We run a number of events and workshops throughout the year designed to help voluntary and community groups benefit from networking, explore opportunities for collaborative working, share good practice and discuss issues of mutual concern with a view to finding practical solutions. 

Community Networks

3VA also runs regular networking meetings across Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden, including in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Polegate, High Weald, Lewes and the Havens and Seaford. Organised jointly by 3VA and the Locality Link Workers at East Sussex County Council, community networks bring together voluntary & community groups and all others working in the local community. By coming along, you can talk to and learn from other groups and organisations active in your area, explore ways of working together and design how we can all be more involved in local conversations and plans in the future.

East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators’ Networking Forums

3VA facilitates the East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators' Networking Forum for people who manage volunteers - an excellent opportunity to share and learn about good practice in this important area. 

These forums are designed as informal meetings that allow anyone working with volunteers the opportunity to learn and talk more about specific volunteering topics as well as offering the chance to meet with other people working with volunteers throughout East Sussex, get up to date information about volunteer management training, funding and other volunteering initiatives in your area and discover the latest news from the national volunteering sector and how it affects your organisation.

Although each Forum has a focused topic, there are no formal agendas or minutes and no need to send apologies. It doesn’t matter if you have worked with volunteers for five minutes, or for five years and more…everyone has something to offer and you will be very welcome. Please note that while the Forums are delivered locally across the county, if you are responsible for involving and engaging volunteers and are based anywhere in East Sussex, you can attend any forum.

SpeakUp Countywide Forum

3VA hosts SpeakUp Countywide Forum, a network for the voluntary and community sector in East Sussex. SpeakUp’s role is to ensure that there is dialogue between voluntary and community sector organisations across East Sussex in support of its development and sustainability. It also promotes work with the public sector to develop collaboration and system leadership.