Cash boost for schemes from lottery

Cynthia Lyons, acting director of public health ENGSUS00120130718115507
Cynthia Lyons, acting director of public health ENGSUS00120130718115507

Voluntary groups which improve the health of communities in East Sussex have received a £135,000 funding boost.

East Sussex County Council has awarded money from its public health grant for a pilot project which will run in Wealden district.

The funding enables the approaches used in Eastbourne in the Chances4Change project, a National Lottery-funded partnership between the council and voluntary organisations, to be extended across the county.

The successful bidders include the Wealden-based Action In Rural Sussex.

The groups will work with local communities to identify ways to support people to get active, eat healthily and look after their mental wellbeing, by supporting friends and neighbours to set up new, often informal groups and activities to improve their health.

Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex County Council’s acting director of public health, said, “This pilot is all about recognising the strengths and potential that communities have to work together to make healthier choices easier choices in their own neighbourhoods.

“Our voluntary sector partners have a track record in encouraging local groups and communities to lead the way and this project will complement and build on the work they are doing already.”

Teresa Gittins, deputy chief executive of Action in rural Sussex, said, “We are looking forward immensely to working with communities and individuals in Wealden district and would encourage anyone interested in getting involved to contact us.”

Funding for Chances4Change scheme was previously awarded last year for activities in Hastings and Eastbourne, supported by councils for voluntary service Hastings Voluntary Action and Eastbourne-based 3VA.

• Anyone interested in getting involved in a project should e-mail for the Wealden area.