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Local community advice and support

West Sussex County Council Covid-19 updates

WSCC has a dedicated section on its website providing the latest Covid-19 updates:  


Community hub

WSCC has set up a community hub page on its website where vulnerable individuals/families can request support (e.g. medical, food, mental health etc..) or where you can offer your support for others during this pandemic.  Please follow the link below for further information:


If you have an urgent request please phone 033 022 27980 immediately.  This will ensure that you get the help you need as quickly as possible.

Protecting children at risk

If you see something – say something. Help us protect the county’s children

The West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership is urging residents to help keep vulnerable children and their families safe by speaking up with any concerns.

Read the full story. 

'Select & Collect' West Sussex Library Services

From July 6th, West Sussex Library service is introducing a ‘Select and Collect’ service. People will be able to reserve specific titles in the usual way online or by phoning their local library.

These can then be collected from the front of all 36 of our libraries without the need to enter the building.

West Sussex birth registrations reopen

The Registration Service has restarted birth registration appointments at certain locations across the county.

They anticipate they will need to register in excess of 2,000 births in the coming months, as lockdown restrictions stalled all birth registrations from the end of March.

Find out more.

Domestic abuse

If you or anyone you know is worried about domestic abuse, services are open and WSCC have extended the availability of specialist help, support and advice. The WORTH service is now available seven days a week to support anyone who needs help:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm: 0330 222 8181
  • Weekends, including bank holidays, 9am-5pm: 07834 968539

There is also a list of other support and resources available on our website.

If you or someone you know needs help or support, call the WORTH service as soon as you can.

Please use the following link, which provides information about what you need to do if you need urgent police help through the silent 999 service

Local support & guidance for family and friend carers

Could you benefit from emotional support, guidance and a listening ear? If so, Carers Support West Sussex are on hand to help during these uncertain times.

They are available via email, phone or online where they can offer you a friendly and informal chat. You do not need to be in a caring role to benefit from this service. 

Phone: 0300 028 8888
Website and online chat: www.carerssupport.org.uk

Response line opening times: Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri  9am - 5pm, Wed 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-12pm.


Household waste and recycling sites are now open. If you are thinking of taking a trip to one of the sites there are several things you need to consider. 

Read this before planning your trip.

Follow West Sussex Recycles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for information on collections and tips on reducing waste. 

Mental health support

For mental health guidance call the Sussex Partnership Mental Healthline any time, day or night on 0300 5000 101.

Travel and transport to school

The Local Authority's School Transport webpages have been updated with information for parents, carers and schools. This provides information about what both the Council’s operators and the public transport operators are continuing to do to help to keep people safe when on board.  This includes cleaning, PPE and how many pupils are able to share a taxi/minibus/coach.

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