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 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

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

Email Emma on for more information.

Community Buildings information and networking event 15th November

The Trust for Developing Communities and the Community Buildings Network are holding an event in November to give those involved with running Community Buildings the chance to network and get support in managing their buildings. The event is free and lunch is included.

You do not need to already be a member of the Community Buildings Network to attend, but Advance registration is essential

Thursday 15th November

10.00 – 2.30 pm with lunch

Conference Room, Community Base, Brighton

  • Learn how to recruit and keep trustees, committee members and volunteers
  • Make sure your building is Dementia friendly
  • Save lots of time with our quick overview of essential policies for community buildings
  • Network with others managing community buildings and the CBN committee
  • Share your issues and get advice

Book your space here

For more information or if you have any questions please contact or call Cal Chester on 01273 262220.


Data Protection events in September

Community Works are holding free events to help groups get to grips with their data protection responsibilities under the new GDPR legislation. Coming up this month:

  • Getting to Grips with GDPR, Thursday 13th September, 6-8pm, Community Base. A group discussion, led by Mary Darking from Brighton University
  • GDPR and Volunteering, Thursday 27th September, 9.30-12.30, Brighthelm. A meeting of the Volunteer Coordinators’ Network, focusing on the impact of GDPR on volunteering

Pitch at Brighton Soup – deadline 20th February

The next Brighton Soup community funding event is on Friday 16th March @ All Saints Church, Hove. If you’re interested looking for some funding, community support and a chance to let people know what you’re doing, then here’s a great opportunity.

Standing up to ask a room full of people to help you with your project can be scary, but the guys at Brighton Soup will help you. They give you pitch training, support you throughout the process and ultimately the room is full of very lovely people wanting to help.

To apply just answer 3 simple questions at

Don’t take too long though, the application deadline is Tuesday 20th February 2018.

Free event on social enterprise, 30th November

Community Works and The Platform are hosting an event on setting up a social enterprise, this Thursday (30th November) 10am – 1pm.

This session will enable you to explore what it means to be a social enterprise and support you to make an informed choice as to whether this approach is right for your organisation. There will be a Q&A with social enterprises Foodini Club and award-winning Here, long with Rebecca Luff, Award Manager at UnLtd and Social Enterprise specialist adviser, Mark MacTaggart.

Whether you are an established organisation or starting a social venture, this workshop will enable you to:

  • Recognise the defining features of a social enterprise
  • Explore the benefits and challenges of becoming a social enterprise
  • Identify your next steps and where to access support

A limited number of 30 minute 1-2-1 sessions will be available 1 month after the workshop – bookable on a first come first served basis. A booking link will be shared with attendees after the workshop.

The event is free, but you need to register at

Information session about Sussex Community Foundation

On 7 December,  1-3pm at the Brighthelm Centre, Brighton & Hove Council will be holding an information session for charities and community groups with Sussex Community Foundation.   This will be a great opportunity to find out more about the funding available from Sussex Community Foundation, as well as guidance and tips for applicants.   There will also be a presentation on “what funders are looking for” which will be of use for funding applications in general.  The sessions will cover

  • Presentation on the Sussex Community Foundation grants
  • “What funders are looking for” – tips and advice
  • Workshop with community groups – a chance to build links and share learning

This session is particularly aimed at community groups working on topics which tackle hatred and prejudice; which build sense of belonging and community cohesion; and building community resilience.

There are a set number of places available, to book a space please email

Brighton Soup – deadline for applying to next event

At the last Brighton Soup community funding event at St Luke’s in September, Stephanie Lake from Brighton Women’s Centre was awarded £383.30 in donations to update the IT equipment at their drop-in centre.

If you’re interested in pitching for funding at the next event, the submission deadline is Tuesday 14th November.

Just answer 3 simple questions at

Next Event: Friday 8th December @ Community Base

Free tours of the Amex stadium

Speak Up Against Cancer, Albion in the Community’s cancer awareness programme are offering FREE tours of the fantastic American Express Community Stadium and museum.  This invitation is extended to anyone over the age of 18,  living in Brighton and Hove and has not done one of our free tours before.  

For this round of tours we are delivering 2 sessions for people who identify as men and 2 for people who identify as women..  

Speak Up Against Cancer will be combining the tour with a short workshop with some positive messages about spotting the signs and symptoms of early cancer and what to do next.  The tour and session will last approximately 2 hours.  There is parking available at the stadium and it is very easy to access by train, as the stadium is next to Falmer station.  There are also buses that run regularly to Falmer from around the city

  • Tuesday 7 November – women only 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Thursday 9 November – men only 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Thursday 23 November – men only 10.30 am  to 12.30 pm
  • Tuesday 5 December  – women only 2 pm to 4 pm

Please call 01273 878269 to book your place or email

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.