Summer Pride Grants now open

Brighton and Hove City Council have announced the deadline for their Summer Pride grants for community organisations.

Grants of up to £500 are available for groups to run activities as part of Pride 2015.


Information on organising community events

Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, we have updated and improved our information on Organising Community Events.

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Our new pack contains advice and information on all sorts of different aspects of running events, including:

All these pages are also available as free printed information sheets, separately and as a whole pack. Just drop into the Centre to collect a copy for free.

New network of co-operatives in Brighton & Hove

MAIS (Mutual Aid in Sussex) is a new network that first met at the end of May. The idea is to have a monthly meeting of people involved in coops, but also open to individuals and groups doing cooperative work in the widest sense in Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area – informal food groups, people starting something up, as well as incorporated coops, CICs… They plan to meet at Coachwerks in Hollingdean on the third Wednesday evening of each month (address details below).

Please bring and share dinner and each month the plan is to have a bit more of a detailed presentation or talk from a coop, or a workshop on things like how to set up a coop, growing pains of coops, getting members and customers, etc.

For more information about MAIS, see

The next two meetings are
7.30pm Wednesday 17 June – to decide which events/talks/workshops at future MAIS meetings
7.30pm Wednesday 15 July

Coachwerks is a community arts and meeting space in Hollingbury and the brewing base for Bartlebys beer, who were part of getting MAIS off the ground. So their vegan beer will also be available at the Coachwerks bar each Wednesday! 19 Hollingdean Terrace, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 7HB

Free training opportunities for volunteers

Whitehawk Inn has organised free training for volunteers in Brighton and Hove. If you are a volunteer for any organisation, you are welcome to book a place.

To book a place please call 01273 682 222 or email

Topics and dates are:

  • First Aid  – Tuesday 2nd June 9:30-4:30
  • IT tips and tricks – Part 1 Tuesday 9th June 9:30-12:30; Part 2 Tuesday 16th June 9:30-12:30
  • Fundraising – Wednesday 10th June 9:30-4:30
  • Food Safety – Tuesday 11th June 9:30-4:30
  • Fire Safety / Warden – Tuesday 16th June 9:30 – 12:30
  • Using a Laptop – Thursday 18th June 10:30 – 12:30
  • Using a Google Calendar – Thursday 18th June 1:30 – 3:30
  • Strategic Business – Part 1 Thursday 25th June 9:30 – 12:30; Part 2 Thursday 2nd July 9:30 – 1:00
  • Introduction to Word – Wednesday 1st July 1:30-4:30
  • Word Intermediate – Wednesday 8th July 9:30-4:30
  • Using Social Media – Wednesday 15th July 1:30-4:30
  • Powerpoint – Wednesday 22nd July 9:30-4:30
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: