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There is increasing evidence that people from a Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic background have had a greater impact from Coronavirus.  We are working in partnerships to develop new services, improve access to information, and creating forums to share insight and feedback from our diverse communities.

Would you like to get involved? Please click below to read more information on our projects:

Lung Cancer Awareness in Crawley

We are working with Sussex NHS and others to raise awareness of lung cancer symptoms amongst communities in Crawley, and making sure everyone knows the range of support that is out there.

Mid Sussex Community Champions

We are creating a network of volunteer community champions from EU, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups, and empowering them with up-to-date information about Covid-19 to share with their communities. We’ll also be asking them for feedback on how well messages or resources are working, and what the communities need.

Adur & Worthing Community Champions

Do you live within Adur & Worthing and are from a EU, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background? We would like to connect with you, the community members, to shape our local services. You can have your voice heard on the issues that are impacting your community. We will help you to share reliable information with your community.

Bereavement Insight in West Sussex

We have been researching experiences of bereavement and loss with people from an ethnic minority background living, working, and/or studying in West Sussex. Our survey is now closed and we’ll be reporting the findings of our research soon.

Have you got questions about the Covid-19 Vaccine? Please click here to access reliable information in different languages.

The Coronavirus crisis has affected everyone in all communities. However there is evidence that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people may have been worse affected than others.

Some things we’re working on to make a difference:

Citizens Advice is one of the organisations which can help to improve some of the problems highlighted in our report.

Money and debt issues:
We’re working on launching new money and debt advice services in Crawley and Mid Sussex, for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and communities.
We know that money worries can lead to mental health problems, depression and anxiety, and we want to help stop problems from getting bigger.  Watch this space and we’ll let you know more as soon as we can.


Communication is key:
Many people told us that communication needs to be improved:
– clearer language
– translation into more languages
– more accessible
We’re working with local community groups, to let people know about our service and help to share information. If you would like to get involved, please email your details at community.engagement@westsussexcab.org.uk


Working together to help improve things:
It is vital that we work together to make things better and make change happen: to have honest discussions about problems and things that aren’t working, to work with our communities, to listen, and to ask people for their feedback and suggestions.
We’re in regular touch with our partners and funders, and we’re making new contacts so that we can start to get things done.

If you are part of a local community group and you’d like us to get in touch with you please let us know – send us an email at community.engagement@westsussexcab.org.uk 

Who are we?

We are a registered charity based in West Sussex giving free, independent and confidential advice and information to help people with problems they may be facing and their rights.

In recent months we have been advising lots of people on issues to do with Coronavirus, including the furlough scheme, applying for benefits and discrimination.

We use the insight into the problems our community faces to make changes to the system, and to make things fairer and better for everyone.

Do you need advice?
You can chat with our team about any problems, such as:

  • benefits
  • employment
  • housing
  • debt
  • discrimination
  • and much more.

Call our Adviceline: 0808 278 7969 (Monday to Friday, 9am-4.30pm)
Please click here for web chat or email advice.

Find out more about volunteering

“Are you interested in influencing policies and decisions that affect the community? Why not volunteer for the research and campaigns team.”