People’s Health Trust funding

The PHT are launching their new Active Communities programme: 12th November.

£300,000 is available for local community groups (with an income of up to£350,000) supporting people living in the  30% most deprived areas in Sussex. Projects should encourage social interaction and be initiated designed and run by local people and grants of between £5000 and £25,000 a year are available.

Application is through an online form  at and the deadline is 24 December at 1pm.  You need to go to this website initially to see if you and your group are operating in one of their designated areas

SCF is able to give telephone and email advice and will also have a drop in here in Lewes on 12 December to talk through applications and ideas.  Our guidelines/criteria are on our website at

Support for groups: Skills Exchange

-What is Skills Exchange?

Skills Exchange is a network of professional firms, each of which has offered to provide their professional skills free of charge to voluntary and community organisations across Brighton and Hove who cannot afford to pay for these services. Support is offered for clearly defined, time-limited projects.

-What sorts of firms are involved?

Members include architects, surveyors, accountants, solicitors, IT consultants and those who specialise in public relations, marketing, HR and design.

 -How is it managed?

Each firm is affiliated to Skills Exchange. The Skills Exchange Board meets bi-monthly to respond to requests for help from voluntary and community organisations. If a match cannot be made immediately, effort is made to find a suitable match.

 -Examples of expertise available:

Legal advice, including Employment Law and Charity Law, Architectural advice; drawing of plans, gaining planning permission, surveying, building management, HR, Graphic Design, , Website development, PR and Marketing, and business planning.

 -Is your organisation eligible to apply for support?

Skills Exchange will consider your application if:

-You represent a not‐for‐profit organisation including charities, community groups and social enterprises, whose benefit is primarily within Brighton and Hove.

-You do not have the funds to pay for the services you are requesting.

-You can demonstrate the benefit to the organisation, staff, volunteers or service users.

-You are able to demonstrate that the organisation has the resources to follow advice through.

-You can nominate a contact/liaison person to ensure the project runs smoothly.

-You are happy to take part in feedback, case studies and other evaluation.

The Skills Exchange Board next meets on Tues 18th November.

To make an initial application please visit: or contact Lisa Mytton on or 01273 234031 if you would like to chat through an idea.

Skills Exchange is a project of Brighton and Hove Community Works.


Free training: Food safety and First Aid for babies and children

To book a place on any of the following courses call 01273 294 287

Level 2 Food Safety – Central Portslade

This is a one day course. There is no crèche facility on this course.
Course date: Thursday 5 Feb
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Portslade Town Hall. Victoria Rd. Portslade BN41 1YF
Tutor: James Aldcroft

Level 2 Food Safety – Central Brighton

This is a one day course. There is no crèche facility on this course.
Course date: Wednesday 4 March
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square. BN1 1JA
Tutor: James Aldcroft

Are you volunteering for a community group, or receiving benefits and hoping to work in catering?
This one day free course will provide you with a Level 2 Certificate in Food & Hygiene.
There is a multiple choice assessment at the end of this course.

First Aid for Babies and Children – Portslade Town Hall

This is a one day course. There is no crèche facility
Course date: Wednesday 21 January
Time: 10am–1.15pm
Venue: Portslade Town Hall. Victoria Road Portslade BN41 1YF
Tutor: Agnes Munday

First Aid for Babies and Children – Brighton Town Hall

This is a one day course. There is no crèche facility
Starts: Thursday 12 March
Time: 10am–1.15pm
Venue: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton. BN1 1JA
Tutor: Agnes Munday
You will find out about: Managing burns and scalds, how to deal with choking, the recovery position and basic life support for babies and children.

Our first aid course also runs in Children’s Centres each term. Ask your local Children’s Centre for details.

Would you like a free first aid for babies and children course for your community group? Call us on 01273 290 563 to find out more.

*Your community group will need to have members who are either: unemployed, have less than five GCSE’s or are on a low income)

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is open for applications again, offering small grants to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland.

Now in its fourth year, the Fund will distribute five £300 awards each week, one of which will be for the applicant that attracts the most support on the Fund’s website that week.

The Fund is open for entries until 23 February 2015.

Since it was first established the Fund has supported more than 100,000 people.

Applications need to be made on line. Go to:


ESF Community Funding for groups in Brighton

There is going to be an extra and final round of ESF Community Grants funding available to groups in Brighton and Sussex.

The final round is now open and will close on Friday 21st November.

Grants up to £15,000 will be awarded to organisations that are in receipt of under £300,000 per year, and have less than 9 employees. The grant is to be used to support the most disadvantaged unemployed individuals to access further learning, build confidence and progress into employment. Projects need to be completed by the end of April 2015.

For further information and to request an application form, please contact Jackie Bruder at Surrey Community Action:

Resource Centre Survey Results

We asked all groups that contacted us in July 2014 to complete a short survey.

We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who took the time to do this. We received 135 completed surveys, and the results are now available.

  • 100% found Resource Centre staff very helpful.
  • 99% agreed that having equipment hire, printing and information services in one place is valuable for groups like theirs.
  • 100% found the prices affordable.
  • 99% agreed that the Resource Centre is very useful for their group.

Full Survey Report (PDF)

Executive Summary (PDF)

Sticker printing at the Resource Centre

Groups can now print stickers at the Resource Centre.

Choose between:

Black & white or Colour, on matt or glossy paper
Round stickers – 25mm – 70 per page
Round stickers – 37mm – 35 per page
Single A4 sheets that you can cut down to the desired size

We have Resource Centre sticker template instructions on how to get the best results for designing stickers onto our sticker sheets. There are also templates available in PDF or MS Publisher formats. Publisher is available on our public computers in the Centre.


Back & white on matt paper: 30p per sheet
Black & white on glossy paper: 65p per sheet
Colour on matt paper: 45p per sheet
Colour on glossy paper: 80p per sheet

Governance Surgeries for Trustees and Managment Committee Members

When: Tuesday 11th November, 5-7pm (drop in any time between 5.00pm and 7.00pm, as long as they know to expect you)

Where: Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

What: The people in charge of a community group or voluntary organisation are called trustees, directors, board members, committee members, or governors. They are the ones responsible for directing the business of a group or organisation. They play a vital role, usually as volunteers, and make the decisions that really matter about a group or organisation’s finances, resources, activities and plans for the future.

If you are in this role, or you are considering stepping into a governance role in a community group, voluntary organisation or charity, then this governance surgery is for you! Community Works are bringing together all of the expertise, information and advice you could need, to answer those questions you might be afraid to ask or don’t know who to ask. The experts will be able to give you information and honest advice on a range of areas, including:

  • Employment law and staffing issues
  • Charity finance and financial management
  • Charity law
  • Roles and responsibilities of trustees or management committee members
  • Good governance practice
  • Developing a management committee or trustee board
  • Effective relationships between staff and management committees or trustee boards
  • Best practice in volunteer management, safeguarding and equalities

Community Works are also looking to develop a support network for trustees and would welcome your thoughts on whether this would be helpful to you, either at the Governance Surgery or by getting in touch with them directly on or 01273 234023.

Many thanks to the Skills Exchange Network who are kindly supporting this surgery. To find out more go to:

The Governance Surgery is taking place as part of the Community Works Annual General Meeting and Sector Star Awards. To find out more visit:

Cost: FREE to attend, but is only open to trustees or management committee members from organisations operating in Brighton and Hove

Book Now:

For more info:

01273 234031


Free first aid for babies and children course

Brighton and Hove Councils Community Learning team offers a free one day (3h 15m) first aid for babies and children course.

The course is currently offered to both Children’s Centres and schools citywide. The course is also free to community groups who have group members who are:

  • Brighton & Hove resident
  • Unemployed (and in receipt of income related benefits)
  • Looking for work
  • On a low income
  • Have 5 or fewer GCSE’s /below Level 2

The free course covers:

  • Managing burns and scalds
  • How to deal with choking
  • The recovery position
  • Basic life support for children and babies

An optional booklet resource is also supplied at the end of the course at a subsidised cost of £2. Feedback has said that this booklet is extremely useful. Free ‘Key Notes’ handouts will also be available for those who do not buy a resource booklet.

The course runs on either Wednesdays or Thursdays (available dates change from day to day so please always double check for availability) and they aim to run the session so that it starts after drop off and completes before pick up times for school.

Community groups can get this tutor led course for free. You need to supply the venue/room and find a group of between 8 and 12 people to take part.

Call Lawrence Latham on 01273 290563 if you are interested in having a free course for this, or next term. Or call or email if you would like to discuss the course in more detail.

Free online publicity for community events and groups

My Brighton and Hove, the largest local history and community website which has been established since 2000, have a new section, Community Matters, which will promote community groups and community events.

They would like to give community groups who would otherwise not have the facility to promote themselves online, the chance to reach thousands of local website visitors.

My Brighton and Hove are a ‘not for profit’ group and so their constitution precludes them from promoting any event or group which involves any commercial gain.

If you would like to find out how you can raise the profile of your community group or promote your fundraising event please contact Jennifer Drury, My Brighton and Hove Website Editor