Trans awareness training

Community Works are holding Trans Awareness Training.

Thursday 20 October, 9.30am- 2.00pm, Conference room, Community Base

This half day course is aimed at anyone who wants to broaden their understanding of issues faced by transgender, transsexual and other gender-different people. The session is based around interactive exercises, encouraging participants to get involved in thinking through what trans means and ways to achieve equality and inclusivity in practice.

By the end of the session you’ll have:

  • an appreciation of how sex, gender and sexual orientation interact
  • improved understanding of trans identities, terms and language
  • a good grounding in the key laws relating to trans people
  • increased awareness of trans issues and ways to be trans inclusive
  • increased confidence in working with trans colleagues and clients
  • information about helpful resources

This course is led by a Trans Alliance trainer.

The course costs £50-£90, depending on the size of your organisation and whether you are a member of Community Works. There are some subsidised places available for small groups with incomes under £35,000 per year – contact Community Base to enquire about this.

More information is available on the Community Base website.


Postcode Local Trust – Deadline 30th September 2016

Postcode Local Trust is currently inviting applications that encourage lasting benefits by bringing people together to improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment.

Organisations must complete an Online Application Form, which is only available through the website until the closing date of Friday September 30th at 5pm.

For more information see Postcode Local Trust

Governance Network 29th September

Date: Thursday 29 September 2016

Time: 6.00-8.00pm

Venue:  Lagoon Room, BMECP Centre, 10 Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE

This third meeting of the Community Works Governance Network is aimed at any trustee or management committee member who is interested in the subject of raising funds through individual donations.

Members of the governance network have highlighted HR as a key learning point that they would like to come together around. Delivered by Judith Berrill, a qualified senior Human Resources and Organisational Development professional with 30 years’ experience, and Community Works staff, this session will provide you with the opportunity to share and learn with your counterparts in other organisations on items relating to HR.

Book now at:

Free sanitary products for community groups

The University of Sussex Students’ Union has sanitary towels to give away to community groups who can distribute them to women in financial need.
If your group thinks they’d be able to pass them on and can collect them from Falmer during office hours, contact Nathan at Sussex Students’ Union, 01273 877209,

Brighton Soup date coming up

The next Brighton Soup event will be on Friday 23rd September 2016 at The Bridge Community Education Centre,

Community projects in Brighton are invited to bid for funding. Everyone who attends will vote on which project should be funded.

If you are running a community project and need funding, you can submit a bid any time up to 31st August.

For more information see our Favourite Funder page for Brighton Soup.


Aviva Community Fund opens 13th September, closes 11th October

The Aviva Community Fund is a competition which community projects can enter, to be in with a chance of funding.

There are 200 prizes of £1000 each on offer to the projects which receive the most votes.

To enter this level of the competition:

  • your organisation must have an annual income below £100,000, and have existed for at least 6 months
  • your project must create a change that positively impacts the local community, through for example specific purchases, activities or the running costs of a programme

The competition opens on 13th September 2016, and entries must be submitted before noon on 11th October 2016. Your entry can include photographs and a video, to make the maximum impact on the voting public.

Voting takes place between 21st October and 18th November. Each person has 10 votes. The 200 projects with the most votes will receive £1000 each, to be spent during 2017.

For larger organisations, there are also larger amounts of funding available, but there is a longer process to go through, and fewer awards available.

For full details of the competition, see the Aviva Community Fund website:

Grant Programme for Inter Faith Week 2016

The Inter Faith Youth Trust has a Small Grants Programme for events organised by and for young people focused around Inter Faith Week 13-20 November 2016

The Trust will be awarding small grants up to £500.00 for organisations running events or projects connected with Inter Faith Week 2016

Grants are awarded for proposals for inter-faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years.

Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Actively involve young people in planning, running, and evaluation of the project.
  • Promote positive action i.e. young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems like improving green spaces.
  • Are run by non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout/guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations.

Grants can provide part-funding. Grants are not available for converting young people to a different faith.
Grants are given only to UK based organisations and are given for the agreed purposes set out in the completed grant application form. Grants are for use in accordance with the Trust’s charitable objectives. The Inter Faith Youth Trust as funder takes no responsibility for carrying out the work.

You can download the application form from the Trust’s website:

Completed applications must be received by email by Friday 9th September 2016  

New information sheet on Days out for community groups

As part of a joint project with Brighton & Hove City Council Transport Planning, we have produced a new information sheet giving details of eleven Sussex destinations that can be reached by public transport for less than £10 per person.

We hope this will be useful to groups wishing bring their communities together on a fun day out, without having to raise large amounts of money for coach hire and entrance fees.

Action Learning Sets for social enterprises

This service is provided by Brighton & Hove Social Enterprise Network.

What is an action learning set?

A bringing together of like-minded people at a similar early stage of their social enterprise adventure. As a team, you will share and test ideas, confront challenges, leap hurdles and reflect on practical and organisational development. The opportunities are endless…

Groups are purposefully small so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

18th Aug, 12th Oct & 15th Dec

2pm – 5pm

The Platform, Russell Place, Brighton BN1 2RG

£30 for the 3 sessions

To book

Social enterprise support surgery, 20th July

Could you do with a focused bit of time to discuss an idea or an issue with a small panel of friendly, helpful and well connected people?

Wed 20th July (next week)
Half hour slots from 1.15pm

BHSEN @ The Platform are running Social Enterprise Surgeries for social enterprises of all shapes and sizes; half hour individual support sessions with a panel of social enterprise enthusiasts from different fields of expertise. Share ideas, dilemmas or opportunities with the panel, who will act as a sounding board and inspire solution focused discussion…

… whether you have a germ of idea that you would like to work through, you’re not sure if your idea is a social enterprise or not… whether you’ve been running a social enterprise for a while and need to chew over some new ideas or perhaps have an issue you’d like to work through… or whether you need direction as to where next to steer your enterprise… whatever you need to talk about basically!

Because sessions are just for you, you need to book in advance … there’s not many spaces, so don’t tarry!

Sponsored by The Platform surgery sessions are just £10
To book here