Can you help the Resource Centre by writing to your local councillors?

Speech bubble containing the words: "We have started from scratch and at every step of the setting up as a new community group, the Resource Centre has been invaluable. The information on the website is extensive, clear and very relevant to everything we have had to do." Attributed to Banyan Tree Theatre Company. Below is the Resource Centre logo and the slogan "Helping small groups make a big difference in Brighton & Hove Speech bubble containing the words "The service is an excellent community support allowing groups like us to function. Before we found the Resource Centre we struggled to find equipment - the centre has solved all of our problems allowing us to run a really popular educational & fun group." Attributed to Nerd Nite. Below is the Resource Centre logo and the slogan "Helping small groups make a big difference in Brighton & Hove". Speech bubble containing the words "I'm so glad the Resource Centre exists! You make it easy and affordable for us to organise street parties, which is invaluable to our community and neighbourhood." Attributed to Reigate Road residents. Below is the Resource Centre logo with the slogan "Helping small groups make a big difference in Brighton & Hove". Speech bubble with the words "A brilliant service - affordable and endlessly useful. Community groups in B&H would suffer and be under-resourced without the RC." Attributed to Varndean College Community Education. Below is the Resource Centre logo with the slogan "Helping small groups make a big difference in Brighton & Hove".

Brighton & Hove Council will be setting its budget for 2017-18 soon. They are considering making a big cut to the pot of money that the Resource Centre is funded from (the Third Sector Investment Programme). The Council’s funding is central to keeping the Centre going. Any cut would make things extremely difficult.

We want to continue to support community in groups in Brighton & Hove, but we need council funding to do so. Together with our partners, we have written a joint letter to the leader of the Council, explaining why we think reducing this funding is a mistake.

Even the council’s budget papers say reduced funding ‘may result in less “active citizenship” in neighbourhoods and communities’. Community groups help people to be active and healthy, and to connect with others. If support for these activities is reduced, it could end up costing the council and the health service more in the long run.

If you agree with us, it would be a great help if you could let your local councillors know that you think the Resource Centre should continue to be funded.

We have postcards in the Centre which you can fill in and send. Or you can enter your postcode on the Write To Them website to send an email to all your councillors.