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e-Newsletter Issue 232



Scott Roedersheimer
Marketing & Information Officer

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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

9 November 2015

3VA provides a range of practical support to charities and community groups in Wealden, Eastbourne and the Lewes District - including start-up support, funding advice, help with governance, training and getting involved in local policy and decision making. For more information, please visit www.3va.org.uk.

Member of the Week: Sussex Interpreting Services

Each issue, we highlight the work of one 3VA member in what is an amazingly diverse membership of over 550 groups and organisations working across Wealden, Eastbourne and Lewes District. This week it is the turn of Sussex Interpreting Services

Sussex Interpreting Services is an independent social enterprise and charitable company working to relieve the poverty of individuals from black and minority ethnic communities by providing community interpreting and translation, confidential advice and assistance and advocacy and communication services to enable full access for people with language needs to publicly funded services in Sussex in order to improve health, education and overall quality of life. The organisation’s vision is one of an inclusive and diverse society where people of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds are able to live in harmony, play a full and valued role and enjoy the same rights.


Free Mentoring for Voluntary Organisations

An opportunity has arisen for a few local voluntary organisations to benefit from free mentoring. Mentors bring substantial commercial, public sector or voluntary sector experience at a senior leadership level and will work alongside charity leaders and managers to help resolve specific strategic issues. Each mentor is a volunteer who appreciates the particular challenges of working in the not-for-profit sector. Their role is to act as a guide so that you can develop solutions and find the right direction for your organisation. Mentors are not consultants and do not give professional advice, but they are knowledgeable and prepared to share information, ideas and experience in an impartial way. If you would like to find our more or express interest in participating, please contact Adam Chugg, 3VA’s Chief Executive Officer, at adam.chugg@3va.org.uk.

Lewes District Drop-in Sessions

3VA has set up weekly drop-in sessions on Thursdays for groups based in the Lewes District area at the Lewes District Council offices in Southover House Reception, Southover Road, Lewes BN7 1AB. Groups are welcome to just turn up between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm to speak to a member of the community development team about any needs relating to funding, governance, organisational development and volunteering.

Christmas Volunteering Opportunities

It’s that time of year again when Volunteer Centre East Sussex (VCES) is starting to get enquiries from members of the public interested in volunteering around Christmas time, especially on Christmas day, but also during the week before and after. Do you have any short-term opportunities during the festive season for which you’d like to recruit volunteers? If so, please get in touch with Brenda Bruzon, Volunteering Advisor, at brenda.bruzon@vces.org.uk and provide a short role description, so that the details can be put on the VCES website.

Alone at Christmas

The Rotary Club of Eastbourne, a 3VA member, will be providing a free lunch and entertainment on Christmas day to people who would otherwise be alone. Free transport is available. If your organisation knows someone who might like to accept an invitation, please contact Dennis Thompson on 01323 749 329. Regretfully, only those people who are able to walk unaided or with the assistance of a stick/folding frame and live in the Eastbourne area can be accepted onto the programme.

Carers' Rights Day - 20 November

Do you juggle work and care? Let your workplace know that you are a carer and find out what support is available. There are over 6.5 million unpaid carers across the UK and over 60,000 in East Sussex, many of them balancing employment and caring responsibilities. Studies show that one in five carers give up employment to care (Carers Trust 2013), but many of these carers may not be aware of the rights and support that are available to assist them in the workplace. If you are a carer you can learn more about your rights here via Carers UK. You can also contact Care for the Carers, your local carers’ centre for free support and advice, on 01323 738 390 or at info@cftc.org.uk

Urban Fraud Myths

Do you know your fraud fact from fraud fiction? Action Fraud and the City of London Police launched their Urban Fraud Myths campaign to let you know the truth about fraud and cyber crime. The article (and more) can be accessed via last week's Sussex Police/Surrey Police Cyber Crime Unit Newsletter.

Safe in East Sussex Newsletter

The latest Safer East Sussex Team newsletter has just been published and covers the following topics: redesigning the Safer Communities Partnership Network, the Keeping East Sussex Safer Event, the White Ribbon Event at Sussex Downs College, the launch of third party hate crime reporting centres, the hate crime reporting app, partnership work streams 2016/17, Anti-bullying Week 2015 and East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service.


Dean Beadle Talks about Asperger’s

13 November, Eastbourne
Embrace will welcome Dean Beadle, a successful speaker and journalist, as the guest speaker at an upcoming event at Eastbourne Fishermens Club. Dean will talk about his life with Asperger’s. Doors Open at 7:30pm and tickets can be booked online. This is an excellent opportunity for parents, carers and those living with Asperger’s. 

Speaking with Confidence

18 November, Eastbourne
Are you a woman who finds it daunting to speak in public?  3VA member Wayfinder Woman is pleased to present a coaching event from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Lansdowne Hotel at a cost of £10 per person including tea/coffee. Please book a place online for this event.

Eastbourne Open Event

12 November, Eastbourne
Are you involved in running a business, voluntary organisation or other service in Eastbourne? Are you interested in finding out more about what is happening in Eastbourne and hearing about new developments and plans for your town? Eastbourne Strategic Partnership is holding an Open Event to showcase some of the many organisations working to promote the interests of Eastbourne from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the Gold Room at the Winter Garden, 14 Compton Street, Eastbourne BN21 4BP. Come along when you can – everyone is welcome!

Get Inspired Wealden!

18 November, Uckfield
Get Inspired Wealden! is an opportunity for young people from across the region to get together and start discussions around how they could get more influence over what happens in their area. Young people will also have the ear of some top decision-makers who want to hear their views directly, including Jeremy Leach who is Principle Policy Adviser at Wealden District Council and also Marina Brigshaw, Strategic Planning Policy Manager. It is hoped that this event will be led by young people with decision-makers fitting in to the programme, but it’s very much a start of developing regular 'Youth Partnerships' for the Wealden District area. Doors open at 4:00 pm and the event will take place from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Ashdown Room at Uckfield Civic Centre. Transport for any young people can be provided if needed.

Eastbourne Dementia Conference

23 November, Eastbourne
‘Life doesn’t end when dementia begins’ will be the theme for the first ever conference on dementia in Eastbourne, organised and hosted by Alzheimer’s Society in collaboration with East Sussex Better Together aimed at those living with Dementia. The conference will see a whole host of speakers from experts in the field of dementia, GPs, and people with dementia, talking about their own experiences. Alzheimer’s Society would like to invite people with dementia, their carers and those worried about their memory so that their questions can be put to the experts and they can take the opportunity to take part in workshops.  The event will run from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Winter Garden, Floral Hall, 14 Compton Street, Eastbourne BN21 4BP. To book your place, please ring 01403 213 017 or email sussex.helpline@alzheimers.org.uk


26 November, Lewes
3VA would like to warmly invite you to our AGM from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday, 26 November 2015 at King’s Church, Brooks Road, Lewes BN7 2BY. Come meet us and our trustees, find out what’s going on with voluntary action in Lewes and tell us how we can support your group or organisation’s development. Book online now.

East Sussex Assembly Annual Conference

8 December, Eastbourne
East Sussex Strategic Partnership's Assembly Annual Conference will focus on the topic of ‘Community Resilience’ within the context of East Sussex, as well as a number of examples of partnership work taking place to successfully establish community resilience and tackle local challenges. As finite public resource is reduced, there is a greater role for community responses to situations other than emergency crises such as flooding. This is about what communities do to remain resilient throughout the year. The focus will be on making such responses visible and viable; therefore, what is the role of the public sector to get out of the way and let communities get on with it? Please complete and return a booking form by Friday, 27 November.


Win £20 with the Health and Wellbeing Visits Project Stakeholder Survey

Deadline for applications: 16 November 2015
The Health and Wellbeing Visits Project is seeking views of all stakeholder groups. If you are a representative of your organisation please take a few minutes to complete the survey and be in with a chance of winning £20 Waterstones vouchers. If you could also distribute the public survey through your networks it would be greatly appreciated (don't worry - there is a totally separate voucher for the public to win!). The Health and Wellbeing Visits Project is a partnership between 3VA and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service that offers home visits by trained volunteers to those over the age of 50 with a long term health condition or disability. The service aims to increase clients’ awareness of local services available to them and to reduce health inequalities and social isolation. Please contact Ceilidh for more information on 01323 462437 or at info@healthandwellbeingproject.org

Community Transport App Survey

Deadline for responses: 23 November 2015
East Sussex County Council is considering whether to invest in the development of an online application that can be accessed via the web or smart technology appliances (e.g. iPads and iPhones) that will provide a way for individuals and organisations to connect local transport providers to book the use of a minibus, passenger transport vehicle or Dial-a-ride. Please answer a few quick questions on an online survey to help with the development of a business case and to get involved in a customer engagement working group. 

Review of the Children's Integrated Therapy Service

Deadline for responses: 7 December 2015
The Children's Integrated Therapy Service (CITS) has been provided by Kent Community Healthcare Trust (KCHT) for two years now and the SEND Joint Commissioning team is carrying out a review of the service. If you have had had contact with the service, please share your experience so that there is a better understanding of the service and if it is achieving what it was set up to do. 

Wealden Local Plan

Deadline for responses: 14 December 2015
Wealden District Council is asking for feedback on the proposed recommendations for the new Wealden Local Plan.  A series of exhibitions are taking place across Wealden that will allow members of the public to share your views on proposals for development in the District until 2037 and to examine the issues and options that underpin a Local Plan that seeks to ensure long-term prosperity in the region. 

Tough Budget Decisions – Adult Social Care Savings

Deadline for responses: 18 December 2015
East Sussex County Council is undertaking a public consultation on the Adult Social Care savings proposals. The consultation will inform the budget decision-making process and all responses will be shared with elected councillors. Cabinet will consider the savings proposals alongside the consultation outcomes and equality impact assessments on 26 January 2016. Following this, final decisions will be made at County Council on 9 February 2016. A series of drop-in sessions around the county will be run where anyone can come and complete the survey or share their views with the Council and their feedback will be recorded. Information about these sessions can be found on the consultation website. If you have any queries, please email adultsocialcare@eastsussex.gov.uk.

East Sussex County Council: Have your say about the Community Support Service

Deadline for responses: 23 December 2015
East Sussex County Council is consulting about a proposal to ask people to pay for the community support service. People would only pay if they could afford to. The community support service helps adults with a learning disability to be more independent. Everyone at the Council has been asked to find ways of saving money. The money people pay would be used to help run the service. The Council will make a decision on whether to ask people to pay for the service in February 2016. If you have any questions, please ring 01273 481 565 or email ASCLDDPSconsultation@eastsussex.gov.uk

2016/17 Sussex Police Precept Consultation 

Deadline for responses: 8 January 2016
How much would you pay for policing in Sussex? A small proportion of the cost of policing is paid from council tax with the rest coming directly from Government. This local council tax element is called the precept, which the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) sets each year following consultation with local taxpayers. A public consultation has been launched to find out if local taxpayers would be prepared to pay an additional amount next year, per household, to enable the PCC to invest directly in two areas that the Chief Constable has highlighted as priorities for policing: protecting children and vulnerable adults in Sussex from exploitation and abuse and digital forensic capability to retrieve, analyse and store information held on computers, mobiles and tablets.


Plunkett Foundation - Our Urban Shop Grant

Deadline for applications: 18 December 2015
The Plunkett Foundation’s Our Urban Shop Grant pilot programme is offering funding of between £20,000 and £30,000 for communities in urban areas of the UK to develop and run a community-owned shop that will stock food and other basic provisions. 

Funding for Community First Responders

Deadline for applications: March 2016
Funding for defibrillators in England is available from the British Heart Foundation through Government funding to Community First Responder groups. Big Lottery’s Awards for All will also award funding toward the purchase of these essential pieces of equipment. 

Don’t forget to visit the Sources of Funding page on our website for full details of upcoming funding opportunities.


Treasurer's Essentials

17 November, Lewes
There are still a few places available on our next Treasurer’s Essentials course, which will look at the roles and responsibility of the treasurer, introduce an understanding of what financial records are and familiarise attendees with setting and using budgets, different types of accounting and legal aspects of accounts.

Getting the Budget Right

8 December, Lewes
Pick up simple tips on how budgets can help you control your organisation’s finances and allow you to plan for the future! Getting the Budget Right will help groups understand the importance of planning a budget in advance, develop the skills involved in preparing and using budgets, teach ways of predicting costs and identify the best way to use the budget throughout the year.


Floating Support Workers (STEPS) - Eastbourne Homes

Deadline for applications: 11 November 2015
Eastbourne Homes is currently recruiting for skilled, enthusiastic and self-motivated Floating Support Workers to the STEPS service (one full-time and one part-time). The successful candidate will be part of the Wealden team but may be required to support clients across the areas that STEPS West covers (i.e. Eastbourne, Lewes & Wealden). For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Floating Support Workers (STEPS) job advert.

Team Administrator - Sussex Interpreting Services

Deadline for applications: 12 November 2015 at 3:00 pm
Sussex Interpreting Services has an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to join the staff team as a Team Administrator who will play a pivotal role in the success of the organisation, managing the administrative requirements of a busy team and supporting all business functions. The successful person will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills by improving administrative processes, innovating within an area of responsibility and delegating tasks to a part-time administrative assistant. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Team Administrator job advert

Finance Manager - Berry Pomeroy

Deadline for applications: 17 November 2015
Berry Pomeroy is offering an exciting opportunity for a Finance Manager to be part of strong team dedicated to providing exceptional residential care to the elderly. Whilst the main focus of this role is on providing meticulous accounting records and financial management, the successful candidate will be part of the senior management team responsible for leading the small team of support staff, including housekeeping, kitchen and gardens. The appointed person will also be responsible for the maintenance and development of the building and its contents. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Finance Manager job advert

Neighbourhood Caseworker - Eastbourne Homes

Deadline for applications: 18 November 2015
Eastbourne Homes is entering a new phase of closer working with Eastbourne Borough Council and implementing a new structure to deliver high quality customer-centric services through the Neighbourhood First Partnership. As part of this transformation, Eastbourne Homes is seeking to recruit a Neighbourhood Caseworker who will be responsible for delivering housing management services to Eastbourne Borough Council tenants as well as other responsibilities including allocations and lettings and residential noise in Eastbourne. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Neighbourhood Caseworker job advert

Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Furniture Now!

Deadline for applications: Rolling - apply as soon as possible
This is a reposting - previous applicants need not apply. An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen at The Now! Charity Group Ltd, which includes Furniture Now! The Deputy Chief Executive Officer will oversee the organisational and HR side of the business, have strong management skills and must be exceptionally good with people as the organisation has staff and volunteers of all ages and abilities. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Deputy Chief Executive Officer job advert

Have a news item to advertise or good news to share? 3VA can help you get the word out about job vacancies, training, projects, events and other work. 

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