Voluntary groups receive funding from Lewes District Council

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Key voluntary organisations have been given more than £200,000 to support their important work by Lewes District Council.

Grants of more than £205,000 have been agreed by the cabinet for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Sompriti, Action in Rural Sussex and 3VA.

And three-year agreements have been drawn up which provide added certainty for those receiving the grants.

Leader of Lewes District Council Rob Blackman said: “Lewes District has always had a strong and active voluntary and community sector, of which we can be proud.

“By maintaining financial support through the provision of grant payments to these voluntary organisations Lewes District Council is providing additional security to enable them to continue their much needed work.”

Chair of the Lewes District Citizen’s Advice Bureau Michael Bell said: “By working closely with Lewes District Council we are able to continue to offer free, independent and confidential advice.

“Part of this funding will enable us to carry on providing specialist benefits advice in Newhaven from 2015.”

The group 3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups including start-up support and funding advice.

Action in Rural Sussex support village halls and community buildings, Sompriti helps minority ethnic communities and individuals across East Sussex and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, with offices across Lewes District, helps people resolve legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice.