3VA e-Newsletter Issue 295

27 February 2017

Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!


27 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: Hope in the Valley- Riding for the Disabled Group

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 Hope in the Valley - Riding for the Disabled Group.

Hope in the Valley aims to give disabled children the opportunity to experience the pleasure, independence and therapeutic benefits that riding a horse can provide. The Group offers weekly riding sessions (on a Wednesday in term time from 12pm to 5pm) at Plumpton College, near Lewes, East Sussex. It is run entirely by volunteers and funded solely by donations and bequests. Currently the Group owns four ponies; others are loaned to them by their owners. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or you have a pony which may be suitable for RDA use, please contact them by email at info@hopeinthevalley.org or by phone on 07842 209384.




Welcome to New 3VA Members

At 3VA’s recent Board of Trustees meeting, the following organisations were approved as members and we warmly welcome them to our network:


Brighton Women's Centre - Couples First Research 

3VA member Brighton Women's Centre (BWC) is working in partnership with Sussex local authorities to deliver a research project to understand the specific needs of couples living on the streets of Sussex looking at service provision and accommodation. BWC launched a tender to commission a feasibility study to explore the nature of couples living on the street and consider whether they have come together for protection (women) and/or exploitation (men) and how couples previously living together have arrived on the streets. The successful candidate/s will have a strong track record in conducting research in related research areas and with an understanding of the safeguarding and risk issues relevant to the client group. Access to multiple agencies currently working with rough sleeping couples, including local authorities, police, health, probation and voluntary agencies is required. Closing date for tenders is 9am Monday 6th March 2017. For more information and the tender documents please visit their website  or contact Lisa Dando at lisadando@womenscenre.org.uk or on (01273) 698036.


Welfare Benefits Project

The Welfare Benefits Project received funding from 1st April 2016 from the Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG to address health inequalities in these areas. In the last 9 months project achieved the following:

  • More than 7,300 people received benefits advice
  • Over £4.8 million in annualised benefit income and one off claims was realised for clients
  • 79% of respondents said their mental wellbeing had improved following support from the Welfare Benefits Project
  • In the first three months of the new debt service 71 clients were supported, managing over 350 debts totalling £595,000
  • Over 500 patients have been referred to the Welfare Benefits Project from NHS services

For more information please view the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG report and the Hastings and Rother CCG report.


Downland Farm Land - Have Your Say

Eastbourne Borough Council are encouraging residents of Eastbourne to vote in the poll contained in the Eastbourne Review about the proposed sale of the Downland farm land. The Review goes into some detail about the case for selling the land and contains a voting slip that needs to be returned to EBC by Friday 3rd March 2017.  You can read the case against selling the land on the South Downs Society 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.




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.


Sussex Clubs for Young People Spring Conference

22 April 2017, University of Brighton, Falmer Campus
Sussex Clubs for Young People  are organising a Spring Conference which will take place on Saturday 22 April 2017 from 10.00 to 16.00 at the University of Brighton, Falmer Campus. Working with the University and experienced practitioners from a variety of fields, they are aiming to provide a conference with "nuggets" of training opportunities that will support your group. Proposed workshop topics will include:

  • Writing grant applications
  • Governance for chairs
  • Peer mentoring for Young Leaders
  • Child Protection policy
  • Icebreakers and games for groups
  • Online safety
  • Adopt-a-Youth Club
  • University taster sessions
  • Youth Policy
  • Youth Voice
  • NLP
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Safeguarding
  • DJ and/or Rap
  • Young Leaders in Service
  • DBS Checks

Please complete this short survey which helps them to identify what you would like to see at the event and what training would help you. To reserve your places at the event, please contact them at admin@sussexcyp.org.uk or on 01273 420855. 




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 results will be shared during our Co-ordinating Voluntary Transport Schemes workshop that will take place on Thursday 16th March 2017 from 2.00-4.00 pm at Uckfield Civic Centre. If you provide a volunteer transport solution such as a community bus, volunteer drivers scheme in East Sussex or you are a volunteer driver or user of these services, please come and join us at this event 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 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 .


East Sussex Better Together - Survey

The Public Reference Forum works across the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group and Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group areas. Their aim is to listen to local people’s views and experiences and talk to them about the East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) programme, its aims and objectives. Health and social care affects everyone at some point in their lives, and they want to let you know about ways you can help shape and inform the changes, and how they might affect you in the future. This short survey is your opportunity to share your views on health and care services with the ESBT Programme Board and influence change in your local area.




Natwest Skills & Opportunities Fund

Deadline for applications: 3 March 2017
Not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to £35k to support projects that help people in disadvantaged communities to start or develop a new business, now or in the future, as well as on projects that help people to become financially capable. To find out more, please visit their website.


Gatwick Airport Community Trust Fund

Deadline for applications: 17 March 2017
Gatwick Airport Community Trust is an independent charity that awards grants annually for deserving projects within the area of benefit covering parts of East and West Sussex, Surrey and Kent.  In particular, funds are channelled to those areas where people are directly affected by operations at Gatwick Airport.  It supports schemes that are targeted towards the development of young people, the arts, sporting facilities, environmental improvement and conservation, improvements to community facilities, volunteering, the elderly and the disabled.  The normal level of grants is from £1,000 to £5,000. Occasional larger grants may be considered if the impact is targeted to benefit a significant number of people and is considered to make a valuable and noticeable difference longer term. For the latest guidelines and grant application form please visit their website.


Raymond and Blanche Lawson Charitable Trust

Deadline for applications: Ongoing
The Raymond and Blanche Lawson Charitable Trust offers grants to voluntary and community groups in East Kent and East and West Sussex. Funding is intended to support organisations that fall within the following categories:

  • Local voluntary organisations
  • Care in the community
  • Local hospices
  • Preservation of buildings
  • Assistance for the disabled
  • Support to armed forces and benevolent funds

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees, but in the past grants have ranged from £1,000 to £25,000. Match funding is not a specified requirement. The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time. Applications should be submitted in writing to the Trust.  For more information please contact them at enquiries@lawsontrust.co.uk or on 01732 352183.



Building Stronger Communities in Practice: Learning Sets

This FREE course is available to people who work directly with communities in East Sussex, and whose role involves enabling people to get more involved in their communities. It is open to anyone undertaking this kind of role, irrespective of employing organisation or sector. The course will be facilitated by the New Economics Foundation, who have been supporting the evaluation and development of Chance4Change ( East Sussex) – a programme which uses strengths or asset based approaches to get people more involved in developing activities at a community level. The learning outcomes are as follows: 

  • Participants will have a greater understanding of the concepts and practice of assets or strength based approaches; supporting and mobilizing co-production; and community led development.
  • Participants will have greater knowledge about where, and how effectively, community building practice has been used in local communities (with live examples from across the UK).
  • Participants will understand and explore the dilemmas facing them and communities when trying to put the community building approach into practice, and an increased confidence of how to work through these.
  • Participants will have the confidence to question and shape their current practice so that they can empower citizens and communities and overcome barriers to inclusion, enabling participation from all parts of the community

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in deepening their practice and understanding around asset based approaches and working with communities, as well as to share their expertise and experience from the ground. There are three workshops which make up the programme.  Participants will be expected to attend all three. The courses will be held at 3VA, 8 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne, BN21 1DG.  You can choose from either:

Learning Set 1

  • Friday 17th March 2017 - 09:30 – 12:30 
  • Tuesday 28th March 2017  - 09:30 – 12:30 
  • Wednesday 19th April 2017 - 09:30 – 12:30 

Learning Set 2

  • Friday 17th March 2017 - 13:30 – 16:00
  • Tuesday 28th March 2017 - 13:30 – 16:00
  • Wednesday 19th April 2017 - 13:30 – 16:00

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served  basis! To book a space please e mail public.health@eastsussex.gov.uk with your name, job title, organization and preferred learning set.


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. 


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. 




Support Worker (Eastbourne and Hastings) - Fulfilling Lives

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 28th February 2017 at 10.00 am         
Brighton Oasis Project is an innovative and creative organisation which aims to improve the lives and maximise the potential of the diverse range of individuals affected by substance misuse. They are recruiting 2 new posts to support the work, one based in Eastbourne and one in Hastings. Working as part of a small team the Support Worker will work alongside Fulfilling Lives Specialist Workers in the provision of support to complex needs clients, to identify and overcome barriers to services and engagement. The successful candidate will have a track record of working with vulnerable people and be experienced in managing a caseload of complex clients in a calm, professional and enthusiastic way. They will be confident at delivering against agreed objectives and working in a challenging and changing environment. For more information, please view the Support Worker job advert.

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