eNews | December 2021
Welcome to our December eNews! 

In this edition: 
  • Extra Help for Those Most in Need
  • Know Your Rights as an Unpaid Carer
  • Have Your Say: Domestic Abuse Accommodation and Support Strategy
  • Supporting People with Council Tax
If you are new, welcome! Each month we release a range of resources to support you and others around topics such as mental health, wellbeing, loneliness, isolation, community engagement, homelessness, and anti-modern day slavery.

There are so many resources available on the internet, for many, finding exactly what you need can be difficult. We want to make it simple for you!

Check our website to see all of the latest resources.

Will you join us in Growing Good?

Decorate your doors or windows with a constellation of stars that will shine a message of welcome and love to everyone in your community this Christmas.

Follow the steps in Church Urban Fund's (our mother organisation) activity pack to make and decorate your church or home with handmade stars and then gather for a special blessing at the threshold. You can take part as a church community, as a family, social group or individual.

Download here or watch a 2-minute reflection, led by one of our trustees, Revd Martin Poole on the meaning of hospitality, one of the Growing Good themes this Advent season.

🍲 Meals and More this Christmas

Free school meals over the school Christmas holidays and into 2022 are available for families with children via East Sussex County Council.

There is also funding for people in East Sussex from the Household Support Fund, which makes £3.9 million available for residents most in need this winter.

Anyone who receives a means-tested benefit can apply for help and residents who qualify will get support with vouchers to help buy food or with financial payments to help with essential bills.

In East Sussex, this fund will also provide extra resources for the Warm Homes scheme which can offer free checks, advice and grants for households without the means to stay warm, and for food-banks, voluntary organisations and Citizens Advice in the county.

📣 Have Your Say

An eight-week consultation has begun on a new pan-Sussex strategy setting out how local authorities will protect and assist survivors of domestic abuse in safe accommodation.

East Sussex County Council want to know what you think of the draft strategy; "Have we got the priorities right?", "Is there anything we've missed?"

Please do take part before the consultation ends on 19 December: find all information and have your say here.

The Council said:  "What you tell us will help us make sure we get it right and make the most of the additional funding that is being provided."

The draft strategy will be updated based on people's comments ready for the final version to be published in January.

Types of
Modern-Day Slavery

Not sure what modern slavery could be? The Clewer Initiative has a great page for you to find out more.

Read here >>

Signs of
Modern-Day Slavery

Not sure what modern slavery could be? The Clewer Initiative has a great page for you to find out more.

Read here >>

❤️ Know Your Rights as an Unpaid Carer

Carers Rights Day (25th November) is a national campaign that brings organisations together to help unpaid carers know their rights and find out how to get the support they're entitled to. 

There are an estimated 69,000 unpaid carers in East Sussex, with around 34,000 additional carers as a result of the pandemic.

Care for the Carers is the Carers Centre for East Sussex, and you can find lots of information about carers rights, including upcoming events, on their

🏢 Supporting People with Council Tax

Money and Mental Health recently published research revealing that 2.8m people with mental health problems fell behind on council tax bills during the pandemic.

They're calling on councils to step up support for those struggling - find out more on our blog here.


🗓️  Coming Up...

Hop 50+

The Hop 50+ is a community space and café which offers a range of activities and social opportunities for people aged 50+ and runs every Monday.

Read here >>

Carers Information & Advice Group

A relaxing and informal space for carers to take a break and get together, with a speaker offering useful advice for carers such as housing, care and support available, finances and stress management. This is a free, monthly event

For more information and to book, contact
 Care for the Carers.

ℹ️ Further News

How church run food clubs in one town are helping more than 200 households to save on their weekly shop (Church of England News Story)

Join Church Urban Fund's 'Growing Good' Movement and challenge yourself to see things from a new and different perspective
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