3VA e-Newsletter Issue 294

20 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: Eastbourne Talking Newspaper Association

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 Eastbourne Talking Newspaper Association.

Eastbourne Talking Newspaper Association (ETNA) is a voluntary service provided by over 50 volunteers, helping visually-impaired people, who find it difficult to read print. ETNA provides sixty minutes of recorded material: weekly recording of extracts from Eastbourne Gazette & Eastbourne Herald, national weekend news; monthly recording of extracts from publications such as Saga, Sussex Life, etc. The recorded material is delivered and returned in a wallet by post, free of charge. After listening, members return the wallets by dropping them into any post box. Media players can also be provided, free of charge, to all members. Membership is free to anyone who is sight-impaired. If you would like to become a member or would like to learn more about what they do, please contact them on (01323) 72 72 73.




3VA Annual Report 2015-16

It was great to see so many of our members at the recent AGM at the end of January. A report of the event will be with you all shortly. In the meantime, please find a link to our latest Annual Report that was launched at the AGM. In a short and readable document, you will find updates on all our key areas of work supporting and empowering our local voluntary and community sector. It sets out the part we are playing supporting collaboration and using asset based approaches to make a real difference and strengthen the resilience of individuals and communities. In 2017, we are leading the way in bringing people together to draw on their strengths, find solutions, and work with others to achieve them.


Sussex Community Rail Partnership Spring Newsletter

3VA member Sussex Community Rail Partnership (SCRP)  just published their spring newsletter that includes news of an exhibition of rail memorabilia at Rye station, new artwork at Edenbridge ‘top’ station and Tonbridge, recreations of WW2 evacuations by primary school pupils and other activities the SCRP has been involved with over the last few months.


ESCC PS Integrated Lifestyle Services Tender

East Sussex County Council intends to commission a service provider to design and deliver an integrated lifestyle service. The service will support people in East Sussex to make changes to their lifestyle behaviours to improve health outcomes, and reduce their risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The Integrated Lifestyle service commissioned through this tender will form an integral part of the health and care system in East Sussex.The service will provide:

  • One-to-one core behaviour change support
  • Specialist Stop Smoking support
  • Tier 2 weight management support for adults
  • Community NHS Health Checks
  • An evidence-based training programme which supports the development of community and personal resilience. The development and delivery of this training programme will be centred around Making Every Contact Count (MECC) approaches and support to utilise asset based approaches which recognise the strengths of communities, networks and individuals in health, care practice and wider public health workforce practice.
  • System leadership and support to other providers of lifestyle change services, and
  • The development and delivery of Public Health campaigns and associated activity to support lifestyle change; develop awareness of the impact of lifestyle on health and increase service uptake.

Full details of the requirement can be accessed through the documents available on the South East Shared Services web portal


Culture Shift Seeks Non-Executive Directors

Would you like to use your skills to create positive change for local communities? Are you interested in a volunteering opportunity that will have real impact on a creative and dynamic organisation? 3VA member Culture Shift is looking for inspiring Non-Executive Directors (similar to Trustees) to assist and support their organisation as it grows and develops. Culture Shift wish to recruit people who will be excited to play a key role in ensuring continuous improvement, scrutiny and accountability, and effective governance. Their current Non-Executives value the networks they access, and the experience and professional development they gain through governing Culture Shift. More information on this opportunity can be found on their website.


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.




Don't Miss the Bus

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex.  Their mobile unit is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests and will be visiting the following towns:

  • RUSHLAKE GREEN Thursday 2nd March 2017, Green near Osborne House, Rookery Lane from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.
  • MAYFIELD Thursday 2nd March 2017, the Memorial Hall CAr Park, Tunbridge Wells Road, from 1.30pm – 3.30 pm.
  • HEATHFIELD Thursday 9th March 2017, the Co-op Car Park in the High Street, from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm.
  • HASTINGS Thursday 16th March2017, outside Debenhams in Robertson Street precinct from 10.30 am – 3.30 pm.

The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre on 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) or email at info@eshrc.org.uk


Co-ordinating Voluntary Transport Schemes

16 March 2017, Uckfield
Do you provide a volunteer transport solution such as a community bus, volunteer drivers scheme  in East Sussex? Are you a volunteer driver or do you use these services? 3VA invite you to Uckfield Civic Centre on Thurs 16th March 2.00 pm till 4:30 pm to identify good practice in operating this service, recruiting and retaining volunteers and to consider options for building a comprehensive and sustainable network. For further information or to book a place please visit 3VA website.


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.




Older People's Housing Needs Survey

Deadline for responses: 19 March 2017
If you live in East Sussex and are starting to think about where you want to live as you get older, East Sussex County Council want to hear from you (home owners and renters as well as people living in all types of properties). If you’ve already moved, they would also like to hear about your reasons for moving. This is your chance to influence:

  • supported housing services for older people;
  • the sort of accommodation on offer to older people;
  • the amount of accommodation that is built; and
  • where it is built.

Although this questionnaire is aimed at people aged 55 and over, they welcome views about older people’s housing from East Sussex residents of any age. To say thank you for taking part, you can opt-in to a prize draw to win a £250 Love to shop voucher. If you have any questions about the survey or need it in another format or language, please contact them on 01273 481 565 or at consultation.ASC@eastsussex.gov.uk .


Culture and Creativity in Eastbourne Survey

Deadline for responses: 3 March 2017
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

Deadline for responses: 22 February 2017
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.



Arts Council England Small Capital Grants

Deadline for applications: 9 March 2017
The Small Capital Grants scheme is designed to benefit arts initiatives taking place in England, helping to ensure that these projects are sustainable and resilient. This programme represents a new approach to the way the Arts Council England uses its capital funds. Investment is focused upon improving existing arts buildings, making them more economically and environmentally sustainable and giving arts organisations the right buildings and equipment to support the delivery of their work. Individual organisations may apply for capital grants worth between £100,000 and £499,999. Applicants are advised to discuss their desired funding amount with their Arts Council Arts Office, giving careful thought as to how much they will apply for. Furthermore, grants will only support activity up until 31 March 2019. Applicants must apply online and should note that printed applications will not be accepted. If you have any questions, you can contact their Customer Services team on 0161 934 4317 or 0845 300 6200.


Football Foundation- Grow the Game Scheme

Deadline for applications: 29 March 2017
The Football Foundation’s Grow the Game Scheme provides grants for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications throughout England. Grow the Game aims to increase participation in football by helping clubs to provide opportunities for new players, or by training volunteers to support new players and teams. Applications are welcome from organisations that are 'not for profit' and planning to set up one or more new football teams over the next two years. Organisations must have a signed constitution, child protection policy, equal opportunities policy, bank statements and income/expenditure records. Organisations can receive a £1,500 grant per team created over two or three years with the funding being reduced in the second or third year of the project. The funding can be used towards a combination of essential costs associated with providing new football activity. If you would like to discuss anything relating to your project with the Foundation, please contact them by email at gtg@footballfoundation.org.uk or by phone on 0345 345 4555.




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. 



Financial Capability Worker (Money Advice Plus)

Deadline for applications: Monday 27th February 2017, 10.00 am                   
Money Advice Plus is seeking a Financial Capability Worker to provide a telephone service for a project for residents in social housing. To be successful you will need a good knowledge of the issues involved in financial capability work, an excellent telephone manner and the ability to engage with people with a wide range of circumstances.  You will also need to be able to liaise with other organisations involved in the project, and develop your own ideas to make contact with potential participants. An understanding of the money, debt and benefits advice process would be an advantage. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, will be able to plan and organise their own work and will feel comfortable supporting clients by phone.   Although this post is initially being offered for one year it is possible that it will be available for a further year.  For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Financial Capability Worker job advert.


Deputy Retail Manager (SCDA)

Deadline for applications: Monday 27th February 2017                
SCDA is seeking an experienced Deputy Retail Manager to support a Retail Shops Manager and lead local teams of volunteers. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing the Hailsham shop revenue, for managing and planning volunteer activitiy and developing the shop finances, together with the day to day running of the shop. At least two years' experience of retail management is required as well as experience of handling shop finances and motivating and managing team, including volunteers. Experience of working with vulnerable people from deprived communities would be an advantage. To be successful you must have 'people skills', be able to plan and use your own initiative and have a flexible approach. This post is subject to a DBS check, and being a car owner and driver is essential for this post. For more information please view the Deputy Retail Manager Job Description.