New equipment at the Resource Centre

Thanks to a generous grant from the Argus Appeal, we now have the following new equipment available for groups in Sussex to hire:

  • A smaller popcorn machine – easier to fit into your car but the popcorn is just as tasty!
  • Skipping ropes – for solo and group skipping, and french skipping, ideal for street parties
  • Hula hoops – a set of six, good quality colourful hoops
  • Giant Twister – a new addition to our range of giant board games

Just get in touch if you want to book any of these items.

Governance Network Meeting

Date: Wednesday 16 September, 2015
Time: 6.00-8.00pm
Venue: Rose Room, BMECP Centre, 10 Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE

This second themed meeting of the new Community Works Governance Network is aimed at any trustee or management committee member who wants to improve their knowledge and skills around managing change as well as to meet others in the same role. The session content will be negotiated with participants on the night and is likely to cover:

* Governing structural change in your organisation

* Identifying and managing cultural change on your committee

* Identifying gaps in skills, knowledge and diversity on your committee

* Recruitment and induction processes.

For more information or to book your place, please visit:

Table tennis at your community centre?

Table Tennis England are offering free table tennis tables to community centres in Brighton & Hove.

The person to contact about this is Keiron Pelling on or 07972 222068.

Keiron said:

“I am a table tennis development officer working for Table Tennis England and I have been working with the Brighton table tennis community to increase the opportunities for people to play. This work includes the summer Ping! festival and putting funding towards creating table tennis sessions.

Table tennis is a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone, and most people I speak to say they enjoy playing – but don’t have opportunities to play. It truly is an inclusive sport, attractive to the young and old, able bodied and disabled alike.

To maximise the opportunities to play I have a small budget that allows me to place table tennis tables into places that can make use of them.

How the table gets used is up to you. Whether it is just making it available to use by the community groups that use your venue or organising specific activity around it, I’m happy to work with you to make it work.

There is no catch to this offer, so there are not any hidden costs to you – other than perhaps replacing bats and balls when they need to be replaced in the future.

If you are interested in this offer and would like to find out how table tennis can work for you, please contact me by phone or email and I can provide further information.”

Meet the Chair of the Neighbourhoods, Communities and Equalities Committee

Cllr Emma Daniel, Chair of the Brighton & Hove City Council Neighbourhoods, Communities and Equalities Committee, is offering up surgery-type sessions for any voluntary and community sector groups that would like to meet with her (1:1 or as a group of organisations working on a particular theme or issue). Her next surgery day is 15th September 2015. Meetings will take place at Community Works’ office in Community Base.

To book your appointment, please contact

New HOPE group offering sessions on awareness of domestic violence & abuse among women in BME communities

HOPE is the new BME Women organisation providing BME Engagement in relation to Domestic Violence/Abuse across Sussex. HOPE will be launching it’s first Drop-in service on Monday 20th July from 12-2pm at the BMECP Centre, 10a Fleet Street, BN1 4ZE.

They are a multi-lingual group of Black and Minority Ethnic women trained to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse among women in BME communities across Sussex. They also offer facilitated sessions to community groups.

HOPE stands for:

Help, Open, Protect & Empower BME Women and Girls

  • Help raise awareness and educate BME women/girls.
  • Open to promoting joint approaches to the issues of violence against women and girls and help in the formulation of interagency responses to the various forms of abuse and violence.
  • Protect BME women and girls who are victims/survivors of violence against women and girls by providing help, advice, support and information on national and local available services with the aim of breaking the barriers which result in BME women being excluded.
  • Empower BME women and girls who have been affected by violence and abuse by providing capacity building, training and development which will enable them to become more than just survivors.

For more information please contact the BME Engagement Project Coordinator by email, or call 07494330011 (mobile) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Due East grants for local groups in Whitehawk, Manor Farm and Bristol Estate

Due East have announced the following grant programmes for groups in Whitehawk, Manor Farm, and Bristol Estates:

1.Piggy Bank – Youth Fund

Youth Funding – bids for share of £6,000.00 for Youth projects in and/or benefiting young people in the Whitehawk, Manor Farm, and Bristol Estates.

2.Community Health and Wellbeing Fund

Just over £2,500 is available for grants of up to £500 per application. The overarching theme for grants is to support projects that impact on the health and wellbeing of  the community.

3.Cancer Champions Project Community Chest

Applications are invited for grants of up to £500 for projects that contribute to the Cancer Champions Project goals:

  • Increase knowledge about cancers amongst all the diverse groups and communities in the DueEast neighbourhoods
  • Recruit and train volunteer Cancer Champions from across the three neighbourhoods
  • Raise awareness of the importance of cancer screening and early symptom awareness and increase rates of attendance at screening
  • Identify barriers local people face in accessing cancer screening and taking other preventive measures and provide practical actions to help break these barriers down
  • Help local people feel more comfortable talking about cancer
  • Improve knowledge in the neighbourhoods of  DueEast about services to support people living with cancer

4.Challenge 2015 ! Community Chest

Applications are welcome primarily from individuals or groups of people who have  signed up to take the Challenge 2015! already this year, but applications will also be considered from  groups of local residents and community groups for projects that help meet the goals of the DueEast Challenge 2015 ! initiative :

  • Provide local people with a chance to get together to take part in  new activities that will help them to feel better about themselves and especially to improve their  mental health and wellbeing.
  • The activities can be anything that contributes to the 5 Ways to Wellbeing :
    • Connect – get together with other people to do something. Seek out someone you enjoy spending time with.
    • Get Active – take part in a physical activity even if it is as simple as a walk near your home or somewhere you love .
    • Keep Learning – Have a go at something different , learn something new or pick up a fresh skill.
    • Take Notice – Take a minute to look around and find a moment of calm and stillness and take a fresh look at your surroundings.
    • Give – Do something new for someone else or that will be of benefit for your friends, family or wider community.
    • Grants of up to £200 are available to fund activities that local people set up as part of Challenge 2015!

NB : Projects funded by the Challenge 2015! Community chest should be completed by end of December 2015 .

5. DueEast Multi-cultural , Minority Ethnic and Inter-Faith Project Community Chest

Applications are  welcome from  groups of residents from  cultural , faith  and BME ( Black and Minority Ethnic ) groups in the neighbourhoods of the DueEast area.

Grants of up to £250 are available for projects that help meet the following objectives :

  • Enable new community activity to take place involving residents from cultural , ethnic and faith groups who have  previously not carried out community activity in the DueEast area.
  • Bring together people from different cultural ethnic and faith backgrounds in inclusive and accessible activities so that  these differing traditions can be celebrated and better understood in the local community

How to Apply ?

Decide which pot of funding you want to apply for.

Complete the simple two sides A4 application form for each funding source to be returned by 5pm 17th September  along with a one minute youTube video detailing the project, and a commitment to attend one public voting event in late September/ early October.

Application forms available from – email  – Text/voicemail 07974571300.

If you want any help or support in developing your project ideas or making your application contact the Serendipity community development team:

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