Networking and finding other community groups
Other people who can help with Networking and finding other community groups
BMECP have office space to rent. Also have hot desks which can be rented for a fixed number of hours per month. These include access to filing space and a broadband connection, phone, computers and printers. They have cheap photocopying available. They can help BME groups with fundraising.
Finding volunteers, Help with developing policies and sample policies, Help with fundraising, Information about managing volunteers, Information on funding sources, Information on managing community and voluntary sector groups, Information on running a group, Networking and finding other community groups, One to one support with managing money, Providers of example equal opportunities policies, Statistics and data, Training for community groups, Training in book-keeping
Community Works runs the following projects for the voluntary sector in Brighton & Hove:
- A network of elected representatives, who speak on behalf of the sector at council and strategic partnership meetings.
- Six-monthly conferences and other networks where community and voluntary groups can get together and share experiences, information and views
- Volunteer Centre services: You can advertise volunteer opportunities on the Community Works website. They also have a good practice guide for community groups who work with volunteers. It includes sample forms and policies for groups to adapt. They also run a forum for volunteer managers.
- Support for trustees and management committee members
- Business skills volunteering, which brokers relationships between voluntary groups and businesses
- A programme of training courses
- A mentoring scheme
- One-to-one consultancy
- A funding bid reading service
- A bank of sample policies and procedures, to help larger organisations develop their own policies.
- a free monthly DBS advice surgery in partnership with Safety Net, on the first Thursday of every month. You need to book a half-hour slot in advance. If you are using Safety Net for your DBS applications, you can also bring forms and ID documents for checking at the surgery.
- free half-hour one-to-one advice surgeries on any topic. These run on the last Tuesday of each month, between 2pm and 4.30pm. You need to book in advance - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 234023
They have an electronic voting system which is available to hire. This consists of hand-held pads which can be used by people in a meeting to vote. The results are then displayed instantly on a laptop. They also have a wooden ballot box, which groups can borrow.
Community information database for East Sussex, Brighton & Hove. Contains contact details for local voluntary and community organisations, plus information about community events.
This site can be used by local community groups in Brighton & Hove to publicise their activities.
People looking to join and activity or group can use it to search for something that they are interested in doing.
Monthly meeting of people involved in coops, but also open to individuals and groups doing cooperative work in the widest sense in Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area.
Wheel Chair Loan
They run the Shopmobility service, which can lend a wheelchair or scooter for people who need to borrow one for a short time. Shopmobility Tel: 01273 32 32 39, email: email@example.com
Possability People also run It's Local Actually - an online tool that lets people search for services and group activities near them in Brighton & Hove. It contains details of local groups, community centres and statutory services. You can search using a map or look for a particular type of group (eg meeting people, sport, self-help).
They have an award winning Accessibility Guide which includes information about accessible services and buildings in Brighton and Hove.
They have a programme of training courses for businesses and charities, covering disability awareness, benefits, IT and group management skills.