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Opportunities and Skills - Your Life

The Council continues to work in partnership to promote the social, environmental and economic well being of its tenants.

Skills and Training 

Wealden District Council work with a number of local training providers to offer free courses to Wealden and Eastbourne residents as part of the Street Learning initiative.  All of the courses are available to all residents of Wealden and Eastbourne aged over 19 regardless of where they are being held.

The courses are varied and include IT, cookery, yoga, mindfulness and arts and crafts as well as  online accredited courses. More details about the project and how to book yourself onto a course can be found on our Street Learning page.

Employment and Work Experience/Volunteering  

We have developed good working links with Job Centre Plus to enable people to access their services if they are unemployed or about to be made redundant. To find out more about their services which are vast, visit the jobseekers website (external link).

We also work with a number of local charities including:

  • Sussex Community Development Association help unemployed people back into employment, training and/or volunteering. They are based at Newhaven but have a local office at Hailsham and provide outreach across Wealden. To contact them to find out more about how they can help you call 01273 51032 or 01323 446494 or visit Sussex Community (external Link).
  • People Matter (external link) another local charity provide information, advice and guidance to jobseekers, whether or not they are in employment. They provide a free drop in session from the Council Offices in Vicarage Lane, Hailsham every Monday and Wednesday between 9.30am and 1.30pm where they can help you with CV writing, careers guidance and application forms/letters to employers.

Any experience whether work related, volunteering or training looks good on your CV. Work experience opportunities can be difficult to find but sometimes contacting employers directly, especially if you know in what area you want to work in can prove successful. Unfortunately, there isn't a local organisation that provides such assistance but charities like Sussex Community Development Association (external link)  and People Matter (external link) will be able to advise you of how to go about finding work experience. 

Have you ever wanted to learn new skills, meet new people, gain work experience or fill up some free time? if so volunteering could be the answer. In addition to Sussex Community Development Association (external link) 3VA a local work with the voluntary sector is Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden and can help you find local organisations that need volunteers. Find out more or call 01323 639373.


The range of apprenticeships available is now vast and larger employers must now offer or fund such schemes. The entry level requirements vary for each apprenticeship. Find out what is currently available nationally (external link).


Loan sharks

If you are experiencing financial difficulties do not be tempted to borrow from a loan shark as these are illegal money lenders, also be wary of Payday loans as the interest rates are usually very high. In these situations seek advice from Citizens Advice

A specialist Illegal Money Lending Team is cracking down on loan sharks in Wealden and your help is urgently needed.

  • Have you been offered a cash loan with no paper-work?
  • Are you aware of how to cancel the loan, how much money you’re paying back each week and the total cost?
  • Has someone taken your bank cards as security on a loan?

    If you are using a loan shark to borrow money or, just as crucially, know of any information relating to loan shark activity in your area, please contact us in the strictest of confidence:

    Phone: 0300 555 2222 or Text: 'loan (space) shark (space) + your message' to 60003 or Email: stoploansharks@eastsussex.gov.uk More information can be found here   

There are many different ways that people are tricked out of money or their personal details. Find out more about what you can do to protect yourself from becoming a victim

Utility Bills/Saving Money

Are you paying too much for your Gas and/or Electricity? If you are on a low income you may be paying too more for your utility bills. Most providers now offer reduced price tariffs (called social tariffs) to people on certain benefits. To find out more call or visit your provider's website. For other help and advice see our financial guidance pages.

For other ways to save money view our Making The Most Of Your Money (pdf).

East Sussex Credit Union 

East Sussex Credit Union is a not-for-profit savings and loans co-operative who offer a range of products including basic accounts, savings accounts and affordable loans as well as money advice and much more. 


Wealden Citizen's Advice provide free confidential and impartial advice on a range of issues including debt. For more information on the range of advice and services that they can provide see Wealden  Citizens Advice (external link)

Financial Statement Budgeting Form (pdf)

Are you spending more money than you get? It is easily done, especially if you don't keep
an eye on what comes in and goes out. Use this budget planner to help keep your finances on track.


Are you paying too much for your ? The Council has worked to provide a special rate for Council Tenants with Thistle. Find out more here.

Getting Online

For help and advice on using the internet or purchasing low cost computers see our  Digital Skills page.