Cabinet backs support for vulnerable people

PR 2334/PT/MJ - 10/02/2021

Mid Sussex District Council continues to support the local voluntary sector after confirming that it will extend grant funding support for Age UK in Mid Sussex.

At a meeting of Cabinet on Monday 8 February, Members agreed to extend Age UK East Grinstead’s annual grant of £18,269 and Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove’s annual grant of £54,807 until March 2022.

The Age UK grant funding extensions bring them into line with the other social sector support organisations that receive annual funding. Mid Sussex District Council now has Partnership Agreements in place with the following social sector organisations:

Age UK East Grinstead
Age UK West Sussex
Mid Sussex Voluntary Action
Action in Rural Sussex
Citizens Advice

The coronavirus pandemic has been an extremely challenging time for the Voluntary Sector and Age UK has played a key role in the community support response to ensure no one was left behind. With strong community links, Age UK were able to work alongside voluntary sector partners to identify those most in need and ensure they received support in a timely and efficient manner.

Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Community said:

“Mid Sussex District Council has a long history of working closely with local voluntary groups. The strong relationships we have built over the years have been vital during this pandemic and it has been wonderful to see local Councils, support agencies and communities all mobilising to take care of the most vulnerable during this extremely difficult time.

“Age UK does a fantastic job of protecting older members of our community, working to ensure they are healthy, socially active, and that they are safe and comfortable in their homes. They have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, as we all have, and it has never been more important to show them our support.

“Our latest grant funding commitment will help Age UK to continue the excellent work they do to tackle social isolation, encourage independent living and combat loneliness.”

For more information about voluntary sector grant funding visit the Mid Sussex District Council Community and Funding page: