WSCC – Latest Covid-19 update

Latest Covid-19 update from West Sussex County Council:

  • Lockdown easing comes with risks of further outbreaks. To help us manage any new outbreaks in the county we have developed a ‘local outbreak control plan’ which includes details about the public health response and what actions businesses and residents might be asked to take – please take a look.

  • Stay safe as pubs and restaurants reopen – Leaders from local authorities, blue light services and health have come together to urge people to stay alert to Covid-19 and avoid placing strain on local services as businesses reopen. Read more.
  • More items allowed at recycling sites- From Monday (6 July) residents will be able to deposit more items at our Household Waste Recycling Sites. For full details read our release online. 
  • ‘Select and Collect’ service coming to a West Sussex Library near you! – From Monday (July 6), West Sussex Library service is introducing a ‘Select and Collect’ service
  • Help keep our county clean  As lockdown restrictions are relaxing more people are visiting public spaces and areas of natural beauty.  Keep our countryside, beaches and parks clean by taking a bag for your own rubbish in case you cannot find a bin, or the bin is full.
  • Coronavirus updates – Visit our website for the very latest service updates. Visit the webpage.
  • Birth registrations open for 2,000 West Sussex babies born since lockdown – Find out more.

Voluntary Sector COVID Restore and Recovery network meeting – Focus on employment – 14 July 2020 at 14.00

Message from Horsham District Council:

To support local voluntary and community groups in their planning of support for local residents, we have arranged a network meeting to take place focusing on employment.
This network session is open to representatives of local COVID-19 Community Hubs and also Voluntary and Community Groups across the Horsham District.

Attendees will be joining Voluntary Sector Support and guests Sue Carey (Job Centre) and Leigh Chambers (Horsham District Council) to discuss the existing support for residents looking for employment.

The aim of the meeting is also to explore opportunities for working together to reduce duplication of support (on the theme of employment) as we move through COVID-19. Together with the Voluntary Sector and wider partners we hope to best support residents and make the most effective use of our combined skills, experience and resources.

A little about our speakers:

  • Sue Carey – Gatwick Diamond Jobcentres Partnership Advisor

Sue works alongside Partnership Manager Alison Barrett and together they cover five Jobcentres across Sussex and Surrey.

Sue will provide an update on the current service delivery from Jobcentres, how they are planning to deliver the service as we move forward through COVID-19 and what they envisage the challenges will be.

  • Leigh Chambers – Horsham District Council

Leigh is Horsham District Council’s Economic Development Officer for Employment and Skills alongside being the West Sussex Programme Manager for ‘Journey to Work’.

Horsham District Council has supported unemployed people through the Journey to Work programme for 8 years and have helped more than 600 people into work during that time. Since 2018, the Council has also worked with Horsham-based company SETAS to run its WISH clubs (Work Information & Support Hubs). Both projects run side by side and whilst both have had to resort to remote contact and support with their customers during COVID-19, currently 130 people are being helped with CV, application and interview support, job searching and holistic support including mentoring, counselling and health and wellbeing advice.

A little about the network meeting:

  • Questions are invited from attendees in advance of the meeting. Dependent on time questions will also be taken during the meeting.
  • Ahead of the meeting attendees will be emailed a link to access the network meeting via your usual web browser.

Further information:

Email your questions to:

Telephone: 01403 215191


Book here

Voluntary Sector Resilience Survey

Message from Horsham District Council:

#Through collaborative working the Sussex Community Foundation and Healthwatch West Sussex, Voluntary Sector Support want to capture the experience of the voluntary sector response and future planning to the COVID-19 crisis within the Horsham district. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of the voluntary and community sector and the vital role of volunteering and community support during this crisis.
We want to hear about your experiences of COVID-19, to help us to better understand the challenges for your organisation and the wider voluntary and community sector. We will use this information to advocate for your interests and, wherever possible, to adapt our services to meet your needs.

We will also use the information in our joint reports which will be widely distributed to our members and partners.  We will anonymise all data. This information will be stored on Healthwatch West Sussex, Sussex Community Foundation and Voluntary Sector Support IT systems and will be password protected.

Please take some time to complete this survey and share your experience and thoughts. It should only take you about 10 minutes.

If you would prefer to have a phone interview, please also contact Cheryl Berry. Email:

Thank you for your support with this request.

Respond here

Update on Parish Council owned playgrounds

North Horsham Parish Council owned playgrounds at Amberley Open Space, Birches Road, Earles Meadow and Holbrook Tythe Barn will reopen as soon as possible next week after being deep cleaned and modifications have been made to support the government’s social distancing guidelines. Please do not use the playgrounds until they are officially open.

The Parish Council Multi-use games areas at Holbrook Tythe Barn are available for booking and the Parish Council Open Spaces at Amberley Close, Birches Road, Earles Meadow and Holbrook Tythe Barn have remained open throughout the pandemic for use with social distancing.

Please note, the clothes re-cycling bin at Holbrook Tythe Barn is not in use and please dispose of litter responsibly when using Parish Council facilities by using the bins provided.

Plans for protecting West Sussex residents from the spread of COVID-19 have been published

Plans for how West Sussex will cope with any local outbreak of COVID-19 have been published by West Sussex County Council.

Every County and Unitary Council has been asked to publish its plans to deal with local pockets of the virus which may appear.

The West Sussex plan, which includes details about the public health response, what action businesses and members of the public might be asked to take, and how this will be communicated, can be found on WSCC website.

Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at West Sussex County Council, said: “COVID-19 has affected our way of life and everyday routine extensively. We have been asked to make unprecedented sacrifices in order to limit the spread of this virus and as national restrictions begin to lift, it is important for us to make sure that here in West Sussex we are able to monitor and manage any rise in cases locally.

“I know that a considerable number of people, as well as our businesses, are very keen to get back to a more normal life, but I also recognise that this will cause a certain amount of anxiety. We want to ensure that we get the balance right between keeping our residents safe and well while getting our economy back on track.”

To ensure the plan is delivering for residents, a Local Outbreak Engagement Board (LOEB) will be established as a sub-group of the County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB). This is chaired by Amanda Jupp and will report to the quarterly Health and Wellbeing Board, which is held in public. Dates and times of the meetings are available on WSCC website.