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 14 July 2020 • Forest Row Local
COMMUNITYSpotlight Supporting the work of 3VA
Wealden has given the £10,000 Community Hub Funding awarded by East Sussex County Council to 3VA, Voluntary Sector Service.
3VA has been helping the Wealden Community Hub coordinate support with more than 80 volunteer groups across the District throughout the Covid-19 crisis. It has enabled the Wealden Community Hub to assist more than 900 residents, and the Hub continues to be much in demand.
“The work of 3VA has been vital to our efforts to provide a safety net to every household in Wealden,” said Councillor Philip Lunn, Cabinet member for Community and Public Safety.
“Every home has been affected by the Covid -19 safeguarding measures. Our primary aim has been to support vulnerable people and those taking action to self-isolate. 3VA has helped ensure that every caller needing assistance has received help, whether they lived in one of our main towns or in the many villages and hamlets that make up Wealden.
“Wealden in one of most rural districts in the south east of England, but thanks to the tremendous community effort which we have seen everywhere, distance has never been a problem.”
The allocation has been welcomed by 3VA’s Head of Development, Jenny Watson:
“The £10,000 from Wealden District Council means that 3VA has been able to increase our capacity to support voluntary and community groups throughout the District.
East Sussex County Council has awarded a £10,000 grant to each of the five Districts and Boroughs in East Sussex from its Community Hub Grant Fund.
Following a decision by the Committee to await until the 28th May to afford every opportunity to be exhausted, including
a written request to our local MP Nus Ghani for clarification on how best our show or adaptation might take place in
the light of Health Protection Regulations and Government Guidelines, to which no response has regrettably been forthcoming, but understandable in view of her caseload, combined with the sad news of Ashdown House Preparatory School falling victim
to the Covid 19 Virus outbreak with much reduced interest in educational needs by parents and having to close operations from September, we were faced with holding an outdoor event exceedingly cumbersome
to operate in relation to available staffing procedures originally envisaged.
A conclusion of any form of originally or adapted show being held or even postponed for the future, is now recognised as being totally impossible to undertake.
For those who have kindly supported this year’s show by way of advertising, space bookings etc. they will be fully reimbursed upon request, unless a wish to donate any such sums for our continued well being and operation is expressed.
Kit Eustace
Coleman’s Hatch Horticultural Society
01342 889 455
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