3VA e-Newsletter Issue 298

20 March 2017

Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter!
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 Catenian Circle
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 Catenian Circle.
 
Granted its Charter in 1959, the Catenian Association’s Eastbourne Circle is flourishing today. The Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of Catholic business and professional men who meet socially, at least once a month, at local branches or 'Circles'. These meetings give Catholic professional and businessmen with similar values the chance to meet, become part of a close community offering lifelong support and friendship, mix with other Catholic leaders in business, commerce, public service, the professions and politics, be part of a group that helps each other and their families in their respective areas, and provide families with opportunities for friendship and social activity. The Association is non-political and is not a fund-raising agent or Catholic action pressure group.
 
NEWS
Operation Signature
Operation Signature is a process, introduced by Sussex Police, to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud. It focuses on the protection of the elderly and vulnerable members of our communities, through awareness and prevention.
 
Devonshire West Big Local (DWBL) Website
DWBL is a resident run, lottery funded community project which aims to make Devonshire West a better place to live and work. DWBL was formed in 2012 and awarded £1 million by the Lottery to invest in the area/community. DWBL is looking for someone to redesign the current website within WordPress to make it easier to navigate by visitors and easier to update by staff. The website is a shop window for the Devonshire West Big Local; it needs to be simple, informative and easy to use. DWBL would also like the designer to train staff how to update the website themselves. Proposals are being invited from all suitable organisations in an open and competitive process and will be accepted until Friday, 31 March 2017. For more information and to receive the website specification, please contact Samantha Wickens at Samantha.Wickens@3va.org.uk or on 01323 639 373 ext 215 or write to 3VA, 8 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne BN21 1DG.
 
Lidl National Food Redistribution Programme
Lidl UK has announced the launch of their national food redistribution programme and support of #FundAFridge in partnership with Neighbourly. This will see all Lidl stores across England, Scotland and Wales donating food surplus to local food charities helping to feed people in need, equalling up to 2 million meals a year. This national rollout follows an eight-week pilot that helped to feed more than 3,400 people across community centres, elderly day care centres, housing support projects and children’s centres in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Alongside this commitment Lidl has donated over 100 fridges and freezers to projects that struggle with storage for the food donations that they receive. Email lidl@neighbourly.com to register your food project or if you'd like to donate surplus food contact hello@neighbourly.com.
 
Wealden District Council on LinkedIn
Wealden District Council is now using LinkedIn and has a company page. Follow Wealden District Council on LinkedIn to receive news and updates.
 
EVENTS
What can the Heathfield and District Volunteer Centre do for you?
23 March, Heathfield Community Centre
Led by 3VA and Action in rural Sussex, ‘What can the Heathfield and District Volunteer Centre do for you?’ will be an interactive meeting of charity representatives and Heathfield and District Volunteer Centre (HDVC) to discuss not what you can do for HDVC, but what HDVC can do for you. There will be a discussion with charity input from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Thursday, 23 March 2017 at Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield TN21 0XG. The discussion will be followed by tea until 5:30 pm. Please view the agenda and RSVP by emailing volunteer@hdvc.org.uk, ringing 01435 408 222 or writing to HDVC, C/o Parish Council Offices, 73 High Street, Heathfield TN21 8HU.
 
Co-ordinating Voluntary Transport Solutions
28 March, Uckfield
Co-ordinating Voluntary Transport Solutions is a working group aiming to produce a report on how existing and emerging provision can be supported. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 28 March from 10:45 am to 2:30 pm at Uckfield Civic Centre’s Green Room. Lunch will be provided. On 16 March 2017, 20 representatives from East Sussex met to identify the strengths of voluntary transports schemes, map out the challenges and identify possible solutions.  The next stage is to bring this information together and produce a report on how to support new and existing groups, recruit and retain volunteers, promote services, provide essential training, maximise income, record achievements and share best practice. If you can join this group to help decide what needs to go into this report, please register so that we can make provision for lunch. The event is free. Free parking for 3 hours is available adjacent to venue and a longer term car park is within a 5 minute walk. If you would like to contribute but cannot make the meeting, please send your written response to fiona.morton@3va.org.uk. Alternatively call Fiona Morton on 07931 854 367 or write to Fiona Morton, Community Development Officer, 3VA, 8 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne BN21 1DG by Monday, 27 March.
 
East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators’ Networking Forum & Lewes District Networking Forum
29 March, Newhaven
The East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators Networking Forum will take place from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, followed by a free lunch, and the Lewes District Networking Forum for voluntary and community groups from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Both events will be at the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven.
 
CONSULTATIONS AND SURVEYS
Lewes District Council Anti-Social Behaviour Policy Consultation
Deadline for responses: 31 May 2017
Lewes District Council (LDC) has been working with Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Homes to look at how it can provide a single housing service for both Lewes and Eastbourne. As part of this, LDC is looking at its policies to see if they can be streamlined and brought up to date. LDC’s Anti-Social Behaviour Policy outlines how it prevents, responds to and manages reports of anti-social behaviour from residents and tenants. LDC would like you to share your views on the updated Anti-Social Behaviour Policy
 
FUNDING
Devonshire West Big Local Community Grants Scheme - Round 5
Deadline for applications: 10 April 2017
Grants of up to £3,000 are available for organisations and groups delivering projects in Devonshire West (Eastbourne) that fit in to the DWBL Plan. To request an application pack, please contact Samantha Wickens at Samantha.Wickens@3va.org.uk. If you need some support with your application or project, please contact Jessica Boelema at Jessica.Boelema@3va.org.uk or on 01323 639 373 ext 215.
 
Sport England Opportunity Fund and Potentials Fund
Deadline for expressions of interest: 24 April 2017 at noon
Sport England has launched two new funds, the Opportunity Fund and the Potentials Fund, to target work with volunteers and is looking to work with non-traditional partners. Grants between £50,000 and £150,000 will be awarded over a three-year period. The Opportunity Fund aims to get people aged 20+ from economically disadvantaged communities to volunteer. The Potentials Fund aims to create opportunities that get people helping others from an early age, from as young as 10 and up to 20, with a particular focus on the 10-14 group.  
 
The Gatwick Foundation Fund
Deadline for applications: Rolling
The Gatwick Foundation Fund is offering grants of up to £10,000 to local charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations working in Horsham, Mid Sussex, Crawley and Wealden. The Fund will prioritise projects which promote employment, training & skills, families, widening horizons / providing opportunities and focus on elderly people. Grants may be used to fund existing services and facilities or new initiatives. There may also be the possibility for successful projects to receive support from Gatwick employees – either a general volunteering contribution or specific skills.
 
LEARNING
Basic Paediatric First Aid
29 March, 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.
 
Coffee, Cakes & Computers
29 March, Uckfield
On Wednesday, 29 March Wealden District Council will be bringing its popular Coffee, Cakes & Computers digital skills event to the Luxford Centre in Uckfield from 10:00 am to noon. This free event is for anyone interested in developing their computer skills or wanting help to get online. Everyone is welcome no matter your level of ability! Volunteers will be on hand to give one-to-one support over a hot drink and a slice of cake. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptop or tablets but there will also be some tablets available for use on the day. For more information, please contact alex.colbran@wealden.gov.uk
 
JOBS
Financial Capability Coach - Money Advice Plus
Deadline for applications: 24 March 2017 at 5:00 pm
Money Advice Plus is looking for someone with great telephone and social media skills to provide financial capability coaching.  This role would suit someone looking for experience in the charity/advice sectors. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Financial Capability Coach job advert
 
In Work Support Officer - Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA)
Deadline for applications: 24 March 2017 at 5:00 pm
SCDA is looking to appoint an In Work Support Officer who will work in a performance targeted Welfare to Work environment helping employed clients sustain their job by providing effective and meaningful ‘in work’ support by phone, text or visit - or any other effective means. With responsibility for ensuring sufficient evidence is gathered from the client, employer and Job Centre Plus the successful candidate will process compliant claims within the required timescale. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the In Work Support Officer job advert
 
Project Evaluator(s) (Let’s Get Working Project) – Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA)
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2017 at 5:00 pm
SCDA is seeking an experienced research and evaluation consultant(s) to evaluate the effectiveness of its Let’s Get Working project. The project evaluator(s) will be required to research and report on the projects progress and impact. Key learning will need to be captured within a robust academic framework so it can be used to support further development and provide insight into future policy strategy. The tender also includes providing information, analysis and learning from its delivery with a view to improving its performance and relevance throughout the life time of the project. For more information and to apply please view SCDA’s invitation to tender.
 
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