Every one of us in East Sussex has been affected by coronavirus. It has brought drastic changes to our daily lives and, in some cases, great sadness. My thoughts are with everyone coping with grief and worry at this unprecedented time.
As leader of the county council, I’d also like to focus on what we can do to help each other in East Sussex. We have brilliant health and social care staff putting themselves on the front-line each day to help the sick and the vulnerable. We have dedicated emergency services, teachers, delivery drivers, shop staff and thousands more all helping to keep us protected and supplied. And we have volunteers taking on more work for their communities in this time of need. A heartfelt thank-you to them all.
But every one of us can help. First, stay safe by following NHS advice and stay at home whenever you can. Second, draw on the support of your family, friends or neighbours if they can safely help you when you need it. By doing this, you’ll ease the demand on community hubs and volunteers so they can concentrate on people who have nowhere else to turn. And finally, let’s keep on showing each other the kindness and respect which I see again and again in East Sussex.
Our priority at East Sussex County Council is working with our partners to keep everyone safe and well. No one should be left on their own.
In this newsletter we’ve set out some of the things you may find helpful. But we know that it will be all of us in East Sussex - working together - who bring us all through this.
Thank you, and please stay safe.
Cllr Keith Glazier
Leader, East Sussex County Council
Help from your community hubs
If you're feeling isolated, anxious or unwell at home and don’t have anyone that can help you – your local community hub may be able to assist. No one in East Sussex should be left on their own. Community hubs
Could you care?
We are offering flexible work for people who can help care for vulnerable children or adults. Please get in touch if you are:
- A qualified social worker who is retired or has left the profession.
- Unqualified, but experienced in childcare, youth or residential work.
- Someone who has previously worked in adult social care but have retired or left the profession.
- Unqualified but interested in working in adult care.
Cash grants for small businesses
The government is making available cash grants for small businesses who receive small business rate relief or rural rate relief.
These grants will be administered by your borough or district council.
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Put out the bonfires
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are asking everyone to avoid garden bonfires because they add to fire risk and may be a nuisance to neighbours at a time when so many people are at home. We appreciate your patience in holding on to or composting your garden waste for now.
All updates and advice
You can find health advice, news on disruption to county council services and all the latest advice on coronavirus on our website: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – help and support.