The regulatory role of the Charity Commission

Thursday 29 June 2017
The Mezzanine, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

At this network meeting, Charity lawyer Moira Protani will give a briefing on the regulatory role of the Charity Commission, and explore the responsibilities of charity trustees regarding reporting and compliance with charity legislation.

To book on to this network meeting please visit the following page

Spaces at our Governance Network are prioritised to Community Works members.

Brighton & Hove Albion inviting applications from charities to be club’s official charity partners 2017/18

Local registered charities have until Monday 10th July to submit their application. The club’s charity committee will then select two new local charities who will be supported during the new season – alongside the club’s existing long-term charity partners.

The selected charities will then be able to utilise a range of benefits, including a matchday bucket collection, signed merchandise, match tickets, media support and marketing both online and in the club’s match programme.

The application form, and further details, can be found here:

Free Women’s Aid ‘Ask Me’ Training THIS WEEKEND

Last minute places have opened up on the free Women’s Aid ‘Ask Me’ Training for Domestic Abuse Ambassadors in Brighton. Women’s Aid are looking for community members in Brighton and Hove to join our “ask me” scheme and create communities against domestic abuse. We’d love for you to be part of the scheme. The “ask me” scheme will train members of the community to become ask me ambassadors. The training will increase your awareness of what a helpful response to domestic abuse looks like, and give you the knowledge and skills to signpost people towards the specialist help they need.

Saturday 24th June

Saturday 1st July

9.30am – 4.30pm


For more information, and to book your place please contact: Laura:  07799 801642



Resource Centre business plan

We’ve published our business plan for 2017-20.

Having celebrated our 40th year as an organisation last year, we are continuing to focus on what we do best – providing practical, relevant support to small community groups in Brighton & Hove. Our business plan describes how we plan to build on our achievements and adapt to changing circumstances, without losing track of the key ideas which underpin our work:

  • Small groups are the vital glue that holds communities together. These groups have particular needs and the Centre is a specialist in meeting these needs.
  • While we specialise in supporting small groups, the help we are able to offer our user groups is broad. Our services work together to support different aspects of a group’s work, and develop alongside groups as they change. We know that a major aspect of our success comes from the fact that our different services strengthen each other.
  • The support we provide is above all practical: it is designed to give groups the tools they can use to overcome barriers to their activity.
  • Groups value our consistency and stability. Any changes in how we support groups will be minor and gradual. We know we are already extremely successful at what we do, and don’t plan any major changes in our work.


Support the Resource Centre when you shop at Waitrose

The Resource Centre has been nominated to receive a donation from Waitrose via their Community Matters scheme.

They have £1000 to divide between three charities.

Three people holding a very large cheque

Ekhlas and Roy, Resource Centre trustees 2011-12, collecting our cheque from Waitrose in 2012.

Please ask for a green token when you shop at Waitrose on Western Road, and use it to vote for the Resource Centre. You can vote as many times as you like until the end of June.

In 2012 we received £317 from the same scheme. We bought a new PA system which has been used at 116 community events so far!

A big thank you to Ekhlas from the Christian Arabic Club for nominating us again.

‘Understanding Eating Disorders’ workshop

21st April, 1-4pm, at the Brighthelm 

The workshop will:

  • Explore some of the myths & misconceptions often associated with eating disorders.
  • Look at eating disorders, definitions, contributing factors and other associated conditions.
  • Provide an insight into the issues sufferers and carers’ face getting help and looking at real experiences from men who have suffered themselves.
  • Examine the barriers men face in accessing services and looking at ways professionals and services can overcome these barriers to provide gender inclusive service provision.

Delegate rate costs are as follows:

  • Professionals working in voluntary organisations and charities: £45.00 per place
  • Professionals working in statutory organisations or independent organisation or independently practice: £65.00 per place

For further information and to download a booking form please go to or email

Bid writing workshops

Brighton: 13th June 2017

Bid Writing : The Basics


Who are the winners and losers in grant funding. How to identify the weaknesses in your project. What questions will funders will ask themselves about your bid. Common reasons for applications being rejected. The key terms in bid writing explained with examples of each. Make your application short but effective.

Start telling funders the things they really want to hear. How to build greater credibility in the eyes of funders. Demonstrating that the beneficiaries of your project are involved. The importance of getting your numbers and totals right. What to do with all your supporting documents. Make your proofreading foolproof.

Bid Writing : Advanced


What makes for a more fundable project. How to find new ideas for fundable projects. Developing new techniques that can have a wider impact. Can you criticise the establishment whilst asking for money. Knowing and managing your online profile. What pressures are funders’ staff under. Handling multiple funding sources.

Working in partnership with others. How rich people make their money and what they like to fund. How to demonstrate that you will be able to pay running costs for new buildings. Use Freedom of Information laws to obtain statistics and generate fresh evidence. Use e-mail marketing to build up volunteers and donors even for brand new projects before you apply.

Each attendee will receive a full set of notes and copies of eight real successful funding bids by e-mail after the workshop.


£95. Refreshments provided. No VAT. No booking fees.

The courses are run by

Brighton & Hove City Council announces grants for community organisations

Brighton & Hove City Council has launched its Communities Fund for 2017-18.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding for work that meets one of the following outcomes:

  • Improving wellbeing
  • Building cohesion
  • Promoting fairness

There are three funds available to apply for:

The Engagement Fund: Grants of up to £2,000, for organisations with an income of up to £20,000 per year. Next deadline 15th May.

The Resilience Fund: Grants of up to £10,000, for organisations with an income of up to £100,000 per year. Next deadline 15th May.

The Collaboration Fund: Grants for organisations working in partnership with one another to support the city’s most vulnerable residents. No deadlines.

Playland – your group’s stories in Brighton Festival

The Playland Project is looking for community groups to help create a new art work exploring place and identity, to be performed in Brighton Festival this May.

The project takes inspiration from a new film commission by international artist Jivko Darakchiev. Your group/service users would work with Brighton based writer and poet Evlynn Sharp to create monologues, short stories or memoirs which would be produced as text or sound pieces which would be shown alongside Jivko’s film in Brighton during this year’s Brighton Festival. The nature of the project would be developed with the direct involvement of your service users.

So far the film has been shown alongside works by different groups of people in Folkestone (with local people from the Harbour district of the town), Margate (with older people experiencing change to the town centre through re-development), St Leonards (with people from the refugee community) and Worthing (with young adults who attend a West Sussex Day Centre).

Playland would require no financial contribution from yourselves. The project is funded by Arts Council England and The Big Lottery.

If you are interested or want to find out more, contact James Shea – email

Sussex Clubs for Young People, Spring Conference, Saturday 22 April

Spring Conference 2017 – Who washes the tea towels?

Sussex Clubs for Young People are working with the University of Brighton to provide a conference with “nuggets” of training opportunities that will support your whole youth club. It won’t just be about safeguarding and youth work training, but a chance to meet with others to have fun, with just a little bit of Swedish Disco Dancing. Their idea is that for their Spring Conference on Saturday 22nd April 2017 your committee chair, treasurer, safeguarding officer, youth worker and young volunteers will come together to take part in a range of bite-sized courses and seminars to help you fund-raise, manage your club and develop your staff and volunteer team. It will also put you in touch with people who can offer more advice and training if you want to take your learning further.

Sessions on offer:

  • Swedish Disco Dancing
  • How to run a DJ Workshop
  • Fundraising tips and grants
  • Stress Busters
  • Working with challenging behaviour
  • Digital Festival
  • Tackling Homophobia
  • Connecting with your community
  • Developing your staff and volunteer teams
  • Writing your child protection policy
  • Games and icebreakers for youth clubs
  • Plus a market place with a range of providers (If you are interesting in having a stand, please contact us for more details – £30 per pitch.

Cost for the day £10 per person (£5 for young people) as a contribution towards food and refreshments. They will send an invoice for all spaces reserved.  Please contact Sussex Clubs for Young People for help with transport or the cost of the event.

To register, please go to