinking Lives Eastbourne has been set up to respond to the needs of lonely and isolated people in the area, and Tuesday 22 November 2016 was a memorable day for Linking Lives Eastbourne for two big reasons:

linking-lives-eastbourne-volunteers-croppedFirstly, our inaugural induction training took place, with 8 of our volunteers completing the mandatory training required to befriend people one to one. So, on behalf of Linking Lives Eastbourne, I’d like to congratulate and say a big thank you to them and everyone else who’s expressed an interest in volunteering to date.

Secondly, we also held a meeting that day with the national Linking Lives management team, to ensure Linking Lives Eastbourne has everything in place to commence our befriending service. I’m very pleased … even relieved … to say that we’ve now got the green light!

With Bishop Richard now in place as our patron, we are poised to send out the first wave of befrienders to respond to the needs of the lonely and isolated in our community.

I’ll keep you updated with our progress in the coming weeks, but if you’d like to support us either as a volunteer, financially or in prayer please send me an email to or contact me via St John’s Church office.

Byron Stevens
Coordinator, Linking Lives Eastbourne