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.


Aviva Community Fund opens 13th September, closes 11th October

The Aviva Community Fund is a competition which community projects can enter, to be in with a chance of funding.

There are 200 prizes of £1000 each on offer to the projects which receive the most votes.

To enter this level of the competition:

  • your organisation must have an annual income below £100,000, and have existed for at least 6 months
  • your project must create a change that positively impacts the local community, through for example specific purchases, activities or the running costs of a programme

The competition opens on 13th September 2016, and entries must be submitted before noon on 11th October 2016. Your entry can include photographs and a video, to make the maximum impact on the voting public.

Voting takes place between 21st October and 18th November. Each person has 10 votes. The 200 projects with the most votes will receive £1000 each, to be spent during 2017.

For larger organisations, there are also larger amounts of funding available, but there is a longer process to go through, and fewer awards available.

For full details of the competition, see the Aviva Community Fund website:

Grant Programme for Inter Faith Week 2016

The Inter Faith Youth Trust has a Small Grants Programme for events organised by and for young people focused around Inter Faith Week 13-20 November 2016

The Trust will be awarding small grants up to £500.00 for organisations running events or projects connected with Inter Faith Week 2016

Grants are awarded for proposals for inter-faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years.

Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Actively involve young people in planning, running, and evaluation of the project.
  • Promote positive action i.e. young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems like improving green spaces.
  • Are run by non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout/guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations.

Grants can provide part-funding. Grants are not available for converting young people to a different faith.
Grants are given only to UK based organisations and are given for the agreed purposes set out in the completed grant application form. Grants are for use in accordance with the Trust’s charitable objectives. The Inter Faith Youth Trust as funder takes no responsibility for carrying out the work.

You can download the application form from the Trust’s website:

Completed applications must be received by email by Friday 9th September 2016  

New information sheet on Days out for community groups

As part of a joint project with Brighton & Hove City Council Transport Planning, we have produced a new information sheet giving details of eleven Sussex destinations that can be reached by public transport for less than £10 per person.

We hope this will be useful to groups wishing bring their communities together on a fun day out, without having to raise large amounts of money for coach hire and entrance fees.

Action Learning Sets for social enterprises

This service is provided by Brighton & Hove Social Enterprise Network.

What is an action learning set?

A bringing together of like-minded people at a similar early stage of their social enterprise adventure. As a team, you will share and test ideas, confront challenges, leap hurdles and reflect on practical and organisational development. The opportunities are endless…

Groups are purposefully small so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

18th Aug, 12th Oct & 15th Dec

2pm – 5pm

The Platform, Russell Place, Brighton BN1 2RG

£30 for the 3 sessions

To book

Social enterprise support surgery, 20th July

Could you do with a focused bit of time to discuss an idea or an issue with a small panel of friendly, helpful and well connected people?

Wed 20th July (next week)
Half hour slots from 1.15pm

BHSEN @ The Platform are running Social Enterprise Surgeries for social enterprises of all shapes and sizes; half hour individual support sessions with a panel of social enterprise enthusiasts from different fields of expertise. Share ideas, dilemmas or opportunities with the panel, who will act as a sounding board and inspire solution focused discussion…

… whether you have a germ of idea that you would like to work through, you’re not sure if your idea is a social enterprise or not… whether you’ve been running a social enterprise for a while and need to chew over some new ideas or perhaps have an issue you’d like to work through… or whether you need direction as to where next to steer your enterprise… whatever you need to talk about basically!

Because sessions are just for you, you need to book in advance … there’s not many spaces, so don’t tarry!

Sponsored by The Platform surgery sessions are just £10
To book here

Last chance to book on Monitoring & Evaluation course, 19th July

This course is organised by Community Works. Booking details are below.

Course: Getting to Grips with Monitoring and Evaluation and the Community Insight Tool

Date: Tuesday 19 July 2016

Time: 9.30am-1.00pm

Fee: This is a free course.

Venue: Friends Meeting House

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

This half-day course 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.

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 or services. There will also be an opportunity to talk about building relationships with your funders.

Who is this course for?

This training is aimed specifically at groups:

  • with an income of under £35,000 and who are receiving a grant through the Community Health Fund and/or who are delivering health and well-being activities
  • we will prioritise those groups whose health and well-being activities support LGBT people, people from BME communities or older people (including intergenerational work)

To book a place:

Please book your place through Eventbrite here:

City Parks consultation meeting with community groups

Building a resilient future for our parks and open spaces

A City Parks consultation meeting with community groups for the new Open Spaces Strategy

Tuesday 19th July 2016,  6:00 – 8:00pm  (networking and refreshments from 5:30pm)

Community Base (South Wing Conference Room), 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG


Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) is working with the Volunteers Alliance for Community Open Spaces (VACOS) and Community Works to host this meeting for ‘Friends of parks’ and other community groups and voluntary organisations concerned with our city’s parks, gardens, and open spaces.

It represents a commitment from the Parks Projects Team to meet with Friends of Groups in forum-style meetings to discuss the challenges of our parks, the scale of issues that face our open spaces, and how the upcoming Open Spaces Strategy (OSS) can work to address them.

The meeting will include presentations by Paul Campbell of the Parks Projects Team and Denise Taylor of City In Bloom & VACOS as well as a discussion.

Agenda (draft)

  • Introductions
  • Context of Cityparks –present challenges  and the Open Spaces Strategy (Paul Campbell – Cityparks, Park Projects and Strategy Manager)
  • Establishing an open spaces network (Denise Taylor – Volunteers Alliance for Community Open Spaces & City in Bloom)
  • The role of Friends of groups in the care and management of our open spaces
  • Training needs for Friends of groups volunteers
  • Public consultation – We will have an online portal, but where would you like us to be located with a paper consultation?
  • Summary and next steps

By the end of this meeting we hope that participants will:

  • be better informed regarding the current resources and finance situation for Cityparks, and the challenges that this poses
  • understand the City Council’s emerging volunteering strategy
  • have more clarity about the City Council’s relationship with, community groups in light of challenging economic circumstances
  • have clarified how Cityparks can support volunteers and the training that is needed (e.g. guidance on health and safety, insurance, fundraising, project management, working with special needs groups and individuals, etc.)
  • have clarified the potential role of a city-wide open spaces network (such as Volunteers Alliance for Community Open Spaces)

For more information and/or to book your place follow the link to Eventbrite below:


A chance to tell health planners what your members need

As part of the 2016 update of some of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) summaries, the JSNA team within Public Health is asking for evidence from community and voluntary organisations in Brighton and Hove.

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a piece of research which provides a high level overview of the population of Brighton and Hove, and of the current and future health and wellbeing needs of local people.

To support the process, Community Works and Healthwatch are holding sessions on 27 July and 28 July. You can book half an hour with Kate Gilchrist, Head of Public Health Intelligence to discuss your evidence before submitting it.

To book a half an hour slot just email or call 01273 234025.

You can find additional information along with the submission form here:

The deadline to submit evidence is the 12th August 2016. To submit evidence along with the completed submission form, please email