Sport and leisure groups receive additional funding

Six community groups have received a share of a £30,000 fund to help increase physical activities and improve health.

Breatheasy, Ditch the Slippers, Hailsham Active, Pevensey & Westham Sports Club, Sussex Support Service and The Conservation Volunteers will receive money from the Tackling Inequalities Funding Programme.

Activities being supported include Walking Football, a Green Gym and boxing based training.

The initiative is a partnership between East Sussex County Council’s Public Health department and Wealden District Council’s Wellbeing Team and followed research undertaken by Active Sussex.

Councillor Pam Doodes, Wealden’s portfolio holder for Public Health, said, “The health and wellbeing of our residents is not only vital for the district’s economic prosperity but is also important for our residents to live happier, more fulfilled, healthier, and active lives.

“The £30,000 secured by our Wellbeing Team through partnership working with East Sussex Public Health will deliver a funding programme that looks to address the fact that there are areas within Wealden where health inequalities and disparities exist.

“That money will support partners to deliver targeted physical activities and services which will not only have physical activity benefits, but will also help individuals realise the many mental wellbeing and health benefits associated with living a more active, healthier lifestyle and encourage them to make positive health choices.”

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