Jacqui Skilton ESRA CEO said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant means that we can avert a looming finding crisis at ESRA’s Hastings Hub

This will cover all staffing and some running costs, including a new support worker. This will enable us to have increased capacity to meet the recovery support needs in some of the outlying areas of East Sussex. Our immediate plans are to provide more support groups, including one in Bexhill. This generous award allows us to continue to support vulnerable and often marginalised people on a bumpy recovery journey, sometimes with relapses along the way. This requires support that is tailored to each individual.

ESRA has an excellent track record of providing compassionate and non-judgemental tailored support that rooted in lived experience. The ESRA staff and volunteer team is excited about continuing to help the people of East Sussex to establish and maintain a robust recovery. Our sincere thanks go to the National Lottery for making this possible. ‘’This will make a big difference to people’s lives.” During the pandemic, in 2020 alone, The National Lottery Community Fund distributed almost £1 billion to charities and community organisations across the UK.