Improving your neighbourhood
Many community groups exist in order to make improvements to a neighbourhood and solve local problems. This section provides information about ways to find out what local people think and get people working together to improve things, as well as details of some funders in Sussex who work specifically with neighbourhood-based projects. The Links tab has contact details for other useful organisations who can help.
Surveys are useful for finding out people’s opinions about an issue, or to gather feedback about your group’s activities. This page provides tips on getting the most out of surveys.
How do you get lots of people along to your meetings and events? How do you make sure that more than a handful of you are doing the bulk of the work?
Tips for community groups about running a letter-writing campaign.
Using a petition as part of a community campaign
Holding a public meeting can be a really good way of building a campaign or getting more people involved in your group.
Grants available for: Groups working to improve quality of life for residents in the Patcham area, including Hollingdean and Withdean.
Size of grants available: Up to £1000
Producing a newsletter for your neighbourhood can be a great way to share news and to build a sense of community. This information will help neighbourhood community groups to produce and print successful newsletters. It is useful for other types of community newsletters too, including electronic newsletters.
A community group’s guide to researching and writing a campaign briefing
Grants available for: Any group or organisation that manages or owns a park or open space within Sussex.
Size of grants given: up to £1,000
These books are available at the Resource Centre, for reference only. If you prefer to borrow them, some of the titles are available at local libraries in Brighton & Hove. Groups based in Sussex are welcome to come in and browse our bookshelf and noticeboards.
The services listed below are not provided by the Resource Centre. These are websites and services we feel are particularly useful for small groups in Brighton & Hove, and which are not easy to find by searching the internet.Other services you might find useful
- Archives relating to Brighton and Hove local history
- Delivery and distribution of leaflets
- Getting outside help with design and planning
- Information about campaigning
- Information about conducting research
- Information about monitoring and evaluation
- Information on neighbourhood design and planning
- Information on organising a street party
- Information on running outdoor community spaces
- Statistics and data
- Support for black and minority ethnic groups