Wishing all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018. The ESSP twitter account will not be monitored from 21st December to 4th January.


Loan sharks are being targeted as part of a nation-wide social media Christmas campaign.
With the festive season fast approaching, the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are urging families to not borrow from loan sharks amid fears a small loan could lead to massive repayments in the New Year.
The IMLT – a national team that investigate and prosecute loan sharks – work closely with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), local Trading Standards and the Police to crackdown on illegal money lending.
The IMLT are launching a social media campaign to give users advice on how to avoid falling victim to loan sharks and report illegal money lending in their area.
The campaign will run from Monday 4 to Friday 8 December and will consist of tweets, advice articles and media links being shared from the Stop Loan Sharks Facebook page and Twitter account.
To spread awareness of the support available to loan shark victims, Facebook users are being encouraged to add the Stop Loan Sharks frame to their profile picture. The frame features the IMLT 24-hour hotline number; victims and worried family members can call this number to seek advice and support concerning loan sharks.

The East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs & Assets Assessment (JSNAA)

The 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 comprehensive 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.
To keep up-to-date with any new content please subscribe to a short monthly email alert here:


 ESCC Consultations

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.

  WHATS ON    

Now! Charity Group Ltd FREE Training Courses

Woodwork:  Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 1pm – Hailsham
Independent Knitting Group: Every Friday from 12pm – 2pm – Eastbourne
Jewellery Making: 18th December 2pm – 4pm – Eastbourne
1-2-1 Maths and English Sessions: Eastbourne, Hailsham and Lewes

To find out more information please call 01323 887199 or email
Hailsham – Unit 13 – 15 Station Road Industrial Estate, Station Road, Hailsham, BN27 2EY.
Eastbourne – Unit 2a Britland Estate, Northbourne Road, Eastbourne, BN22 8PW.
Lewes – Unit 1 Phoenix Works, North Street, Lewes, BN7 2PE

Christmas Fair in aid of Now! Charity Group Ltd – 10th December 10am – 3pm All Saints Chapel, Eastbourne.

Enjoy a fun filled family day with activities, festive food, drink and music.
There will be a huge range of stalls selling local produce and lots of Christmas gifts.
Adults £1 and children FREE.
For more information please call 01323 887199

Upcoming BHT Training Courses

Follow the linkts to find out more
January 2018

Support Work & Emotional Resilience – 12 January 2018
Professional Boundaries – 15 January 2018
Motivational Interviewing – 17 January 2018
Introduction to Benefits – 22 January 2018
Working with Suicidal Clients – 24 January 2018
How to Write Client Stories for Impact Evaluation – 25 January 2018
Leading Teams through Change – 29 January 2018
Managing Stress in the Workplace for Managers – 30 January 2018

February 2018

Emergency First Aid at Work – 2 February 2018
Groupwork Skills – 7 February 2018
Managing Difficult & Aggressive Situations – 12 February 2018
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – 14 February 2018
The Human Givens Approach – 20 February 2018
Safeguarding Adults – 22 February 2018

SCDA - Courses, Activities and Events Dec 17

Celebration of Light
This Friday 1st December, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Lewes Road Hut, Robinson Road, Newhaven
Celebrate the changing season of the natural world and the diversity in our human community.
There will be live music from 3:30 to 4:30, special autumn lanterns for the children to make, hot food and story-telling. Event is free. Come whenever you are able. You don’t have to stay the whole time.

Grub Club
Thursdays 7th, 14th and 21st December, 10am – 12pm
Newhaven Community Kitchen, Denton Island Community Centre, Denton Island, Newhaven, BN9 9BA
Come and make hot meals for your local community.
Everyone welcome including English learners.
In the New Year this will be fortnightly and with enough interest will become a bigger venture.
Please ring or email us for more information or to sign up.

Newhaven Annual Christmas Event
Saturday 16th December
10.00am – 3.00pm
Newhaven High Street, Newhaven

Couch to 5K
8:30am - 9:15am OR 9:30am - 10:15am
Starting again on Friday 5th January 2018
Lewes Road Hut, Robinson Road, Newhaven
Free, fun, friendly way to get fitter and healthier. If you’ve never run before or just want to get more active, then come along to the Newhaven Couch to 5K group.
Everyone welcome, including dogs on leads.

Be Your Own Life Coach
Monday 8th January
10.30am - 1.00pm for 6 weeks
Finishing Monday 19th February (no session during half term week)
Sussex Downs College, Denton Island, Newhaven
This course is brought to you by a partnership between Sussex Downs College and SCDA.
This course is all about helping you to know and appreciate your unique self and move forward in life happily and with confidence.

Gentle Yoga
Fridays, 1:30pm to 3.00pm
Rendez-vous Room (upstairs room), House Project, South Coast Road, Peacehaven
Ongoing gentle yoga class
Last class of year is 8th December, starts again 12th January
£4/session to be paid on drop-in basis, or six weekly in advance
Please ring us on 01273 516032 to book your place and please contact Rosie of Seahaven Yoga at

External activity fundraising for Newhaven Foodbank:

Stretch, Relax and Meditate
Monday 18th December
7:30pm to 8:45pm
Newhaven Day Club, West Quay, Newhaven, BN9 9BP
Minimum Donation of £7/person with all proceeds going to our local foodbank
Non-perishable food donations also welcome
Please ring Zara on 07532 418542 to book your place

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01273 516032 or drop us an email at: for more information or to book a place on any of the courses and activities.


East Sussex Strategic Partnership (ESSP) Meetings

The agenda and papers for the next East Sussex Strategic Partnership meeting, to be held on 8 February 2018. The presntations for the ESSP assembly held in November can be found on the website and a report will be available for the February meeeting

The papers, minutes and presentations from all of our meetings to date can be found here:


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.


In September 2017 there were around 6,000 people claiming Universal Credit (UC) in the county, one third of whom were working.  The full UC service has not yet been rolled out to all parts of the county.

Private rents continue to increase, with the average rent up 3.1% in 2017 – but this was slower than the national increase of 3.9%.

85% of births in the county were to UK born mothers, compared to 72% in England and Wales, but overall, natural change in the county continues to be negative – there are more deaths than births.

Total fuel consumption increased by 3.6% between 2014 and 2015, but is around 10% lower than in 2005.

Latest datasets – highlights

Universal Credit: data for People and households, for 2015-2017, has now been published on ESiF

Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI): data for 1997-2015 is now available on ESiF
Energy consumption: data for 2015 added

Households who are on a housing waiting list and by size of dwelling required: updated for 2016

Homeless households accepted: 2017 data added

Dwelling stock by tenure: updated for 2016

Monthly private rents:
2017 data added

Birth and death rates, and natural change – a number of tables updated with 2016 data

Live births by mother’s country of birth – now with 2016 data

Electoral register: 2014 and 2015 data added

Estimated traffic flows: 2016 data added

Claimant Count including JSA and Universal Credit – September 2017 data added to all tables

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


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