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 meetings 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 enable organisations and groups across the area to network together and to discuss different themes. The next community network meetings are planned for 4 July in Lewes, 11 July in Mayfield, 13 July in Eastbourne and Seaford and 21 July in Hailsham.
Lewes & the Havens Community Network Meeting
Tuesday, 4 July
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Linklater Pavilion, Railway Lane, Lewes BN7 2FG
The Lewes & the Havens Community Network Meeting will gather to discuss how health and social care is changing in the area. By coming along, people can ask questions of representatives from the NHS, Adult Social Care and Mental Health Services, discuss the plans for the Lewes Health Hub and how GP services are changing, and learn about services offered by others working in the community and explore potential ways of working together. A free picnic lunch will be offered along with an optional health walk on the beautiful Railway Land.
High Weald Community Network Meeting
Tuesday, 11 July
10:00 am to 2:15 pm
Mayfield Memorial Hall, Court Meadow, Tunbridge Wells Road, Mayfield TN20 6PJ
The first High Weald Community Network Meeting, organised in collaboration with Mayfield & Five Ashes Community Services (MAYFACS), will give people a chance to meet with MAYFACS and other organisations active in Wealden to find out what they do, how they got up and running and explore ways of working together. There will also be opportunities to receive useful data relating to the High Wealden area to help with projects and to learn from one other about recruiting and retaining volunteers, building relationships with statutory partners, engaging hard to reach individuals and groups, helping people in need, navigating assistance pathways and designing how we can all be more involved in local conversations and plans in the future. A sandwich lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Eastbourne Community Network Meeting
Thursday, 13 July
9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Faraday House, 1 Faraday Close, Eastbourne BN22 9BH
The Eastbourne Community Network Meeting will come together to discuss food and growing initiatives, outdoor spaces and activities – one of the five themes identified at the previous meeting in March. It will be a space to network, learn from other groups and start up some joint ideas. Working together to generate practical plans for developing local initiatives, the group will use the positive asset based approach to what is developed in Eastbourne. The event will also give attendees the opportunity to visit the newly refurbished Faraday House and to explore the new community and office space, conference suite and a large garden. Refreshments will be available.
Seaford Community Network Meeting
Thursday, 13 July
10:00 am to 1:30 pm
St. James’ Trust, 11 Blatchington Road, Seaford BN25 2AB
By coming along to the Seaford Community Network Meeting, people can learn about services offered by others working in the community and explore potential ways of working together, support and influence development and network with other groups/services in the immediate area. A free lunch will be provided.
Hailsham and Polegate Community Network Meeting
Friday, 21 July
10:00 am to 2:15 pm
Hailsham Civic Centre, 20 Vicarage Lane, Hailsham BN27 2AX
The Hailsham and Polegate Community Network Meeting will give people the opportunity to talk with others representing other local groups and organisations active in Wealden and to explore ways of working together. Attendees will receive data relating to the Hailsham and Polegate area to help with funding applications and business plans, learn from each other and design how we can all be more involved in local conversations and plans in the future. A sandwich lunch and refreshments will be provided.
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 July!