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Scott Roedersheimer
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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

16 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.


Join East Sussex's Collaborative Health and Wellbeing Stakeholder Group

There are 15 seats available on our new stakeholder group for community members from diverse backgrounds. You don’t need to have had experience as a community representative as training and support will be provided, but you will need to be able to show that you have a range of relevant skills, knowledge and abilities. The deadline is fast approaching, so read more and find out how you can apply

Free GDPR Webinar from NCVO

What does GDPR mean for your charity? To help you prepare your charity for next May when new data protection regulations arrive, NCVO is running a free online event this Wednesday, 18 October from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm. Register now

BHT Sussex Seeking Directors/Trustees

BHT Sussex, a housing association and a provider of housing advice services in Eastbourne, is seeking to recruit two new members from a finance and/or housing background to its Board of Management to act as company directors and charity trustees. More information can be found online. The closing date for expressions of interest is 18 October 2017.


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

3VA's upcoming events...

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

3VA Community Network Forums:

This week's local events...

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

Upcoming local events...

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

Nearly New Sale
4 November, Hailsham


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

Hailsham, Polegate and Eastbourne Movement and Access Corridor (HPE MAC) (Phase 1) 
Deadline for responses: 10 November 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


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

Celebrating Participation in Healthcare Community Grants

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2017
Has your voluntary/community group done some amazing patient, service-user or carer engagement work that’s improved healthcare services? If so, consider applying for a Celebrating Participation in Healthcare Community Grant. NHS England will be awarding grants of up to £2,000 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare.

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 - Tuesday 31 October (pm)
  • Wadhurst – Thursday 2 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...

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 

Basic First Aid for Adults
5 December, Eastbourne

How to Attract More Volunteers
13 December, Lewes


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

This week's opportunities...

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

Employment Support Advisor  
Apply by: 29 October 2017

Administrative Assistant 
Sussex Interpreting Services
Apply by: 30 October 2017 - 16:00

Media Worker 
Children with Cancer Fund - Polegate
Apply by: 30 October 2017 - 17:00

Charity Fundraiser 
Children with Cancer Fund - Polegate
Apply by: 30 October 2017 - 17:00

Marketing and Support Officer 
Action in rural Sussex
Apply by: 30 October 2017

Office Administrator 
East Sussex Community Voice (ESCV)
Apply by: 6 November 2017 - 17:00

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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