Free workshops for small groups at Community Works conference

FREE workshop sessions for small groups (income below £35k per annum)

These following sessions are part of the Community Works conference being held in Brighton and Hove on 9 November 2017

For full information on the day download the programme

Book your place now!

Session 1: How to cover your costs in a small group

So-called ‘hidden’ costs such as administration and management are essential for any voluntary and community sector organisation, but not always easy to get funded by grants and contracts. This workshop led by fundraising consultant Katie Rabone will look at how using a full cost recovery model can help to secure core costs for your organisation.

A toolkit for success will be shared during the session, to ensure that your organisation can move beyond chasing short-term project funding and look to a more sustainable and confident future.

Session 2: Are you the only paid member of staff in your group? Or is this a situation you anticipate being in in the near future?

Being the only paid member of staff in an organisation can often feel daunting; with a unique set of challenges and circumstances. This interactive session led by Kaye Duerdoth will explore some of the issues that a sole member of staff encounters along with the opportunity to hear from people who have been in this very situation. The time will then be used to share different methods for problem-solving and overcoming the challenges of being the only paid member of staff which typically relate to the following areas:

  • Delegating effectively
  • Managing volunteers
  • Staying well and avoiding burnout
  • Succession planning – ensuring sustainability
  • Balancing delivery and development
  • Managing growth
  • Working with trustees and/or committee members

PA system available to give away


We are giving away one of our old PA systems for free.

It is an 80W single unit system. The reason we are giving it away is that the volume control is broken, so it can no longer be hired out. However, it still works fine if you use it with an external device, such as a phone, laptop or MP3 player, because you can control the volume on the external device.

It would suit a group that needs a PA for use at community parties to simply play music through.

It will need to be collected from the Resource Centre. If you are interested please get in touch. Priority will be given to volunteer-run community groups.

Community Works conference

Members of Community Works are invided to their next member’s conference on Thursday 9 November 2017, which is themed around ensuring sustainability and financial robustness.

Sessions include:

  • How to cover your costs in a small group
  • Is your organisation ready for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
  • Making partnerships work for your organisations
  • Volunteer Coordinators Forum
  • Tools for navigating growth
  • Leading with one paid member of staff
  • Turning values into behaviour

Date: Thursday 9 November 2017
Time: 9.15 – 16.00
Venue: Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1YD
Cost: Free

In addition to the sessions detailed above there will also be a welcome presentation and keynote speech from a representative from The Information Commissioner’s Office between 9.45 and 10.50. The keynote will present an overview of General Data Protection Regulation, talk about what community & voluntary sector organisations should be doing now and in the future, highlight the responsibilities of staff, trustees and volunteers and signpost to available support and resources.

A networking lunch and marketplace will take place between 13.00 – 14.00. This is an opportunity to network and meet a range of support organisations.

A full programme with session descriptions and details on how to secure your place is available on the Community Works website.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please note that, to enable as many organisations to have the chance to attend, places are limited to 1 person per organisation in each session, unless spaces are still available nearer the day.

For more information, assistance with booking or for accessibility get in touch with Community Works on  or 01273 234023.

Information session on setting up a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) (Worthing)

Is your community organisation considering adapting its legal structure as the next stage in its development? One of the options to consider is the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

This session will provide the opportunity to learn more about the CIO, including the differences between a CIO and a Community Interest Company (CIC), and how to convert to a CIO from a CIC. It is being organised by Community Works, and will be led by Tim Smith of GSFW Solicitors.

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 chose a CIO structure
  • association ‘v’ foundation model
  • how to go about setting up a CIO and demonstrating your charitable objectives effectively
  • what the challenges of adopting a CIO structure are
  • the process for converting to a CIO from another structure eg CIC
  • the differences between a CIO and CIC

Thursday 5th October, 18:00 – 20:30

Gordon Room, Worthing Town HallChapel Road


BN11 1HA

The session is free to attend. You can register at

Crowdfunding workshop

Donation-based crowdfunding is a new way of raising funds and allows you to source money for a project by asking a large number of contributors to donate a small amount, and asking a small number of contributors to donate a large amount. In return, backers may receive token rewards that increase in prestige as the size of the donation increases., a global crowdfunding platform, is hosting a workshop in Brighton.  The workshop will include:

  • Find your crowd (figure out who is going to support your project and why)
  • Tell a specific, inspiring story that your supporters care about
  • Set an achievable target and blow it out of the park
  • Create a marketing and promotion plan for your campaign

Tue 10 October 2017, 13:30 – 17:00
The Platform, 9 Russell Place, Brighton, BN1 2RG

The workshop costs £20 for Charities, Chuffed campaigners and Impact Hub members, and £40 for others.

For more information and to book tickets see eventbrite:

Low-cost meeting space available in central Brighton

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has space available to rent in its’ Brighton’s Open Market based studio (mezzanine level) between 9am-6pm throughout the year.

The space is big enough for up to 8 people, and is currently available for £6 per hour for a minimum of two hours per session.

The studio offers broadband, a disability access lift, WC, heating, tables and chairs as well as a kitchen area with microwave, sink with running hot and cold water, and kettle etc for refreshments. Refreshments can also be provided as an extra cost.

If you would like to find out more about this facility or view the space, please contact the Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage: / 07727006538


Community Works: Facilitation skills workshop

Difficult meetings and challenging conversations – an opportunity to develop your facilitation skills

Bringing people together in any form of meeting whether one-to-ones, supervisions, group meetings, forums, or networks can both be fruitful but also sometimes challenging.  Everyone participating may need to work with complex issues, different approaches, multiple agendas, differing decision-making authority and contrasting views. However, everyone has a role in ensuring that any meeting is as effective as it can be and confident and competent facilitation skills sit at the heart of this.

The overall aim of this two day action-oriented workshop is to support you to be proactive and creative about how you use, adapt and develop your facilitation skills. It is an opportunity to develop your approach in order to get the best out of any meetings you participate in whilst also maintaining and boosting the morale of everyone involved.

Over the course of the two sessions we will:

  • Identify facilitation skills – how to ensure meetings are focused, inclusive and an opportunity for everyone to reflect, think, plan and work together in addressing the issues on the agenda
  • Look at ways of managing complexity, differences of opinion and approach
  • Reflect on your approach to facilitation and identify how you will develop your facilitation skills
  • Share insights that will inform how you use your facilitation skills whether you are facilitating or attending a meeting

This training will be led by Yvonne Rivers

Dates & times:

This workshop takes place over 2 days as follows:

Thursday 23 November, 9.30-4.30pm
Tuesday 12 December, 9.30-1.00pm

Venue: Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF

Please note if you book a place you will need to attend on both days

Course Fees:

Organisations Annual Income Community Works members Non-members *
Under £250,000 £120 £135
Over £250,000 £180 £195

 * Organisations who are not a member of Community Works, but are a charity or community group operating in Adur, Brighton and Hove, or Worthing.

 Some free bursary places are available to groups in Adur, Brighton and Hove, or Worthing with an income below £35,000 per year.

To book on:

For more information or to book your place, please visit

Community Works workshop: Key responsibilities of trustees

Community Works’ next Governance Briefing provides an overview of the key responsibilities of trustees with Moira Protani, a Charity Lawyer and expert in governance. Whether you’re new to your trustee or committee role or well-seasoned, this is a chance to meet and share experiences with other trustees and committee members and reflect on the job at hand.

Where: Stanmer Room, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD
When: Thursday 19 October, 6.00-8.00pm

For more information and to book your place

This event is free to Community Works members. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Community Works on or 01237 234023

Tarner and Eastern Road area Healthy Collaboration Fund open for applications

Small Grants for health and wellbeing related community activities, projects and groups

Are you part of/or run, or want to start a health related group, activity or project and can do with some funds to help you out?
Do you meet any of the following health priorities?

  • Providing activities that reduce isolation and improve wellbeing
  • Improving outdoor facilities that help to support improved health and wellbeing
  • Encouraging healthy eating and nutrition
  • Access to activities and equipment that improve mental health and wellbeing
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour – encourage community spirit and wellbeing.

You can apply for anything up to £400. The application deadline is Monday 2nd October 2017, 5pm.

Pick up an application pack from:

  • Millwood Community Centre
  • The Resource Centre
  • Patching Lodge
  • Hampshire Lodge

Or download from: or contact Kalishia Davey on Tel: 01273 293792, Mobile: 07411 251969

Small Groups Network, 28th September

Are you involved with a small community group that provides activities to your local community? Would you find it useful to meet others who are running similar groups in their local community, to reflect on challenges you are facing, share your experiences and support each other in moving your group forward?

The Small Groups Network is a place for community groups to get the help and support they need.

Date: Thursday 28 September, 10.00-12.30
Venue: St Richard’s Community Centre, Egmont Rd, Hove BN3 7FP
Cost: Free

For more information and to book a place visit

We particularly welcome groups run by and for those supporting: LGBT people, BAME people, disabled people, people of faith, children and young people and those at chronic risk of exclusion. This network session will be supported by Community Works, the Resource Centre, the Hangleton and Knoll Project and the Trust for Developing Communities.