Who We Are



Helen Burton

Our founder and former CEO Helen has a background in social care and has many years of experience as a community campaigner, having established several local projects. In 2016, she was runner up in the Eastbourne Achievers Award for contribution to the community and won the Business Women’s Excellence Award in 2018 for services to the community. She was a Pevensey Parish Councillor for four years and has also been Eastbourne Borough Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Eastbourne. In 2022 Helen was awarded a British Empire Medal for her work in the community during the pandemic.

Managers and Coordinators

Lorri Dodd

Office Manager

Lorri has many years of experience as a volunteer supporting the Eastbourne community, having volunteered for Chestnut Tree House and RVS in the past. She joined Volunteers Network almost at the start of the project, and has become an invaluable team member since then.

Emma Riley

Social Media Coordinator

Emma has volunteered within the Eastbourne community for over 5 years and is involved with several community projects within the area including Willingdon Trees Community Centre, and at Demelza charity shop. Emma’s main expertise is in social media, where she utilises her degree in Digital Media from the University of Brighton.

Emma Fielding

Langney Facilities Manager

Emma is an ex-teacher with a gift for crafts and creativity. She maintains Langney Community Centre and organises our events and activities.

Project Volunteers

We have an amazing team of volunteers at Pevensey Community Library and Langney Community Centre who are vital to the work we are able to do within our community. We also have many telephone befrienders who came forward to volunteer within our telephone befriending service during the covid crisis and continue to make regular calls to the friends they have made through our project.

If you would like to join our volunteer family, please get in touch!

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