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Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!

19 February 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.


Opting in to Continue Receiving Information from 3VA

Due to the new data protection regulations due to come into force in May 2018, last week we sent out an email asking 3VA subscribers to opt-in to continue receiving the weekly e-Newsletter and/or the monthly training update. Thank you to all those who have done this so far! If you have not yet done so and would like to continue receiving information from 3VA, please opt-in now and no later than 4 March 2018.

3VA Hub - Office Space to Hire in Central Eastbourne

Want to save money and work in a space with other voluntary & community organisations? Get in touch - we’ve currently got 2 office spaces available at the 3VA Hub, conveniently located just 5 minutes' walk from Eastbourne railway station. One ground floor office suitable for 1-2 people is available now. Another first floor office that can accommodate up to 5 people will be available from mid-April. We offer free Wi-Fi, shared use of a kitchen and secretarial services (small fee may apply). Interested? To find out more, please contact Sheila Lindsey at sheila.lindsey@3va.org.uk or on 01323 639 373.

Book Now for the Next East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum in Eastbourne

The next East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators' Networking Forum in Eastbourne will take place on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at 3VA. The programme is fantastic and will feature St Wilfrid's Hospice’s volunteering programme. One of the younger volunteers who has been working on the Young Clinical Volunteer (YCV) Programme will also be at the event to talk about the volunteer experience at St. Wilfrid’s.

3VA Signs Up to East Sussex Against Scams Partnership

3VA is proud to join 67 other organisations in the county to help raise awareness about scams and protect people from criminal scammers as part of the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership. If you would be interested in signing up to the Charter, please contact Elaine Bowdery on 01273 335 670 or at elaine.bowdery@eastsussex.gov.uk

East Sussex Cross Sector Reflection & Learning Workshop 2018

At the beginning of February, SpeakUp Forum hosted what is hoped to have been the first of a new yearly event: an East Sussex cross-sector reflection and learning workshop. The idea of an annual reflection and learning workshop is to create a regular space where key players from the voluntary and community sector and the public sector can come together to reflect on our partnership working and how it is progressing. Read the full notes from the day, including key discussion points and suggestions for practical actions to improve joint working.

SEEK: 6-month Social Enterprise Start-up Support

The Platform, a social enterprise hub supporting the growing movement around business for good in Greater Brighton, runs a multi-partner programme across the Coast 2 Capital region that we think would be of interest to your network. SEEK is a fully funded programme to support people who are out of work to set up social enterprises. The free programme, which takes place over 6 months starting on 14 May 2018, includes a variety of support such as the opportunity to apply for up to £500 to cover start-up costs, monthly workshops with experts to develop their idea, regular mentoring sessions and more. Even before the programme starts successful applicants will get support to develop their idea and confidence before they pitch for a place on the programme. Applications will be accepted until Friday, 23 March 2018. 

Charity Awards 2018

Are you a charity which is proud of your processes and innovations? Why not enter yourself for an award at this year's Charity Awards! The Awards provide a perfect opportunity for you to propel your charity's work into the spotlight. Submitting an entry is free and can support your organisation's efforts to influence policy-makers and funders whilst boosting the morale of your staff and stakeholders. Entries close on Friday, 23 February 2018. 

Eastbourne & District Community Awards 2018

Nominations are now open for the Eastbourne and District Community Awards 2018 – the chance to recognise the volunteers and community champions who do so much to enrich life in the district. There are several award categories covering young, older, individuals, groups and businesses including Community Event of the Year Award, Charity of the Year, Fundraising Team of the Year and more!

East Sussex Credit Union Gets Boost from East Sussex County Council

East Sussex Credit Union has been granted a subordinated loan of £150,000 by East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to enable the Credit Union to assist more residents in the county facing greatest hardship, to deal with immediate financial issues and build up savings to help them manage future economic challenges better. Investing in East Sussex Credit Union will contribute to ESCC achieving its overarching priority of helping people help themselves.

New LGBT Drop-in Café to Open in Eastbourne

Bourne Out LGBT is excited to announce that it is working with Eastbourne Volunteers and The Junction, Eastbourne to bring a new LGBT café space to the borough from Saturday, 3 March 2018. This is a great opportunity for people of all ages in the community to come and talk and meet new people. An inclusive place for all. Bourne Out LGBT has also announced that Eastbourne Pride 2018 will take place on Saturday, 21 July.


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 Forum 
28 February, Eastbourne

Seaford Intergenerational Planning & Development Group
28 February, Seaford

How Can Volunteering Benefit You? 
1 March, Eastbourne

Eastbourne Community Network
20 March, Eastbourne

Upcoming local events...

Tuesday 20 February
Seaford Health Walk  
Hampden Park Health Walk 
Polegate Health Walk  
SML College Open Day, Fishersgate 
Lego Club, Eastbourne

Wednesday 21 February 
Heathfield Heath Walk 
Eastbourne Seafront Health Walk 
Ashdown Forest Health Walk 
Peacehaven Cinema

Thursday 22 February
East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre Mobile Outreach, Uckfield
Crowborough Health Walk

Friday 23 February
Lewes Health Walk 
Uckfield Health Walk 
Shinewater Health Walk

Saturday 24 February
SML College Open Day, Fishersgate 

Monday 26 February
Pevensey Bay Health Walk
High Weald Lewes Havens CCG Grading Workshop, Lewes

Wednesday 28 February
Stroke Awareness Information Session, Hailsham 
Budget Consultation Meeting for Carers, Eastbourne 


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

Have your say on the savings proposals for Adult Social Care services
Deadline for responses: 25 April 2018


Building Stronger Communities Fund
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...

How to Retain More Volunteers
27 February, Uckfield

Getting Your Project Underway, Planning Ahead for Evaluation
7 March, Lewes

Reporting on Progress and Identifying New Opportunities
15 March, Lewes

Lone Working
21 March, Eastbourne

Introduction to Child Protection 
27 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...

HOMELINK Service Manager 
Lewes District Churches HOMELINK
Apply by: 19 February 2018

Fundraising and Finance Officer 
Sussex Community Rail Partnership
Apply by: 23 February 2018 - 09:00

Recovery Workers 
Apply by: 25 February 2018 - 23:59

Trusts Fundraiser 
SASBAH (Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus)
Apply by: 28 February 2018

Events and Marketing Coordinator 
Association of Carers
Apply by: 2 March 2018

Community Navigator 
Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA)
Apply by: 4 March 2018 - 17:00


Newly qualified bookkeeper seeking opportunity
We have recently been contacted by Elaine Soanes who is seeking a volunteering opportunity and is happy for us circulate her profile and for interested groups to contact her directly. 

Elaine is newly qualified book keeper, but doesn’t have practical experience yet. She would like to offer her skills to a local group and gain more practical experience. She is ideally looking for assistant accountant or bookkeeper type role but can also help with administrative tasks. She can’t yet offer to volunteer as a Treasurer, but could explore working alongside Treasurer or an accountant to develop skills to take such role in the future. She is currently available 2 to 3 times a week, usually between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and can volunteer anywhere in Eastbourne, Lewes, Newhaven or Seaford areas. She can be contacted on elainetsoanes@gmail.com

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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