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Spotlight on projects funded by Sussex Community NHS Charity: 1. Living Well Programme

Date: 20 December 2021

SCFT’s official charity, Sussex Community NHS Charity, raises funds in aid of Trust projects that fall outside the scope of core NHS funding. 

It provides grants which improve the health of patients, staff and volunteers; support staff development; improve equipment and facilities for diagnosis and treatment; create patient and family-friendly care environments; and support medical research. 

In the first of five articles published this week to highlight examples of the charity’s work during the past 12 months, we look at its funding for our Living Well Programme (LWP), a course designed to help people with long-term health conditions improve the management of their symptoms. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, organisers of the LWP realised they would no longer be able to provide the course in person, and would probably not be in a position to do so for some time. 

To enable the course to continue, Service Manager Karen Aylward began writing an online version and asked the charity for £5,000 to buy 15 laptops so her volunteer tutors could deliver the course from the safety of their homes. 

Three-and-a-half months later, and seven months after the programme was suspended, the first online course began. 

“The online course has made the LWP accessible to many who were unable to attend the course in the community,” said Karen. 

“It has also provided a lifeline and welcome distraction for participants and tutors during the pandemic and lockdown.” 

She and her colleagues have since delivered 10 online courses and are now taking bookings for those scheduled to run this summer. 

If you have an idea for a project at work and would like to find out if our charity can help, visit its website or contact our friendly team on 01273 266040 or by emailing sc-tr.charity@nhs.net

Full details of how you can get involved and support Sussex Community NHS Charity are also available on the website.