Community Health funding for health improvement projects

If your group is planning a project which improves the health of your members, you can apply for a Community Health grant of up to £1500 in January 2016.

Community Health funding is one of several different pots of money managed by Sussex Community Foundation. You can apply for it by filling in the general Sussex Community Foundation application form, and returning it by 15th January 2016.

The Community Health fund is keen to work with groups who are just getting started and those whose health and well-being activities support LGBT people, people from BME communities or older people (including intergenerational work). This does not exclude other groups from applying.

Help is available to make your application. For advice and information, contact Lisa Mytton at Community Works, 01273 234031,

You could also attend the Information Session on Thursday 3 December, 6pm to 8pm at BMECP, 10a Fleet Street Brighton. Contact Lisa on the contact details above to book a free place.


Stalls available at Celebrating Faith in Our Community event

Local community groups are invited to hold stalls at an event to celebrate faith in our local community.

This event has been organised by a small group of faith organisations, working with the Interfaith Contact Group, B&H Faith in Action, the Health and Social Care Faith Forum and Community Works. Its purpose is to recognise and celebrate the wealth of work currently delivered by faith groups in the city and explore the potential for increased partnership working, sharing expertise and resources.

The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in the work of faith groups in our city, including faith leaders, representatives of faith projects and groups, voluntary and community organisations, commissioners, public service managers and city leaders.

If you are interested in having a space and/would like to hear more about the event, email Gill on

Community Works can help groups with promotional material and travel expenses for your volunteers.

For further details about the day and description of the programme, please visit

Brighton Energy Coop Community Fund

Brighton Energy Coop recently launched their new Community Fund: This year the fund is for £2,500, and is open for any organisation in the Brighton and Hove, East or West Sussex areas.

The aim of the fund is to support local generation of renewable electricity or implement energy efficiency measures, as has been the intention for BEC since they began. You can see more about the fund here: the application form and guidance are available here:

They are looking to receive applications by the end of November, with a decision mid December, and projects completed by March 2016.

Applications can be sent via email to or via post to 7, 47 Montpelier Road, Brighton, BN1 3B.

Community Works: Support for Trustees – Governance Surgeries

Community Works are running Governance Surgeries for trustees, management committee members or anyone in charge of the governance of their organisation.

Wednesday 4 November, 6-8pm at the BMECP Centre

Drop in anytime to speak to one of their experts and network with fellow trustees and management committee members.

Community Works are bringing together all of the expertise, information and advice you could need if you are a trustee or are considering becoming one, to answer those questions you might be afraid to ask or don’t know who to ask.

To find out more, including how to book your place, visit:

The event is free.

This event is taking place as part of national event ‘Trustees Week’

SafetyNet safeguarding workshops in November

SafetyNet have spaces on the following courses running during November. Use the links to find out more about the course and a book place via Eventbrite, or email for more information.

Supervising to Safeguard

Tuesday 3rd November, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

This course is suitable for all managers who, as part of their role, have responsibility for both supervision of staff and safeguarding children. The whole day programme is designed to support managers in developing their supervision practice to promote safe effective practice in a children’s service or organisation, in line with their organisation’s supervision policy. There will be opportunities to build on existing skills and deepen understanding alongside managers from other professional backgrounds

Safeguarding Policy Workshop

Tuesday 10th November; 10:00am – 1:00pm

This course is suitable for all managers or safeguarding leads whoever has responsibility for updating their organisations safeguarding policy. The half-day session is designed to support you in developing your safeguarding policy or a basis for creating one. The session will conclude with one to one discussions, a policy template if appropriate and a personal action plan.

Holding Challenging Conversations with Parents, Carers & Young People

Tuesday 24th November; 10:00am – 4:00pm

This course is for anyone who has challenging conversations with families in their work – whatever this is in relation to. It is an opportunity to take time out to reflect on the nature of these conversations and how we approach them. It will be a reflective, practical and experiential course where we consider both the dynamics present in these conversations, as well giving you some tools and strategies to help these conversations to be more effective.

Get to Grips with Social Media course, Brighton

Creative Future have a 3 week course starting at Jubilee Library on Thursday 5th November; ‘Get to Grips with Social Media’.

Fee: £7/£15 
Dates 2015
5, 12, 19 November
Time: Thursdays 2-5pm
Venue: Jubilee LibraryJubilee Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1GE

Places can be booked online here:

FREE Football inclusion sessions for homeless people

For those experiencing or working with homeless people.

Inspired by the recent Homeless World Cup held in Amsterdam and won by Mexico.

Albion in the Community is providing FREE football sessions EVERY Friday at Hove Lawns, meeting at the Peace statue at 11:00am for those homeless people that would like to join ‘the movement’! This is followed for those that wish by access to First Base for refreshments and computer access.

No requirement to be fit, or any previous experience just a desire to get together with others. A fully inclusive fun session!!

Please share with anyone you feel may be interested.

Any questions contact Tony Silsby on 07525444825 or

Free training for LTBTQ groups

LGBT HIP is holding a free session for volunteers from LGBTQ groups, who would like to provide LGBTQ awareness training in Brighton and Hove. The course will cover how to deliver effective training, how to engage an audience and overcoming barriers to learning.

By the end of the course, volunteers will have an understanding of how to plan, deliver and evaluate a training session and receive a certificate.

Whether you have delivered training before, or you do not have any previous experience, this will be a fun and participatory course, which will give volunteers skills and confidence in communicating with an audience.

To book a place contact

When: Saturday 28th November 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Space for Change, 14 Windlesham Avenue, BN1 3AH

Brighton Marathon: a chance to raise money for your group

Community Works has negotiated a special deal with the Brighton Marathon for 2016. It means that even though entries are now closed, runners can still take part if they wish to collect sponsorship for a local community or voluntary organisation. If your group wants to take up this offer, you need to:

  • find someone willing to run on your behalf. The 2016 Brighton Marathon weekend is April 15th-17th
  • contact Community Works to book your runner a place in the Marathon for the discount price of £70 (max. 2 places per organisation)
  • help your runner to gather sponsorship, via JustGiving

In 2015, the average amount of money raised by Brighton Marathon runners was £630


Free Turn2Us training for charities working with people in financial need

Places are available on a three hour workshop, teaching front line workers how to use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator, Grants Search tool and other online information to help people in financial need access benefits, grants and other forms of financial help.

28 October, Brighton, 9.30am to 12.30pm.

For further information, or to book, visit the Turn2Us website.

Places are free for charities working with people in financial need.