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Carole Dixon (Education Futures Trust), Stephanie Edmonds (Fellowship of St Nicholas), Ruairi McCourt (Sussex Community Development Association), Richard Watson (Healthy Hastings and Rother)

Carole Dixon (Education Futures Trust), Stephanie Edmonds (Fellowship of St Nicholas), Ruairi McCourt (Sussex Community Development Association), Richard Watson (Healthy Hastings and Rother)

Health and Wellbeing hubs

People in the most deprived communities of Hastings and Bexhill are set to benefit from the establishment of new Health and Wellbeing Community Hubs thanks to funding from NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The development of the hubs is part of Healthy Hastings and Rother, a scheme that was set up to tackle health inequalities in the area. This is part of the wider East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) programme, which is transforming and integrating health and care to achieve the best possible services for local people.

Cllr Kim Forward, Deputy Leader of Hastings Borough Council and lead member for regeneration and culture said: “We are very pleased to support this scheme, which will benefit the most vulnerable and invest in the sustainability of our voluntary and community sector. This scheme will invest in the infrastructure and capacity of existing community organisations to deliver health and wellbeing services within the most deprived wards of Hastings and Bexhill.”

Steve Manwaring, Director, Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA) said: “The hubs will help local people and communities to improve and manage their health and wellbeing by giving them access to information, sign-posting and support in one convenient place. They are the result of extensive partnership work between the CCG and the Healthy Hastings and Rother team, the local voluntary and community sector, Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council.”

Awards have now been made to local voluntary and community sector organisations to establish hubs in:

North East Hastings (Educations Futures Trust led)
North West Hastings (Fellowship of St Nicholas led)
Central St Leonards (Fellowship of St Nicholas led)
Central Bexhill & Sidley (Sussex Community Development Association led)

Work on these individual projects began in late autumn 2017.

Dr. Susan Rae, GP at Silver Springs Surgery, St Leonards-On-Sea, and Hastings and Rother CCG’s clinical lead for health inequalities, said: “Bringing health and wellbeing help directly into communities and providing care and support closer to home is going to be extremely positive for local people. I have no doubt that these hubs will play an invaluable role in reducing health inequalities in some of our most deprived areas and I am grateful to all the partners, both in the community and our local councils, that worked so hard to make this happen.”

Education Futures Trust

Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA)

East Sussex Better Together

NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Posted 12:21 Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017 In: Health Matters

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