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Your responses will help us identify what information, advice and support for voluntary groups should look like in 2015.
3VA and Lewes Town Partnership are holding a lunchtime event for Lewes-based groups to discuss the current challenges with existing premises. We’d love to know if you are looking to move and what you’re after, as well as if you have available space to advertise, whether that’s office space, hot-desking, event or meeting rooms, parking or storage facilities.
Please join us for a consultation in Eastbourne on 10 February.
We wanted to say a huge thank you - to all the delegates, speakers and exhibitors at the recent Celebrating the Sector, our 2013 AGM and Funding & Information Fair. It was fantastic to see so many people there, to hear the buzz of all the different conversations, and the links and exchanges of information being made. We were delighted to have over 40 stands from organisations offering support to the sector as well as a range of our members showcasing their services.
We'd like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year. Thank you to all our members, funders, and other partners for making 2013 such a successful one. Please note that 3VA will be closed 25th December - 5th January inclusive but we look forward to working with you all again in the new year. And just to share the festive spirit - see how well you can do at the quiz our staff, volunteers and trustees were posed with at our Christmas lunch this week: Charity Logo Quiz 2013 (the winning table got 28/40!).
Lewes District Council are looking for the input of communities, local businesses, farmers, estates, and other stakeholders and organisations; people who are passionate about living and working in the South Downs, to capture the story of the South Downs.
Our next issue for Winter 2013 of 3View is now available to view online.
The WOW Exchange encapsulates the ethos that has made recent Give and Gain events so vibrant
Join us for an afternoon of celebrating the sector
3VA are seeking a Community Development Officer under the Chances 4 Change Programme
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3VA are looking for an experienced and dynamic person to fill this varied and rewarding role.
Following the advertised sale of the St Anne's site on Rotten Row in Lewes by East Sussex County Council, a preferred bidder has now been recommended and a final decision will be made on July 16th. The public are welcome to attend the meeting and papers are available online.
3VA are seeking an experienced and dynamic person for this wide-ranging role which covers all publicity and publications including social media, website, newsletters, press and events.
Representatives from voluntary sector organisations and ESCC Adult Social Care recently met to discuss how to work together to help vulnerable people
Members of the voluntary and community sector to an event at Newhaven Fort on Saturday 6 July 2013 from 10am-1pm. The event to share, recognise and talk about the work the voluntary sector undertakes and how Lewes District Council can strengthen their relationship with the sector.
Following the end of the last financial year we reported to our funders on our work, as many community groups are required to do, and rather than keep the results to ourselves we thought we’d share some of our achievements...
We are currently putting the finishing touches to the Summer issue of our 3View newsletter, and you can get a free copy by subscribing the quarterly magazine day
3VA is handling applications to register for the ESCV framework, with the deadline for registering recently extended to Friday 31 May
If so, come and discuss community safety issues next Tuesday 26 March with the new Police and Crime Commissioner and others!
The annual Big Event is taking place on 17 April and places are nearly fully booked!
3VA led a meeting of enthusiastic representatives of Eastbourne's cultural groups this week
3VA is thrilled to announce it has secured the Quality Award from NAVCA. NAVCA, the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action, is the national umbrella body for Councils for Voluntary Services, such as 3VA. Their Quality Award is available to all members and is described as "a rigorous, externally audited, evaluation of the quality of services offered to voluntary and community groups by local support and development organisations."
A huge thank you to all the organisations that have completed our survey so far - and if you haven't got round to it just yet - its not too late. And don't forget we're offering 10 organisations a free place on our upcoming training as a thank you for completing it.
3VA are conducting some research looking at what impact our support has had. It’s really important to know what’s working and what needs improving, as well as helping us to demonstrate to our funders why support for the sector is so vital.
East Sussex Compact wins National Award for the impact that the East Sussex Compact had on the development and delivery of the Commissioning Grants Prospectus.
3VA's Annual General Meeting will be held on Wed 5 December 2012 at Lewes Town Hall.
Sussex Wildlife Trust's Youth Rangers were out in force yesterday, despite the weather, beginning to turn the earth for the new butterfly bank.
The next Chairs Lunch will be held on 31 October at Chalk Farm Hotel, Coopers Hill, Willingdon at 12.30pm.
3VA currently has a comfortable first-floor office space to let on an annual licence in our attractive building in central Eastbourne
This course is being run in partnership by the LSCB and ESCVYS. To ensure as many groups as possible can access this course, it is being offered at a reduced price of £17.50 but you'll need to book by this Friday!
We have now published more training courses as part of our Autumn programme which will take place across Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden.
A range of job vacancies are being advertised by local organisations, including a Development Worker, Partnerships Manager, Young Carers' Club Sessional Workers and Money Advisors.
Community use at the old St Anne’s School in Lewes is now up and running, with a Children’s Activity Day planned and Sussex Wildlife Trust preparing to begin turning over the earth for their butterfly banks. If your local community group and charity would like to use this versatile space in central Lewes
Two job vacancies are now being advertised at 3VA: a full-time Administrator post and a part-time Head of Personnel post.
As part of the Transforming Infrastructure East Sussex project, Ashdown Hurrey LLP invite you to a free seminar on accountancy basics for the voluntary sector
The 3VA Funding and Information Fair is this Wednesday 19 September...BOOK NOW!
The week beginning Monday 17 September will see local community transport providers showcased. Come and find out what they do and how you can get involved.
If your group has had support the BASIS 2 project since 2009, come to Uckfield Civic Centre on Thursday 13 September to give your thoughts and feedback
Changes are planned to how general surgery, stroke and orthopaedics are going to be delivered in East Sussex. If you are a voluntary or community group offering health or social care services, then these changes could affect your service users.
The East Sussex Health and Wellbeing strategy consultation is coming to an end and the Health and Wellbeing Board is keen to hear from as many people and organisations as possible on the proposed priorities.
3VA is offered a choice of 10 FREE workshops on really useful subjects at the Funding and Information Fair on TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
Could any of your clients benefit from having a bilingual health advocate? Come to Sussex Interpreting Services' coffee morning at 3VA's Eastbourne office to find out more ...
The East Sussex Health Improvement Partnerships (HIMP) have funding available through their small grants programme, to support organisations to improve health in their area.
There are currently vacancies for East Sussex based sessional advocates with NYAS, and for a service team leader with Age UK East Sussex, advertised on this site
Eastbourne Community Network have arranged an exciting speaker for the next Managers' network meeting on 11 September
The St Anne's project got some airtime this morning on BBC Radio Sussex - catch Katherine Perrin from 3VA on at 1 hr 40 and Cllr Keith Glazier and Cllr Ashley Price at 2hrs 25 through the iPlayer: Here's the link:
Community groups can now apply to use of the grounds of the old St Anne’s School in Rotten Row, Lewes after East Sussex County Council leased the site to 3VA. A Steering Group made up of local community representatives will oversee use of the grounds for events and community activities. So whether it’s an open air exercise session, a landscape painting class, an outdoor play or nature trail – this site could provide the perfect space.
We want to work closely with voluntary and community groups across the county to try and meet any unmet support needs. The Transforming Infrastructure East Sussex (TIES) project is asking what support you need, so we can develop services to help you!
3VA's ever popular Funding and Information Fair returns to Wealden.
We are proud to have been given the East Sussex Community Safety Award at the recent East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Annual Awards Ceremony.
Make sure you are meeting data protection requirements at the next Chairs' networking lunch
Budgeting is not everyone's favourite task, but this course on 12 June will help by offering easy steps to follow to make it simple
We want to measure how much we impact the community through our support and are looking for a professional to help us
About social media, charity insurance, using statistics to support your funding applications?
The East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Community Volunteers Scheme, which is managed by Volunteer Centre East Sussex, will be receiving a Certificate of Excellence on 15 June.
There are currently six vacancies advertised on this website
As part of 3VA's new series of FREE Master Classes, Karl Parks will help you develop a plan of the funding needs of your organisation and how to achieve your funding goals.
The next 3VA Information and Funding Fair is going to take place at the Uckfield Civic Centre on Wednesday 19 September.
A Wealden group has been successful in securing Village SOS funding to run a Community Shop in Chiddingly
The ‘Emergency First Aid At Work’ course advertised last week as taking place on Tuesday 1 May will now take place on Wednesday 2 May.
Two new courses have been added to the 3VA training programme...
The BIG Event 2012 is the largest annual voluntary sector event in East Sussex on 13 March
Your chance to hear from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust about the options for hospital services in East Sussex and to feed in your views is on 28 February...
The 2012 Commissioning Grant Prospectus (CGP) has been published, offering commissioning grants to organisations who provide services, and strengthen local communities.
Come along on 21 March to find out how Eastbourne Community Network representatives are carrying the voice for the local voluntary and community sector...
The CGP is the way voluntary and community groups are primarily funded through East Sussex County Council and the local NHS
3VA and Planning Aid England introduce this important aspect of the Localism Act through a day of workshops and talks on 7 March
Certain East Sussex residents are being offered energy saving measures for their homes free, as well as advice on keeping warm in winter up to 31 March
Sussex Community Foundation have a number of grants with deadlines between now and the beginning of April
This additional round of Health Improvement Partnership funding focuses on capitalising on the opportunities to increase physical activity offered by the London Olympics 2012.
The Charities Act 2011 has now received royal assent and will come into force in March 2012.
In November 2012 elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will replace police authorities in England and Wales.
Public health reform updates were published on 20 December and included more detail of the design of the new public health system.
JNSA provides an objective analysis of local, current and future health, care and wellbeing needs for adults and children.
Furniture Now! is seeking a deputy to the Director with strong HR/ management, health and safety and organisational skills. The closing date for receipt of applications is 2 February at 5pm.
The Charity Commission has published guidance and model constitutions for the upcoming Charitable Incorporated Organisation legal structure, however it is still uncertain when the new structure will become available to use.
Healthy Planet is offering the use of a shop in Hailsham to a charity to free: Units 3a and 3b St Marys Walk are two properties next door to each other with a connecting door. The charity would be asked to leave when a tenant is found, but if the landlord does not find a tenant the agreement may be refreshed for a longer period. For more details call Jessica Goodale, Healthy Planet Project Coordinator on 0203 405 2485.
The ‘ContinYou’ organisation is working with the Department for Education to enable schools to easily find high-quality extra-curricular activities and programmes for their KS1, KS2 or KS3 pupils or their SEN pupils up to age 16.
Skill Share is offering free places for voluntary groups and organisations working with children, young people and families.
East Sussex Compact is being refreshed by East Sussex County Council. The main changes involve codes of practice for BME organisations, full-cost recovery, partnership working and consultation and community engagement. The deadline for comments to the changes is 6 February.
‘BIG EVENT 2012: Bridging the Gap between Policy Reforms and Practice’ is a free event that will take place on 13 March at the Winter Gardens, Eastbourne, from 9:40am to 2:30pm.
Volunteer Centre East Sussex, which is hosted by 3VA, has launched a new drop-in service for anyone interested in volunteering at Greens Café in Seaside Road, Eastbourne. The drop-in sessions are run on Tuesday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm. For more information go to, or phone the Volunteer Centre on 01323 301757.
Many thanks to all the local groups who attended our Funding Fair in Eastbourne on Tuesday 24th. Delegates enjoyed stalls from funders, 1:1 appointments with our expert funding advisors and free workshops. If you missed out and need funding advice - please check out our Funding Advice page.
We've just uploaded a new publication in our range of Briefings. For more information the Welfare Reform Bill, please visit our policy page.
A second open day for the site will be held on Saturday 28 January 2012 between 11am and 4pm.
3VA and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have teamed up on the Connecting People II event on 25 January at the Winter Gardens, Eastbourne.
The Food Hygiene course on 4 February is a necessary requirement for anyone who handles open, high risk food
3VA is compiling a list of voluntary groups promoting physical activity in 2012, especially those connected with the Olympics.
A draft of the updated East Sussex Compact is now available on the East Sussex Strategic Partnership website.
Wealden District Council are beginning the consultation on their proposed budget for 2012/13.
3VA welcomed BIG Lottery Grants Officer Iain McGovern recently, who came to review our ‘Basis 1’ funded work in representation, development and strategic partnership work. Iain has since fed back to 3VA staff how pleased he was with the progress of our work, describing 3VA’s Basis 1 activity as ‘strongly managed, delivering its outcomes, and making a real difference locally’. More information on the BIG Lottery can be obtained from
Several weeks ago we contacted all 3VA member groups requesting they update their details with us. We are grateful to the many groups that have already returned their membership refresh forms, but there are still some groups that have not returned their paperwork in the FREEPOST envelopes provided.
Hold the date - 3VA's 3rd funding fair comes to Eastbourne on 24 January 2012!
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service have teamed up with 3VA to bring you this event. The intention is to bring together all agencies who go into elderly people's homes to share information and contact details so that we can help each other to help our clients and meet all of their needs.
If your organisation has expertise to share then we want to hear from you!
In light of recent pension debates in the public sector, we thought it was worth asking the question of our VCS colleagues
Following our AGM on 1 December, our 2010-11 Annual Accounts and Annual Report are now available online.
3VA would like to thank all those who attended our AGM yesterday - we were so pleased to see so many brave the rain to enjoy a warm welcome and superb speakers.
A £16.8 million Advice Services Fund for not-for-profit advice providers in England will provide grants of £40,000 to £70,000 to be spent on service delivery.
The next Volunteer Co-ordinators’ Forums from Volunteer Centre East Sussex will be held on Tuesday 6 December from 10am to 12.30pm at the Old Chapel, Hailsham.
Urban Forum and NAVCA are running three free events in London and the South East, working with a series of local partners, to prepare for the practicalities, opportunities and challenges of the rights within the Localism Bill.
A survey is currently underway into HealthWatch, which is to be the new independent consumer champion for the public to promote better outcomes in health for all and in social care for adults.
A free public lecture on the subject of volunteering and its effects on health is taking place on Monday 12 December, from 6pm to 8pm in the Court Room of Eastbourne Town Hall.
In the next "Meet the Commissioners" event, local voluntary and community groups invited to hear commissioners presenting the proposed outcomes and objectives for the 2012 Prospectus and input into the process.
'Most Influential Knowledge Broker' Dr David J. Phipps has been added to the speakers at the 3VA AGM on 1 December.
Connecting People II event has been postponed and will now be held on 25 January at the Winter Garden.
The next 3VA networking meeting in Lewes District will take place in Seaford on 6 December.
3VA Chairs' Lunches to be held in Newhaven on 23 November and Crowborough on 28 November.
New theme 'Breaking Down the Barriers' for Volunteer Co-ordinators' Forums.
3VA is seeking a motivated, organised individual to provide assistance to two countywide projects.
These free surgeries will take place at Heathfield Community Centre on Wednesday 2 November and Crowborough Town Council building on Wednesday 23 November.
We have confirmed speakers now for the 3VA Annual General Meeting, which is taking place at 3.30pm on Thursday 1 December at All Saints Church, 21a Grange Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4HE.
3VA are currently welcoming applications from dynamic, committed and experienced individuals to become trustees.
The next of the popular 3VA Chairs’ Lunches series of networking and information meetings will take place on Wednesday 16 November from 12.30pm to 2pm in the Annexe of 3VA’s Eastbourne offices.
The courses being run free of charge are ‘A Treasurers Handbook Parts 1 and 2’ and will help you to understand the role of the treasurer, including: tasks and responsibilities and financial controls.
HealthWatch is the new independent consumer champion for health and adult social care services, and 3VA is inviting you to shape this important new structure locally.
Act before Monday 17 October to help us identify skills gaps in the local voluntary and community sector and plan its services for the future.
Do you want to play a leading role in securing the future of the voluntary and community sector? 3VA are looking for dynamic, committed and experienced individuals to become trustees.
Attendees will: learn about developing new and existing volunteer roles; hear from other participants about recruiting trustees, and; discuss Volunteer Centre East Sussex’s current services and ideas for future development.
This course is suitable for anyone with responsibility for managing or supervising volunteers.
The deadline for applications for the part time SpeakUp Forum Development Officer post is 3pm tomorrow (Wednesday 27 September)
Thanks to funding from The Big Lottery Fund, The East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People (ESAB) are recruiting a Training Manager
If you’re a healthcare professional, a care worker, a volunteer or a qualified exercise teacher looking for extra development, then this FREE four day course
Are you a community or voluntary group in Lewes building on community spirit and addressing climate change?
There are a growing number of methods for donating online, however it is important to know the true cost to the donor and to the organisation.
In our enewsletter last week, we asked for your help - what skills does your organisation need to survive and what are your gaps?
3VA regret to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances the Funding Fair due to take place on 27th September 2011 at the International Tennis Centre, Eastbourne has been postponed.
Want to play a leading role in securing the future of the voluntary and community sector? 3VA are looking for dynamic, committed and experienced individuals from our membership to become trustees.
3VA is seeking a motivated and organised individual to join a countywide project and support the Development Co-ordinator.
Eastbourne Borough Council are inviting applications for Community Grants from voluntary and community groups for the next financial year, with an earlier closing date for applications this year of 5pm on Friday 2 December.
As promised in 3VA eNewsletter issue 29, we have an update on proposals to charge fees to play recorded music in public places.
The next Learning Disability Provider Forum will take place on Tuesday 20 September, from 1pm to 5pm at Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, Eastbourne and the Older People Provider Forum will take place on Wednesday 28 September, 1pm to 5pm also in Eastbourne.
The next Forum from Volunteer Centre East Sussex, a project hosted by 3VA, will meet next Tuesday (13 September) from 10am to 12.30pm, at the Bellbrook Centre, Uckfield.
Housing benefit cuts introduced in April and more on the horizon may have a substantial impact on the lives of voluntary groups’ service users, and Eastbourne Community Network are running this free event this Monday (12 September) to explain the cuts that are being introduced.
The law requires employers and others to think about and deal with any health and safety risks before people should be allowed to work alone.
The next managers’ lunchtime networking meeting will be on Thursday 15 September from 12.30pm to 2pm.
This network will explore the process involved when matching volunteer mentors to beneficiaries, and give participants the opportunity to explore what might be the essential ingredients to ensure a beneficial match between a volunteer mentor and a recipient.
This Funding Fair is an opportunity for organisations to come and see what support and opportunities are available within Kent and East Sussex, via the Channel EU Programme, the BIG Lottery and from other sources.
Charities and community organisations are being offered some free printer cartridges and toners by Eastbourne Borough Council.
A new course looking at how local groups can use the web and social media to support their work.
3VA's third funding fair is coming to Eastbourne in September - make sure you don't miss out by booking your place today.
New Course Announced! This course is suitable for anyone with responsibility for managing or supervising volunteers. Learn how to effectively manage yourself and your volunteers.
New Course Announced: Lone Working Training. This course is suitable for staff/volunteers who work alone as part of their duties. This includes those who work out in the community or who visit people’s homes as well as those who may work in an office or community building where at times they may be on their own.
Proposals were announced recently to charge community groups with incomes of £10,000 or above a fee of 1 per cent of their income to play recorded music in public places, with others charged £42.
A new campaign by the Big Lottery Fund has been launched to help communities restore village life by starting new business ventures.
A final round of the NHS-funded Health Improvement Grants for the Lewes District is now open, due to fewer applications in the Lewes District in previous rounds. Around £4,000 is being made available for voluntary and community groups in the Lewes District, and is being offered for small grants of up to £1,000.
This course will help treasurers of charities to fulfil their role...and it is FREE!
This Forum is a great opportunity for volunteer coordinators in Wealden to network. This instalment focuses on how groups can involve volunteers with learning difficulties.
People aged from 11 to 19, or anyone working with this age group, in Crowborough can apply for a grant to improve the opportunities for young people.
Access Eastbourne is an online access and information guide for disabled people and their families/carers visiting, living and working in the Eastbourne area.
Adult Social Care would like to hear from organisations that provide social care and support services in East Sussex, and those considering offering a service in the area.
A new Government white paper entitled Open Public Services states that the voluntary sector will be allowed to bid to run services.
A new community centre launched today in the heart of central Eastbourne will allow five community groups to offer local people a wide range of services and courses.
A Charity Commission report has found almost nine out of 10 charities’ annual reports do not meet legal requirements on public benefit reporting.
A new report has been published which considers the main opportunities and challenges facing the voluntary and community sector in the light of proposed NHS reforms.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is offering a free guide on how to generate funding and other ideas.
There is currently an office space available to rent on the second floor of 3VA’s office building in Eastbourne, around the corner from the town hall.
The NHS funded Health Improvement Grants Fund will open for a final round to groups benefiting the Lewes District due to an underspend in the last round.
New research has found that voluntary and community groups make an annual contribution of nearly £80 million by volunteering.
A new partnership between mobile phone network Vodafone and JustGiving has led to a free service being offered.
The Big Lottery Fund has made some changes to the ‘Awards for All’ programme.
3VA's Funding Fair held on 13 June was a huge success. Open to the local voluntary and community sector, the event featured..
3VA understands how challenging securing funding can be and we have specialist funding advice on hand to support your group. As part of this work we publish a range of Essential Guides
Adult Social Care want to hear from organisations that currently provide social care and support services.