Cash injection to help boost town’s health

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A £220,000 cash boost will help East Sussex County Council improve the health of people in Eastbourne.

Money from the Big Lottery Fund has been awarded as part of a joint bid to the Chances4change programme across Brighton & Hove, Medway, Portsmouth, Southampton and Slough, who are sharing an overall pot of £1.8m to help improve people’s health.

The money will be used over the next two years to help communities support people who are less physically active, have poorer mental health or eat less healthily, to change their lifestyles and make best use of what is available in their local area.

The project is a partnership between the council and Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA), and 3VA (local voluntary sector organisations in Hastings and Eastbourne), who will lead on working with local communities and deliver the work in Eastbourne and Hastings.

HVA and 3VA will identify community facilities, such as pubs, church halls and open spaces, or existing activities such as sports clubs and community groups that are not widely used by some groups, and encourage people to use them more as part of a healthier lifestyle.

Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex acting director of public health, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for East Sussex County Council, the local community and voluntary sector and other partners to work together to build on and support the action communities in Eastbourne are already taking to improve their health “

To get involved or to find out more, please contact in Eastbourne, in Hastings. For general information, contact