Cllr Emma Daniel’s surgery for voluntary and community groups

Cllr Emma Daniel is the chair of the council’s Neighbourhood, Communities and Equalities Committee. Her next Voluntary and Community Sector surgery is 12th July, running from the Community Works office on Queens Road. This is a chance for community groups in the city to discuss their concerns and priorities with Cllr Daniel.

To book an appointment to discuss issues important to your organisation/city priorities from your perspective, please contact Faye Perry

Free events listing on ESCIS

ESCIS is the East Sussex Community Information Service, run by East Sussex Libraries Service. It now has an events section, as well as listing contact details for hundreds of local groups.

If you have a community event coming up, it’s free to add it to the events listing.

To  find out more about ESCIS and how to add your organisation’s  details, see their handy About ESCIS page or contact Vicki Holland on

Refugee Week steering group

Sanctuary on Sea is hoping to set up a group to coordinate events in Brighton & Hove during Refugee Week, 18th to 26th June.

The first meeting of the group will be held on Thursday 2nd June from 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm at Community Base.

Anyone who is planning an event during Refugee Week, or interested in getting involved, is welcome to come to the meeting. The aim of the meeting is to discuss:

  • What events are planned and how we can jointly publicise them
  • What help is needed by organisations – funding, materials and how we can source these or share resources
  • Whether there is a role for volunteers and how these can be recruited
  • Whether we want to have any joint media or communications messages as the organisations working on Refugee Week in Brighton & Hove

If you are interested in attending the meeting, or want to find out more about Refugee Week, please contact Monika on 077 303 391 45 or

Monika is the Refugee Week coordinator for Sanctuary on Sea. She can offer support to organisations and communities involved in Refugee Week to organise a calendar of events and activities from 18th – 26th June 2016. She will also help organise volunteers to support events where needed. If you are organising an event during Refugee Week, you can contact Monika with the details and she will publicise your event on  the Sanctuary On Sea website and the National Refugee Week website.

East Brighton Trust grants available via Sussex Community Foundation

East Brighton Trust offer small grants for community groups which benefit residents of East Brighton.

In future these grants will be adminstered via Sussex Community Foundation. The application process has changed, but the grants are still available to groups in East Brighton.

Your group can still apply for an East Brighton Trust grant, even if you have received a Sussex Community Foundation grant this year.

For more information see our Favourite Funders page.

Multi-use venue on Lewes Road available for hire for free to community groups


The new FIELD building at Preston Barracks on Lewes Road, recently renovated after years of neglect, is now home to a number of resident innovators and makers who are developing their ideas and products in a shared space:

The building also houses a spacious licenced Brewhouse Café, run by Old Tree Brewery, specialising in botanical drinks and sprouted and fermented food. The cafe and adjoining atrium can be hired free of charge for events/workshops/talks/film-screenings, with the added benefit of in-house catering, an outside cafe garden area, free parking and disabled access.

CAFE OPENING HOURS: The Old Tree Brewhouse Cafe is open to the public from 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.


The space can be booked for events between 5pm-8pm Mon-Fri. On Saturdays the café space is available for hire from 8am-8pm. We are closed on Sundays and bank holidays.


Tables, chairs and benches can be provided, as well as a white wall for projector screens, a sound system and extra lighting.


Hire of the space is free (to community/non-profit groups).


As well as the cafe menu, Old Tree can provide extra equipment, staff and bespoke catering services, including the serving of alcohol (brewed on-site) – prices on application.


Approx 40 people seated.

Restrictions may apply depending on desired use.

All applications must be approved prior to event.

Deposit may be required (refundable).


For bookings and enquiries please contact


FREE First Aid for babies and children course – spaces still available

Last few free places on First Aid for Babies and Children course at the Vallance Centre next Thursday 12th May.
Please call the Community Learning team reception on 01273 810 210 to find out more information or book a place.

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Free First Aid for Babies and Children – Central Hove Course date: Thursday 12 May

Time: 10am-1.15pm (enrolments from 9.30am)

Venue: Vallance Community Centre, 2 Conway Court, Clarendon Road, Hove BN3 3WR (Next to Honeycroft café)

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.

To be offered a free place learners will need to:

  • Be aged 19 and over
  • Live in Brighton & Hove
  • Be unemployed and in receipt of income related benefits
  • Or be on a low income
  • Have no qualifications (or few)
  • We will need to see your most recent proof of benefits
  • These courses are for people who have lived in the EU for at least 3 years

Call  01273 810210 to find out more

Funding for joint academic / community projects

  • Do you have a good idea for a community-university partnership project?
  • Do your ideas involve working with communities, projects or academics local to University of Brighton campuses?
  • Do you need some seed funding to kick-start co-working?

Cupp seed funding aims to support the development of partnerships between academic staff and community organisations that will work together on a topic of mutual interest.  This fund supports work across our campus areas of Brighton, Eastbourne & Hastings.

Up to £5000 is available per project and Cupp can offer you support to develop partnerships, project ideas and your application.  For further information visit the Cupp website, where you can download a copy of the guidance notes and learn more about eligibility and the criteria – or call 01273 643004 to talk to one of the team about your ideas.

The deadline for applications is the 23rd May 2016, and successful projects would be expected to start by October 2016.

You need to call Cupp to discuss your ideas before putting in an application.

Training day on mental health and human rights

The British Institute of Human Rights is holding a learning event on June 23rd about human rights and mental health. The event is part of a project run by BIHR and partners which looks at how human rights can help ensure people using mental health/mental capacity services are treated with dignity and respect. The project is called ‘Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy’ (funded by the Department of Health).

This learning event will look at:

  • An introduction to human rights: values and context
  • An introduction to the Human Rights Act
  • Mental health and human rights: examples of good practice
  • Using human rights in practice

The event is free to attend but places are limited and only open to those working on mental health or mental capacity for a third sector organisation.

For full details and to book a place, go to

Working with Communities training course

This two day course is organised by the Trust for Developing Communities and Brighton & Hove City Council.

The course gives an overview of different ways to work with communities and then supports participants to develop their own approach and test it out. So it would directly support any work with communities you are doing.

The course is also a great opportunity to network with and learn from other people from different sectors in the city who are working with communities.

It is well established and past participants really enjoy the participative nature of the course and the way it focuses on the work they are currently doing.

There’s more information at

If you would like to book a place please contact Kelly Butler, Brighton and Hove City Council Human Resources & Organisational Development on or call 01273 295282.

Know My Neighbour open meeting

Know My Neighbour is a citywide community project run by One Church Brighton, aimed at sparking social connections to create a better Brighton & Hove. This May is the launch of Brighton & Hove’s first Know My Neighbour week, starting Saturday 21st May. The Brighton-wide Know My Neighbour week will feature different initiatives running across the city to encourage neighbourly activities as a way of tackling social isolation.

There will be an open meeting on Wednesday 20th April 3.30pm – 5.00pm we’ll be meeting at One Church, Gloucester Place to firm up the plans for Know My Neighbour 2016. A particular focus will be on Know My Neighbour week 21st-27th May and how organisations/individuals can get involved.

The purpose of the meeting will be to:

  • Share events planned so far, with a special focus on Know My Neighbour Week 21st-27th May including our week long Pop-up Cafe event.
  • Explain how organisations and individuals can get involved and partner with Know My Neighbour – benefiting neighbours and the activities/services you are involved in.
  • Provide an opportunity for those already involved to speak to a member of the team about a planned event or initiative.

For further information, and details of previous events and meetings, visit the Know My Neighbour website.

RSVP to to confirm whether you can attend.