Resource Centre support for East Brighton groups doubles in 2018

Resource Centre support work with volunteer run community groups in East Brighton area has almost doubled in the last year. Our latest report to East Brighton Trust shows that we have continued to provide essential support with our Accounts Examination and Design & Print service. In addition, demand for one-to-one support and consultancy, in all aspects of running a group, has more than doubled. It has been inspiring to see so many new groups, run entirely by local people, emerging and finding their feet over the last year. This adds to the many groups that continue to do what they do so well, understanding the needs of their community and taking action to support local people and bring them together.

One-to-one support and consultancy

We provided 56 one-to-one support sessions (compared to 22 in the previous year) to 20 different groups. Seven of these groups are either new or had never used the Resource Centre before.

Collectively, they help and improve the wellbeing of a wide range of local people from ‘the cradle to the grave’ and lots of people in between.

They help improve the local woods, parks and outdoor spaces; provide lunches for children, families and older people; organise events that are free to local people; provide art and dance activities; run community buildings; investigate local history; create newsletters; and provide a hub where local people can come together to build networks and friendships.

We supported groups to draft constitutions, policies and procedures; think about legal structures and report to the Charity Commission; keep their accounts and prepare their budgets; improve their communication and use of social media; apply for funding and evaluate their projects.

All the groups we support are run by local volunteers for local people. Those involved have a commitment to their community and a vision of how they can improve it. But often they have no experience in running a group and need to develop lots of new skills to do it effectively.

In our support sessions we work with people in a way that they feel comfortable. We ask them how they run their groups, what things they find difficult and get an understanding of their confidence levels and skills. We then help them to move forward in a way that suits them and their group, working good practice into their existing systems.

Feedback from groups

We ask groups for feedback after each package of support is completed. Out of 16 requests for feedback we received 11 responses. All of those who responded said the support they received was excellent, they felt more confident and their group would be able to work better as a result.

In the words of Brighton and Hove Filipino Community

Mireille has been very helpful and accommodating to us. She has been very specific with what requirements do we need for the submission of our application. She has guided us all throughout and has been so patient with us meeting the deadline. We are so grateful as a community that there are people who are there to help.”

Moulsecoomb Chomp said:

“The work Resource Centre does is imperative to supporting community groups of all shapes, sizes and persuasions.”

Account examinations

We carried out 17 Accounts Examinations for 16 different groups. This provides groups with an accurate summary of their accounts to share with members and funders. It also gives Treasurers the opportunity to check the procedures they are using and get some advice and support if they need it.

Feedback from groups

We received feedback cards from 69% of these groups.
They all said the service was excellent.

East Brighton Bygones said:

“Thank you so much for doing our accounts. It’s good to know we always have someone friendly and reliable to help us. If it wasn’t for you, it would be a lot harder for us!”

Metamorphosis and Splatt Art Group said:

“Very good explanation & suggestions and advice given. Very fast turnaround – just a week. Very well presented accounts which has already helped us in sending funding bids for our small groups. The Resource Centre enables our small community groups to function even better and removes some of the problems we encounter. Ongoing training will be taken up shortly to tidy up and streamline the accounts.”

Design and print

We did 26 different design and print jobs for ten different groups. This included production of newsletters, flyers and posters.

Thank you to East Brighton Trust

We would like to thank East Brighton Trust for supporting this work with a grant of £3,000. This grant supports just under half the work done in 2018, with the remainder (£3,130) being funded from Resource Centre reserves.

Brighton Soup’s next funding event 22nd March

It’s been a while, but Brighton Soup are getting ready for our spring soup community funding event.

Last time out Silvina de Vita pitched and won £415 in donations for her Arts & Crafts Project. Based at the Bevy, the project is helping to bring people together over creative activities.

This time Brighton Soup will be taking place at St Richard’s Community Hall, Hangleton on Friday 22nd March 2019.

If you need a little funding and support for your project, or have an idea to get one started, then apply at brightonsoup.org.uk/projects. You don’t have to be a charity, just someone with an idea that to help their community in a charitable way. #

Check the website for details or get in touch for a chat.

Tickets at brightonsoup.org.uk/ticket-office

Networking opportunity for groups working in Hanover & Elm Grove

Coffee & Croissant with Colleagues – Hanover & Elm Grove Hub Networking events

Date: Every first Wednesday of the month

9th January, 6th February, 6th March, 3rd April, 1st May, 5th June, 3rd July, 7th August, 4th September, 2nd October, 6th November, 4th December.

Time: 9:00am -10:30am

Venue: The Edge Community Centre, Pankhurst Avenue, Brighton, BN2 9YN

Facilitated by Trust for Developing Communities

In these sessions you will…

  1. Meet other people working or running activities in Hanover and Elm Grove
  2. Explore ways to work together more effectively
  3. Collaborate to meet community needs
  4. Become more confident working with communities

To register your interest book via Eventbrite on https://bit.ly/2SWt7o3

Email Emma on emmareeves@trustdevcom.org.uk for more information.

Becoming a CIO workshop

Community Works is running a workshop on How to become a Charitable Incorporated organisation.

Where: Rose Room, BMECP, Fleet Street
When: 12 February, 6.00-8.00pm
Book: via Eventbrite

Led by Tim Smith of Griffith Smith Solicitors, this session will provide the opportunity to learn more about the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) legal structure, including the differences between a CIO and a Community Interest Company (CIC), and how to convert from a CIC to a CIO.

It will look at issues such as:

  • what is a CIO and the requirements?
  • the main reasons for choosing a CIO structure
  • reasons not to choose a CIO structure
  • ‘association’ versus ‘foundation’ model
  • how to go about setting up a CIO and demonstrating your charitable objectives effectively
  • understanding the challenges of adopting a CIO structure
  • the process for converting to a CIO from another structure e.g. CIC
  • the differences between a CIO and CIC

The workshop is free, but you need to register – priority will be given to Community Works members.

Looking for grants?

Community Works are offering groups a chance to book an appointment for a search of the national Grantfinder database.

You should have a clear idea of your funding requirements, be actively looking for funding and be planning to make an applications shortly.

Slots available between 10-2pm on Friday 15 February and Friday 22 March at the Community Works office in Community Base.

Find out more about this service: https://bhcommunityworks.org.uk/free-funding-search-service/

Book a slot by emailing Donna Edmead on communitiesteam@brighton-hove.gov.uk or calling 01273 291112.

Homity Trust – Grant applications welcome!

DEADLINE 31st January 2019

ONLY through http://www.homity.co.uk

The Homity Trust is seeking applications from community groups based in Sussex. They say:

‘Our Trustees and Grants committee meet 3 times a year to consider the best quality applications and can award smaller (<£1000) funds quickly to those groups showing real need. Homity is not bound to any particular sector but does prefer proactive community causes. If you have a well argued need for your cause then why not apply? Your application must be made via the form on our website. The more information and costings you can provide the more chance that your application will make it for consideration by our lovely Trustees. Full due diligence will be carried out before grants are awarded. Homity does not provide funds for individuals, political or religious causes, large capital projects or profit making organisations.

So head to the website and see whether you should make an application this month for consideration in February, and feel free to forward to any relevant organisations who may not be on this list. Please don’t leave it to the last day and good luck!’

Good Food Grants – deadline March 14th 2019

Thanks to a generous bequest from Neil Smith, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is again offering Good Food Grants to local community food projects.

Groups can apply for grants of between £200 and £850 for projects working to improve the health, skills and confidence of local residents through healthy eating, increased cookery skills and food growing. They are looking for projects that bring people together, celebrate food and support the city’s most vulnerable residents.

This year’s scheme is focused on projects which benefit adults with mental health issues and people experiencing poverty. Please check the guidelines before applying.

There is more information about the scheme, and a link to download the application form, on the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership website.

Grants for tenants of Southern Housing Group

If you live in a Southern Housing Group property, you can apply for small grants to organise activities and outings for people in your community, or work together with your neighbours to improve your gardens. Check out our new information pages about Southern Housing Group Grants for Customers and Southern Housing Group Gardening Neighbours grants for more information.

Working with the Media: Wednesday 23 January 2019

This training in run by Community Works.

Are you confident when working with the media? Understanding how to engage with print, TV and radio journalists is key to the success of your organisation. Come along to this workshop which will help you to:

  • recognise the media’s agenda,
  • understand different ways of dealing with different media and how to communicate with each,
  • develop and illustrate your key messages and avoid the common pitfalls.

The Workshop will cover:

  • a ‘whistle-stop’ tour of the media including print, TV, radio and social media
  • tips and tactics
  • what to do if it goes wrong

This session will be led by Tracey Allen from SeaPR, who has over twenty years of experience working with the media representing the third sector and has a strong understanding of how charities can work effectively with local businesses and how to get an optimum response from different media organisations.

To book; via Eventbrite

Nationwide Fund for Housing and Homelessness

Charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to make a change in the local area.

Nationwide are looking for local housing projects that will strengthen the local community by supporting the most vulnerable, finding new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords.

The funded projects will also get community and volunteering support.

The programme will support:

  • Core costs
  • Staff costs
  • Development and capacity building costs
  • Volunteer costs
  • Activity costs
  • Small-scale capital costs
  • Building works and refurbishment costs will be considered, where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project.

The deadline for applications is Friday 7th December 2018.

Find out more at https://sussexgiving.org.uk/nationwide-community-grants/