£3 million of grants to help needy

Nearly £3m has been awarded to organisations in a bid to improve the lives of people in East Sussex.

East Sussex County Council and the NHS provided joint funding over three years for 21 organisations who applied for grants following the publication of the 2013 Commissioning Grants Prospectus.

This year there were 56 applications and local people, who use the services, helped to decide which organisations should be given funding based on the impact they would have on a community. Grants were given to organisations which focussed on offering help and support to vulnerable children and their families, people with long term health conditions, people affected by stroke, people with learning disabilities and autism, people with mental health problems, carers, and helping people lead healthy lifestyles and supporting people at risk of significant harm from anti-social behaviour or harassment.

Cllr Bill Bentley, lead member for adult social care, said, “By focusing on the changes that can be achieved using these grants, we can encourage organisations to develop new responses to challenges, through local expertise and experience.”

The Stroke Association which was awarded a three -ear grant to provide a service to support stroke survivors and their carers.

Stay Up Late received three-year funding for a project called Gig Buddies which enables people with learning disabilities to go to concerts and events with a volunteer ‘buddy’.

Carers across the county will also be able to benefit from a free, volunteer respite and befriending service run by the Association of Carers, with a three-year grant.

For a full list of grants seewww.eastsussex.gov.uk/cgp