Henfield News

Henfield Parish Council now has a full compliment of Councillors, congratulations to Cllr Adrian Davey and Cllr Josh Potts who were co-opted at the July meeting of Full Council.

Residents in Northcroft may have noticed that there have been 'parking buddies' positioned in areas outside St Peter's School to encourage safe and legal parking on the school run. This is part of a WSCC trial and may continue subject to feedback.

The Community Payback team continue to do a great job tidying a refurbishing area in the village. Most recently they have been painting benches and street furniture and will shortly be moving on to painting the interior and exterior of the bus shelter and public conveniences. 

Unfortunately the skate jam planned for the 23rd July was cancelled due to bad weather, this will be reschulded for the autumn.

Horsham District Council News

Share your views on the District's Draft Climate Action Strategy

Do you have a passion for the environment? We need your views to help us shape a new climate action strategy to become a carbon neutral and climate-resilient District by 2050.

Horsham District Council cannot tackle climate change on its own. We will be working closely with key organisations such as West Sussex County Council, as well as residents, businesses, parishes and local community groups.

Please complete the short survey below to help ensure that the final strategy includes what matters most to those of us who live in the District.

The survey runs until 31 August.

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Wellbeing hub openingHorsham Wellbeing has moved to new premises in Swan Walk Horsham, which were officially declared open by the Council’s Chairman on Saturday 1 July.

To celebrate the new centre, an Open Day took place highlighting the various health and wellbeing services on offer and providing the opportunity for visitors to meet our Wellbeing Advisors.

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West Sussex County Council News

Get scam savvy this summer

Residents in West Sussex lost a total of just over £3.5 million to criminals using different types of scams in the first three months of the year.

The majority of victims were aged 60 or over and just under half of the reports came from people living alone.

To stop individuals becoming victims of fraud and blackmail, we are running two ‘Are you scam savvy?events in August, both online and in person at Horsham and Bognor Regis libraries.

The sessions are for anyone who wants to keep themselves, or friends and family, from falling foul of different types of scams, including telephone, courier and romance fraud, which have all become an increased concern in West Sussex.

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‘Think Before You Throw’ to increase recycling in West Sussex

We'd like to say a big thank you to the reducers, reusers, recyclers and think before you throw-ers of West Sussex!

Last year you helped us reuse or recycle over 200,000 tonnes of waste, helping us reduce the amount of general waste produced in the whole of the county.

We’re asking people to continue to ‘Think Before You Throw’, and help us recycle as much as we can, especially materials such as black plastic pots, tubs and trays, empty aerosols, and other items that can go in special collections at home such as small electricals.

In a recent survey 48% of respondents admitted to throwing items in the general waste bin because they were unsure if they could be recycled or not.

We’re trying to help combat this by sharing a new animation series which you can view on the link below. They explain what items can and can’t be recycled in West Sussex.

As well as this the series will show what happens after your bin is collected and how recycling and waste is processed.

Remember recycling should be:

  • CLEAN - free from food and drink leftovers - a quick rinse will often do.
  • DRY - keep your recycling bin lid shut – soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can stick to other items or clog up machinery when sorted.
  • LOOSE – not tied up in plastic bags, as the machinery cannot sort these.

Help to grow your business

Businesses in West Sussex are invited to benefit from new in-person digital growth support that will be touring the county from September.

Workshops and mentoring will be provided free to businesses, with the aim of helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to increase their efficiency, reduce costs and win new customers.

The Grow Digital West Sussex programme will provide businesses with expert guidance on improving digital capabilities, give people an opportunity to connect with other business owners and enable them to opt in to one-to-one mentoring.

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Holiday Activities & Food programme now live

The biggest Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme yet has officially launched in West Sussex.

Eligible families can use a new online booking system to sign up for free summer holiday clubs near them to help keep children active over the school break.

West Sussex County Council has again teamed up with over 50 clubs across the county to offer an exciting range of sports, kids camps, swimming, crafts, music, drama and more – all with a nutritious meal provided.

Places are free-of-charge for West Sussex children aged 4 to 16 who receive benefits-related free school meals, subject to availability.

The Council are also providing families with a voucher which provides access to free oral health products for the whole family. This is delivered via the Early Help Family Hubs.

Find out more about Holiday Activities and Food programme and check if your child is eligible on the webpage. Families will need to use their existing code to register.

Supermarket food vouchers

The Council will again be providing supermarket food vouchers to around 19,000 children who receive benefits-related free school meals, funded through the Household Support Fund. A £60 voucher is being given to families through their school to provide £10 a week of food per eligible child. Vouchers are being offered separately, irrespective of if a child takes up a HAF place.

Councillor Jacquie Russell, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Learning and Skills said:

“Thousands of West Sussex Children have taken part in the Holiday Activities and Food programme since it launched in 2021 and this year will be the biggest programme to date. With so many clubs and groups on board, there are plenty of options for children to enjoy a summer full of healthy activities and food. We encourage families to take up the free club places, which provide children with opportunities for new experiences and friendships that will help them fulfil their potential.

“We are also providing food vouchers again for every eligible child to further support families at a time when financial pressures continue to affect many.”

Community Hub support

The West Sussex Community Hub continues to operate seven days a week, providing food and essentials to people who need support, including those not eligible for free school meals.
The Community Hub can be contacted on 0330 222 7980 and is open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.

Emotional wellbeing support for young people

The holidays are a great time for children and young people to take a break and enjoy some fun. However, some may be feeling lonely away from their friends in school, worried about exam results or just feeling down. Now could be a good time to check in with a child or young person about how they’re feeling.

Our Your Mind Matters website offers information, guidance and links to resources and organisations that can help you support your child’s mental health.


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