What Matters To You: new adult social care strategy for East Sussex

‘What Matters To You: care, support and independence for adults in East Sussex’ is the brand new adult social care strategy for the county.

The title reflects the approach taken to developing the strategy: asking people who need care and support, their carers and families, what was important to them.

Mark Stainton, Director of Adult Social Care in East Sussex, said: “We wanted this plan to be driven by what people told us were their priorities, rather than what professionals might think people need.”

Around 700 local people responded to surveys or came along to focus groups and interviews to share their opinions. Using this feedback, and with the help of East Sussex County Council’s Citizens’ Panel, six priorities were agreed. They are:

  1. Right support, right place, right time
  2. Information and communication about care and support
  3. Cost of living and cost of care, now and in the future
  4. A suitable home
  5. Personal connections with others
  6. Group activities, hobbies and volunteering

Adult Social Care & Health staff, the NHS, district and borough councils, the private sector, and voluntary, community and social enterprise sector were all involved in working on the strategy.

Now the next step is to build an action plan based around the 15 ‘we will’ statements that set out the strategic response to the six priorities in ‘What Matters To You’.

Mark Stainton: “What Matters To You is specific to the county, puts local people at the centre of our plans and gives direction for colleagues who work within or alongside adult social care. It will help everyone know what to expect from adult social care and what our strategic priorities are.”

Pett Methodist post Office closed week of 28th August

Anthea has opened the PO today but next week she is taking a break so NO P.O ON MONDAY 27th and THURSDAY 31st AUG.
She will be back on Monday 4th September.

Public meeting 29th August 6.30pm – Flooding in Pett Level

29th August 6.30pm onwards Public meeting regarding the Flood of the 16th January, at the village hall

29th August 6.30pm onwards Public meeting regarding the Flood of the 16th January, at the village hall

Healthwatch East Sussex – Rye Listening Tour 2023 share your views/experience on health and social care in East Sussex

Healthwatch East Sussex, the local independent watchdog for health and social care services, are bringing their 2023 Listening Tour to Rye.

From Monday 10th to the 24th September, Healthwatch East Sussex will be conducting a two-week programme of activity across Rye and the surrounding villages to talk to local people about their views and experiences of health and social care services.

They will be using a wide range of engagement activities to understand people’s experiences and views on health and care, including service visits, pop up stands and focus groups.

You can share your own experiences and feedback with Healthwatch via their Listening Tour survey here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/RyeLT2023/

To keep up to date with their events and find out how you can get involved please visit the Healthwatch East Sussex website: https://healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk/rye-listening-tour-2023/

For more information on the Listening Tour or any of its activities, contact or call 0333 101 4007.

Coffee Morning and Community Library Update

Our August Coffee Morning was Summer-quiet. We set up a table for coffee chums in a quieter space, but even that was surplus to requirements. At the Library, we took in more returned books than we lent out, although we could have lent Richard Osman’s The Bullet that Missed twice over. Happily, we will have an extra copy of that from September.

Also from September, we are reintroducing large print books. These will be found on the Recent Arrivals shelves. They include romance, historical fiction such as The Great Deception by Australian actress Joyce Chambers, mystery in The House of Silk, a Sherlock Holmes novel unexpectedly written by Anthony Horowitz, as well as a wartime mystery A Bespoke Murder by Edward Marston. We are also adding to the shelves an Andy McNab thriller Silencer, Bill Bryson’s biography of Shakespeare and Billy Hopkins Anything Goes, a humorous memoir of bringing up a family in the 1960s, amongst others. Michael Bond, better known for Paddington Bear, also wrote a series of comic detective novels of which we have Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint. Who wouldn’t enjoy a farcical detective story with haute cuisine and a bloodhound called Pommes Frites? Even in large print it is a very modestly sized book, so super-easy to read.

Hopefully, there is something here that appeals to you? Lastly, but far from least, we now have a copy of the charming book On the Level Pett Level Then and Now by Keith Swallow. Books of local interest are always popular, so if you would like to borrow this beautifully and copiously illustrated tome, do come early to the next Coffee Morning and Community Library on 6th September, 10 – 12 at the Village Hall. Hope to see you there.

The Coffee Morning Team


£2 bus fare! – Route 101 evening bus – Felxibus (the new taxi)

Lower Bus Fares – £2 bus fare continues to 31st October

Other fare news can be found here: Lower fares on East Sussex bus services | East Sussex County Council.

Route 101 which has improved evening services Monday to Saturday – timetable available on the link below

101 July 2023.pdf (tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com)

Route 347 is unchanged – timetable available from the link below

347 wef 021115.pdf (tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com)New timetables are available the bus operators’ websites.

Other timetables are available the bus operators’ websites.

Flexibus – the new taxi!

Flexibus queries should be directed to Flexibus

Public Meeting 29 August 6.30pm – Pett Level Flooding

Public meeting regarding the Flood of the 16th January on the 29th August 6.30pm onwards Pett Village Hall

29th August 6.30pm onwards Public meeting regarding the Flood of the 16th January, at the village hall

2023 High Weald Walking Festival – Guided Walks

2023 High Weald Walking Festival Saturday 9th to Sunday 17 Sepember Guided walking

2023 High Weald Walking Festival Saturday 9th to Sunday 17 Sepember Guided walking

100 years of Fairlight Cove Exhibition

2023.08.19 Exhibition Fairlight History Group with Fairlight Residents Association10am till 4pm

110 Years of Fairlight Cove Exhibition  Saturday 19th August 10am till 4pm Fairlight Village Hall