Wealden Works

Choosing a career and finding a job when leaving education, particularly in a rural area, is a challenging experience.
To ‘bridge the gap between education and work’, Wealden Works offers free professional advice and guidance to overcome the barriers that prevent young people gaining employment.
This free employability project (for 16 - 24 year olds in the Wealden area currently not in work or education) includes:
Work and Apprenticeship Opportunities, Key Workplace Skills, Contacts with Businesses, CV and Interview Preparation, Motivation and Self Confidence, and  Accredited Qualifications, all in a fun friendly environment.
By building trust with our young people, we can address personal issues, offer free professional counselling, and once a job is secured we offer support  for at least a year to ensure success is long term.
We are proud to have 3 very supportive Ambassadors, Jayne Torvill, Roger Daltrey and The Baroness Stedman-Scott OBE, who present certificates at our Annual Achievements Awards.
Call or email for more imformation, 07437 496651,

Health scams

East Sussex residents are being targeted by organised criminals trying to obtain personal and financial information so they can steal money. If you fall victim to such a scam, besides losing your hard earned savings and becoming angry, you could also lose your sense of enjoyment in daily activities which could subsequently impact upon your health and wellbeing too.
Criminals also try to tempt people into buying tablets, products or medicines promising outstanding results for a variety of conditions. Like any scam, look out for offers that seem too good to be true. You may receive unsolicited letters, emails, text messages or even telephone calls urging you to buy products more easily through them rather than via your GP or local pharmacy.  Be careful too when buying products online; they may not contain the ingredients stated on the packaging and could have an adverse effect on your health.

Action Fraud, the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre, provide the following advice on their website:
•    If there’s a dispute over the nature of the product and its claimed benefits, you should ask the website selling the product for help and a refund.
•    Keep all evidence of your purchase, including the goods you bought and any correspondence.
•    If you’ve already made a payment, contact your credit card company and/or bank and tell them that you may have fallen victim to a fraud. They’ll advise you on cancelling payments and ensuring your finances remain secure.
•    If you’ve already taken any medical products you are worried about, you should always visit your GP. 
For further information about health scams, visit

If in any doubt about whether an offer is genuine, talk to someone you trust before parting with cash or personal or financial information. Citizens Advice can help, ring them on 0345 4040506. Remember – scams are fraud, and fraud is a crime. They should not be ignored; instead we should be reporting them to Action Fraud using their online fraud reporting tool.  You can also report and get advice about fraud or cyber-crime by calling 0300 123 2040, helping to protect others from falling victim too. 

To share information about scams more widely, the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership project is asking organisations (eg businesses, charities, clubs, community wardens, councils, residents associations, societies, voluntary groups etc) to help raise awareness about scams amongst their staff, members, volunteers and clients.  People will then be better placed to look after themselves and others who may be in more vulnerable circumstances.  Please contact to find out how your organisation could help. You could pledge, for example, to raise awareness by organising a free one hour group Friends Against Scams session. Alternatively, if you’re an individual and want to learn more, go online and do the 20 minutes Friends Against Scams awareness session.

The East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs and 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:


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.

  WHATS ON    

Events to celebrate the role of older people

More than 100 events are being held across East Sussex in September and October to coincide with the celebration of Older People's Day on 1 October.

Events include health walks, film screenings, lifestyle and information events, coffee mornings, history talks, arts and crafts and day trips. Leisure centres across the county are also offering older people the chance to try a variety of sports, including aqua aerobics, Pilates, walking football and netball and badminton.
Older People's Day celebrates the positive role older people play in improving communities and the lives of local people.

Find out more about the range of events, how to join in and where to get the programme here.

Celebrate Older People's Day in Eastbourne 3rd October 2018

A coffee morning to celebrate Older People’s Day is being held at New Derby House in Eastbourne on October 3.
It is part of a county-wide initiative to mark the achievements and contributions that older people make to society during September and October.

The event, at the home in 506 Seaside, Eastbourne, BN23 6NP will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and is being organised by Homes First, that delivers housing services for Eastbourne Homes Limited.

Money will be raised for the Alzheimer’s Society through donations for tea and cake and there will be a tombola and cake sale.
Kate Davies, East Sussex Seniors’ Association Chair, said: “Feel free to bring along family and friends, everyone is welcome. Don’t worry about going to events on your own as you will often meet up with new people.”

Monthly Cooking Skills Classes – New Date!

Tuesday 18th September
Every session - 10.30am – 1.00pm
Denton Island Community Centre, Denton Island, Newhaven, BN9 9BA
Learn basic cooking skills for free through the making of delicious meals in our Community Kitchen! More dates to follow for autumn.

Grub Club

Alternate Thursdays - 6th September, 20th September with more dates to follow
9.30am – 12.00pm –You don’t have to be there for the whole session. Call for more details. Phone: 01273 519149
Denton Island Community Centre, Community Kitchen, Denton Island, Newhaven, BN9 9BACome and learn to cook some tasty three course meals with us every other Thursday morning. Open to all levels of experience – English learners also welcome! 

Seaford Men’s Meals

Weekly on Thursdays from 6th September to 20th September 10.00am – 12:30pm
St. James Trust, Blatchington Road, Seaford, BN25 2AB
Fancy learning some new skills in the kitchen? Learn how to make simple and cheap meals and eat together! For more information, contact the St. James Trust at 01323 492 800 or


East Sussex Strategic Partnership (ESSP) Meetings

The next East Sussex Strategic Partnership meeting will be held on 12 November 2018, the agenda and papers from previous meetings can be found here:


Update on East Sussex in Figures – September 2018

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 population of East Sussex was estimated to be 552,300 in mid-2017, 7% more people than in 2007.  Internal migration from within the UK is the main driver for the rising population in the county – natural change (births minus deaths) continued to be negative in 2017. A new briefing on population estimates is now available.

In 2017, there were 346,300 vehicles registered in East Sussex, 9% more than in 2012.

Teenage pregnancy rates in the county have fallen dramatically in the last ten years, from 36.8 births per 1,000 girls aged 15-17 in 2006, to just 16.1 in 2016.

While cycling rates are increasing, with 8.5% of adults cycling at least once a week in 2015/16 compared to 7.6% in the previous year, the proportion who walk for 10 minutes at least once a week has fallen, from 82.1% in 2014/15 to 69.8% in 2015/16.

Updated datasets

Population estimates, Internal and International migration, Dependency ratios, and Births, deaths and natural change – latest mid-year estimate data added for 2017

Disability and Limiting long-term illness projections – updated projections for 2016-2031

Walking and Cycling – 2015/16 data added

Dwelling stock by tenure – updated with 2017 data

Teenage pregnancy – 2016 data added

Households on LA waiting lists, and by size of dwelling required – now with 2017 data

Homeless households accepted – 2018 data added

Accessibility data for 8 essential services including schools, health services and town centres – updated for 2015 and 2016

Deaths by broad age groups – 2016 data added

Newhaven port activity – now with 2016 data

Domestic gas and electricity consumption at LSOA level – 2016 data added

Fuel poverty – updated for 2016

Short term migration estimates – now with 2016 data

Licensed vehicles by type – 2017 data now available

Average speeds on A roads – updated for 2017

Ultra-low emission vehicles – new table published

Trend-based population projections – latest ONS national projections added for 2016-2041

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

    Follow us on twitter    
Has this newsletter been forwarded to you? Subscribe to the ESSP newsletter
Go to  |  About us  |  News  |  What we do  |  Get involved  |  Contact us