Community Health Fund open to applications

The Community Health Fund supports small community group initiatives, with an income under £35,000 a year, which improve the health and wellbeing of Brighton and Hove’s residents.

The fund is ending

The fund has run for a number of years and is now ending. So this is your last chance to apply for this money!

The deadline for applications to the fund is 13 January 2017.

If you’ve applied once for the fund already, then consider applying again. Groups may be able to receive funding twice.

Other information

Please note that Sussex Community Foundation manage the application process for the Community Health Fund on behalf of Public Health at Brighton and Hove City Council.

The fund particularly welcomes applications for activities that support LGBT, disabled, younger and older people.

You can also read more about the fund on the Sussex Community Foundations website.

To apply, go to the Sussex Community Foundation’s website, and scroll down the page to the Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund to download or complete an online application form.

Resource Centre memories wanted

We are celebrating our 40th Anniversary with a week-long exhibition at the Jubilee Library next January, and we need your help! We are asking for community or voluntary groups who have used the Centre’s services at any time during the last four decades to send in their memories and photographs for inclusion in the exhibition.

Did you hire a van from the Resource Centre in the 1970s? Maybe you went to a punk concert in our original building at the top of North Road? Did the Resource Centre print your newsletter on our offset litho machine in the 1980s? Or does your school hire one of our candy floss machines every year for the Christmas fair?

We think our services must have made a difference to thousands of local people over the last 40 years, and we would like to invite them to help us celebrate by sharing their memories of the Centre. Please spread the word through your networks.

The exhibition will be on display in the Jubilee Library foyer from 16th to 22nd January, 2017. As well as covering the history of the Centre, it will promote our current work and we hope it will help us reach new groups who have not used the Centre before.

If you have memories or photographs to contribute, please email them to us on info@resourcecentre.org.uk by 16th December.

Share your photos

This month Brighton & Hove Food Partnership are running a social media campaign to celebrate all kind of shared meals in the city and they want your photos!

There are 3 ways to share your  photos:

1)      Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/harvestbh/

2)      Twitter – @harvestbh. Use the hashtag #sharedmeal

3)      Or email the pics to: carolines@bhfood.org.uk and they will post them for you.

The Brighton and Hove Food Poverty Action Plan  ‘recognise the role that shared meals e.g. lunch clubs are playing in improving the health, nutrition and mental health of the city.’

Their aim for this campaign is to inspire action – donating money to community groups, encouraging volunteers to help out and increasing participation in lunch clubs.

You can find out more on their blog http://bhfood.org.uk/Blog/we-re-celebrating-eating-together-across-the-city

Bid writing workshops in Brighton Jan and Feb2017

Tuesday 10th January or Tuesday 21st February

Bid Writing : The Basics

Cost: £95

This workshop provides a series of practical tips to improve the quality and success rate of your future funding bids.

Bid Writing : Advanced

Cost: £95

This advanced workshop covers series of important topics in depth to further improve the quality and success rate of your future funding bids.

For more info and booking: http://nfpworkshops.co.uk/

 

Upcoming training courses by Community Works

Community Works is running the following training courses in the near future. For more information & updates, please go to their website.

  • Tuesday 13 December 2016: Getting to Grips with Monitoring and Evaluation and the Community Insight tool
  • Thursday 19 January 2017: Keeping Adults Safe
  • Wednesday 25 January 2017: Develop your volunteering strategy

Cornerstone Christmas Market

The Christmas Market at Cornerstone Community Centre is on Saturday 26th November from 11am to 3pm.

They still have a few stall spaces available at £10 a table.

Contact cornerstonecommunitycentre@hotmail.com if interested.

Safeguarding & Child Protection training

Saftey Net have a few spaces left on their three hour Introduction to Safeguarding & Child Protection training.

Thursday 24th November from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Suitable for anyone working with children and young people and costs £15 / £25 depending on organisation income.
You can find out more and book your place via Eventbrite using the following link, or contact Clare Topa at training@safety-net.org.uk<mailto:training@safety-net.org.uk>

To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-safeguarding…

Project planning workshop for LGBT disabled people

LGBT HIP is co-hosting a workshop with Harriet from Scope’s Local People Programme, to enable LGBT disabled people to access project funding and support from Scopes Local People Programme.

Friday 25th November| Stamner Room, Brighthelm | 2-4 pm

Any LGBT disabled person (with any physical or mental illness, impairment or additional need) in Brighton and Hove to take part.

This will be an informal workshop, to chat about barriers, good experiences and possible projects. It will be an informal session over food and we can continue our conversation about helping LGBT venues to be more accessible and inclusive.

There will be food and drinks provided. Travel expenses can be reimbursed.

Contact meg.lewis@switchboard.org.uk to RSVP or if you have any dietary or access requirements.
 

Mental Wellbeing Innovation Fund – closes 14 Dec

The public health team at the Council and the CCG mental health team have just published an invitation to bid for a third round of the Mental Wellbeing Innovation Fund at: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/sesharedservices/aspx/ProjectManage/11088

  • Funding is for one year only
  • Up to £5000 per project
  • They are looking for initiatives to reduce the high rates of self-harm and suicide in the city
  • The deadline for applications is 5pm 14 December 2016

Training: Welfare benefits for beginners 17th January 2017

Do you help clients with their benefits but find the system difficult to use?

BHT’s one-day Benefits for Beginners training course will give new and less experienced staff a solid overview of the benefits system.

It will bring you up-to-date with recent reforms, including the brutal benefits cap reduction – the stark reality of which was reported in this week’s Guardian. You will learn how to work out what someone needs to live on each week, and how that amount can be achieved or improved.

The course will be delivered by Jayne Knights, and will also cover:

  • Universal Credit and who is eligible
  • Housing Benefit and who is affected by issues such as the bedroom tax
  • Benefits related to disability, such as Employment and Support Allowance, and the new Personal Independence Payment

The course costs:

  • £80 for registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £200,000, or fewer than ten employed staff
  • £120 for other charitable organisations
  • £160 for local authority, housing associations, solicitors and other private bodies.

For further assistance please contact the Training Team on training@bht.org.uk