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Scott Roedersheimer
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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

25 September 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.


Sussex Healthwatch Report on Patient Transport Services

In a report on non-emergency Patient Transport Services published last week, Healthwatch in Sussex reflect that 75% of patients we talked too, across Sussex, are satisfied with the quality of non-emergency Patient Transport Service they received, including 44% who were very satisfied. The New Sussex wide Patient Transport Service ‘a report of what you told us’ says that although satisfaction levels have improved, this is not consistent across Sussex, with patients in Brighton having less positive experiences to share.

How to Report a Serious Incident in Your Charity

How to Report a Serious Incident in Your Charity is the Charity Commission’s recently updated guidance for charity trustees about serious incidents: how to spot them and how to report.

The State of Care in General Practice 2014 to 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England that is responsible for monitoring and inspecting services to ensure they are providing care that is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. This includes all NHS services, hospitals, GP practices, dentists, independent providers, care homes and domiciliary care agencies. The CQC recently published its report The state of care in general practice 2014 to 2017, which gives the most detailed analysis yet of the quality and safety of general medical practice in England.

CQC Stakeholder Briefing – East Sussex County Council

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced in July that it would conduct local system reviews of health and social care in 12 areas across the country – one of which is East Sussex. These local system reviews will look at how people move across the interface between health and social care, including delayed transfers of care, with a particular focus on people over 65 years old. The review will not include mental health services or specialist commissioning, but will use case tracking to look at the experiences of people living with dementia as they move through the system. The reviews will also look at commissioning across health and social care, and assess the governance in place for managing resources. For the full briefing, please view the attached PDF document.

Sussex Sports Awards 2017

Nominations for the Sussex Sports Awards 2017 are now open! Make sure you nominate your Sussex sporting heroes for these prestigious awards by noon on Friday, 13 October. The Sussex Sports Awards 2017 will take place at The Grand Hotel in Brighton on Friday, 17 November, and will include a gala dinner, entertainment and, of course, the awards ceremony.

Charities Against Fraud Awards 2017

As part of charity fraud awareness week, the first Charities Against Fraud Awards will be held to recognise excellence in tackling fraud in the charity sector. Charities can showcase their success stories and share best practices. Entry is free and open to all UK-registered charities. The submission deadline is Friday, 29 September 2017. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Moore Stephens on Tuesday, 24 October in London.

Older People's Day

Sunday, 1 October is officially Older People’s Day 2017, an International Day to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society. Once again, East Sussex County Council has worked in partnership with seniors’ forums, the voluntary sector, community groups and other statutory organisations to put together and support a programme of fun activities and information fairs. This year is the 10th anniversary of Older People’s Day in East Sussex, with events taking place across the county throughout September and October. You can download a copy of the booklet or pick up a copy from your nearest library.


Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England, is back from 1 October. Stoptober has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smoke free for good. Locally, East Sussex Public Health is working closely with the new integrated lifestyle service One You East Sussex and local partners to provide additional publicity around the county. Further campaign information and material can be accessed online. You can also contact One You East Sussex on 01323 404 600 or at hello@oneyoueastsussex.org.uk


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

This week's events...

Keeping Safe Online 
26 September, Hailsham

Charity Golf Day
27 September, Ditchling

Good Life Show 
28 September, Eastbourne

Polegate Community Coffee Morning 
29 September, Polegate

Spithurst Hub Open Day
29 September, Barcombe

29 September, Hailsham

3VA's upcoming events...

East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators’ Networking Forums

3VA Community Network Forums

Other upcoming events...

Arts Connect: Get Connected 
4 October, Eastbourne

Craft Fayre 
7 October, Hailsham

7-8 October, Eastbourne

Carers Support Group and Afternoon Tea 
11 October, Hailsham 

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Outreach
12 October, Lewes


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

Annual Return for 2018 - Information Collected from Charities
Deadline for responses: 24 November 2017 at 5:00 pm

East Sussex Libraries: The Way Forward
Deadline for responses: 14 December 2017


Crowborough Town Council Grants

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2017 at 4:00 pm
Crowborough Town Council has a policy for making grants to groups and organisations which contribute to the welfare of the community by improving or supporting activities / facilities. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear need for financial support.

Children's Health Fund - Round 2

Deadline for applications: 6 October 2017 at 5:00 pm
The Children’s Health Fund is inviting organisations that want to provide good food as part of holiday learning, play and activity programmes to apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. Applications will be considered from registered charities, CIOs, schools, hospitals, housing associations, community groups, local authorities, churches and youth groups. The fund provides an online eligibility checker. The Children’s Health Fund was set up by Sustain with Jamie Oliver’s help in August 2015. The aim is to get restaurants and cafes to put a voluntary 10p 'sugary drinks levy' on soft drinks on their menu that contain added sugar. The money raised by the self-imposed levy is paid into the Children's Health Fund, administered by Sustain. Awards will be announced in December.

Aviva Community Fund

Deadline for applications: 10 October 2017 at noon
Do you know a local project that needs funding? The Aviva Community Fund is back, offering support and funding to causes that make a real difference where you live. Put forward an idea that will benefit your community and it could get funding, ranging from up to £1,000 to up to £25,000.

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 has launched its sixth round of funding this autumn. Round 6 of the successful Community Grants programme opened 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

Wealden District Council Grants Programme

Deadline for applications: 30 November 2017
Wealden District Council’s Community Grants Programme is now open. The Small Grant Scheme is for grants between £500 and £3,000. The Capital Scheme is for grants between £1,000 and £10,000. Service Level Agreements (SLA) for funding of up to 3 years. Match funding is required, but it can be entirely "in-kind" such as volunteer time, member contributions, etc. A limited number of 40-minute pre-application advice sessions, for groups which have not had one before, will take place during office hours as follows:

  • Willingdon - Thursday 5th October (am)
  • Crowborough– Mon 9th October (am) and Friday 20th October (pm)
  • Hailsham - Friday 13th October (am) and Tuesday 31st October (pm)
  • Wadhurst – Thursday 2nd November (am) (NB: Disabled access is through the main hall)

Sessions must be booked in advance and are to directly discuss a drafted application for your organisation. To book, please contact Michelle Gray by email at Michelle.Gray@wealden.gov.uk or telephone on 01323 443 520.  If you are unable to attend one of the sessions and can submit your application by 15 November at the latest, some feedback before the closing date can be given so that applications can be strengthened (although please note that this will not guarantee success). Funds must be spent within the financial year April 2018-March 2019 for capital and small grants, and April 2018 – March 2021 for SLAs.

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

3VA's upcoming learning opportunities...

Project Management - Clear Direction and Practical Tools 
From 3 October, Eastbourne

Child Protection: Taking the Lead 
10 October, Eastbourne

An Introduction to Safeguarding Adults 
11 October, Lewes

East Sussex in Figures 
25 October, Eastbourne

Your Complete Guide to Twitter 
29 November, Eastbourne 


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

Current job opportunities...

Coordinator of Eastbourne Family Contact Centre
Mothers' Union
Apply by: 30 September 2017

Information Hub Development Lead 
Apply by: 1 October 2017

Churches, Community and Events Fundraiser 
Family Support Work
Apply by: 6 October 2017 at 5:00 pm

Health Champions Development Worker
Apply by: 7 October 2017

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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