Lewes district council confirms voluntary sector support

Cabinet councillors endorsed support for the Citizens Advice Bureau, Action in Rural Sussex, Sompriti and 3VA totalling over £200,000.  The grant to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) of £167,205 is the largest in East Sussex.  Later in 2017 the CAB will open new offices in Newhaven thanks to a Lewes District Council investment of £175k in an extensive refurbishment of premises in Newhaven Square.

Cllr Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Customers and Partners, said: “At a time when Council finances are being squeezed like never before it is good news that we can support the essential work being carried out by these four local organisations. These organisations are a necessary part of local support services. In 2015 we established three year service level agreements with CAB, Action in Rural Sussex (AiRS), Sompriti and 3VA to create the certainty that allows them to plan strategically for the longer term. It is in large part thanks to this council decision that the performance and outcomes being achieved by them are so positive.”

The funding each organisation will receive is £167k for the CAB, £3.5k for AiRS, £10k for Sompriti and £28K for 3VA.  The CAB will see approximately 4,000 people from across the Lewes district in the current funding year helping to resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free independent and confidential advice.

Michael Bell, Chair of Lewes District CAB, said: "We are extremely grateful to Lewes District Council for their continued support and in particular for their investment in the new premises in Newhaven.  We are delighted that Lewes District residents will now have the choice of an additional location from which to access advice. AiRS provides practical help to local rural communities. The funding from Lewes District Council is specifically to support their work with village halls and community buildings.
Sompriti is a project run by Sussex Community Development Association that supports black and minority ethnic communities and individuals. Just one example of many is the provision of bilingual advocacy that in the past year helped 10 people and their families.
3VA supports the voluntary and community sector across the region. In the Lewes district 11 organisations have benefited from one to one help and advice and two training courses were organised."

Story published on 09 February 2017