Free training course: getting to grips with monitoring & evaluation + the Community Insight tool

This half-day course (organised by Community Works)  is a back to basics for anyone who is involved in or new to monitoring and evaluation, or who wants a refresher to improve the quality of their work. It will also include a session on the Community Insight Tool, which allows you to find, explore and use a wide range of facts and figures at different geographic levels for Brighton & Hove.

Date: Tuesday 3 February 2015

Time: 12.30 – 4.00pm


Date: Thursday 9 April 2015

Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm

The same course will be run twice so please book on to the date that suits you best.

Fee: This is a free course (subsidised by Brighton and Hove City Council), places are prioritised to organisations who are a member of Community Works on a first-come, first serve basis.

Venue: Community Base, Queens Road, Brighton

Trainer: Paul Bramwell (pfb consultancy) and Kate Gilchrist (Public Health)

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Measure success against the aims and objectives of your organisation;
  • Set a baseline against which to monitor and evaluate future work and use the Community Insight Tool to help you do this;
  • Set and measure outputs, outcomes and milestones;
  • Use different qualitative and quantitative monitoring techniques;
  • Use the information you have gathered to critically evaluate your work;
  • Begin to convince funders and commissioners of the added value of your work.

Techniques covered will include record keeping, questionnaires / evaluation forms, focus groups, interviewing and other participatory methods of collecting information about your activities / services. There will also be an opportunity to talk about building relationships with your funders.

To book on:

For more information and booking through Eventbrite please visit: (scroll to the links at the bottom of the page).

Any problems, please contact or 01273 234 023.

People’s Health Trust: deadline extended

The Active Communities fund from the People’s Health Trust is open in East & West Sussex, Brighton & Hove until 7th January 2015.

See our information page for full details about what this fund is for and who can apply.

Safety Net training, Jan-Feb 2015

These courses are provided by Safety Net. Click on the title and date to book a place, or email :

Competency Based Interview Training – Thursday 8th January 2015

9:30am – 5:00pm, Safety Net offices, Portslade. Cost £100 *Last few places available*

Appointing the right people is one of the most important ingredients in determining the effectiveness of an organisation. So investment in effective recruitment contributes directly to an organisation’s success. This one day interviewing training workshop provides comprehensive training in the techniques of best practice competency based interviewing, equipping delegates with the skills to make sound decisions and objective, evidence-based judgements.

Constructive Challenge – Tuesday 20th January 2015

10:00am – 4:00pm, Safety Net offices, Portslade. Cost – £50

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.

Helping Teenagers to Keep Themselves Safe – Thursday 22nd January 2015

10:00am – 4:00pm, Safety Net offices, Portslade. Cost £50

This course uses the Protective Behaviours life skills, assertiveness and safety awareness programme and looks in more detail at risk taking behaviour in teenagers as a part of their transition to adulthood. The programme looks at ways of understanding our personal response to risk and safety,  helps develop tools and resources to keep ourselves safe, and how Protective Behaviours can be used to increase young people’s understanding of personal safety and emotional literacy.

Sexting Workshop – Tuesday 3rd February 2015

9:30am – 12:30pm, Safety Net offices, Portslade. Cost £25

This half day workshop aims to explore issues associated with the fairly modern phenomenon of ‘sexting’ (sending and sharing explicit sexual content via digital and social media) and the impact this has on young people’s attitudes, knowledge and safety.You will gain a greater awareness of the motivations behind sexting, the legal context and ways to educate and support young people about the associated issues.

Introduction to Mindfulness – Thursday 5th February 2015

9:30am – 12:30pm, Safety Net offices, Portslade. Cost £25

Mindfulness is a relaxed state of awareness that observes both our inner world of thoughts, feelings and sensations, and the outer world of constantly changing phenomena without trying to control anything. It is widely recognised as a powerful tool that can help us enhance appreciation of life and manage stress, this introduction can serve as starting point for future learning and practice.

Clare Topa

Training Administrator

01273 420973

Safety Net, Manor Offices, Drove Road, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 2PA

What support would you like with running your organisation?

Community Works are running a consultation about how they can support people in their governance roles. They would like to hear from trustees, directors, management committee members and governors.

They would like to gather people’s views about what their support needs are as leaders of their organisation and how they can help to meet these. The survey is available on-line here: or a version in word is available.


Volunteering Fair

The University of Sussex Students’ Union would like to ask all community and voluntary organisations to save the date for their volunteering fair on January 20th 2015.

Community and voluntary organisations in Brighton & Hove will be able to book a free stall for the fair shortly – more details to follow.

For more details, contact Indi Hicks, Community Engagement Coordinator:

Take Part 2015 Planning Meeting

TAKEPART 2015 – Information & Planning Event Thursday, 4 December 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT) Brighton, United Kingdom

To book a place you can visit:

Brighton and Hove City Council Sports Development Team are inviting all organisations interested in being involved in next year’s TAKEPART Festival of Sport and Physical Activity to join us for the TAKEPART 2015 Planning Meeting.

The Festival celebrates and promotes all the great activities that exist in Brighton & Hove that help people to lead active lifestyles.  If you or your organisation provide sport, dance or physical activity sessions for people in the city we’d love to get you involved.

During the Fesitval you can:

  •   Join in events targeted at different groups (eg. children, families, disabled people, older people and adults)
  •   Develop links with local schools
  •   Advertise your own opendays or tasters to showcase your facility or activities.
  •   Receive support to organise your own events.

To find out more and start planning your ideas join the Sports Development Team at the TAKEPART 2015 Planning Event!

For more information please call  01273 293438.

People’s Health Trust funding

The PHT are launching their new Active Communities programme: 12th November.

£300,000 is available for local community groups (with an income of up to£350,000) supporting people living in the  30% most deprived areas in Sussex. Projects should encourage social interaction and be initiated designed and run by local people and grants of between £5000 and £25,000 a year are available.

Application is through an online form  at and the deadline is 24 December at 1pm.  You need to go to this website initially to see if you and your group are operating in one of their designated areas

SCF is able to give telephone and email advice and will also have a drop in here in Lewes on 12 December to talk through applications and ideas.  Our guidelines/criteria are on our website at

Support for groups: Skills Exchange

-What is Skills Exchange?

Skills Exchange is a network of professional firms, each of which has offered to provide their professional skills free of charge to voluntary and community organisations across Brighton and Hove who cannot afford to pay for these services. Support is offered for clearly defined, time-limited projects.

-What sorts of firms are involved?

Members include architects, surveyors, accountants, solicitors, IT consultants and those who specialise in public relations, marketing, HR and design.

 -How is it managed?

Each firm is affiliated to Skills Exchange. The Skills Exchange Board meets bi-monthly to respond to requests for help from voluntary and community organisations. If a match cannot be made immediately, effort is made to find a suitable match.

 -Examples of expertise available:

Legal advice, including Employment Law and Charity Law, Architectural advice; drawing of plans, gaining planning permission, surveying, building management, HR, Graphic Design, , Website development, PR and Marketing, and business planning.

 -Is your organisation eligible to apply for support?

Skills Exchange will consider your application if:

-You represent a not‐for‐profit organisation including charities, community groups and social enterprises, whose benefit is primarily within Brighton and Hove.

-You do not have the funds to pay for the services you are requesting.

-You can demonstrate the benefit to the organisation, staff, volunteers or service users.

-You are able to demonstrate that the organisation has the resources to follow advice through.

-You can nominate a contact/liaison person to ensure the project runs smoothly.

-You are happy to take part in feedback, case studies and other evaluation.

The Skills Exchange Board next meets on Tues 18th November.

To make an initial application please visit: or contact Lisa Mytton on or 01273 234031 if you would like to chat through an idea.

Skills Exchange is a project of Brighton and Hove Community Works.


Free training: Food safety and First Aid for babies and children

To book a place on any of the following courses call 01273 294 287

Level 2 Food Safety – Central Portslade

This is a one day course. There is no crèche facility on this course.
Course date: Thursday 5 Feb
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Portslade Town Hall. Victoria Rd. Portslade BN41 1YF
Tutor: James Aldcroft

Level 2 Food Safety – Central Brighton

This is a one day course. There is no crèche facility on this course.
Course date: Wednesday 4 March
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square. BN1 1JA
Tutor: James Aldcroft

Are you volunteering for a community group, or receiving benefits and hoping to work in catering?
This one day free course will provide you with a Level 2 Certificate in Food & Hygiene.
There is a multiple choice assessment at the end of this course.

First Aid for Babies and Children – Portslade Town Hall

This is a one day course. There is no crèche facility
Course date: Wednesday 21 January
Time: 10am–1.15pm
Venue: Portslade Town Hall. Victoria Road Portslade BN41 1YF
Tutor: Agnes Munday

First Aid for Babies and Children – Brighton Town Hall

This is a one day course. There is no crèche facility
Starts: Thursday 12 March
Time: 10am–1.15pm
Venue: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton. BN1 1JA
Tutor: Agnes Munday
You will find out about: Managing burns and scalds, how to deal with choking, the recovery position and basic life support for babies and children.

Our first aid course also runs in Children’s Centres each term. Ask your local Children’s Centre for details.

Would you like a free first aid for babies and children course for your community group? Call us on 01273 290 563 to find out more.

*Your community group will need to have members who are either: unemployed, have less than five GCSE’s or are on a low income)

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is open for applications again, offering small grants to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland.

Now in its fourth year, the Fund will distribute five £300 awards each week, one of which will be for the applicant that attracts the most support on the Fund’s website that week.

The Fund is open for entries until 23 February 2015.

Since it was first established the Fund has supported more than 100,000 people.

Applications need to be made on line. Go to: