Funding boost for Heathfield Works

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The Heathfield Works! programme - a scheme which has helped more than 100 youngsters into work or full-time education - has received a major funding boost.

The Heathfield Partnership Trust Ltd, which works with the national Charity ‘Tomorrow’s People’, has received a grant of £5,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund.

Cllr Rupert Simmons, Chairman of the Heathfield Partnership Trust Ltd, joined Commissioner Katy Bourne and more than 60 other local organisations which had also been awarded funding, at a special Celebration Showcase event in Lewes on June 19.

Cllr Simmons said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant which will help make a valuable contribution towards our scheme to find employment or further education opportunities for young people and provide them with a positive future so they can take charge of their own lives and gain new confidence.”

Jan Tomlinson, Tomorrow’s People director, said: “Heathfield Works! enables youngsters to fulfil their potential. We have valued the support to our young people by local police. Their involvement has added value to the programme and has helped communication and understanding.”

Mrs Bourne added: “This is a great example of an innovative local project that makes our communities safer. The Safer in Sussex Community Fund was launched to help communities tackle crime and disorder and I am pleased with the level of response during the first round of applications. I look forward to visiting the team based at the Heathfield Youth Centre and following progress over the coming months.”