Berwick Church has received a £500 boost from Sussex Police thanks to PCSO Daryl Holter who was able to secure the grant from the Police Property Act Fund.

It is made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

Berwick Church is a grade I listed, 12th century building nestled within the South Downs and home to an iconic decorative interior, painted by the Bloomsbury Group

Helen Ellis, Berwick Church Project Manager said: “Using our art, heritage and unique rural location, we will be actively engaging with the most vulnerable groups in society through a range of activities including arts therapy, community walks, talks, coffee mornings, retreat events and study days.

We are a hub for the local community and conduit to connect people and groups”.

PCSO Holter said “I am really happy to help Berwick Church, Helen and the Reverend Peter Blee with funding, they are looking to deliver a one-day study day to help groups to understand how they can deliver the 5 factors of wellbeing (1. Connecting to others, 2. Being physically active, 3. Giving to others, 4. Taking notice, 5. Continuous Learning) to support the most vulnerable individuals in our society”.