Safer recruitment training 10th September

Safety Net is delivering Our Decision (Safer Recruitment) training on Wednesday 10th September 2014, 9:30 – 12:30.

Location: Safety Net, Manor Offices, Emmaus, Drove Road, Portslade BN41 2PA

Aim of course: To support VCS organisations with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application process and effective decision-making related to the level of supervision and DBS checking required for different roles.


  • To raise awareness of the cultural change needed within the VCS following the launch of the DBS
  • To discuss the implications of this change for risk management
  • To work through case examples on supervision and consider the implications for your organisation and the wider sector
  • To explore the DBS application process and common errors
  • To identify resources and support to help your organisation meet this challenge
  • To identify next steps for your organisation

Cost: £15 – Click here to book your place (or go to the Eventbrite website:

For more information, please contact Clare Topa, Training Administrator, 01273 420973

Community Works Members’ Autumn Conference: “Understanding Impact”

Community Works Members’ Autumn Conference: Understanding Impact: Approaches to monitoring and evaluation

Tuesday 16th September
The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD

Booking is ESSENTIAL as spaces are limited within the venue and particularly where sessions are focussed on a learning element. Attendance is FREE to all Community Works members.

At this Conference, each of Community Works’ 5 networks will be themed around monitoring and evaluation.

Details of topics and speakers for individual sessions can be found on our website here:

A networking lunch and sector support marketplace will also bring the opportunity for you to meet some key organisations in the city.

Book your place by Friday 5th September at the latest (early booking is recommended to secure your place), by visiting their online booking system on Eventbrite.

For more information, or if you are having difficulties with the booking form, contact or 01273 234023.

Gannett Foundation 2014 deadline announced

The Gannett Foundation is now accepting applications from charities in the areas served by Gannett Company newspapers (Gannett owns the Argus, so this includes Brighton & Hove).

You can apply for up to £10,000, for “projects which take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighbourhood improvements, economic development, youth development, community problem solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment”.

Full details are on our Gannett Foundation page.

Promote your Social Enterprise at local event

This event, organised by the Brighton & Hove Social Enterprise Network in conjunction with Social Enterprise UK and Brighton & Hove City Council, will take place to raise awareness of the vast array of social enterprises operating within the city, and encourage consumers to unleash their spending power and buy from social enterprises. Featuring social enterprise stalls, entertainment and refreshments from local social enterprises.

All social enterprises are welcome to come along and to get involved with the network.

Date: Saturday 13th September 2014

Time: 11am until 5pm

Location: Jubilee Square

For more info contact Toby Buckle who runs the social enterprise Leading the Change and is the Community Works Social Enterprise Rep and member of the steering group for the network.

Email him at or call on 07970 809594.


Life more ordinary – grants for young disabled people

The Life More Ordinary Grant Scheme has just launched. This scheme is aimed at helping young disabled people aged 8–19 to make new friends, enjoy social and leisure-time activities, take part in new experiences and lead a ‘life more ordinary’.

The deadline for applications is Monday 29th September.

Applications are welcome from any voluntary, community or statutory organisation​ in East Sussex – you can apply for any amount from £300 up to £3,500 ​(funding is available for up to 90% of the total cost of your project).

More information is available on the Spark website or email

Sussex Community Foundation – Round 3 grants deadline 11 October

Round 3 list of grant funds from Sussex Community Foundation is now available. The deadline for applications is 11th October.

This is a larger round than usual for SCF as they have a number of additional smaller annual funds available.

Check their website  for more information, or give Mary a ring on 01273 409440.

More information on Sussex Community Foundation grants is also available on the Resource Centre website


Social Enterprise Events in September

There are two events in September for Social Enterprises and those organisations who are thinking of adding an income stream through trading.

1. Friday the 12th September: 9.30 to 1.30 pm Wagner Hall. 9 Russell Place, Brighton, BN1 2RG.

At this free event there will be key speakers and workshops for social enterprises and plenty of support organisations on hand to offer advice on issues from funding to growing your social enterprise as well as how to get involved with the social enterprise strategy to make Brighton and Hove a beacon for social enterprise by 2020.

This event will also launch a dedicated website for Brighton social enterprise which has been built to provide resources and a directory to signpost social enterprises, funders, customers and supporters to each other.

2. Saturday 13th September 2014: Jubilee Square Brighton 11am until 5pm

Social Saturday in conjunction with Social Enterprise UK will take place to raise awareness of social enterprise and encourage consumers to unleash their spending power and buy from social enterprises, featuring social enterprise stalls, entertainment and refreshments from local social enterprises. Let us know if you would like a stall.

Community Works Social Enterprise Network would welcome you all along to both events and to get involved in the network.

For more info contact Toby Buckle who is the Community Works Social Enterprise Rep and member of the steering group for the network.

Email him on or call on 07970 809594

NEW! Rounders set available to hire at Resource Centre

We now have a Rounder set available to hire. It includes a proper wooden rounders bat, standard and soft rounders balls, wooden stumps, cones for playing on hard surfaces, and line marker spray to mark out your pitch.

Only £2.75 to hire for up to a week.

Make a booking

Charities Breakfast Club – free workshops in September

Charities Breakfast Clubs taking place in September are as follows:

How to be Successful with your Grant Making Trust Applications – Tuesday 9 September – Russell New, The Courtyard, Shoreham Road, Upper Beeding, Steyning

Breaking the Taboo of Charity Fraud – Monday 15 September – The Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton

Further details and how to book your place can be found on the invites attached or on Russell New’s website events page:

Russell New’s breakfast clubs have proved very popular over the years, it is a great opportunity for like-minded individuals to network, share ideas and participate in relevant discussions led by sector professionals.

Safety Net training – September

Places are available on the following courses running in September.

Click on the course title for more information on the course and to book your place via Safety Net’s Eventbrite page (

Our Decision (Safer Recruitment)

Wednesday 10th September, 09:30 – 12:30 at Safety Net, Portslade  - £15

Community Group Child Protection Training

Wednesday 10th September, 2:30 – 5:30 at Community Base, Brighton – FREE

Safeguarding & Child Protection Training

Wednesday 17th September, 10:00am – 4:00pm (full day) at Safety Net, Portslade – £50 or £40 early booking

Safeguarding & Child Protection Training

Thursday 18th September, 10:00 – 1:00pm (half day) at The Springboard Project in Crawley – £25

Safeguarding Children with Disabilities

Tuesday 23rd September, 10:00 – 4:00pm at Safety Net, Portslade – £50 or £40 early booking

Protective Behaviours Training

Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th September, 10:00am – 4:00pm both days, at Safety Net, Portslade – £90 or £80 early booking (includes workbook)

Please contact Clare if you have any queries or require further details.

01273 420973

Safety Net, Manor Offices, Drove Road, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 2PA