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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

26 June 2017

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.


What the Queen's Speech Means for Charities

Brexit has dominated the Queen's speech as expected - could a minority government mean more opportunities to influence policy? Read a summary by Chris Walker, NCVO’s Senior External Relations Officer.

3VA Community Network Meetings

You are invited to attend one of 3VA’s upcoming Community Network Meetings for everyone working and/or delivering services in the local community. Organised in partnership with East Sussex County Council Locality Link Workers, Community Network Meetings take place quarterly and are informal gatherings that facilitate learning and networking. Attending is completely free, but pre-registration is essential. Book now for your next local meeting as places are filling up fast:

Championing Small but Vital Charities

A key part of 3VA’s mission is to support and develop small local charities and community groups. Recently, Lloyds Bank Foundation (LBF) produced an excellent short publication Championing small but vital charities. We would recommend people read this and note some of the key points it is making. It not only highlighted the vital role small, local charities play at the heart of their local communities, but also some of the key challenges many face – demand increasing, while sources of funding reduce. At 3VA, we agree with the LBF – more must be done to ensure that the resources needed by these small, local charities are available to them. 

Free Advice Line Opens for Small Charities

The FSI has launched a free service offering advice to small charities on a range of organisational issues. A pilot of the Advice Hub opened to FSI members with an annual turnover of under £100,000 last week and will run until the end of 2017. From January next year, the scheme will expand to be open to all FSI members, all of which are charities with a turnover of under £1.5m. 

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance Members Announced

A new VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance that aims to bring the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector’s voice and expertise into national policy making has been announced. Congratulations to local charity Friends, Families and Travellers for being selected from over 180 organisations that applied to join.


View local events and add yours to our Community Events Calendar for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden.

Hadlow Down Village Festival 2017

A three-month Big Lottery-funded festival of events and celebrations was launched at the Hadlow Down Village Fayre at Tinkers Park, Hadlow Down on Saturday, 17 June. Over 1,000 people attended; it was a glorious day packed with things to do and to keep all ages entertained. Hadlow Down is an attractive rural village in Wealden. The Festival is packed with fun events, sports and activities and runs through 17 September. Many of the activities are free and are brand new events, specifically organised by the village for the Festival. There are children’s and young people’s events as well as the usual adult activities. A free booklet with all 50 events is available.

Eastbourne Advice Network Meeting

29 June, Eastbourne
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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

1-8 July, Lewes
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Music for a Summer's Evening

8 July, Eastbourne
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High Weald Community Network Meeting

11 July, Mayfield
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Eastbourne Community Network Meeting

13 July, Eastbourne
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Seaford Community Network Meeting

13 July, Seaford
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Healthwatch East Sussex Annual Showcase

19 July, Hastings
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CQC's Next Phase of Regulation

Deadline for applications: 8 August 2017
The CQC has launched the second consultation on proposed changes to how it regulates health and social care services. Share your views to help the CQC understand which elements are valued by people and should be kept, as well as to improve could be better.

Pregnancy Discrimination Survey

Citizens Advice Eastbourne has seen an increase in the number of people being discriminated against at work when they tell their employer they are pregnant. Typical examples include people on zero hours contracts not being offered any work, basic rights not being offered such as time to attend medical appointments and general harassment. In order to find out more about this alarming trend, the CAB has set up an online Pregnancy Discrimination Survey. Please complete the survey and feel free to share the link with anyone you think would be interested in sharing their story.  


Life More Ordinary

Deadline for applications: 17 July 2017 at 4:00 pm
Life More Ordinary grants for groups (3 or more) of young people who are disabled and aged 8 to 19 years. Organisations can apply for any amount from £300 up to £2,500. Funding is available for up to 90% of the total cost of a project. These grants are available to help young people aged from 8 to 19 to make new friends, enjoy social and leisure-time activities, take part in experiences and lead a 'life more ordinary'! This grant scheme encourages organisations and projects to include young people who are disabled in their activities. Applications are especially welcome from non-specialist groups, as well as those that already include young disabled people in their activities.

Building Stronger Communities Fund

Deadline for applications: Rolling
Funded by East Sussex Public Health, the Building Stronger Communities Fund is open to communities and groups across the county to support activities that value and utilise the strengths of local communities (asset based approaches). If you would like support and advice about your activity or completing the form, please contact 3VA on 01323 639 373 or email jenny.watson@3va.org.uk or miriam.wilkinson@3va.org.uk


View all upcoming training opportunities and add your own to our Voluntary and Community Sector Training Calendar for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden.

Digital Skills Training

With almost three quarters of all UK businesses expected to be using digital technology by 2020, why not take advantage of Sussex Skills Solutions’ FREE digital skills training and get ahead of the game? A joint venture between Sussex Downs College and Sussex Coast College Hastings, Sussex Skills Solutions can help you achieve your digital goals by offering training in areas such as Digital Business Services, Networks & Systems, and Digital Marketing & Social Networking. Anyone can undertake the training as long as they are in employment (including '0' hours and volunteers), and 16 years and over. This offer runs until July 2018. For more information, please ring 030 300 39777 or email info@sussexskillssolutions.co.uk

Carer Awareness Training

12 July, Lewes
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Understanding the Tax Requirements for Your Club People

20 July, Falmer
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View local voluntary & community sector job opportunities and promote your organisation’s vacancies with 3VA.


East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre 
Location: Eastbourne-based but covers whole of East Sussex
£17,500 (pro rata)
Apply by: 30 June 2017
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Fundraiser - Trusts and Grants

East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People (ESAB) 
Location: Hailsham
£23,000-£25,000 per annum pro rata
Apply by: 7 July 2017 - 9:00 am
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Chief Executive

TDC (The Trust for Developing Communities) 
Location: Brighton & Hove
£39,177 - £43,821 per annum
Apply by: 10 July 2017 - noon
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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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