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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

23 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.


Keep Your Charity Safe - Watch Out for Phishing Scams

The Charity Commission has issued an alert because of increasing reports of phishing scams. Charities are urged to be vigilant and protect themselves from harm.

Eastbourne Strategic Partnership Open Event

Are you interested in finding out more about what is happening in Eastbourne and hearing about new developments and plans for your town? Are you involved in running a business, voluntary organisation or other service in Eastbourne? Eastbourne Strategic Partnership is holding an open event to showcase some of the many organisations working to promote the interests of Eastbourne. 3VA is delighted to be attending – we will be highlighting our work and the work of the voluntary and community sector as well as giving a presentation about the local sector, key developments, assets and issues. Come along when you can. Everyone is welcome!

SpeakUp Big Event 2017 Resources Now Available

Following a brilliant Big Event in September focusing on Collaboration and Partnerships, useful resources from the event are now available on the SpeakUp Forum website. Check out these resources for great information on local partnerships, how to build collaborations, and how to negotiate funding that helps us to work together.   

Keep Warm and Well in East Sussex

Do you support low income or vulnerable people who will find it difficult to stay warm and well over the coming winter? As the colder months approach, Keep Warm and Well in East Sussex has released resources and details of training provision that is being planned for this autumn. The date of the next East Sussex Fuel Poverty Practitioners Forum has been set for 20 November and is open to bookings, so come along and find out more about the activity to reduce fuel poverty in East Sussex.

Analytical Volunteer Programme

The Analytical Volunteer Programme (AVP) is an initiative that arranges short term placements for government analytical staff in voluntary sector organisations. The AVP places one or two analysts in each organisation, with placements lasting from half a day up to five days. The volunteer could help identify, collect or analyse data, and apply these or other analytical skills to help your organisation, for example, by finding the most impactful ways to present data about specific topics or analysing impact. The placements can focus on delivering specific projects, or contributing to an element of a larger project. The 2017 scheme is now open for applications from organisations that would like analytical help. All voluntary sector organisations are invited to apply. To apply, please complete the survey by Friday, 27 October 2017.

Free Countywide Service for Carers aged 16+

Ambitions provides support for carers of adults to achieve their vocational aspirations. The service is free and available for adult carers, aged 16 and over, who are living, working or caring in East Sussex. The service provides flexible and tailored one-to-one support to access employment, learning, training and education and volunteering.


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 

Hailsham and Polegate Area Community Network 
2 November, Herstmonceux

This week's local events...

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

Fun Quiz 
27 October, Hailsham

More upcoming local events...

Nearly New Sale
4 November, Hailsham

Coffee, Cakes and Computers 
8 November, Heathfield

Shaping Health & Care Event – Eastbourne, Hailsham & Seaford 
8 November, Hailsham


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

East Sussex Statement of Community Involvement 2017 Consultation
Deadline for responses: 20 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. 

Active Sussex Small Grants Scheme

Deadline for applications: 24 November 2017
Active Sussex will be launching a small grants scheme for clubs or organisations in desperate need to buy additional equipment or update old equipment, or athletes - perhaps the next Paralympians - who need an extra hand to get them on their road to success! Organisation grants up to £300 per organisation/club and individual grants up to £150 per applicant are available. Full details of the grants will be launched/announced this week.

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.


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...

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...

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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