Small Groups Network: 9th June

The theme of the Small Groups network meeting on June 9th is:

Safeguarding considerations for Small Groups

including what to do about the results of DBS checks


Tuesday 9th June, 2015, 13.15 – 15.45 (arrivals from 13.00)

The Brighthelm Centre, Stanmer Room (1st Floor)


Mel Parr from Care Co-ops, Jo Wren from Grow and Joanna Rowland Stuart from the LGBT Small Groups Network / Community Safety Forum

will be there to share their knowledge and experiences and we hope you will come to share yours…

Let’s make our communities places everyone can participate safely. To book on use link below:


Or call 01273 234023 if you want assistance to register.

Governance Network – with a focus on Charity Finance

A few places are still available at the next meeting of the Community Works Governance Network, for trustees and committee members.

Wednesday 20th May 6-8pm @ BMECP (Rose Room).

  • Learn – a chance to learn about Charity finance; top tips, good practice and board roles
  • Network – meet other Trustees and Committee members
  • Share – swap experiences with your peers
  • Shape – tell us what you from your network in the future

The session on Charity Finance will be let by recommended Directory of Social Change trainer Jacqueline Williams from Cass Business School.

Jacqueline has over 20 years international consultancy and training experience in the not-for-profit and private sectors, working with boards and senior management teams in developing the change they need to make their organisations more efficient and effective. Her specialist areas are financial governance, strategy and leadership development.

To book your place please email

Or if you would like further information ring 01273 234 023 and ask for Alison.

One Voice Community event – stalls available

One Voice, May 21st 2015- calling all community groups!

Local community members together with Brighton & Hove Council are organising an event called One Voice to coincide with the UN Day for Cultural Diversity.

  • UN Day for Cultural Diversity is about sharing cultural customs with others and learning about other people’s cultural traditions.
  • One Voice is a program of work in Brighton and Hove that is reconfirming the need for communities to work together and come together to tackle shared issues of concern such as radicalisation and extremism.

The event to be held is a celebration and will take place on

May 21st, 2-5pm at the Brighton Open Market

To make this day a special event the organisers would love to have some of our local communities share with others their cultural traditions and customs. This could include photos, art work, showing traditional clothing or items or demonstrating a particular craft or game. Unfortunately they cannot allow food on the stalls and cannot allow any items for sale.

  • Stalls are free
  • You can get your expenses refunded (eg. bus fares)
  • If you would like photos/ pictures printed for your stall you can send them to the organisers and they will print them out for  you

If you would like a stall or have any questions about the event please contact Cally on 01273 293006 or The stalls are filling up fast so please do get in touch if you are interested.

Supported volunteering opportunities: survey

The Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove (part of Community Works), The Fed Centre for Independent Living and Better Futures would like to find out from you what’s available in Brighton & Hove regarding  accessible volunteering opportunities.

Their aim is to increase and improve the volunteering offer in the City to disabled people and also increase organisations’ capacity and diversity by opening up opportunities to more people.

Please help by completing the following survey:

The deadline is: Friday, 22nd May at 5pm.

The results of which will be shared during Volunteers’ Week, 1st – 7th June.

Community Health Fund deadline 17 July

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to community groups (annual income up to £35,000) working on health improvement projects. The next deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 17th July 2015 (Sussex Community Foundation are managing the grant giving process).

A few examples of things funded in the past include:

  •  Community festivals with a health and well-being focus
  • Singing groups
  • Serving healthy food in a group
  • Exercise classes for women from BME communities
  • Women only swimming sessions
  • Weekly meet ups and social events for specific communities
  •  And much more!

As well as the usual criteria, this round there is a particular emphasis on supporting older people’s projects to promote health and well-being – such as physical activities, intergenerational work and projects around food and healthy eating.

There is help available to make your application – see contact details below or at the information session.

Information Session

Tuesday 2nd June
6pm to 8pm
10a Fleet Street Brighton
(please let Lisa at Community Works know you are coming)

For more information contact Lisa Mytton:

Tel: 01273 234031
(the application form and guidance notes are available to download from this page)
Review of Brighton & Hove Council Annual Grants

Community and voluntary organisations are invited to a consultation meeting with officers from the city council’s Communities and Third Sector team, to discuss proposed changes to the Annual Grants programme.

Date: Monday 1st June 2015

Time: 9.30am -12.30pm

Venue: Auditorium, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton

To book a place, contact Emma McDermott:

National Citizen Service offers teams of volunteers to local organisations

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a National Government programme of personal development for young people. Groups of young people are guided by experienced and skilled team leaders and support staff to get jobs done for organisations.

The project is aimed at building their confidence in skills such as project management and leadership and helps put them to them to good use within their own local community. Albion in the Community have run this programme with great success for 3 years in Brighton and Hove.

This summer they have 180 young people aged between 16 and 18, who will have completed two weeks of challenge and skills workshops in their teams of 15. In the second two weeks, they plan and deliver a Social Action Project with a local organisation or charity.

They have 30 hours each to offer to their project – that’s 450 hours each team – a lot is possible in that time!. From sporting fun days to sponsored walks, from brightening up old people’s homes to creating a stunning professional mural in London Road railway station – anything is possible! They are now looking for a range of opportunities for this summer 2015 .


‘H’ Zeida: 07876898035; 01273 878220


Community Works summer conference

Bookings are now open for the Community Works Summer Conference, due to take place on Tuesday 9 June.


Book your place by Monday 1 June at the latest (early booking is recommended to secure your place), at:


At this Conference, each of the 5 networks will be themed around safeguarding. You can choose to attend one session in the morning, and one session in the afternoon although not all sessions will be appropriate for your role.  To select your sessions, and to find out more about what else is happening on the day then you can find further information on the website:


A sector market place, also themed around safeguarding, will take place during the networking lunch between 12.15- 13.15. This is an opportunity to meet a range of support organisations.


Booking is ESSENTIAL as spaces are limited within the venue and particularly where sessions are focussed on a learning element.  Please note that, to enable as many organisations as possible to have the chance to attend, places are limited to 2 people per organisation in each session, unless spaces are still available nearer the day.


Expenses are available for small groups (under £35k per annum) and volunteers. Just bring your receipt/ticket on the day. Please ask us about availability of parking at the venue before claiming to park elsewhere.


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

Small grants for Health & Wellbeing projects in London Road/Trafalgar/New England area

Grants of up to £500 are available to groups and organisations to run projects/activities that will impact on the Health and Wellbeing of the above area.  Priority will be given to projects that:

  • educate to prevent people starting to smoke or support them when they are ready to stop.
  • help to reduce obesity, improve diet and nutrition, (e.g. via cooking skills, food growing, etc.)
  • improve sexual health
  • ensure active living & increase exercise
  • improve mental health & wellbeing and reduce isolation
  • support healthy ageing and improve health-related quality  of life for older people
  • improve alcohol and drug awareness
  • improve health-related quality of life for those with long term health conditions
  • support health and wellbeing of those living on a reduced budget.

Applications need to be received by end of the day 8th of May for projects that can complete in the next 6 months.  On maximum of the equivalent of two sides of A4 the following information is suggested -

  • Contact name and address
  • Group/Organisation Name (if not individual application)
  • Name of Project
  • Start and End Date
  • Details of Project/Activity -What are you going to do?
  • How this impacts on the themes and priorities of this fund
  • Number, type, and location of beneficiaries – Who you going to do it with, how many, where?
  • How are you going to evaluate the work – How can you show you did what you said you would?
  • Project Cost – with  breakdown – How much/what for?
  • Funding requested – with breakdown (if relevant where is the rest of the money coming from)
  • Sustainability or Exit Strategy – What happens at the end of the Funding?
  • Additional Information – How do we know you can deliver it? for example.

Submission by cut off date to

For more information, contact:

Andy Silsby
Community Development Consultant
Serendipity Enterprising Solutions CIC

Information sessions about Community Works Mentoring programme

The Community Works Mentoring Programme for 2015-16 is coming soon.

They are holding two Information Sessions for anyone who would like to find out more.

Whether you would like to take part as a mentor or whether you are seeking the support of one, you can come along to find out the details of the programme, criteria for taking part and speak to people who have participated in previous years. The aim is also to help you decide whether mentoring support will be the thing for you.

Book on to one of the following:

  • Tuesday 12 May 12:30-2:30pm or
  • Thursday 14 May 6-8pm

Both sessions will be held in the Community Works meeting room, 3rd Floor of Community Base, Queens Rd, Brighton.

Please email: to let them know to expect you.

For more information about the Mentoring Programme:

- (programme overview)

- (programme information)