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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

15 January 2018

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.


File Your Annual Return Now

Charities with financial years ending on 31 March 2017 have less than four weeks to go before the final deadline to file their annual return. By law, these charities must submit a return by 31 January 2018, no later than 10 months after the end of their financial year. Thousands of charities have already filed their returns but there are still many that have not. They run the risk of trying to file nearer to deadline day without the correct documentation or, crucially, the password they need to access the online service and then going into default. To avoid the possibility of this happening, file your annual return for 2017 now.

Showcase Your Group at Hailsham Forward’s Community Groups Forum

The Community Groups Forum (a Hailsham Forward initiative), facilitated by Jenny Seale and Julie Coates (Hailsham Foodbank), is a group of representatives of local clubs, groups, societies that meet once a month to swap news, views and ideas to get better at attracting new members, retaining existing members, getting help from volunteers, raising funds for local good causes and lots more. The Forum will be hosting a big free event on Saturday, 27 January, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Hailsham Parish Church and lounge at which groups can come and showcase their club or business that people can join. This is not a fundraising event, it is an awareness raising showcase. Would you like to attend? All the Community Groups Forum asks in return is that you publicise the event across as many resources and social media as you are connected to, all your current members, friends, family etc. If you would like to put on a show of what you do as well, the organisers will try accommodate you. There are a limited number of tables, but lots of space. If you are unable to send a representative on the day, it’s also possible for the Forum to put out some promotional material on your behalf subject to space. Please let Jenny Seale know by Friday, 19 January if your organisation would like to take part. An organisation is also needed that would like to run the kitchen. Contact Jenny Seale at j.seale@tesco.net

Friends Meeting House in Eastbourne Now Available to Hire

The Friends Meeting House, Wish Road, Eastbourne BN21 4NX is now available for hire again from Monday to Friday. The Meeting House can offer the main Meeting Room, which can hold up to about 60 people, or for small groups 6-8 people can be catered in the library area. Charges are £12 per hour for the meeting room (or £30 for a session of up to 3 hours for the whole premises).  Use of the library is charged at £8 per hour. Disabled access and toilet facilities are available. Please contact the Hiring Clerk on 07475 648 733 for further information or visit the website to learn more. 

LGSRAS Now a Registered Charity Known as LOSRAS

Lewes Group in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers is now a registered charity known as Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (LOSRAS). The charity has a paid up membership of well over 100 people and, beyond that, there is considerable general interest in the Lewes area and a lot of generosity – both financial and otherwise. People have made welcome quilts, have donated goods to local Syrian families, to immigration detainees and ex-detainees at Gatwick detention centres via LOSRAS, and also given generously to Calais and beyond via Lewes Actions for Refugees Facebook Group (LAfR). LOSRAS is now in its 5th year of teaching year 8 students at Priory and its 16th year as an organisation. LOSRAS has a good range of experience and expertise among its members and reasonably good links across Sussex, Kent and beyond. If you would like to learn more and get involved, please email alison.belldavies@gmail.com

Cookery Lessons for the Over 50s

Completely free cookery lessons for the over 50s will be offered at Age Concern Eastbourne’s William & Patricia Venton Centre at Junction Road, Eastbourne BN21 3QY on Mondays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Winter Warmers will take place from today, 15 January, to 12 February, Good Food on a Budget (men only) will take place from 9 April to 30 April and Something Different for a Change will take place from 4 June to 2 July. For more information and to book, please contact Age Concern Eastbourne on 01323 638 474.


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

3VA's upcoming events...

Eastbourne Community Network
18 January, Eastbourne

Hailsham and Polegate Community Network  
25 January, Polegate

High Weald Community Network 
30 January, Rotherfield

Upcoming local events...

Carers Support Group and Afternoon Tea
17 January, Hailsham

Seaford Treasure Trail
19 January to 15 February, Seaford

Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils Recruitment Event
20 January, Eastbourne

SML Open Day 
24 January, Fishersgate

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Outreach
25 January, Forest Row

SML Open Day
27 January, Fishersgate

The Power of Testimony - Holocaust Memorial Day Event
27 January, Lewes

Parenting Team Networking Event
30 January, Eastbourne


Lewes District Local Plan Part 2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies DPD and Sustainability Appraisal 
Deadline for responses: 25 January 2018 

East Sussex Fire Authority Budget Consultation 
Deadline for responses: 31 January 2018

Wealden Draft Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023 
Deadline for responses: 28 March 2018 


East Sussex Funding News
Funding News for January 2018 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.

Building A Stronger Britain Together
Deadline for applications: 9 February 2018

South Downs National Park Authority’s Sustainable Communities Fund 
Deadline for applications: 20 February 2018

Garfield Weston Foundation Anniversary Fund 
Deadline for applications: 30 June 2018

Building Stronger Communities Fund (Countywide)
Deadline for applications: Rolling
If you would like support and advice about your activity or completing the form, please contact 3VA on 01323 639 373 or email info@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 training opportunities...

Your Complete Guide to Facebook
30 January, Eastbourne

How to Set Up a Community Group or Project 
1 February, Uckfield

Introduction to Child Protection 
6 February, Eastbourne

Project Management
7 February to 15 March, Lewes

How to Retain More Volunteers
27 February, Uckfield

East Sussex in Figures (ESiF)
12 March, Eastbourne

Basic Bookkeeping
28 March, Eastbourne


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

Current job opportunities...

Operations Team Leader 
Care for the Carers
Apply by: 18 January 2018 - 12:00

Community Connector x2 – Hastings 
Apply by: 19 January 2018 - 17:00

Community Connector – Eastbourne
Apply by: 19 January 2018 - 17:00

Money Adviser 
Money Advice Plus
Apply by: 22 January 2018 - 12:00

Advice Session Supervisor 
Lewes District Citizens Advice
Apply by: 23 January 2018 - 17:00

Nursery Business Support Administrator 
Apply by: 28 January 2018 - 17:00

Project Assistant
Apply by: 4 February 2018 - 17:00


Male Volunteer Needed to Visit Young Person
Asphaleia is an organisation based in West Sussex, Kent and London that provides services for disadvantaged children and young people. Asphaleia is looking to recruit a male volunteer in Lewes or the surrounding area to befriend a young person in care. This role requires the volunteer to visit the young person once per month on a weekend, for a minimum of 2 hours per visit. The visit will include taking the young person out to do an activity of their choice. The date/time will be arranged between the volunteer and young person and their carer/s. There is an expenses budget for each activity and travel expenses can be claimed. The volunteer will be supervised by a coordinator and two days training will be provided. DBS check is required and two references. Please email recruitment@asphaleia.co.uk with an enquiry and state ref. no. 101. 

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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