Action in rural Sussex – Supporting Sussex’s rural communities through Coronavirus (COVID-19) – 19th March 2020

Action in rural Sussex (AirS) exists to help support people across rural Sussex and during  this challenging time, our support to rural communities remains paramount.

We are determined to do all we can to continue working with you and to have as much positive impact through this period of uncertainty as we can. In order to do this there are a number of steps we are taking immediately to protect our team, whilst still maintaining our commitment to the services we offer.

These include:

  • Manned mainline telephone number

Should you wish to contact us, please telephone our usual main line number 01273 473422. This number will now be redirected through to a manned mobile as our offices are now closed.

  • Our commitment to advising village halls & community buildings

We understand that this is a very confusing time for village halls and community buildings as there has not yet been clear guidance from the Government as to the closure of public buildings such as these.

Until some such directive is issued halls can remain choose to remain open if they wish. Each individual management committee must decide what to do using the information provided by Public Health England.

We will of course continue to update and advise our village hall subscribers as and when we have the information to do so.

  • Supporting community groups

Due to Government guidelines on social distancing, the AirS team will all now be working from home as much as possible. However, in order to continue with our core services, we are already providing remote support, therefore communications will take place via telephone, video call, e-mail and on-line meeting software. We are also setting up new communication methods for community groups and will be publicising these developments in the coming days.

  • Web based support

We will endeavour to support our communities with advice and guidance via our website  the information we are being provided with is ever-changing,  therefore please do keep monitoring the website for updates.

We would like to reassure you that despite the current ever changing situation we are working hard to ensure that we continue to support our communities at the time you need it most.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this critical time and please do stay safe and take care.

Petrina Mayson, CEO, Action in rural Sussex

“Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”