Transport survey

Does your group include people aged over 50 who live in Brighton & Hove?

A network of local voluntary organisations is researching older people’s transport needs in order to shape and develop solutions to local transport problems. The results will also be used to inform the way that the Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, commission community transport in the city.

They’ve devised a short questionnaire to help them understand and evidence the difficulties people have with getting to and from activities.

People can either complete the questionnaire online by 18 November.

Or download a Microsoft Word document (DOC) and return it by 18 November either by email to or by post to Lifelines, Montague House, Montague Place, Brighton, BN2 1HQ.

If you require the questionnaire in a different format please email or call 01273 234023

Free Governance Surgery

Community Works free governance surgery, at Komedia on Tuesday 8 November , 5.00-6.45pm. This is a great opportunity to access free advice on any aspect of the governance of your organisation. Experts brought together by Community Works can help with a range of areas including:



Charity Law


Volunteer Management

Places are limited, so make sure you book your slot in advance.

For more information, and to book, please visit: *

*Community Works AGM and Sector Star Awards will follow the Governance Surgery, so when you book your advice slot you can decide whether to also book on to these parts of the evening.

A place to meet

Pelican on Portland Road has rooms available for group meetings and events. No hire fee if people buy a drink. Check them out at

Brighton Soup: how to submit your project (deadline 9th November)

Brighton Soup have announced that they are now open to submissions for their next funding event @ Community Base on Dec 2nd. If you’re interested, here’s what you need to know;

  • You don’t’ have to be an organisation or charity to apply, it can just be you
  • You don’t need formal plans or projections, just an idea
  • Your project has to benefit the people of Brighton & Hove City in a charitable way
  • You get help, support and training on how to present your idea
  • You get an opportunity for some funding, even if you don’t win the vote
  • You meet a lot of really great people that may want to get involved and help you
  • You get to eat delicious food and maybe have some fun too

The submission deadline for this event is Wed 9th Nov 2016. So if you (or someone you know) is interested, please apply online at and answer 3 simple questions;

  1. What is your idea/project?
  2. How does it benefit people?
  3. How does the money help?

Survey results 2016

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to our 2016 survey in the summer. Once again, the results show that overall, our users think we’re doing a great job, which is always lovely to hear.

  • 97% of our users were very satisfied with the service they received. The remaining 3% were satisfied.
  • 100% of respondents agree that the Resource Centre makes life easier for their group.
  • For most of our user groups, we are the only support agency they use.
  • The work of our user groups benefits everyone in the city.

For more details see our summary report. We have taken note of all the comments and suggestions and we’ll be producing another report next year on the actions we’ve taken in response.

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.