Adult Social Care annual report 2013-14
Find out what East Sussex County Council did last year and plan to do next year to support adults in East Sussex. The report can be found here.

Each year, an annual report called the Local Account is published. This is the third year it has been produced. There’s also a short video to accompany the report.

Let’s Do Business Finance get behind SMEs
Let’s Do Business Finance (LDBF) have £1.8 million to lend to small and medium sized businesses over the next two years, with the aim of helping them to grow and thrive.

The team is part of the Let’s Do Business Group (LDBG) and wants to hear from established and viable enterprises with a view to supporting their continued growth.

Financial support is available from LDBG to start-ups and established businesses alike who are unable to get help from traditional high street lenders.

For more information about the support available at Let’s Do Business visit, phone 0844 415 2272 or email

Let’s get going – Walking Football
If you thought your footballing days were over, or you thought you were too old to start, think again! A ground-breaking new programme is now available to residents in Seaford and the surrounding areas who are aged over 50.

Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the over 50s designed to help people keep an active lifestyle irrespective of age. As well as simply getting back to playing football it is also a great way to meet like-minded people.

Walking Football is offered at the Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road, Seaford on a Wednesday morning between 10am and noon, and is open for everyone aged over 50. The sessions cost just £2.00.
There are no skills required and it is paced to the slowest person in the group – running is not allowed! Neither is body contact or sliding tackles. The sessions are structured around a warm up, basic ball skills, a 20 minute game and a warm down.

Walking Football is not only suitable for male retired footballers, it is also suitable for women and for those who have never played football before.

The group relaxes after the session by meeting in the cafe for coffee. To attend the Walking Football, contact Downs Leisure Centre on 01323 490011 or visit the Wave Leisure Facebook page.

Mentor Support for 18-24 Year olds to Find Work
Talent Match is a new and different programme to help unemployed people find work, and Eastbourne and Hastings are included!

If you know someone who is 18–24 years old, living in Eastbourne or Hastings and has been unemployed for more than 12 months they should give Talent Match a chance.

They will be matched with a mentor who will help them with their journey to find work as well as gain qualifications, build confidence and find them work experience, which employers look for.

For more details please call or text Stacey on 07415 366023, or email

For more information online visit:

The Care Act has been launched!
For more information on the Care Act visit

A monthly Care Act e-newsletter has been launched for interested members of the public, social care providers, partners and other interested groups. The newsletter focuses on what the key changes are, how they will affect people/groups/care providers in East Sussex and will also contain a roundup of national and regional information that the project team thinks will be helpful to share.

Sign up here:

East Sussex Highways News
The latest East Sussex Highways News can be found
here. This month, the Highways team are launching a campaign to remind hedge owners to keep them cut back from pavements and footways. 

Bexhill to Hastings link road
Latest news and information about the Bexhill to Hastings link road, maps of the road route and further information about the link road can be found
here. There is also a Flickr photo account which enables you to see the progression.

European Social Fund (ESF) in East Sussex
Opportunities for voluntary and community sector organisations and partners to secure funding from ESF and Big Lottery will become available from 2nd June onwards. The Coast to Capital LEP and South East LEP work together with Big Lottery as opt-in funder to provide funding for 2–3 years for projects supporting people furthest away from the job market through a programme called Building Better Opportunities. To learn more about the priorities for funding, deadlines, registering your interest, visit our website:

Funding to help growing business in East Sussex
Locate East Sussex has helped to create 560 new jobs in the past year and has worked with scores of companies to bring millions of pounds of Government funding to the county.
The business support service, in partnership with East Sussex County Council, has assisted 128 growing companies and start-ups during this time, by securing more than £4 million in grants and loans.

This funding from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund has been matched by more than £17million from local companies, representing a total boost of more than £21million to the East Sussex economy.

A total of £1.3 million a year will be available over the next three years to micro, small and medium-sized businesses and new ventures starting up.

The scheme is administered by Locate East Sussex and funded by East Sussex County Council and by loan repayments from previous funding rounds, which were backed by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

For more information about Locate East Sussex or the latest funding scheme visit, email or phone 0844 4159255.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on the public to help protect our countryside from fire

As part East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s Safer Summer campaign, they are reminding members of the public of the impact that fires in the countryside have.

Every year in the UK, 1,700 farm buildings and 66,000 acres of grassland are destroyed by fire.As the weather improves, the Service sees a rise in fires in the open.

These can be extremely difficult to control and puts lives and property in danger.Guidance on how you can enjoy the countryside safely and help to prevent fires can be found on their Safer Summer page at:



Have your say at the East Sussex Have your Say Hub

Please visit the
East Sussex Have your Say Hub for opportunities to give your views. You can search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc. You can also see how previous feedback has influenced our decision making process and what has happened as an outcome.

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Strong Leadership: The Key to Sustained Growth
The Let’s Do Business Group, in partnership with Sussex Interactive Training Solutions are delighted to announce a new range of affordable training courses for your business in East Sussex.

The comprehensive three course programme covers essential areas of leadership and management:

• Effective personal leadership styles
- 18th June (Brighton), 3rd September (Eastbourne), 10th September (Hastings)
• Build and manage high performance teams
- 1st July (Brighton), 17th September (Eastbourne), 24th September (Hastings)
• Coaching for growth and continued improvement
- 15th July (Brighton), 1st October (Eastbourne), 8th October (Hastings)

They are designed to help companies to grow as a business, develop their people and plug the gaps in their management capabilities.

Whether studied individually, or as part of the recommended three course programme, these courses offer the individual an unparalleled opportunity to improve upon the skills needed to successfully manage people.

There is also a funding opportunity via GrowthAccelerator to access grant funding up to £2000 per person for use in management and leadership training.
Find out more about the course, the funding available and book your place here.
Get in touch with the Let’s Do Business Group training team on 01424 205 500 or email Follow @ldbgroup.

Big Event 2015 – Shake it Up: Fresh approaches to volunteering - Thursday 2 July
The Big Event 2015 will include a solution-driven conference and master classes focussing on a variety of strands in volunteering and how to diversify and recruit a strong volunteer base successfully. With the increasing demand for volunteers, volunteer recruitment remains one of the top 3 challenges local organisations face. Come and join us for discussions and master classes around the topic! The Big Event will also feature the annual Advice Fair with up to 40 stalls for voluntary, public and private sector organisations to display their free and low-cost services provided across East Sussex. Find out more about the event and how to book on the SpeakUp Forum website:

SPARK Volunteers' Week
As part of Volunteers' Week, SPARK – a network for young people's organisations, Volunteer Centre East Sussex and 3VA are holding a free Vital Volunteering event at All Saint's Church in Eastbourne from 4.30pm–7pm on 3 June, with a focus on young people.

The event includes a choice of workshops on involving young people in volunteering; promoting your volunteer opportunities and motivating & retaining volunteers. This is a great opportunity to network with other voluntary and community groups, hear directly from young volunteers, learn from case studies and to take part in a Q&A session with our panel. Please email to book your place.

BHT Training Courses News Release – Summer 2015
BHT Training run a variety of professional development courses for staff and volunteers working in the community and voluntary sector.

Our Summer 2015 course programme includes mental health and wellbeing workshops such as Understanding Eating Disorders and Understanding Personality Disorders and practical therapeutic courses including Motivational Interviewing and Empowering Difficult to Engage Clients. All of which are designed to help you build upon your understanding of challenging issues and ultimately improve your work with vulnerable clients.

This summer, we also kick off our new Management Development Programme with an Introduction to Management for people new to managing staff and a Strategic Planning course for anybody involved in decision-making and setting future direction. Additionally, all our courses can be run In-House to organisations wanting something more bespoke.

We have scheduled popular recurring courses such as Supporting Volunteers and Equality and Diversity and will be piloting new courses such as Mindfulness at Work, which explores ways to improve productivity in the workplace.

For details of our full programme of course, visit or contact us on 01273 645420.


Newhaven Fort Comes Alive with History!
It's 200 years this year since the Battle of Waterloo and on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June Newhaven Fort and Hands on History ( are giving you the chance to join Wellington’s Army! Visit Newhaven Fort this weekend and you will get the opportunity to experience joining up and try on the uniform of a British Redcoat soldier or his Officer. 

There are a range of sizes so kids of all ages can join in the fun.You will also have the opportunity to handle the muskets and flintlock pistols that a Napoleonic soldier would have used, and watch as the replica Howitzer cannon fires throughout the day!

The Fort’s permanent exhibits and audio visual presentations will also be open as usual, along with the Searchlight CafĂ©, Guard Room Gift Shop and under 12’s outdoor playground. 

Opening times are 10.30 – 6pm (last entry 5pm) and the activities will be available from 10.30 until 5pm. Tickets can be purchased on the door at the normal entry fee. For further information call 01273 517622 or visit


East Sussex Strategic Partnership Board Meetings
To view papers and minutes of previous ESSP Board meetings, see the
meetings page of the ESSP website.
Older People’s Partnership Board
At its meeting on 8th May 2015, the Older People’s Partnership Board discussed:

  • The shared concerns of Healthwatch East Sussex, Brighton and Hove, West Sussex and Kent on access to primary care and out of hour’s services.
  • That 2 of the 3 CCGS (High Weald, Lewes and Havens and Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford) have taken on delegated responsibility for commissioning of primary care services from April 2015.   Hastings and Rother CCG anticipate taking on this responsibility from April 2016.
  • The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Advisors Service which provides information, advice and support to people living with dementia and their carers
  • The Development of Multidisciplinary Locality Teams whose aim will be to deliver proactive joined up care, promote independence and improve outcomes.
  • East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) Governance and Decision Making Structure-strategic direction is overseen by the ESBT programme board and day to day decisions are delegated to the Integrated Strategic Planning Group or the Integrated Performance and Delivery Group
Full minutes of all meetings can be found at:


East Sussex in Figures (ESiF) is the local information system (LIS) for the county. It’s a website that provides access to essential data, information and analysis.


The final ESiF training course in 2015 will take place on September 15 at St Marys House, Eastbourne – Joining instructions

District Employment Land Reviews are now available on ESiF. The purpose of the reviews is to assess the future demand for and supply of employment land and sites for employment uses.

The East Sussex Economic Forecasting Model is a bespoke model commissioned by East Sussex County Council to improve understanding of possible future economic trends.

We have created a new section in ESiF called Economic updates. Economic updates are produced on a regular basis and provide an overview of key economic trends in the county.

New Publications

Which population figures? – In choosing which population figures to use, you may have to trade-off between data detail, geographic detail and how up-to-date the dataset is. Key features of the most commonly-used datasets are shown in this publication.

Latest datasets – highlights

JSA Claimant count – updated

Births, deaths and natural change – updated

House prices – updated

Housing need – updated

Social housing stock – updated

Household projections trend-based, 2012-2037 – updated

Dwelling stock – 2011 Census data

Household amenities - 2011 Census data

Tenure – 2011 Census data

Gross value added - updated and major revision of time series

Small area population estimates, 2002-2013 – wards – updated

Small area population estimates, 2002-2013 - super output areas- updated

Please contact the Research and Information team if you have any specific data or information enquiries.

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