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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

24 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:

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

One-day Volunteering Opportunity – The Big Event, Eastbourne, Wednesday 13th September

Looking to liven up your Wednesday, or your September? Got skills to share or experience you would like to gain? Want to be part of something Big and Eventful? Volunteer at the SpeakUp Big Event 2017! The 9th annual Big Event – complete with conference presentations, advice fair, and workshops – is all set to be as popular and successful as always with 150 delegates already signed up. SpeakUp Forum now needs some volunteers to help the day run smoothly: organise teas and coffees, register delegates, coordinate the advice fair and workshops, and be the event photographer. Find more details on the website or email Rebecca at rebecca.luton@3va.org.uk. Volunteers must be confirmed by 25 August at the latest!

Safe in East Sussex

East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership will be focusing on serious organised crime over the next couple of years. This work includes cyber crime with a focus on cyber bullying and online safety and vulnerable young people being exploited and recruited by organised crime groups. The latest Safe in East Sussex newsletter for July provides further information about these areas in more detail and goes some way to highlight the risks posed to young people, why they are important issues to address, what the Partnership is planning to do and how it is working with various partners.

Groundwork Community Awards 2017

Groundwork is asking the public to nominate community groups to receive a national award at an awards ceremony recognising their work in making their local areas better places to live. The charity has launched the Groundwork Community Awards as a way of honouring small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life in their local area and to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support. The deadline for nominations is 25 August and the awards are simple to enter via an online system where community groups can highlight their own achievements. Groups can nominate themselves or be nominated by another organisation in categories such as best community group contribution to health and wellbeing, best community project on a social housing estate, community leader of the year and community group of the year – all round achievement award.

Why Credit Unions are Better than Banks

East Sussex Credit Union has written an article outlining some of the ways it believes credit unions are better than banks

NIPPERS Summer Activities

Newhaven Inclusive Play Project Educational and Recreational Services’ (NIPPERS) free play/leisure activities are being provided in Fort Road recreation ground, Newhaven daily from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm during the holiday except for the week beginning 14 August when they will take place from 9:30 am to 11:30 am for children and young people aged 3-17 years. A family fun day will be held in the park from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on 25 August. Many of the activities are free to children and young people (e.g. climbing wall, forest skills, magician, food tasting to name a few). Come along and join in the fun!

Volunteering Opportunities at Eastbourne Group of the MS Society

Eastbourne Group of the MS Society has the following volunteering roles available:

  • Tea/coffee maker at the Friday craft group. Fridays, 10:00 am to noon at Polegate Community Centre;
  • Help at fundraising events;
  • Help to organise and run fundraising events.

The roles are all flexible and can involve as much or little time as you are available to offer. Please contact the local group via Loretta on 07580 469 300 or at eastbourne@mssociety.org.uk for an informal chat and more information.


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

This week's events...

Building Stronger Communities Fund Briefing 
25 July, Seaford

Building Stronger Communities Fund Briefing 
26 July, Eastbourne

Old Town Community Library AGM
28 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

Upcoming events...

13 August, Seaford
17-20 August, Laughton nr Lewes
26-28 August, Ninfield
13 September, Eastbourne


NHS 111 – online survey 

The NHS 111 survey has recently been launched for Sussex.  A five-week survey, it asks people what they want the Sussex NHS 111 to do, giving a better idea about what people want and therefore what needs to be procured with the money available. The NHS 111 phone service provides advice and support for people with urgent, but not life-threatening, health concerns and it also plays a central role in managing demands on other parts of the local health service - especially A&E and GP surgeries. The re-procurement for the service will start in 2018, with the new service going live in April 2019. Please take just a few minutes to share your views about the future of the NHS 111 service across Sussex.  If you want to receive a paper copy, please contact the 111 Transformation Team on 07711 920 424 or email cwsccg.sussex111transformation@nhs.net

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 I am unavailable, 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. 

National LGBT Survey

Deadline for responses: 15 October 2017 at 11:45 pm
The Government Equalities Office and Department for Education have launched a survey to understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people living in the UK. This anonymous survey asks about people’s experiences of accessing and using public services in the UK and any experiences of discrimination people may have faced throughout their life. After the survey closes, the results will be analysed and used to inform plans to improve LGBT equality.


Devonshire West Big Local Community Grants Programme

Deadline for applications: 30 October 2017 at midnight
Devonshire West Big Local is pleased to announce that it will be launching its sixth round of funding this autumn. Round 6 of the successful Community Grants programme will be opening on Monday, 18 September 2017. This grants programme offers community groups, both formal and informal, grants of up to £3,000 to run a project, event or campaign in the Devonshire West area of Eastbourne for the benefit of Devonshire West residents. Projects which meet one or more of Devonshire West Big Local’s 5 main themes may be funded: Children & Young People, Older People, Multicultural, Environment and Area Appearance and Whole Community. For an application form please contact Samantha Wickens, Administrator, at Samantha.Wickens@3va.org.uk. For more information on what is and is not funded, support on developing a project or filling in an application form then please contact Jessica Boelema, Community Development Officer, at Jessica.Boelema@3va.org.uk

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

Carer Awareness Training
18 September, Hailsham

PAT Testing Training Workshop 
20 September, Lewes

PAT Testing Training Workshop  
21 September, Pulborough

Intergenerational Mediation Skills Course Level 3
From 23 September, Peacehaven

Your Complete Guide to Facebook 
27 September, Eastbourne 

Social Media Masterclass & Networking 
28 September, Eastbourne


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

Advice & Information Services Team Leader

Location: Newhaven
£23,541 - £27,041 per annum, pro rata, dependant on previous experience
Apply by: 7 August 2017
Find out more…

Advice & Information Services Community Involvement Co-ordinator

Location: Newhaven
£20,092 - £23,080 per annum, pro rata, dependent on previous experience
Apply by: 7 August 2017
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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