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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

2 October 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.

This month's features...

Get Ready for New Data Protection Regulations
New, wider and more far reaching controls on data protection will come into force next May when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. It will apply to all organisations processing personal data of people residing in the EU, regardless of the organisation’s location. Read more…

Apply for the Building Stronger Communities Fund
Do you have a good idea for making your area a better place to live? Now there is a fund from East Sussex County Council which is designed to help support innovation by small groups and communities. Grants of up to £1,500 are available. Read more…

Community Network Forums - Book Now!
3VA is working in collaboration with East Sussex County Council Locality Link Workers to run exciting quarterly community network forums for anyone delivering services as a voluntary or community group of any size anywhere in the area of each meeting and to those interested in working in partnership with voluntary groups. These informal meetings are free to attend and enable organisations and groups across the area to network together and to discuss different themes. Read more…


East Sussex Collaborative Health and Wellbeing Stakeholder Group 

East Sussex Better Together, the NHS, Connecting4You and East Sussex County Council are setting up new ways for community representatives to be part of strategic planning for health and care in East Sussex. The new East Sussex Collaborative Health and Wellbeing Stakeholder Group replaces some of the partnership boards and representatives from the voluntary and community sector can apply to join. There are 15 seats available on the group for community members from diverse backgrounds who can offer a range of skills, knowledge, experience and abilities. Learn more and download the draft terms of reference and role description to understand what is expected from members of the stakeholder group. Completed application forms must be returned to Laura Putland at laura.putland@eastsussex.gov.uk by midday on Monday, 23 October 2017. If you would like to discuss the role or making an application to join the group, please contact Sally Polanski, Service Development Manager – Third Sector, Adult Social Care and Health on 01273 337 293 / 07525 288 838 or at sally.polanski@eastsussex.gov.uk.

ISEND Seeking a New Space in Eastbourne

ISEND is looking to expand its provision for early years 0-3.5 years nursery in Eastbourne. This needs to be central, accessible to wheelchairs and near to public transport. ISEND needs a large room, access to a kitchen, a smaller space for quiet play and a toilet which is large enough to have a fully fitted changing space for children with disabilities including a hoist (ISEND has the capital funding to pay for adaptations). ISEND has some beautiful play resources which they would need storage for, which again could be funded. There is a budget for rental for this. ISEND can offer paid adaptations to a building which could be used outside of their opening hours and sharing resources to provide a setting with the play equipment to run events for children with disabilities (e.g. parties). ISEND is always trying to achieve an outstanding for Ofsted so it plans to offer high quality services and can offer free autism and other specialist training. If you know of anything which may suit these needs, please contact Simone Cuthbert at Simone.Cuthbert@eastsussex.gov.uk or on 07824 085 343.

Children's Centre Free Course

Are you looking for a new challenge? Would you like to spend a few hours a week learning new skills and meeting new people in a welcoming environment? Would you like to volunteer at a Children’s Centre? Then sign up for the next Preparing to Volunteer course starting in Ringmer on Thursday, 11 January and finishing on 22 March. The course will meet from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm during term time only. Travel costs can be paid and a free crèche provided if you have children under five. The course includes sessions on first aid, safeguarding, health and safety, early years foundation, assertiveness and more. Pop in and see Volunteer Coordinator Kim Labbett at Ringmer or Lewes Children’s Centre or contact her on 01273 337 438 or at kim.labbett@eastsussex.gov.uk. Help the Children’s Centre make a difference to families and young lives in our area.

East Sussex Credit Union Help Points

East Sussex Credit Union realises that not all of its members live close to the Brighton office, so for some friendly face-to-face advice you can attend one of the Help Points in Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden. Please note that the Help Points and their opening times are subject to change depending on demand. All of the sites comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and are fully wheelchair accessible. All queries and correspondence to Credit Union Main Office in Hove at info@eastsussexcu.org.uk or on 0300 303 3188.


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

This week's events...

Arts Connect: Get Connected 
4 October, Eastbourne

Art Exhibition: Richard Green + Mary & John Wright 
6 October, Eastbourne

Royal Hippodrome Theatre Tour
6 October, Eastbourne

Supper & Bingo 
6 October, Peacehaven

Craft Fayre 
7 October, Hailsham

7-8 October, Eastbourne

3VA's upcoming events...

East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators’ Networking Forum (Newhaven)
9 November, Newhaven

3VA Community Network Forums

Other upcoming events...

Carers Support Group and Afternoon Tea 
11 October, Hailsham 

Healthy Living Club Shinewater – Older People’s Day Taster
12 October, Eastbourne

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Outreach – Lewes 
12 October, Lewes


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

East Sussex Maternity Services – Your Experience Matters 
Deadline for responses: 20 October 2017

South Downs Local Plan 
Deadline for responses: 21 November 2017

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


Centre for Social Justice Awards

Deadline for applications: 13 October 2017 at 5:00 pm
The Centre for Social Justice is looking for community-based charities and voluntary groups that are preventing poverty or helping people and families caught in damaging situations, to turn their lives around. The Centre for Social Justice Awards aim to celebrate and reward some of the best initiatives from throughout the UK that are enabling people to find a sustainable way out of the situations they are in. Groups should be addressing the causes of poverty, not just the symptoms. Each winning organisation will receive a cash prize of £10,000. The 2018 categories are social resilience, responsible business, education, employment and skills, family and social enterprise. Grassroots charities and voluntary organisations from local communities throughout the UK can apply. To be eligible, applicants must be based in the UK and have an annual turnover of less than £3 million.

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

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.


View local 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...

Child Protection: Taking the Lead 
10 October, Eastbourne

An Introduction to Safeguarding Adults 
11 October, Lewes

Funding Your Project
18 October, Eastbourne

Getting Your Project Underway, Planning Ahead for Evaluation
8 November, Eastbourne

Reporting on Progress and Identifying New Opportunities 
22 November, 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...

Administrator and Facilities Co-ordinator 
Brighton Women’s Centre
Apply by: 5 October at 9:00 am

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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