Free workshop by Community Works
Open to all community and voluntary organisations across Brighton and Hove, Worthing and Adur.
Would you like to know more about budgeting issues for voluntary and community organisations? Perhaps you don’t always have confidence in your budgets and find decision-making on budgeting challenging?
This session will cover making sense of your budgets, both in terms of:
- creating budgets for funding bids
- identifying where expenditure should go, and how particular roles or services are funded
We can also hear about software packages such as Xero and Sage.
The session will be led by an expert accountant with knowledge of the charity and voluntary sector.
Where: Gordon Room, Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1HA
When: Thursday 20 June 2019, 14:00 – 16:00
To book: Book your place online via the Community Works website
Do you want to take your group to the next level? Maybe you want to access more funding or you are thinking of taking on paid staff.
Community Works are holding a workshop where you can learn the difference between various legal structures and find which one suits you best. You will have the time and space to think about important issues such as whether to have voting members, how you will be funded and whether or not to incorporate.
By the end of this workshop you will be:
- clearer about which structure is most suitable for your group
- confident to change the structure as your organisation develops
This 2 hour session is run by Jenny Moore, an experienced trainer and community development worker with many years’ experience of supporting groups to flourish.
When: Wednesday 26 June 2019 from 10.00am to 12.00pm
Where: Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton, BN2 1RL
Cost: from £25 to £45, with some free places for groups with an annual income below £35,000
Level 2 Food Safety Award (Catering) for food projects
This training is run by Brighton and Hove Food Partnership.
Do you volunteer or work for a community group or organisation that involves food, such as a surplus food project, lunch club, food bank or community garden?
This is a certified Food Safety Level 2 course delivered by David Taylor. http://www.davidtaylortraining.co.uk/
Places are limited to two people per organisation although if you have more please let us know and we will put them on a waiting list.
What to bring: A form of ID, pen, paper and enthusiasm. We will provide tea, coffee and refreshments but please bring your own lunch.
The course covers:
- Introduction to food safety
- Food safety hazards
- Temperature control
- Refrigeration, chilling and cold holding of foods
- Cooking, hot holding and re-heating of foods
- Principles of safe food storage
- Personal hygiene
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Pest control
- Legislation relating to food hygiene
At the end of the day there will be a short examination. Please arrive by 9:15 in order for a prompt 9:30 start.
Cost: £10 booking fee if you are a volunteer in a community food setting on no or low income (use code VOLUNTEER-LI), £25 if you are a volunteer who has an income (use code VOLUNTEER-IE), £50 if staff member
If you have any queries or questions please contact Helen Starr-Keddle on firstname.lastname@example.org 07850 002596
Date and Time
Tue, 12 March 2019, 18:30 – 20:30 GMT
The Bevy, 50 Hillside, Brighton, BN2 4TF
Have you got a community based project that needs funding?
This event is for community groups and organisations in Brighton & Hove who are interested in crowdfunding.
Come along with your ideas for the chance to work through your project plans and find out more about how Crowdfunding could work for you.
You’ll also hear about the Projects that Matter Campaign that we’re running with the CriSeren Foundation and how you could be one of the 5 local causes to receive £1,000 towards your first crowdfunding ask.
The workshop will be run by Crowdfunder.co.uk the #1 community crowdfunding platform, having raised over £60m for business, charity and social enterprise projects across the UK.
Topics to be covered:
- Introducing Crowdfunder
- What is crowdfunding?
- What makes a good crowdfunding project?
- Three steps to success
- Accessing advice and support
Places are limited so please book your spot early. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Please notify the organiser if there are any adjustments you require in order to participate fully at the event, and we will do our best to meet those requirements where possible.
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.
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
Brighton and Hove
Dates: Thursday 8 November, Friday 16 November and Thursday 29 November
Where: BMECP (Please note Friday 16 November is in the Stanmer Room at Brighthelm)
Book: via Eventbrite
Run by Community Works with funding from Sussex Community Foundation.
The course is primarily aimed at smaller organisations with an annual income around £35,000 and who are new to making grant applications or haven’t had much luck. Thy suggest 2 people per organisation attend so you can work on a bid together. Over the course, you will prepare a funding bid that you can submit to a funder of your choice.
By the end of the course, you will:
- Understand how to define a project you need funding for
- Be able to identify appropriate funders
- Know what policies and reporting systems you need to have in place
- Understand how to frame your project and know what the funder is looking for
- Be able to prepare a budget
- Be able to devise monitoring and evaluation mechanisms
They encourage you to attend all 3 sessions if you can, but this is not a requirement (for session outlines see Eventbrite).
Community Works are holding a series of discussion groups about data protection for community groups. Places for Brighton & Hove groups are now available at the two sessions in Worthing, coming up this month.
Thursday 12 July or Friday 20 July
Worthing Town Hall, 6-8pm
To book a place:
About the workshops:
Many organisations still have questions about GDPR, whether they are at the beginning of the GDPR process or a bit further along. If this applies to you, book your place now on our free Getting to Grips with GDPR discussion group. Each session is limited to 8 people and offers a safe and informal space for organisations to share common issues, questions and challenges around GDPR. They will be facilitated by Dr Mary Darking, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Innovation.
Feedback from the first session:
“I have a better understanding for the two charities I work with, and for me personally”
“I really like this style of learning”
“I don’t feel so stressed and anxious about GDPR”
The sessions are most appropriate for individuals who will be taking a lead on GDPR within their organisation, whether as a trustee, staff member or volunteer. They will provide the opportunity to reflect and will offer guidance and advice either on what action to take or where to look for more support. Each session will be led by the questions of the people who attend. Confidentiality will be respected at all times.
The above dates are prioritised for member organisations in Adur and Worthing, but owing to demand we are now also making them available to members in Brighton and Hove.
Please note that bookings are limited to one per organisation across the entire workshop series (5 sessions).
How can you make sure that your organisation and activities are open and inclusive for all members of the community? This course, run by Community Works and led by Jess Taylor from The Equality Academy provides an overview of equality, diversity and inclusion, flags up key legislation, and looks at what this means for planning and delivering your activities.
Date: Tuesday 15 May 2018
Time: (9.30am arrivals) 10:00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Gordon Room, Worthing Town Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing BN11 1HA
Course fees are £50 for organisations which are members of Community Works and have an annual income under £250,000. Some bursary places are available to groups with an income of less than £35,000 per annum.
To book a place please contact email@example.com
The WEA have spaces available on their course: Award in Understanding Community Interpreting Level 1
This qualification offers the opportunity for students who are speakers of other languages to learn about the role of the community interpreter. You will learn about the language skills required when working in the community – giving an awareness of how language changes depending on the situation. There is also an opportunity to look at how public and voluntary service sectors work in the community.
Do I need any particular skills or experience?
- You will need to talk to a member of WEA staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 07500 972664
- Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
- You should be a confident speaker of English and be fluent in at least one other language
Starts: Friday 13th April at 9:30am
Finishes: Friday 6th July
Location: Honeycroft, Sackville Road, Hove, BN3 3WF
You may be entitled to a free course if you receive certain benefits