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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

17 July 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.


Building Stronger Communities Fund Briefings

The Building Stronger Communities Fund makes East Sussex County Council Public Health resources available across the whole of East Sussex with awards of up to £1,500 to communities and groups with an income of up to £50,000. The fund focuses on providing small amounts of resource to support communities to do the things that are important to them, and which help communities to recognise, grow and build on their own strengths and talents (asset based approaches). Book now to attend a free briefing session about the Building Stronger Communities grants in a location near you:

  • Uckfield, 20 July 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Seaford, 25 July from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Eastbourne, 26 July from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Eastbourne CAB Report on Sickness and Disability Benefits

Citizens Advice Eastbourne's Research and Campaigns team have produced a report on sickness and disability benefits which sets out the types of enquiries we have been dealing with over the past year, the impact it has had on our clients and the things we say need to be changed to make the system fairer for all. It includes contributions from DeafCOG and Possability People

Spring Shaping Health and Care – how your feedback was used

Shaping Health and Care events are one of the ways that East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) listens to local people, using what it hears to inform how local health and care services are designed. In May, the spring events saw 100 delegates joining in across two venues. These were local people, together with CCG governing body members and local health and social care staff as well as attendees from the community and voluntary sector. Coming out of the three discussions at the spring events, participant feedback was gathered and used to further develop the ESBT Alliance and to help it plan its work locally. Find out feedback was used in a recently published report

Nominate a Nurse for the ESBT Above and Beyond Public Choice Award

Do you know a nurse who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support a loved one, neighbour, family member or friend? If so, why not say thank you by nominating them for ESBT’s special Above and Beyond Public Choice Award? The deadline for nominations is 5:00 pm on Friday, 15 September 2017. 

Improving Commissioning through a VCSE Single Point of Contact

Improving Commissioning through a VCSE Single Point of Contact is a recently published NAVCA report that highlights how a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) commissioning model provides better services for people and communities, improves their wellbeing and can save money. 

East Sussex, Brighton and Hove Care Services Directory

Care Choices is working towards the 24th edition of the East Sussex, Brighton and Hove Care Services Directory 2017/18. This independent annual publication fills an important information gap for people seeking care and support services in the region and includes in-depth editorial on all aspects of choosing and funding care, key local contacts and comprehensive listings of all CQC registered providers. The publication is available online and printed copies are distributed throughout the county. If your organisation would like to help Care Choices distribute the publication, printed copies are available to you completely free of charge to give out to people you may come into contact with who are seeking care services.  If you would like to receive free copies please email Elayna Cordes at elayna.cordes@carechoices.co.uk or ring 01223 206 980. Please confirm number of copies required, name and address details.

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Seeking Trustees

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre (ESHRC) is currently seeking new trustees to help run the centre.  Ideally you should have a background in a commercial / business environment or alternatively previous experience working in the charity sector either as a trustee, volunteer or paid member of staff.  ESHRC is particularly keen to recruit trustees with a financial or management background and also personal experience of hearing loss. Trustees are responsible for ensuring that the aims of the charity are met in accordance with relevant governing documents and applicable charity law. Trustee meetings are held bi-monthly to discuss relevant issues, usually in the afternoon, which you would be expected to attend and fully participate in. If you feel that this role may be for you, then please contact the Director, John Leonard, on 01323 722 505 for more information and an application form.

BHT Fulfilling Lives Looking for New Volunteers 

BHT’s Fulfilling Lives is looking for new volunteers to join its weekly service user action group! Do you have lived experience of at least two of the following: substance misuse, homelessness, mental illness or offending behaviour? If you are now out of the chaos and ready to give back and move forward, apply to join the Service User Action Group in Eastbourne. Fulfilling Lives is a Big Lottery-funded project based across Brighton & Hove, Hastings and Eastbourne. The project aims to improve the systems which support people with multiple and complex needs (MCN). The voice of the service users and the volunteers with lived experience is at the heart of this work. As part of the service user action group YOU are that volunteer with lived experience on which the project hinges! As a volunteer, you can make a difference and help improve services, receive a comprehensive volunteer training package, improve your confidence and gain new skills and strengthen your CV and make yourself ready to go back into employment. If you have 2 hours a week to spare (every Wednesday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm; travel expenses are also reimbursable) and are interested in using your lived experience to identify gaps and barriers in existing services please contact Daniel Tucker at daniel.tucker@bht.org.uk or 07917 560 717 for more information.

Visit Charleston this Summer! 

Charleston is a small House Museum nestled at the foot of the South Downs near Lewes.  At the end of July, the museum will be holding a Festival of the Garden, which includes a series of rural craft talks and demonstrations. These events are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and are completely free. Charleston would love to invite local groups or individuals who would not normally come to Charleston to come and take part.  Events are suitable for complete beginners, and will include a chance to get involved and try things out.  A great introduction to traditional crafts, and a chance to learn new skills. Charleston may also be able to help with transport to get you or your group to there. Reserve your free place online or call Melissa or Jemma on 01323 815 144 for more information or to let the museum know about any special requirements.


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

This week's events...

Groundwater Protection and Sustainable Urban Drainage Seminar 
19 July, Lewes

Arts Connect: Get Connected 
20 July, Lewes

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Outreach 
20 July, Ditchling

Afternoon Tea at The Chaseley Trust 
20 July, Eastbourne

Building Stronger Communities Fund Briefing 
20 July, Uckfield

Eastbourne Pride 
22 July, Eastbourne

Upcoming events...

Polegate Hard of Hearing Support Group Meeting 
24 July, Polegate

Building Stronger Communities Fund Briefing 
25 July, Seaford

Building Stronger Communities Fund Briefing 
26 July, Eastbourne

Hedgelaying and the South Downs 
28 July, Firle

Flint, the versatile stone 
28 July, Firle

Bees and Beekeeping – helping bees 
29 July, Firle

Timber Building Conservation
29 July, Firle

Eastbourne International Hot Air Balloon Festival 
29-30 July, Eastbourne


East Sussex Carers Investment Plan: Consultation with Health and Social Care Professionals

Deadline for responses: 21 July 2017
Carers’ services were last commissioned in 2014, with funding agreements in place to September 2017 (now extended to March 2018). With those contracts now coming to a natural end, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is looking at reshaping its carers’ service offer before commissioning services going forward. ESCC says that this will ensure that services reflect both national and local changes and priorities, particularly in relation to aligning carers’ services with ESBT and C4Y priorities, the new national Carers’ Strategy and NHS England’s Commitment to Carers. Share your views to help ESCC understand more about local carers’ experiences of services and any gaps. This will help inform what services are planned and commissioned for carers in East Sussex. 

Carer Consultation for ESCC Adult Social Care

Deadline for responses: 28 July 2017
Have your say about the services you want for carers! East Sussex County Council Adult Social Care commission a range of organisations to provide information, advice and support to carers. As the current contracts are ending soon, ASC want to consult with carers to help shape the services they commission for the next few years. They have asked Care for the Carers to help them consult with carers to ask them what support has helped them in their caring role and what services not currently provided would be helpful. We are arranging some meetings to consult with carers, but if you are unable to attend in person, we want to give you the chance to have your say. Any information you give will be used to write reports, but will be used anonymously. If you would rather talk to someone on the phone, then call Grace at Care for the Carers on 01323 738 390. If unavailable, please let the receptionist know when would be a good time to call.

CQC’s Next Phase of Regulation

Deadline for responses: 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.

Housing Allocations Policy Consultation

Deadline for responses: 14 August 2017 at 5:00 pm
Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council are currently inviting comments on their updated Housing Allocations policy. This policy explains who is eligible to join the Housing Register and how the councils prioritise applications. The policy aims to benefit those with the most urgent housing needs. This consultation is of potential interest to everyone with a local connection to Eastbourne who has a housing need and wishes to apply for social rented housing in or transfer to another home. 

Consultation on Public Spaces Protection Orders

Deadline for responses: 8 September 2017 at 5:00 pm
Lewes District Council (LDC) would like to hear from residents and organisations about its proposals to introduce new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to Lewes town and Lewes district. PSPOs put conditions or restrictions on what people can do within a specific area if there is evidence to suggest that a problem exists. LDC has reviewed its existing orders and is proposing to establish PSPOs covering dog fouling on public land anywhere in Lewes district and the drinking of alcohol in public in Lewes town. Under the proposals, anyone found not to be clearing up after their dog may face a fine of up to £1,000 and anyone failing to stop drinking or surrender alcohol when asked to do so by an authorised officer may receive a fine of up to £500.


Building Stronger Communities Fund (Countywide)

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

Upcoming learning opportunities...

Confidence Building
From 2 August, Newhaven

Behold the Fold Beginners Workshop 
12 August, Eastbourne 

Writing a Fundraising Bid for Eastbourne Borough Council’s Grant Scheme
6 September, Eastbourne

Your Complete Guide to Facebook 
27 September, Eastbourne 


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

Money Advice Caseworker

Lewes District Citizens Advice 
Location: Lewes District
£21,962 - £24.174
Apply by: 21 July 2017 - 5:00 pm
Find out more...

Community Development Administrator

Location: Eastbourne
£17,772 - £18,746 per annum pro rata
Apply by: 24 July 2017 - 10:00 am
Find out more...

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

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