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Council leads way for voluntary sector support

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have approved major funding for a number of different voluntary sector organisations.

The decision means that Lewes District Council remains the largest funder to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) amongst district and borough authorities in East Sussex.

Lewes District Citizens’ Advice, now based in new offices in Newhaven, will receive £175,340. Additionally, 3VA has been awarded £28,000, Action in Rural Sussex £3,500, Sompriti £10,000 and Lewes District Churches Homelink £11,800.  

  • 3VA supports the voluntary and community sector across the region. In the Lewes district 11 organisations have benefited from one to one help and advice and two training courses were organised.
  • Action in Rural Sussex provides practical help to local rural communities. The funding from Lewes District Council is specifically to support its work with village halls and community buildings.
  • Sompriti is a project run by Sussex Community Development Association that supports black and minority ethnic communities and individuals. Just one example of many is the provision of bilingual advocacy that in the past year helped 10 people and their families.
  • Lewes District Churches Homelink provides housing deposits and rent in advance to homeless households and those at risk of homelessness referred by the council’s housing needs team.

 Councillors also agreed to continue funding that provides advice to people applying for Universal Credit.  

Councillor Tony Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Customers and Partners, said:

“Year-on-year we have demonstrated a commitment to supporting the voluntary sector in the district.  

“The continuation of £30,000 funding for advice to mitigate the impact of Universal Credit is also excellent news. The service has particular focus on those at risk of homelessness, council tenants and residents in rural areas.”

Published on 13 February, 2019