3VA e-Newsletter Issue 293

13 February 2017

Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!


13 February 2017 


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.


Member of the Week: Lark in the Park

Each issue, we highlight the work of one 3VA member in what is an amazingly diverse membership of over 570 groups and organisations working across Wealden, Eastbourne and Lewes District. This week it is the turn of Lark in the Park.

Lark in the Park is an Eastbourne based Charitable Trust for local children and young people (5-25 years old) with special needs and disabilities.  Their main activities include providing holidays for families who have children with special needs and organising a Christmas Party for the children every year. To find out more about their work and upcoming events please contact them on 01323 438 743.




How Charities Work- New Website Launched

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has launched a new website, which helps explain how charities work for the general public. If you have any feedback or ideas for the site, they’d love to hear them. Please contact them either at ncvo@ncvo.org.uk or on 020 7713 6161. 

NCVO is keen that the media know about all the work that charities do to make a difference locally, nationally and internationally. If you’d like to help get your charity’s work in the news, get in touch with NCVO’s Constructive Voices programme.


Safe Space Sussex

Last week was National Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2017, which called on the UK to collectively say ‘It’s Not OK” and spread the hashtag #ItsNotOK on social media. A new website Safe Space Sussex was developed for all victims and witnesses of crime in Sussex. It offers direct access to help and support through an online directory of local specialist services. The site also provides information about different types of crime and what happens at each stage of the criminal justice system, helping to ‘demystify’ the process for people when they may be at their most vulnerable.


Seaside Community Hub Opening Launch

17 February 2017, 125 Seaside, Eastbourne, BN22 7NN
You are invited to come to the opening launch of the new Community Hub in Eastbourne. The launch is from 2-6 pm, just drop-in when you can! At the launch you will hear more about how this community hub has been funded, meet some of the people that use the space and find out ways that you can get involved. You will also be able to have your say on how to paint the wall! Everyone is welcome (disabled access is available). To book your free place please visit their website.


Lewes and Bexhill Hard of Hearing Support Groups

The next meetings of the Hard of Hearing Support Groups will be held as follows:

  • Lewes Hard of Hearing Group: Monday 20th February 2017, from 10:30am to 12 noon at Lewes House of Friendship, 208 High Street, Lewes, BN7 2NS.
  • Bexhill Hard of Hearing Support Group: Monday 20th February  2017, from 2pm to 3:30pm in The Pink Room, Thalia House, London Road, Bexhill.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet other hard of hearing people and to make new friends in a relaxed and welcoming environment and to learn from their personal experience of living with hearing loss.  It’s also an ideal opportunity to learn some useful communication skills that will help to reduce the feeling of isolation. Free refreshments and raffle.  All welcome so put a note in your diary.  For more information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre on 01323 722 505.


3VA Spaces for Hire

Are you looking for a venue to hire for a one off or regular event? Available at very competitive rates, 3VA’s Annexe is a versatile space with a kitchen that can accommodate many different uses. There is enough space for up to 30 people (depending on the layout of the room). We are in the heart of Eastbourne and only a short walk from the train station. Free Wi-fi is available as are parking spaces outside of working hours. Discounts available for 3VA member organisations. If you would like to find out more, please visit our website or contact Sheila Lindsey on 01323 639 373 or at sheila.lindsey@3va.org.uk. We also offer office services, including printing and scanning.


Safe in East Sussex January Newsletter

The Safer East Sussex Team has just published its latest newsletter focusing on community initiatives.




Access to Services in Rural Wealden

16 February 2017, The Reid Hall, Boreham Street, BN27 4SD, 11am-2.30 pm
Access to Services in Rural Wealden workshop will offer opportunities to examine the extent to which existing voluntary transport schemes and other arrangements meet the needs of individuals. It will also focus on identifying gaps and finding the ways to collaborate in building capacity, improving co-ordination and planning for the future.  Please book your free place online. For more information please contact Fiona Morton, 3VA Community Development Officer for Wealden, at fiona.morton@3va.org.uk or 01323 639373. 


Charity Quiz Night

16 March 2017, Hailsham
3VA member now!charity is holding their first charity quiz night. Come and put your knowledge to the test by answering a series of challenging questions. The night is held at Chapter 12, a classy wine bar with a great atmosphere, food and drinks. Tickets are £6 and all money raised from this event will help them to continue to support the local community with low cost furniture, white goods and training for disadvantaged adults. For more information or to book a table please call 01323 887199


Eastbourne Networking Forum & East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators' Networking Forum

17 March 2017, Eastbourne
The Eastbourne Networking Forum for voluntary & community groups will take place from 10.0 am followed by a free lunch and the East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators’ Network Forum from 1.00 – 3.30 pm . Both events are at the Alice Croft Centre in Eastbourne.  Registration by the 5th March is essential. To find out more about both events and book your free place, please visit 3VA website.


East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators’ Networking Forum & Lewes District Networking Forum

29 March 2017, Newhaven
The East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators Networking Forum will take place from 10.00 am – 12.30 pm, followed by a free lunch and the Lewes District Networking Forum for voluntary & community groups from 1.30-4.00 pm. Both events are at the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven. To find out more about both events and book your free place, please visit 3VA website.


An Invitation for Young People to Help Shape Wealden District's Future Plans

23 March 2017, Pilgrim Hall, Uckfield, TN22 5RE
3VA member SPARK is organising a youth community engagement event for young people (11 yrs+), on behalf of Wealden Strategic Partnership, that seeks to answer the following question: "How can young people inform & play an active role in shaping the future of Wealden & its communities?" This free, informal event will take the form of Open Space -participants create the agenda, work together with no hierarchy and agree on recommendations and solutions at the event. Help with transport can be arranged if needed and delicious food and drink will be supplied. Click here for a registration form and return to Lisa Coupal at lisacoupal@sparknetwork.org.uk by 9 March to book your free places. Please email Lisa or call 07921 485813 with any queries.


Unsung Heroes in Lewes District

The Chair of Lewes District Council, Councillor Nigel Enever, would like to host an event in April to celebrate the work of people who volunteer their services for the good of the community. To make the event as inclusive as possible Lewes District Council is contacting different organisations asking for your help with the nominations of one or two persons who help your organisation, or organisations you are associated with, within the Lewes District on a voluntary basis and are an example to us all. They may look after the young or old, run sports clubs, art classes, provide rescue services or do whatever you believe has a social or community benefit. Please send the names and addresses of those whom you nominate with a brief description of what they do to caroline.hanlon@lewes.gov.uk by Wednesday 1 March 2017. Provided there is a sufficient number of nominations, the invitations will be sent out by the end of March and the event will take place on Saturday 22 April from 12.30-15.00 at Lewes House, Lewes High Street (details TBC). 




Culture and Creativity in Eastbourne Survey

Culture matters to everyone in Eastbourne. Some people - such as artists, those running creative businesses, young people making music, and visitors enjoying a night out - are directly involved; but everyone is affected one way or another. The cultural life of a town or a community directly shapes its economy, and determines its status as a great place to live, work and grow up in.

Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) wants to make the most of the town’s creative potential, and to use the Council’s cultural assets and funding to best effect. That is why EBC is inviting you to fill in this short surveyPlease note that deadline for responses is 3rd March and not 3rd February as stated in the survey.

EBC have commissioned Create Associates, working with 3Johns and Shelagh to come up with recommendations about how Eastbourne’s creative and cultural ecosystem can improve. The survey is the first step in a process of consultations and conversations over the coming weeks that will result in a set of proposals about how the Council, funders, cultural organisations, creative businesses, community groups and individuals can work together to make Eastbourne more creative, more co-ordinated, and more culturally exciting and rewarding. Once the survey results are in, a series of workshops will be constructed, and these are currently planned to take place during the week commencing 6th March 2017.


Volunteer Driver Schemes Survey

Deadline for responses: 10 March 2017
If you organise volunteer driver schemes in East Sussex, 3VA would like to hear from you. We are mapping Volunteer Driver Schemes in East Sussex, capturing the experience of organisations, drivers and passengers. The aim is to establish what currently exists, identify best practice and build capacity and resilience. We have launched 3 online surveys:

  • If you are an organisation that provides a volunteer driver scheme, please share your knowledge by completing  Survey 1
  • If you are a volunteer driver, please share your knowledge by completing Survey 2
  • If you use volunteer driver schemes as a passenger, please share your knowledge by completing Survey 3 .

The plan is to share the results in a forum to discuss Voluntary Transport Solutions and plan next steps. Please share these links with your contacts and encourage as many volunteer drivers and passengers to complete.


VCES 2017 Survey - Please take a little time to help us to help you

The Volunteer Centre East Sussex (VCES) are currently working with a wide range of partners to offer support for people who want to get more involved in their communities, and the groups/organisations that are already doing great work. VCES want to offer this support in ways that you – the individuals and groups – think are best! VCES have launched two surveys to ask you about your experiences and views.

  • Survey 1:  For individual ‘volunteers’   ‘Volunteer’ is any person who gives their time freely to help other individuals, groups, or organisations. You might have an official volunteering role, or might get involved in activities in a more informal way. 
  • Survey 2: For community groups and voluntary organisations Survey 2 is for you if: a) you organise a community group and are in charge of getting other people involved in your activities; or b) you work for an organisation where you are responsible for involving and supporting volunteers.

VCES would be extremely grateful if you could fill out the survey that is relevant to you. Plus, you will be entered into a prize draw and you or your group could win a prize for participating! For any queries about these surveys, please contact Rebecca Lutton at rebecca.luton@3va.org.uk.




BBC Children in Need

Deadline for applications: 1 June 2017 and 13 September 2017
BBC Children in Need  awards grants each year for projects which make a difference to children and young people aged under 18 who're experiencing disadvantage as a result of illness, distress, abuse, neglect, disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties, or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. To find out if your organisation is eligible and how to apply, please visit their website.


Sport England - Community Asset Fund

Deadline for applications: Ongoing
Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for funding from Sport England's new Community Asset Funda programme dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community that give people the opportunity to be active. With this funding Sport England want to help local organisations to create quality and financially sustainable facilities that benefit their community for years to come, which may mean providing help to get things up and running too. If you think the Community Asset Fund might be for you, this guide will tell you a bit more about the programme.




Basic First Aid for Adults

14 March 2017, Eastbourne
This 3-hour Basic First Aid for Adults course is for people who want a general knowledge of first aid principles and to learn skills for the emergency treatment of injuries or sudden illness. Skills include: Basic Life Support and CPR, and what to do for choking, external bleeding, shock, minor injuries and burns.


So you are on Social Media - now what do you post?

15 March 2017, Eastbourne
So you are on Social Media - now what do you post? is a follow-up of the Introduction to Social Media Marketing course. The aim of this workshop is to explore the different types of content that can be used on Social Media (written, visual, video). We will examine what stories are in your organisation, how to create an effective content calendar and tools to help you schedule and manage your use of Social Media. 


Demystifying Social Capital

21 March 2017, Lewes
Demystifying Social Capital course will look at what is meant by the terms ‘social capital’ and ‘social impact’. It will look at how to identify social capital and social impact in your own organisation’s work and how to use this information to develop your work streams, partnerships and funding applications. This course is aimed at community and voluntary organisation staff and / or volunteers who would like to improve their understanding of social capital and social impact and how it can be used for project and organisational development. It will be particularly useful to those who are new to the concepts, for those who are planning new areas of work and writing funding applications.


Basic Paediatric First Aid

29 March 2017, Eastbourne
This 3-hour Basic Paediatric First Aid course is for people who want a general knowledge of first aid principles and to learn skills for the emergency treatment of injuries or sudden illness in babies and children. Skills include: Basic Life Support and CPR, and what to do for choking, external bleeding, shock, minor injuries and burns. 




Health & Wellbeing Services Programme Manager - Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA)

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2017
SCDA is seeking a Health & Wellbeing Programme Manager who will be responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team of paid staff and volunteers, and managing the services and day-to-day activities. The successful candidate will be actively fundraising, sourcing and developing bids and tenders, managing existing funders & partners to ensure contracts are met and services sustained; bringing the message of healthy and inclusive communities to our service users and the communities we serve. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Health & Wellbeing Services Programme Manager job advert.

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