Autumn 2015


VCS involvement in East Sussex Better Together

East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) is the three-year programme of partnership working to reshape the way health and social care services are commissioned in East Sussex to achieve high quality and affordable care.

ESBT works closely with SpeakUp Forum to ensure all key planning and strategic discussions include input from the voluntary and community sector (VCS). SpeakUp works with senior managers from ESCC and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) through a task & finish group, which feeds into to ESCC & VCS Liaison Group and ESBT Programme Board. In July, a joint working programme was signed off.

Joint Working Programme

The two key areas of work in the joint working programme are:
Partnership working and Governance, which aims to refresh and redesign the governance arrangements for involving the VCS in planning and commissioning the ESBT, Care Act and Five Year Forward View outcomes. One key activity in this area of work is ensuring VCS involvement in the ESBT workstreams and groups underpinning the ESBT programme, working on supporting the transformation into joint working between health and social care.

Commissioning, with the aim to review and design funding mechanisms for the VCS to deliver the ESBT, Care Act and Five Year Forward View outcomes and implement transitional arrangements for commissioning and funding for the VCS in 2016/17 and beyond. We are currently working with ESCC to start on the options appraisal of funding mechanisms to support the contribution of VCS organisations in helping deliver ESBT priorities and implement recommended changes to the Commissioning Grants Prospectus as appropriate.

ESBT Communication & Engagement Advisory Group
The ESBT Communication & Engagement Advisory Group was the first partnership within the ESBT programme to secure cross-sector representation. In order to engage with all relevant communities, the group aimed to involve VCS organisations working with the most disadvantaged and hard to reach communities. Together with public sector colleagues, these organisations meet bi-monthly to discuss and explore ways to engage with respective communities about the ESBT programme, its implementation and impact.

SpeakUp liaised with public sector partners on the group’s terms of reference and advised on inclusion of VCS representatives. Further to its advisory role, SpeakUp used its tried and tested procedure to secure suitable VCS representation on the Advisory Group. We appointed 19 organisations representing communities with protected characteristics. The ESBT Advisory Group is chaired jointly by Paula Gorvett, ESBT Programme Director and Adam Chugg, CEO at 3VA as the VCS chair.

All information and briefings on ESBT can be found on the
SpeakUp Forum website.  

Big Event 2015 – Useful resources

The Big Event 2015 “
Shake it Up: Fresh Approaches to Volunteering” was held on 2 July 2015 at the International Lawn Tennis Centre in Eastbourne and attracted 189 delegates representing 104 organisations from the voluntary & community, public and private sectors in East Sussex. The conference and master classes covered the current state of volunteering and the approaches volunteer-involving organisations could take in the future to meet demands and build a stronger volunteer base. The themes of the day specifically revolved around micro-volunteering, supported volunteering, the good neighbour initiative and successful volunteer recruitment. Further to this, our Big Event 2015 headline sponsor, UK Charity Insurance, ran a master class on legal risks when involving volunteers. The Advice Fair, held on the morning of the event, was 39 stalls strong, and informed attendees about support for organisations involving volunteers and group support in general. All presentations, outcomes and further resources relevant to the topic of the event are now available online.

The East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs & Assets Assessment

The East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs & Assets Assessment (JSNAA) is available at  The site contains both local and national resources for those who commission, provide or use health and social care services in East Sussex.

On the site you will find:

  • data in the form of scorecards
  • area summaries
  • local needs assessments
  • profiles that compare our local data with national data
  • overview reports and briefings that pull information from a wide range of sources into one document
  • …and much much more

The site is added to regularly, so to keep up-to-date please subscribe to a short monthly email alert here


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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Sustainable Business Breakfast – Uckfield, 7th October

A Green Growth Platform event being held in partnership with Wealden District Council. Delivered by the Sustainable Business Network.

Join us in Uckfield for a Sustainable Business Breakfast. With topic experts, case study speakers, networking, croissants and bacon butties, it’s a morning not to be missed! This event is run by the Sustainable Business Network on behalf of the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

Sustainable Buildings
Duncan Baker-Brown from
BBM Sustainable Design a Cooksbridge based architecture practice will join us to discuss why there is a need for sustainable buildings, what makes a building sustainable and what options there are for retrofitting sustainable technologies and building practices into existing buildings.

Best Practice Case Study
Ringmer College’s Environmental Coordinator Steven Green will share how the College has installed a number of energy efficient technologies including:
Solar PV
Rainwater harvesting
Wind turbine
Biomass boiler

Steven will also discuss the College’s Eco Code and how they get students and staff involved in sustainable thinking.

Where and when?

  • Civic Centre, Uckfield
  • Wednesday 7th Uckfield 2015, 08:00 to 10:00

To book your place please complete a 
Booking Form or email or call 01273 964239.
The cost is £20, or £30 for two – why not bring a friend, colleague or client? Fresh coffee, croissants and bacon butties included. We look forward to seeing you there!

East Sussex Annual Assembly

Date for the diary - the East Sussex Assembly’s Annual Conference is taking place on Tuesday 8th December 2015 at the Hardwicke Suite, International Lawn Tennis Centre, Eastbourne (9am-12.30pm).

This event will focus on the topic of Community Resilience, looking at the big issues facing East Sussex and examples of partnership working taking place to successfully achieve community resilience and tackle local challenges. 

‘Market Place’ stalls will give delegates the opportunity to network, find out more about the initiatives.

If a representative from your organisation would like to attend and you would like to receive more information when it is available, please get in touch at or look out for the agenda and booking form here.

Coffee, Cake and Computers....and a whole lot more!

When: Wednesday 14th Octover 2015 10am-3pm
Where: At Hailsham Community Civic Hall, Vicarage Lane, BN27 2AX (Next door to the Council offices)

A free event for all those interested in:

  • getting online and using computers (bring your own tablet, or come and try one of ours)
  • employability needs
  • volunteering
  • health and wellbeing for the over 50s


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 Update

At its meeting on 13th July, 2015 the Older People’s Partnership Board discussed:

  • The Healthwatch Annual Report is now available online and the Healthwatch East Sussex Annual Event is being held on 17th July 2015.
  • The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has undertaken a quality inspection on the services provided by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. East Sussex Hospital Trust’s (ESHT) CQC report on the quality of their services is expected to be released on 30th July, 2015.
  • ESBT is in week 102 of a 150 week plan. There is a great deal of activity and ESBT is currently focussed on the provision of community based services and how people access these services.
  • The Telecheck service: a pro-active telephone call checking service for Adult Social Care eligible clients who need support to live independently, particularly older and disabled people who are vulnerable, isolated or lonely.
  • The Dementia ‘Golden Ticket’: a formalised, multi-agency, assurance framework which is underpinned by a relationship based approach to care and support is being adopted in the High Weald, Lewes and Havens CCG area.
  • The Hastings & Rother Reducing Health Inequalities Programmes and The Havens Project: programmes which aim to reduce health inequalities in Hastings & Rother and The Havens.
  • The Community First Programme-Home from Hospital Service: promotes the development of new models of care in partnership with a wider stakeholder group to improve delivery of services.

Full minutes of all meetings can be found at:


Update on East Sussex in Figures – September 2015

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.

Total net migration (internal and international) has reached 6,000 in 2014 in East Sussex, the highest since 2002. This is as a result of an increase in both internal net migration to 5,300 people by June 2014, and international net migration to 800 people.

Recently published data on household incomes suggests that median incomes in the county are slightly lower than the national average. This hides big differences between different areas: £18,400 pa in Hailsham East to £48,800 pa in Crowborough St Johns ward.

The East Sussex population reached 539,800 residents in mid-2014, a growth of 7% since 2004. Migration remains the key driver behind population growth which increased over the last year, while deaths continue to exceed births.

Latest datasets – highlights

Life expectancy data - updated

Migration by age group, 2002-2014 - districts - updated

International migrants to and from East Sussex, 2002-2014 – districts - updated

Population estimates, 2001-2014 - districts

Dependency ratios of population estimates, 2001-2014 - districts

Households on the local authority housing waiting list, 1997-2014 – districts - updated

Households on the local authority housing waiting list by size of dwelling required, 2001-2014 – districts - updated

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

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