£262,000 cash boost for voluntary groups

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Voluntary organisations which provide far-reaching help to Wealden residents will receive more than £262,000 this year.

Each year, through its Service Level Agreements, Wealden District Council underwrites the work of some major voluntary services in the district.

Councillor Claire Dowling said, “Through our three year Service Level Agreements, we are able to provide medium term financial backing to many organisations, allowing them to plan ahead.

“This makes a real difference to members of our community including the young and old and those with disabilities and makes Wealden a better place to live.”

The biggest recipient of a community three year Service Level Agreement this year is Wealden Citizens Advice, which will receive £137,000 a year.

Caroline Mack, chief executive of Wealden Citizens Advice, said, “This core funding is vital to ensure that residents in Wealden have access to free, confidential, impartial and independent advice.

Working in partnership has enabled Wealden Citizens Advice to set up new services such as specialist advice in housing and welfare benefits, pilots in providing advice through Skype and email and much more.

Without the funding from WDC, our drop-in service and these new services would not exist, leaving the residents and vulnerable people of Wealden without a way to resolve their problems.”

Councillor Dowling added, “Some 18 organisations benefit from our medium term financial support. These include Eastbourne and Wealden YMCA; Furniture Now, who train and employ youngsters not in training or education and vulnerable people to help repair and restore furniture which can be sold at discount to people on low incomes.” We are also supporting Care for the Carers and Cuckmere Community Bus.”