Mental health support and sport benefits from cash injection to Eastbourne community projects

A number of community projects in Eastbourne including mental health support and football sessions have been given the go-ahead due to a government funding scheme.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 10:57 am

Eastbourne Borough Council has given out funds to various community projects through its devolved budget scheme.

The scheme allows residents to have a say in how money is spent in their local area.

St Anthony’s councillors got £3,000 for a programme to provide low-cost counselling to young people though a support group focussing on managing anxiety.

The counselling project will be delivered by a not-for-profit company - The Old Bank Wellbeing Trust.

As well as this, a scheme to provide sports sessions at the Archery Recreation Ground for people who are less active or feel restricted in their ability has been given £1,000.

Provided by Defiant Sports, the programme will start with football sessions for children with special education needs and disabilities.

The YMCA youth club at Langney Village Hall has been given £850 to expand and buy new equipment.

A fridge has been bought with £1,000 given to the new volunteer-run Langney Larder which gives out free food that would otherwise be wasted.

In Hampden Park, councillors agreed £890 to go towards helping young people access counselling and wellbeing services for support during the pandemic.

Replanting went ahead in Pashley Infant’s School outdoor learning area and diseased trees were removed through £450 granted to the school from Old Town councillors.

Ocklynge Junior School was given £850 towards its learning programme that reaches out to vulnerable children through the care of small animals such as rabbits.

For more information on the budget scheme visit lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/councillors-committees-and-meetings/devolved-ward-budgets