3VA – Voluntary Action in Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden – is working in collaboration with East Sussex County Council Locality Link Workers to run exciting quarterly community network forums for anyone delivering services as a voluntary or community group of any size anywhere in the area of each meeting and to those interested in working in partnership with voluntary groups. These informal meetings are free to attend and enable organisations and groups across the area to network together and to discuss different themes. The next community network forums are planned for 10 October in Newhaven, 13 October in Forest Row, 18 October in Eastbourne, 24 October in Seaford and 2 November in Herstmonceux.
Lewes & the Havens Community Network Forum
Tuesday, 10 October
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven BN9 9LH
Topic: Ways to Well-being
By coming along to this Forum you can learn about services offered by others working in the community and explore potential ways of working together to create and further community well-being, gain some new skills to help you work with your community on what works well, talk to other groups and organisations active in the Lewes & The Havens area and explore potential ways of working together to create ways in which we can all be more involved in local conversations and plans in the future, and enjoy a free lunch!
High Weald Community Network Forum
Friday, 13 October
9:45 am to 2:30 pm
Forest Row Community Centre Hartfield Road Forest Row RH18 5DZ
The next High Weald Community Network Forum is open to anyone delivering services as a voluntary or community group of any size anywhere in the Wealden area and to those interested in working in partnership with voluntary groups - particularly GPs and representatives from CCGs. By coming along, you can meet with Forest Row Community Services and find out what they do, how they got up and running and the challenges for providing community services in the future. You'll be inspired by some of their services such as Bridging Ages, an intergenerational biography project, afternoon activity clubs, befriending and community transport projects. There will also be opportunities to talk to other groups and organisations active in Wealden and explore ways of working together, sample a community lunch provided by Gages, map out where we are now, where we want to get to and what we need to get there and design how we can all be more involved in local conversations and plans in the future.
Eastbourne Community Network Forum
Wednesday, 18 October
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Eastbourne Bowling Club, 3 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne BN21 1DG
Topic: Making Connections…How We Communicate and Share Information
The next Eastbourne Community Network Forum is ‘Making Connections – how we communicate and share information’. We will be building on our map of resources and services that was started at the July meeting and we will focus on how we achieve smarter communication between groups: getting information to the right people at the right time and place and avoid duplication of effort. There will be plenty of opportunity for networking and sharing information so that we focus our energies on the things that matter to you. The Eastbourne Community Network meeting is open to anyone delivering services in a voluntary or community group of any size anywhere in the Eastbourne area. By coming along, people can talk to other groups and organisations active in Eastbourne and explore ways of working together, delivering and receiving timely information that matters in your networks, learn from each other and from what works well and improve how we make connections, design how we can all be more involved in local conversations and plans in the future and build a map of local resources and services. The event will give participants the opportunity to visit Eastbourne Bowling Club and, at the close of the meeting, to stay and network until 6:00 pm.
Seaford Community Network Forum
Tuesday, 24 October
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
St James' Trust, 11 Blatchington Road, Seaford BN25 2AB
Generations! How can we work together to increase positive interaction between people of all ages in Seaford? The next Seaford Community Network Forum presents participants with a chance to learn about services offered by others working in the community and to explore potential ways of working together to create and further community well-being. By coming along to this forum you'll be able to gain some new skills to help you work with the community, talk to other groups and organisations active in Seaford and explore potential ways of working together to create ways in which we can all be more involved in local conversations and plans in the future. All this and a free buffet supper! There will also be an opportunity to tell other participants about things happening in your organisation and an information table at the venue; you are welcome to bring along literature about your group for other people to take away.
Hailsham and Polegate Community Network Forum
Thursday, 2 November
9:45 am to 1:00 pm
Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre, Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 4LU
By coming along to the next Hailsham & Polegate Area Community Network Forum you can find out how village groups and health centres can work together to improve health and wellbeing and be inspired by the beautiful Herstmonceux Integrative Health Centre building itself and some of their projects such as healthy walks, coffee mornings, mindfulness, men’s shed and singing for health. You'll also have the opportunity to talk to other groups and organisations active in Wealden and explore ways of connecting people to activities, map out where we are now as a group, where we want to get to and what we need to get there. Help design how we can all be more involved in local conversations and plans in the future.
Jenny Watson, Head of Development at 3VA, said:
“We are very excited to be running these network meetings. They are a real opportunity for voluntary and community groups to share their experiences and views, not only with each other, but with our statutory and business sector partners as well. These networks will provide organisations and groups to influence how local services are delivered."
Attending community network meetings is completely free, but as demand for places is likely to be high, pre-booking is essential and spaces may need to be limited to one person per organisation. We hope you can join us this autumn!