Successful Money in Mind project comes to an end

Big Lottery funding for the Money in Mind project will run out at the end of September 2014. The Money in Mind project has provided free support with money management to small groups in Brighton & Hove since October 2009.

Over 300 groups have been helped with training, advice and information, two free downloadable accounts systems, and free access to an examination of accounts service. An independent evaluation of the project in August 2014 found that:

  • Groups found the support offered by the Money in Mind project to be of excellent quality, and all beneficiaries would recommend the service to their colleagues and friends.
  • A large majority of groups who received support from the Money in Mind project reported that their skills, confidence and knowledge had improved following the support.
  • A majority of groups reported that they were better able to raise funds following the support they had received.

From October 2014, the Resource Centre has put aside funds to continue this free support for small groups who are based in areas of social housing, black and minority ethnic community groups, and disabled people’s groups.

For other groups, the following services are currently available:

Community Works are interested in finding out how many groups would find free examination of accounts or money management advice services useful, to help them with future planning (but they are not offering it at the moment). It is worth contacting them to tell them you would like to use these services if they are able to offer them in future. Contact Lisa Mytton, or on 01273 234031 to let her know that your organisation would find this service useful.


Advertise your activities in the Older People’s Day 2014 Information pack

As part of the Older People’s Day celebrations and promotion Impact Initiatives will be distributing packs of information on activities and services available for people aged 50+ across the City. If you run an activity, group or service year round or as a one off event that you would like included in this please send them flyers or small leaflets – no bigger than A4 – by Tuesday 23rd September and they will include them.

Please deliver to Impact Initiatives 19 Queens Rd Brighton BN1 3XA

Tel: 01273 322946

Free workshop to begin Simply Quality Protects scheme

Safety Net are running a free Getting Started Bronze Workshop for the Simple Quality Protects (SQP) Scheme on Wednesday 25th September from 10:00 – 12:00 in Portslade

SQP is a quality assurance self-assessment tool for all voluntary and community organisations working with children and young people. It is evidence based and takes you through three levels of achievement – Bronze, Silver and Gold.

When you are ready you can progress to a nationally accredited quality mark, such as PQASSO. SQP can help to show commissioners and funders you have a good Quality Assurance Programme in place which helps ensure good practice and  that the children, young people and families you work with are fully safeguarded.

The workshop will focus on discussing what your group needs to do to start working towards the SQP Bronze award. To book a place please visit Safety Net’s Eventbrite page.

Free Level 2 Food Safety course 25th Sept or 3rd November

Are you volunteering for a community group, or receiving benefits and hoping to work in catering?

This 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.

Level 2 Food Safety – Central Hove
This is a one day course. There is no crèche facility on this course.
Course date: Thursday 25 September
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Hove Town Hall, Norton Rd, Hove. BN3 4AH
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: Monday 3 November
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square. BN1 1JA
Tutor: James Aldcroft

To book a place call 294 287

‘Applying For Grants’ workshop 17th Sept

Do you work with marginalised people and want to find funding? Do you know marginalised artists or writers who are looking for funding for their projects? Have you got a creative project idea which will engage marginalised people that you want to find funding for?

Dominique De-Light from Creative Future is running an ‘Applying For Grants’ workshop where you will learn the basics of applying for grants and tips on where to look for them. The workshop will cover what funders are looking for, points to cover in your application and a one to one consultation to discuss ideas you want to seek funding for. There will also be an in-depth look at the Arts Council application process.

The next course is on Wednesday 17th September 2014, 10am-5pm at Community Base. Cost: £7 (income under £20k)/£15 per workshop for individuals. £35 if attending on behalf of an organisation.

The Tutor: Dominique De-Light is the co-founder of Creative Future. She has been fundraising for ten years for her own writing development, arts projects and Creative Future. In that time she has raised over half a million pounds from local authorities, the Arts Council, the National Lottery, private trusts and foundations, and the European Social Fund.

Interested? Email or telephone 01273 234780 to book your place.

Free ‘fundraising techniques and back office skills’ training 17th and 18th Sept 2014

For the third year the FSI is bringing two days of free training to Brighton so that all small charities, wherever they are, can access the skills they need to become self sustaining. Training sessions cover a wide range of fundraising techniques and back office skills delivered by experienced and knowledgeable trainers.  Each course has a market value of £310 per delegate place, course places are donated to small charities by the sponsors, donors, funders and Trustees of the FSI.

  • Venue Bridge Community Centre, Lucraft Road, Moulsecoomb, Brighton BN2 4PN
  • Date 17th & 18th September 2014 (attend one day or both)
  • Time 9.30am-4.30pm (registration from 9.15am)
  • Cost The training and all delegate materials are free of charge to FSI Small Charity Members and Associate Members.  We ask for a small contribution of £10 towards refreshments and lunch.

For more info

Whitehawk Inn courses

More information can be found on the Whitehawk Inn website or by phoning 01273 682 222.


ECDL: Level 2 qualification covering Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other IT applications, Tues & Thurs 9.30am-12.30pm, 15 weeks: 30 Sept- 30 Jan £392 (FREE UB/ L2)

ITQ: Level 1 qualification covering Microsoft Office applications as well as internet and email, Mondays 9.30am- 12.30pm, 17 weeks: 22 Sept- 2 Feb £208 (FREE UB/ L2)


Food Safety Level 2 Award: covers safe food preparation, cooking, storage and service. Thursday 6 Nov 9.30am-4.30pm £60 (£10 MTB) £30 EB PC/ VOL

Community Briefings (for residents, volunteer and professionals who provide support and information)

Loan Shark Training: learning key signs to look out for loan sharks and problem solving advice, Wednesday 5 Nov 10am- 12pm FREE

Food Poverty Awareness: learn how to recognise food poverty and identify the advice we can provide to people in need, Tuesday 4 Nov 9.45am- 12pm FREE

Fee information

UB – Free if you are Unemployed and looking for work and receiving one of the following Benefits: JSA/ESA WRAG/IS/HB
MTB – reduced fee if you receive a Means Tested Benefit, including: Income Support, ESA WRAG, Job Seekers Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, or if you are a dependant of someone in receipt of one of these. (Pension Credit Guarantee and Working Tax Credit may also be eligible).
Carers Card holders are eligible for the East Brighton postcode reduction
VOL – subsidised for volunteers & staff from community and voluntary sector groups, either based in East Brighton or supporting local residents.
EB PC – reduced fee if you live in certain Postcode areas to the East of the Level. Contact us with your postcode to check eligibility.
Over 65s – courses reduced based on age
L2 – Free if you do not have a level 2 qualification and are 23 or under

The Whitehawk Inn
Whitehawk Road

Safeguarding Adults at Risk Conference

9th Annual Safeguarding Adults at Risk Conference

5th December 2014
Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove 9.00am – 4.30pm

Conference chaired by: Denise D’Souza, Executive Director of Adult Services
Guest Speakers: Claire Crawley, Senior Policy Manager, Adult Safeguarding, Department of Health Amy Jupp, Inspection Manager, Care Quality Commission

A variety of workshops will be held during the day to complement and extend learning and awareness from the speakers. Delegates will be able to attend two workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

They are as follows:

  • Making Safeguarding Personal – what this means for you Imagine being deaf and blind… What are the safeguarding implications?
  • Tackling Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – Human Rights or just a paper exercise?
  • Self-Neglect
  • Health Investigations in Safeguarding

If you would like to book a place, please email Abigail Smith on

(Brighton & Hove Safeguarding Adults Board)

Understanding your sports club finances

Brighton & Hove City Council Sports Development Team are running a free club leaders workshop on managing club finances.

It is on Monday 15th September 2014, 6:30pm-8:30pm

This free workshop is for volunteers who have a responsibility for managing club finances.
The face-to-face training focuses on key business skills that clubs need to be sustainable and include case studies, topical issues, exercises and a discussion section which gives clubs leaders the chance to ask questions and share their experiences with the group.

For more details contact Ryan Edwards from the Sports Development Team – contact details below.

Ryan Edwards
Sports Development Manager | Sports Development Team | Brighton & Hove City Council
Tel: 01273 293438 | Fax: 01273 292855
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Safer recruitment training 10th September

Safety Net is delivering Our Decision (Safer Recruitment) training on Wednesday 10th September 2014, 9:30 – 12:30.

Location: Safety Net, Manor Offices, Emmaus, Drove Road, Portslade BN41 2PA

Aim of course: To support VCS organisations with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application process and effective decision-making related to the level of supervision and DBS checking required for different roles.


  • To raise awareness of the cultural change needed within the VCS following the launch of the DBS
  • To discuss the implications of this change for risk management
  • To work through case examples on supervision and consider the implications for your organisation and the wider sector
  • To explore the DBS application process and common errors
  • To identify resources and support to help your organisation meet this challenge
  • To identify next steps for your organisation

Cost: £15 – Click here to book your place (or go to the Eventbrite website:

For more information, please contact Clare Topa, Training Administrator, 01273 420973