We’re campaigning to reverse East Sussex County Council’s proposed cuts to the Discretionary East Sussex Support Scheme (DESSS). This local welfare provision scheme provides emergency help to households who are struggling, providing food, utilities or household furniture to those in need.
ESCC proposes to reduce the amount it spends on DESSS by 70% and stop providing household items such as beds, cookers and fridges. HFS has been proud to be part of delivering the scheme in Hastings and Rother, helping low-income households that are starting again after homelessness, escaping domestic violence, moving into independent living after care, or recovering from a crisis such as a house fire.
A survey on the proposed cuts has been set up by ESCC and can be completed online by anyone who has ever used the scheme. HFS is bringing this survey to the attention of all our customers who have been DESSS beneficiaries and is offering printed copies of the survey in both of our stores.
HFS featured in an article about this by Dr Frances Ryan in The Guardian.
Thanks to hundreds of local Tesco shoppers for voting for HFS – we won £2,000!
The funds will help us support volunteers to gain skills, confidence and experience. A lot of our volunteers need support to take on their role with us and to build up towards moving on into training or work.
Thanks to your support we can help more people.
Our friendly team can’t wait to welcome more members!
Our Decorating Skills course starts on 15th February, and Advanced Carpentry on 14th. You may not meet your Valentine at the HFS workshop but we reckon we can teach you how to love decorating!
With fantastic wallpapers donated by Brewers and tools from Trade Paints, the workshop is well-stocked. Tutor Ron can’t wait to share his tips and tricks for getting a perfect finish when you decorate a room. Choosing the right tools for the job, preparing walls and surfaces for decoration including painting and wallpapering. Learn how to hang paper, match patterns, trim edges, and work around objects like sockets and light switches.
The course runs for 4 weeks at our Bexhill workshop.