Voluntary organisations which provide far-reaching help to Wealden residents will receive over £262,000 this year in ongoing support as part of Wealden’s commitment to the voluntary sector.
Each year, through its Service Level Agreements, Wealden District Council underwrites the work of some major voluntary services in the District. “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,” said Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Community Health and Public Safety.
The biggest recipient of a community three year Service Level Agreement this year is Wealden Citizens Advice who will receive £137,000 a year.
“With offices in Crowborough, Uckfield and Hailsham, Citizens Advice has an invaluable track record in providing a wide range of advice and help to residents, particularly those with debt problems or facing other economic difficulties,” said Councillor Dowling.
Caroline Mack, chief executive of Wealden Citizens Advice acknowledged the importance of Wealden’s support:
“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 which helps provide accommodation for young homeless people in Crowborough and Uckfield; 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 who run clubs for young carers; Rotherfield St Martin who are looking to expand their health and social care work into Frant, Hartfield, Heathfield, Crowborough and Wadhurst; and Homestart to provide support where needed to families in the north of the District. These organisations have a proven track-record of providing locally – focussed help making people’s lives better. By giving them our committed support for a three year period, they can make better use of their own resources.”
“Organisations who play an important role in protecting our countryside such as The Conservators of Ashdown Forest and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have also been supported, as have community transport groups such as North Wealden Community Transport and Cuckmere Community Bus.”
The full list of the organisations who will benefit from Wealden’s Service Level Agreements this year are:
|Organisation||Activity||Service Level Agreement|
|3VA||Local council for voluntary services.||£16,250 pa|
|Action in Rural Sussex||Helping rural communities.||£5,000 pa|
|Care for the Carers||Clubs for young carers.||£8,000 pa|
|Conservators of Ashdown Forest||Helping manage Ashdown Forest including litter clearance, road safer and reducing deer collisions.||£10,000 pa|
|Clued Up||Information shop for Crowborough young people.||£11,400 pa|
|Cuckmere Community Bus||Community transport for the south of the District.||£5,000 pa|
|East Sussex Credit Union||Loans and savings for people on low incomes.||£9,440 pa|
|Eastbourne & Wealden YMCA||Project for young people requiring accommodation in the north of the District.||£6,250 pa|
|East Sussex Association for Blind and Partially Sighted People||Provision of a telephone helpline service.||£4,000 pa|
|Furniture Now||Furniture recycling business, training unemployed young people and those with mental health problems.||£15,000 pa|
|High Weald AONB||Helping deliver a management plan within the Area or Outstanding Natural Beauty.||£7,200 pa|
|Homestart||Practical support to familiarise mainly in the north of the District.||£7,000 pa|
|Mediation +||Neighbour dispute and conflict resolution.||£6,000 pa|
|North Wealden Community Transport||Community transport in the north of the District.||£6,000 pa|
|Rotherfield St Martin||Expanding this church in the community project offering heath and social care to older people.||£6,420 pa|
|Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hyrdocephalus||Support for an advisor on health, well being and social inclusion.||£3,000 pa|
|EDEAL||Providing business development advice.||£4,000 pa|
|Wealden Citizens’ Advice||Providing advice services in Crowborough Hailsham and Uckfield.||£137,000 pa|