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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

14 August 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.


Eastbourne Seafront Wednesday Health Walk Now Runs Weekly

Back in March, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), which runs the East Sussex Health Walks project, launched a new Health Walk along Eastbourne Seafront. Working in partnership with the Sovereign Centre, this walk was initially planned to run only twice a month but due to its ongoing success it will now run every week throughout the year. Health Walks are free, one hour walks providing a convenient and regular way to get active, meet new people and explore the local area. By keeping the walks short, new walkers and those with long term health conditions can feel more confident getting started. The walks will be meeting every Wednesday at 10:30 am outside the Sovereign Centre. Please ensure you are wearing appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather conditions on the day. For more information about the East Sussex Health Walks, please contact Jenny Deering on 07740 899 559 or email j.deering@tcv.org.uk

Lewes WEA Branch: 2017-2018 Programme

The leaflet for the 2017-8 programme run by the WEA - the nation’s largest provider of adult education - is now available from the Lewes, Seaford and Eastbourne tourist information centres. Courses this year include ones on the concerto, the philosophy of public policy, the cult of Saints and the Sussex coast.  As usual, there is a strong art history programme, including impressionism, Titian, the art of the British Empire and the Russian revolution. International politics are also featured, looking at America - before and after Trump - and the world situation in general. Fees have remained the same, although if you are on an income-related benefit, such as pension credit, then classes are free. Full details are available on www.southern.wea.org.uk or visit the WEA stand at the Societies’ Fair, at Lewes Town Hall on Saturday, 2 September, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Eastbourne Volunteers Project Signs Licence for New Premises

The Eastbourne Volunteers project has signed a licence last week for some new premises in The Labyrinth, Mark Lane, right in the heart of Eastbourne town centre. The new unit, next to the project’s Community Information Hub, is going to be opened as a safe space for young people aged 16-25 who may be care leavers, homeless or have other issues that means they need practical help and support. The new space will be called ‘The Junction: a place where things come together’, and Eastbourne Volunteers would like to hear from any organisations working with young people in Eastbourne that would like to help shape the project or work from the space. The unit has a kitchen and the project hopes to create a young person-friendly environment with cooking facilities, a washing machine, information and signposting to other services. The project also has the use of a small office it hopes to offer counselling from. Eastbourne Volunteers is keen to have representatives from any relevant local organisations involved with The Junction from the start in order to provide a fully comprehensive service to young people. If you would like to work with Eastbourne Volunteers on this project or be kept updated as to progress, please email info@eastbournejunction.co.uk

Balloon Festival Opening Act

The Balloon festival took place in Hampden Park on 29-30 July 2017 and, even though the weather did not behave, it proved to be a very popular event and the arena was buzzing from early Saturday morning. Chances4Change Eastbourne is currently supporting a local group in East Hampden Park called ‘Friends of Tugwell Park’ and in 2016, from this group grew a small community choir: ‘The Tugwell Community Family Choir.’ After only 4 rehearsals prior to the festival weekend, local girls from the Tugwell Park area along with members of the ‘Friends of’ group performed onstage as the opening act at the Balloon Festival. The choir members had a photo opportunity with MP Stephen Lloyd and the High Sheriff who opened the whole Balloon Festival. As excitement escalated, the choir was introduced on stage by Sandy Boyce-Sharpe from the ‘Friends of Hampden Park’. The singers and dancers did really well at the performance, the local girls performed with a couple of star performers Hayley Mullins - professional singer/songwriter and Jack Buster Weston singer/songwriter. Well done to the two volunteers June and Lynn who lead the local choir (and ran the whole community stage for the day!). For more information about Chances4Change in Eastbourne, please contact Jo Leinster at jo.leinster@3va.org.uk.


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

This week's events...

Health Walks

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Outreach 
17 August, Crowborough

Tribal Earth
17-20 August, Laughton nr Lewes

Upcoming events...

Lewes Hard of Hearing Support Group
21 August, Lewes

Now! Charity Group Lewes Store Relaunch
21 August, Lewes

Newick Health Walk
23 August, Newick

Garden Party
23 August, Alfriston

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Outreach  
24 August, Mayfield

Flower Festival
26-28 August, Ninfield

Starlight Stroll
2 September, Eastbourne

Lewes Heritage Open Days
7-10 September, Lewes

Willingdon & Jevington Public Information Day
9 September, Eastbourne

Big Event 2017 – Collaboration & Partnerships: Together for a Purpose!
13 September, Eastbourne


Civil Society Futures: The Independent Inquiry 
Deadline for responses: 4 September 2017

Citizenship and Civic Engagement: Share your views 
Deadline for responses: 8 September 2017

National LGBT Survey 
Deadline for responses: 15 October 2017 at 11:45 pm


East Sussex Funding News

Funding News for August 2017 is now available. Funding News is published monthly and is sent out through GovDelivery. The publication shares success stories, information on training courses and details of forthcoming funding opportunities for East Sussex organisations.

Eastbourne Borough Council Community Grants

Eastbourne Borough Council is now inviting applications for Small Grants of up to £5,000 from voluntary and community organisations. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 22nd September. 

The priorities for 2018/19 are:

  • Projects designed to promote inclusion and the needs of those communities and groups protected under current Equality legislation
  • Initiatives designed to develop volunteering and/ or self-help activity which need funding to get started which focus on
    • Improving people’s mental health and wellbeing
    • Supporting carers 
    • Reducing social isolation 
    • Tackling financial exclusion 
    • Tackling digital exclusion

For more information on the eligibility criteria and an application form, please see Community Grants

3VA will be running a training session for groups interested in applying from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on 6 September. 

2018 GSK Impact Awards

Deadline for applications: 22 September 2017
GSK IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.


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

3VA's upcoming training opportunities...

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

I've Got an Idea - How Can I Make it Happen? 
19 September, Eastbourne

Your Complete Guide to Facebook 
27 September, Eastbourne 

Project Management - Clear Direction and Practical Tools:

Child Protection: Taking the Lead 
10 October, Eastbourne

An Introduction to Safeguarding Adults 
11 October, Lewes

East Sussex in Figures
25 October, Eastbourne


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

Charity Bookkeeper

Children with Cancer Fund (CWCF) 
Location: Polegate
Salary TBC
Apply by: 16 August 2017 - 12:00
Find out more...

Shop Manager

Age Concern Eastbourne 
Location: Eastbourne
Apply by: 21 August 2017 - 23:59
Find out more...

Coordinator of Eastbourne Family Contact Centre

Mothers' Union 
Location: Eastbourne
£5,824 pa
Apply by: 25 August 2017 - 21:00
Find out more...


Location: Lewes
Freelance: negotiable hourly rate
Apply by: 29 August 2017 - 23:59
Find out more...

Registered Manager

Age Concern Eastbourne 
Location: Eastbourne
Apply by: 29 August 2017 - 23:59
Find out more...

Memory Moments Cafe Co-ordinators (x2)

Know Dementia 
Location: Uckfield & surrounding area
£7,800 per annum
Apply by: 4 September 2017 - 17:55
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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