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Scott Roedersheimer
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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

9 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.


Safe in East Sussex

The latest Safe in East Sussex newsletter is now available. This edition focuses on fraud, rogue trading and cybercrime.

Southdown Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

Housing, care and support provider, Southdown, is the largest provider of specialist IPS (Individual Placement and Support) employment support in the UK. Across Sussex, Southdown’s Employment Specialists work in partnership with NHS mental health clinical teams to support people with mental health challenges to secure and retain work. IPS is an evidence based model of supported employment and is proven to be the most successful way of assisting people with mental health challenges get back into employment by teaching, supporting and developing them in the workplace. For more information on Southdown’s Supported Employment visit www.southdown.org or contact Southdown’s Employment Services Contract Manager, Saxon Chadwick, by email at saxon.chadwick@southdown.org or call 01323 340 151.  

Young People's Online Counselling Service

Are you working with young people that would benefit from online counselling or know parents of young people? There’s a new, free, online counselling service in East Sussex. Online counselling is great way for young people, who for what- ever reason don’t want or can’t access face-to-face counselling.  Perhaps it is also difficult to logistically make an appointment due to distance, timings or a disability. E-motion can offer up to 6 email sessions where a qualified young persons’ counsellor with specialist online counselling training can offer counselling via emails on a weekly basis.  E-motion has tried to make it easy for a young person to refer; all they need to do is send an email to hello@e-motion.org.uk to say that they are interested. If you would like to speak to somebody at E-motion, please call 01273 711 633 and someone will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible, if unavailable to take your call.  


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

This week's 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

#runandtalk Lewes Run 
14 October, Lewes

3VA's upcoming events...

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

3VA Community Network Forums

More local upcoming events...

Arts Connect: Get Connected 
16 October, Crowborough

One You East Sussex Stakeholder Launch 
17 October, Eastbourne & Hastings

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Outreach (Uckfield)
19 October, Uckfield

Party at The Hub for International Credit Union Day
19 October, Eastbourne

Movies Make Memories - Calamity Jane
20 October, Hailsham

Autumn Carers’ Forum 
25 October, Lewes

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Outreach (Peacehaven)
26 October, Peacehaven

Live Love Share Breast Cancer Community Event
26 October, Uckfield

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Outreach (Saltdean) 
26 October, Saltdean

Bluebell Railway Trip for Carers
27 October, Sheffield Park Station

Fun Quiz 
27 October, Hailsham


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

PIP and ESA Assessments Inquiry 
Deadline for responses: 10 November 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


East Sussex Funding News

Funding News for October 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. 

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.

Community Safety Fund

Deadline for applications: 3 November 2017
The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner has set aside some funding for local community groups that help reduce or prevent crime in Sussex. The Community Safety Fund provides financial support (grant awards up to £5,000) to local organisations and projects that aim to reduce crime and improve community safety. 

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:

  • 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

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 local 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...

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 opportunities...

Volunteer Treasurer/Book Keeper 
Lewes District Citizens Advice
Apply by: 15 October 2017 - 17:00

Volunteer IT Support Assistant 
Lewes District Citizens Advice
Apply by: 15 October 2017 - 17:00

Project Worker – East Sussex Family & Carers Team (FACT) 
Apply by: 15 October 2017

Community Connector 
Apply by: 20 October 2017 - 15:00

Employment Support Advisor: Older People 
Apply by: 29 October 2017

Have a job to advertise or 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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