Funding boost for voluntary health groups in East Sussex

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 Lewes, Rother and Wealden districts.

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

Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex 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.” Martin Fisher, chief executive of Rother Voluntary Action, added: “This funding will enable us to work with local people to both gather their ideas and put them into practice on the ground with the aim of helping all of us become healthier and more active. For details email