Heathfield & District School Pastors set to benefit from Wealden grant.

10th February

Almost £300,000 in community grants and funding has been approved by Wealden District Council this week.

Organisations set to benefit from a share of £20,000 in funding through the council’s Small Grants Award for 2022/23 include Heathfield & District School Pastors, Coleman’s Hatch Cricket Club, Frant Parish Friendship Group Speakers, Hailsham Horticultural Society, Crowborough Community Orchard and Westham Village Hall and Uckfield Youth Trust.

Heathfield School Pastors’ Grant

The Heathfield school pastors grant will allow them to build on the success of the Street Pastors initiative in Heathfield over the last fifteen years, this new initiative has recently been launched to provide School Pastors for Heathfield Community College. School Pastors are Christian volunteers who commit themselves to the service of young people in their community, offering a reassuring and friendly presence to students who may not feel able to speak openly to teachers or parents. This will be welcome assistance for young people who have been impacted more than most by the constraints of lockdown and Covid 19 restrictions.

The recently announced funding will support this service which is initiated by the Heathfield Benefice of Churches.

Groups across the district to benefit from the council’s Service Level Agreements include Wealden Citizens Advice Bureau, Home-Start East Sussex. 3VA, Clued Up Information Shop Crowborough, Cuckmere Community Bus Limited and East Sussex Hearing.

Each year they will receive a share of £263,800 from the SLA budget plus £11,000 from a Covid Recovery Fund.

Wealden council’s Cabinet committee approved the funding packages at its meeting on Wednesday 9 February and the decision is expected to be ratified at a meeting of the whole council on Tuesday 22 February.

Councillor Philip Lunn, the council’s portfolio holder for community and public health, said, “The third sector is seeing increased demand at a time when income has fallen due to the ongoing Covid-19  pandemic.

“It plays a vital role in protecting the health and well-being of our communities and its survival is even more vital during the ongoing pandemic.

“The council recognises and supports the social value of the third sector for a sustainable community as well as appreciating the huge pressures on voluntary and community organisations across the Wealden district.

“For many organisations the financial support of the council acts as a validation of their projects and often is a crucial element in successfully applying for or attracting other funding.

“This funding will help enable key partners of the council to continue to deliver key services across the district.”