About the Chichester Community Network

About the Chichester Community Network

The Chichester Community Network (CCN) is an informal group of approximately 60 organisations including residents’ associations, voluntary organisations, churches, charities and elected representatives.

It was established to identify relevant help, share information across the group on help and available resources, and to provide early warming of emerging new problems and needs related to the local Chichester community pandemic (COVID-19) response.

Initiatives have ranged from signposting for food, debt, and mental health support, poverty alleviation through the Mayor’s Hardship Fund, digital poverty initiatives, and support of charities helping homeless individuals and families.


What CCN Has Achieved

CCN has initiated or helped support the following initiatives:

Food. Working with organisations such as the Chichester Foodbank and UK Harvest to promote and refer their work to wider networks including creation of the “Chichester Restaurant.”

Debt. Working with the Chichester Debt Relief Centre to promote its work to help enable people to become debt free.

Wellbeing. Encouraging and promoting initiatives such as local “Chat Café’s.”

Poverty alleviation through the “Mayor’s Hardship Fund”, digital poverty initiatives, and support of charities helping homeless individuals and families.

Information sharing and circulation. Facilitating a wider distribution for the Mayor’s Open Letters, communicating about COVID-19 resources such as the West Sussex County Council Hub and local Chichester District initiatives.

Signposting and best practice sharing. Circulating appeals for urgently needed items for local community work e.g. items for the Harbour Rotary community programme, identifying new ways to problem solve.

Wide, two-way communication. Communicating where to go for help, increasing the effectiveness of local agencies and charities.

Early problem identification. For example, vaccination programme feedback to the NHS about vaccination sites which helped create the case for the opening of the Westgate Vaccination Centre.