Improving the social determinants of health


To understand what makes us healthy, we need to look at the bigger picture. A video produced by the Health Foundation explores the factors that shape our opportunities to live healthy lives.


On this page, we list some of the projects and services which have been set up in the Healthy Hastings and Rother area to improve aspects of local people's lives which can often be linked to poorer health, such as education, social interaction and home life.

To read more about our other programme objectives, click on the links below:

HHR Benefits and Debt Advice Project

Welfare Benefits Helpline

A service aimed at improving the access to welfare benefits for vulnerable people and deprived communities. See our directory of key services for the full service description and access information. 

Between April 2017 and December 2018;

  • 9,850 people received benefits advice with £10.3m in annualised benefit income realised for residents

  • Among those supported were 1459 people at risk of homelessness and 8,671 people with Long Term Conditions (LTCs)

  • 1217 clients were referred through health and social care professionals

HHR community adult learning

Community Adult Learning 

This project, which is now finished, was delivered by East Sussex College aimed to engage specific groups that face health inequalities and who are the most vulnerable, with multiple barriers and in general furthest away from returning back to some form of adult education. These groups include lone parents, people with poor physical and/or mental health, care leavers, the long-term unemployed and the Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The programme acted as the first step in a series of stepping stones, creating a pathway towards further education, training and/or employment (ETE) in the area.

The provision was bespoke and tailored to the needs of individuals and/or community groups. This was achieved by empowering community partners to decide the subject matter of the provision based on the needs of the local area, which could be family learning (encompassing functional skills), healthy eating and cookery classes, art classes, ICT with an emphasis on digital inclusion or personal development and confidence building.

In 2017/18, 114 independent learners benefitted from a programme of 12 courses.

Healthy Homes project

In October 2016, the CCG established an 18-month pilot project to fund the installation of major heating and insulation measures in properties in wards with the highest levels of fuel poverty in Hastings and Rother. The programme was delivered through the Warm Home Check Service (WHCS), which is commissioned by East Sussex County Council's Public Health Team, and offers advice, home visit assessments, provision of small preventative measures and the coordination of installation of major heating/insulation measures (where funding allows).

The Healthy Homes project aims to reduce fuel poverty in owner-occupied and private rented homes and support the enforcement of housing standards. During the project delivery period, 149 homes were provided with additional heating and/or insulation improvements and 142 private rented homes were inspected, of which 43 have been improved through enforcement action.

The University of Brighton was commissioned to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the programme. The evaluation report has been produced along with a series of videos which highlight how residents have benefitted from the project. 

Whilst this project has now finished, the Warm Home Check Service is still available. See our directory of key services for the full service description and access information.

St Leonards resident Tim had a new boiler installed through the programme and he was delighted to tell us all about the positive impact that this has had on his mental and physical health. Watch Tim's story below or click here to visit Youtube and hear from other beneficiaries and people involved in the project.

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