East Sussex Community Voice

Interreg 2 Seas - It Takes a Village to Raise a Child (VRAC)

East Sussex Community Voice (ESCV) is pleased to announce that we have secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund, to deliver a project piloting new and innovative ways of bringing help and support to vulnerable children and their families in the Havens and Hailsham areas.

This Interreg 2 Seas project will run for 45 months until September 2022.

What is VRAC?

The project will develop an integrated child and family-oriented service in partnership with education, leisure, sports and health providers, by jointly creating and offering extended learning time and ‘from cradle to college’ support for individual needs. The project addresses the numerous and complex challenges vulnerable children face in reaching their full potential in school attainment.

This project will:
  • Pilot methods for extended learning for vulnerable children through joint activities with leisure and third sector organisations, in and out of school, that foster a sense of wellbeing and belonging. New learning opportunities will be provided in a co-creative fashion and across various settings. Children will have co-ownership in the pilot’s design and evaluation.
  • Create front-line wellbeing teams, based within the Havens and Hailsham, to offer a coordinated response to children’s needs using the principles of integrated care.
This is an exciting and significant project for ESCV. It will be our first European project to involve young people and educational settings.

This project will run for 45 months from January 2019. After an initial period of scoping and partnership building, substantial project delivery will take place from January 2020 to January 2022.

The East Sussex Community Voice role will be to project manage and co-ordinate activity in the two pilot areas in East Sussex. We will be looking to engage with stakeholders and prospective delivery partners as early as possible.

If you would like to know more about this project or discuss the possibilities for working in partnership, please visit our website or contact John Routledge (ESCV Director) or Greta Anderson (Business Development Coordinator):

Call: 01323 403 590
Email: John.Routledge@escv.org.uk / Greta.Anderson@escv.org.uk

John Routledge, Director of East Sussex Community Voice said:


“This is fantastic news for East Sussex, this funding will allow us to make a substantial difference in supporting vulnerable children and their families.

This project, which is worth €565,382.30, will allow East Sussex Community Voice to work closer with our partners and commission local organisations to improve services available to children needing more help”.



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