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Business support and information

From Horsham District Council

22 December 2020

West Sussex remains in Tier 2

The Prime Minister addressed the nation on Saturday 19 December to announce changes to the coronavirus rules.

  • There is now a new Tier 4 affecting London and certain areas of the South East, however West Sussex remains in Tier 2.
  • People should not travel into a Tier 4 area, though support bubbles remain unaffected as do the exemptions for separated parents and their children.
  • Christmas bubbles for those in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 must not include anyone in Tier 4.

Read the Prime Minister's statement in full

Business support grants: What can I apply for?

In response to the impact that local and national COVID-19 restrictions have had on the economy, the Government has provided Horsham District Council grant funding to help businesses which have been most affected.

Horsham District Council is currently administrating six schemes on behalf of the Government. Further information about each scheme can be found at the links below:

Please read this before applying to check your eligibility and to ensure you apply for the correct scheme.

Applications for any scheme should be online.

Find out more and apply

Guidance for hospitality businesses on using outdoor seating

As hospitality businesses look for ways to increase customer seating for their guests as a result of the current pandemic, many are deciding to set-up marquees or gazebos in outside areas in order to meet social distancing and household-mixing guidelines.

However, the Council is stressing the importance of making sure that such temporary outside structures don’t themselves fall foul of the Covid-secure rules or other legislation.

Ventilation is key to controlling the spread of the virus. In order to be classed as ‘outside,’ any structure with a roof must have openings in its sides greater than half of its total area; it is the same calculation that prevents ‘substantially enclosed’ structures from being used a smoking shelters.

It is also vital that businesses do not install potentially dangerous patio heaters into gazebos and marquees without taking steps to ensure that they can be operated safely.

Find more information on the Horsham District Council website or get in touch with our Environmental health team at publichealth.licensing@horsham.gov.uk.

Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme extended until end of April 2021


Job Retention Scheme extended until 30 April 2021

The Government have announced that the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021.

This means that furloughed employees will continue to receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked until the end of April.

Find out more

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Brexit Transition: Business Support

The UK's transition from the EU is ending on 31 December and there will be no extension. 

Your business needs to act now to prepare for the new rules. If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

Thankfully, the Coast to Capital Growth Hub have created a support page to help your business navigate the transition and prepare for the future.

Visit Coast to Capital

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 Horsham District Council




Vaccinations Promotions Champion

Message from the Sussex NHS Commissioners

'Do you want to make a difference? Would you like to promomte the health of the Sussex population?

We are seeking volunteers to become Vaccination Champions to help the NHS in Sussex raise awareness of the COVID-19 vaccination.
Vaccination Champions are part of an exciting new way of helping the NHS in Sussex communicate about the COVID-19 vaccine and dispel myths on the vaccine.

We would particularly welcome applications from:

  1. Ethnically diverse communities, including Gypsies, Roma and Travellers;
  2. Faith groups and communities;
  3. Older people;
  4. People with physical and sensory disabilities;
  5. People living in rural communities;
  6. Carers and parent carers;
  7. People who live in Bognor Regis, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Hangleton, Littlehampton, Moulsecoomb, Newhaven, Peacehaven & Whitehawk.

Vaccination Champions receive expenses and will be offered a £20 Amazon Voucher on completion of training and tasks as agreed.

Vaccination Champions will be asked to attend one 2.5 hour session on either the following dates:

  1. Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 11 am – 1.30 pm
  2. Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 5.30 pm – 8 pm 
  3. Monday 25 January 2021 at 5.30 pm – 8 pm 

We very happy to share more with you about this opportunity. If you would like to find out more, please contact them today using the details below.

Applications to become a Vaccination Champion can be made in written form and by telephone supported by the CCGs’ Public Involvement team. Please submit your application by Monday 4 January 2021

 For further information, please review the: 

  1. Vaccination Champions Volunteer Profile
  2. Vaccination Champions Application Form

Contact us today and sign up to be involved in something great for your local community and for yourself:

WRITE TO: NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, Wicker House, High Street, Worthing BN11 1DJ                

WEBSITE: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/get-involved/covid-19-vaccination-champions/

TELEPHONE: 0792 024 4988 or 07881 501 356

EMAIL: sxccg.involvement@nhs.net

 Published 21st December 2020


Updated Health & Social Care FAQs From Healthwatch West Sussex

Healthwatch West Sussex have created a dedicated web-page so people can easily find information at this time, also a helpful list of FAQs which will be kept updated FAQs - Your COVID Health & Care Questions Answered



Find help or volunteer to Support Others

West Sussex County Council has launched a Community Volunteers Hub. If you need help or would like to offer your services during the Covid-19 Pandemic, please click on this link


Truffles' home and mobile food delivery service

Truffles bakery in Storrington is delivering orders for lunches, snacks and groceries in Storrington, Washington and surrounding areas. For details and an order form, please click this link from their website 

Click this link from Truffles' Faceboook page for details of the mobile delivery schedule (for week commencing 14th April 2020) including stops at Washington Village Hall and Millford Grange, Washington 

Updated 14th April 2020 


Food/Groceries delivery service - Washington, Ashington, Storrington, Findon, Thakeham & West Chiltington
Coronavirus - if you are vulnerable, self-isolating or a key worker and need groceries, click here for details of the delivery service offered  by the Village Larder', Washington (Squires Garden Centre) 

Message From the South Downs National Park Authority

Find local suppliers, deliveries and support groups

During this challenging time we felt it was important to help connect our communities by providing information on local food and drink suppliers, and other help available particularly for the vulnerable and elderly, being provided both by businesses and communities.

We have created this interactive map so that you can search and find suppliers, deliveries and support local to where you live:

We have been overwhelmed by how many food and drink businesses have been able to adapt their operations and support people to access food, drink and other supplies during this difficult time.

Many communities have created vital help for vulnerable and elderly residents through volunteering their time.

You can find details of the community support groups covering your area on the map.

Alternatively use the Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK website to find your nearest support group helping the most vulnerable in our communities.

Please follow the latest Government advice and practise social distancing if you are visiting a shop. You must contact the supplier before ordering or setting out to ensure availability of produce and delivery radius.

This map isn’t an exhaustive list of everything being offered across the National Park, but we hope you find it useful.

It will be updated weekly. If you have something to add to the map or you know isn’t now operating, please email enterprise@southdowns.gov.uk

Updated 9th April 2020




There are a whole range of apps available that could help you cope at this difficult time. Find out more here.

Updated 7th April 2020 



You can get mental health support with us on the phone and via video call sessions
Evening sessions are also now available


We are still here to help you with your mental health


Due to the Government advice regarding Coranavirus, we have adapted how we are supporting people with their mental health and are now offering phone and online video call sessions. We've also expanded to offer support in the evenings.

We are now providing the following support.

Anyone struggling with their mental health:

  • can email the addresses listed below to let us know you would like to talk. Please include your phone number in your email and we can call you back. We want you to email us rather than phone but if you really cannot email, you can still call us on the numbers below.
  • When we speak, you can tell us what is happening and we will listen. We can also offer advice and information and direct you to other sources of support. If we agree you could benefit from some regular support from us, we can develop a well-being/support plan with you. This could include one-to-one video sessions with a mental health worker online on Zoom. (It is straightforward to use but there will be links to videos about how to use Zoom from our website shortly).

People we are already in contact with and supporting:

  • can email us for advice and information. Again, we much prefer you to email rather than phone. Email addresses and numbers remain the same and are below
  • will be offered booked phone support appointments to review well-being/support plan and discuss any issues
  • group sessions via online video calls on Zoom are being rolled out. We will contact you to let you know more about these.
  • where people are more at risk or isolated, particularly people who are self-isolating and live alone, we will keep in touch with you by phone and email to make sure you are safe and have what you need.

If you do phone us - please note

We now have most of our staff working from home which means we may have only one duty person answering the phone. You may not hear the phone ringing at our end because it is on divert but please be reassured the call will go through. If you ring us, we will need to have a quick conversation to take your details. Then the duty member of staff will get someone who has time to talk to you to ring you back as soon as they can.

Our new evening support

We have mental health recovery workers available to speak with people who need support between 5pm and 10pm, seven evenings a week. Please email sww@westsussexmind.org, including your phone number in your email, and we will call you back. Or, if you really need to phone, call 01903 268107.

We're also offering some regular evening Zoom video sessions from April 6. If you'd like to take part, please email sww@westsussexmind.org to book your place.

  • Monday, 7.30-8.30pm, mindful breathing
  • Tuesday, 7.30-8.30pm, team quiz
  • Wednesday, 7.30-8.30pm, mindful movement session
  • Thursday, 7.30-8.30pm, mood and food
  • Friday, 7.30-8.30pm, guided meditation
  • Sunday, 7.30-8.30pm, music and mood.

Our service contact details

Bognor and Chichester (older people):  07495 077341, email: cim@westsussexmind.org

Chanctonbury: 07495 077298, email: pathfinder.chanctonbury@westsussexmind.org

Littlehampton: 01903 721893, email: pathfinder.littlehampton@westsussexmind.org

Midhurst: 07474 871899, email: pathfinder.midhurst@westsussexmind.org

Worthing: 01903 268107, email: pathfinder.worthing@westsussexmind.org

Southwick (the Corner House): 01273 871575, pathfinder.adur@westsussexmind.org

Youth services

01903 268107

01903 268107

Chanctonbury (Steyning, Storrington, Pulborough and surrounding areas)
07732 026030

Littlehampton and Bognor
01903 721893

Midhurst and Chichester
07496 988212 / 07949 963757

Families in Mind parental mental health support for parents of children of nought to five:

Worthing and Adur (Shoreham, Southwick, Lancing): 01903 268107

Bognor and Littlehampton: 01903: 721893


Do remember, there are some useful tips and advice online to help you cope if you are feeling anxious about Corona virus and also to help you with staying at home.



If you have any questions or queries you can email info@westsussexmind.org


Find help or volunteer to Support Others

West Sussex County Council has launched a Community Volunteers Hub. If you need help or would like to offer your services during the Covid-19 Pandemic, please click on this link
Updated 30 March 2020


Food/Groceries delivery service - Washington, Ashington, Storrington, Findon, Thakeham & West Chiltington

Coronavirus - if you are vulnerable, self-isolating or a key worker and need groceries, click here for details of the delivery service offered  by the Village Larder', Washington (Squires Garden Centre)