EASTBOURNE’S People Matter Trust has received £6,494 from Gatwick Airport’s charity.

The money will be used to support its work in offering career information, advice and guidance to jobseekers alongside practical support to help them progress into sustained work or accredited training. Money will be used for its jobseekers’ programme in Heathfield.

Ann Gillard, chief executive at People Matter Trust, said: “Unemployment is a major life event which can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, affecting not just the individual but also family members and the wider community. The impact of unemployment can be long-lasting and far reaching, often affecting living standards in retirement and having a negative impact on physical health and mental well-being.”

Engage, a charity in the Wealden district, has received £4,764 which it will use to provide socialisation opportunities for rural older and vulnerable people, offering respite for carers. Funding will be used to cover staff, volunteers, venue hire and activities costs.