Adults and children will benefit from grants worth millions

MORE than £7m has been awarded to organisations to improve the lives of adults and children in East Sussex.

The funding comes from the Council and the NHS, following publication of the application process earlier this year.

This is the second time grants have been awarded in this way, with a similar amount given out in 2011.

One of the people who use adult social care services and who was on the grant award panel said, “I wanted to be involved as I feel that the voices of people who use the services are vitally important in making decisions, something that the Council do well.

“Being heard by those who make decisions and being able to have a voice throughout the process, means that services are what we need and can continue to improve.”

This year 22 grants have been awarded to 13 organisations to improve the health, social care and well-being of local children, families and adults over the next three years.

It includes help to people with mental health problems, including early onset dementia and to children, young people and families with complex needs, to improve their lives and strengthen organisations that support the local community.

Becky Shaw, the Chief Executive of East Sussex County Council, said, “I am delighted that the County Council, working with clients, carers and colleagues in the NHS, has been able to invest so much in local voluntary and community groups.

“This will ensure a quality service to the most vulnerable adults, children and families in East Sussex, and help build close partnerships between clients, carers, and local organisations.”

Organisations which have received funding include Together, a mental health charity, which has been given almost £1.8million over three years. This will fund ‘Wellbeing Hubs’ which will offer flexible and personalised mental health support in Hastings, Bexhill, Rother, Newhaven and Lewes. There is also nearly £1.2m for Sussex Oakleaf, in Eastbourne and Wealden, which also provides services to vulnerable people.

Southdown Housing Association has been awarded just over £1.7 million over three years, to help people with mental health needs and autism find work and to get involved with their local communities.

A full list of the grants is on the council website at: New activities, funded by these grants, will start, in most cases, from October 2012