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Sussex Life - - Restaurant Review -

HOME- START – ARUN, WOR­THING AND ADUR Arun­del Brid­get Richard­son, man­ager 01903 889707;

“How amaz­ing to re­ceive pub­lic recog­ni­tion for the ded­i­ca­tion of Home-start vol­un­teers and the im­pact their care has on the life-chances of vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren across Arun, Wor­thing and Adur. It is dif­fi­cult to ap­pre­ci­ate that in our ‘af­flu­ent’ area we have thou­sands of chil­dren liv­ing in de­prived cir­cum­stances. Par­ents of­ten strug­gle with men­tal health is­sues, iso­la­tion, flee­ing from do­mes­tic abuse and more, each of which can have a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect a young child’s de­vel­op­ment, and are com­mon re­fer­rals for our ser­vice. Small char­i­ties can only sur­vive with com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion; be­ing a fi­nal­ist gives Home-start a plat­form with which to grow lo­cal sup­port.”

SAFE IN SUS­SEX Wor­thing Louise Gis­bey, fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing man­ager 03303 337416; www.safein­sus­

“We are ab­so­lutely thrilled to be fi­nal­ists as our staff and vol­un­teers are so ded­i­cated and de­serve to get recog­ni­tion for their work. Due to the sen­si­tive na­ture of our work a lot of what we do goes un­der the radar, our refuge ser­vice is lit­er­ally life-sav­ing for women and chil­dren flee­ing do­mes­tic abuse. We may be a small char­ity but we are am­bi­tious and de­ter­mined to break the cy­cle of do­mes­tic abuse. Be­ing a fi­nal­ist raises pub­lic aware­ness of the valu­able work we do in Sus­sex and may also en­able those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing do­mes­tic abuse to seek help.”

VOL­UN­TEERS NET­WORK CIC East­bourne He­len Bur­ton, project co­or­di­na­tor 01323 381811; www.east­bournevol­un­

“Vol­un­teers Net­work started as an idea to im­prove com­mu­nity co­he­sion in Pevensey and has now grown into a project with three premises in two lo­ca­tions. We also man­aged to save our lo­cal li­brary from clo­sure! We have been among the fi­nal­ists for this award for the past two years and it means a lot to us. Every year our project has grown out of lo­cal need and we have worked hard to re­spond. Win­ning this award would prove to all of our vol­un­teers how val­ued they are and how im­por­tant their work is to bring com­mu­ni­ties in Sus­sex closer to­gether.”

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