Staying home: things to do & local news

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Your East Sussex.

30 April 2020

Could community hubs help you?

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Since they opened just three weeks ago, community hubs have already responded to 2,500 requests for urgent help or advice. It’s vital that no one is left on their own if they feel isolated, unwell or anxious.

Find out what our community hubs can do for you.


Every Mind Matters: how to stay on top of your wellbeing at home

Hobbies at home.

All over the country we’re staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives. We’ll all be experiencing highs and lows and it’s perfectly normal to miss loved ones, get frustrated, and feel anxious or stressed.

The good news is there are things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing at this time.

National Gardening Week – get your grow on!


It’s National Gardening Week!

Whether you’ve never planted a thing, or you’re a seasoned gardener planning to try something new, April is the perfect time – especially as this spring sees us staying home.

Any outside space has potential: garden, balcony or window-box. And if you don’t have one of those, dust off your sunniest windowsill.

Even if supplies are really low and you don't even have a plant to pot in - learn how you can get the most out of National Gardening Week.

Time to bird watch

Bird watching.

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or some outside space and are looking for something different to do during the current lockdown, spending a bit of time feeding and watching the birds might be just the ticket.

Learn more about local birds and how you could attract them to your outside space.

Reduce your food waste in lockdown

Girl holding eggs.

With more of us at home, our waste bins are looking fuller than usual. And with the temptation to buy more and eat more during lockdown the hope of keeping our bins from overflowing seems impossible. But is it?

We’ve got some super easy hacks so that you can reduce food waste and save money during lockdown

Top tips for coping with the kids at home

Mother and baby.

Lockdown living is putting a lot of extra pressure on families and it’s easy to feel like life is getting a little out of control.

Toddler tantrums, surly teenagers and crying babies can certainly add to the strains of co-habiting with your nearest and dearest 24/7. 

We have some tips and advice for coping well with all age groups during lockdown.

From the newsroom...

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New fund launched to support reduction in suicideProjects aimed at reducing suicide and self-harm across Sussex could benefit from a cash boost of up to £15,000.

Emergency fund launched in fight against Covid-19. Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations whose income has been significantly affected by the Government’s “stay at home” advice are invited to apply for a grant from a £300,000 emergency fund.