Opportunities and Skills – Your Life

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


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 run quarterly. More details about the project and how to book yourself onto a course can be found on our Street Learning page.


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 .

We also work with local charities including:

  • People Matter  another local charity help people back into employment. They provide a free drop in session from the Council Offices in Vicarage Lane, Hailsham every Monday between 9.30am and 4pm where they can help you with CV writing, careers guidance and application forms/letters to employers.


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.

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

For free help and advice on savings, affordable loans and budgeting come along to the Council Offices in Vicarage Lane, Hailsham any Monday (except bank holidays) between 1pm and 3pm to talk to  East Sussex Credit Union  or call them on 01273 234858.

If you are affected by the welfare changes (including Universal Credit) and would like free advice call  0333 344 0681 or email benefitseastsussex@harcuk.com

Wealden Citizen’s Advice Bureau 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 (Hailsham) Citizens Advice .

Financial Statement Budgeting Form

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 Jardine Lloyd Thompson.

Getting Online

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