3VA e-Newsletter Issue 299

27 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: Ringmer Disability Social Club

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 Ringmer Disability Social Club


Ringmer Disability Social Club in Lewes District is a social group for men and women with disabilities. The club meets regularly to have a chat and a 'cuppa' and also to hear an interesting talk by various speakers. Outings are also arranged to local venues and shopping destinations and, of course, the club has parties. All members live in the Lewes District and the surrounding area. A number of events may be organised including shopping outings to a local town such as Eastbourne, Brighton, or Tunbridge Wells and outings to various attractions across the South East. Social meetings are held on the second Thursday between noon and 2:30 pm in Ringmer Village Hall where interesting talks are given, games including New Age Kurling are played, and other social activities pursued. Additionally, Ringmer Disability Social Club normally has two parties per year: one during the summer and one at Christmas. 



National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage will increase on 1 April 2017.


Reaching Communities - Big Lottery Fund

The newly appointed Big Lottery Fund Funding and relationship manager, Jason Martin, held a workshop at 3VA offices and met with local groups to discuss applications for Reaching Communities Fund.  This event was very popular, so for those that missed out, please read a summary of the key points


New Service Provides Support for Stroke Survivors

The Stroke Association has launched a new service across East Sussex that will support stroke survivors with emotional support, review of needs at 6 months and 12 months, communication support, exercise classes and training sessions. The service is called the Stroke Recovery Service with the intention of promoting recovery and preventing further strokes. The service is funded by East Sussex County Council in partnership with the three Clinical Commissioning Groups in East Sussex and is a re-launch of the existing service which has been jointly funded since 2009. A team of six Stroke Association coordinators will work with stroke survivors, their families and carers. They’ll provide essential information, emotional support and practical advice in the aftermath of a stroke. The service will be holding a launch event on Thursday, 18 May from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at St Luke’s Parish Centre, Rattle Road, Stone Cross BN24 5SL. For more information about the Stroke Recovery Service, please contact Tara Galloway at tara.galloway@stroke.org.uk or on 07515 596 969. 


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.


Wayfinder Group Seeking Volunteer Directors

The Wayfinder Group is looking for volunteer directors to join this Eastbourne-based Community Interest Company. Known under the campaigning name of WayfinderWoman, and operating across East Sussex, it provides advice, support and training to women of working age to help them overcome any barriers they face in entering and progressing through the workspace. It is a young organisation and over the last three years has run 100+ free or low-cost, grant-funded events and directly supported over 650 women. It has recently been awarded a substantial grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to support volunteers to research women of influence hidden in Eastbourne’s past. It is an ambitious organisation and looking for others who share that ambition to improve women’s position within the workplace. There is an opportunity to join the committee before committing to a directorship. Further details can be obtained by contacting the Chairperson, Laura Murphy, at volunteering@wayfinderwoman.com


Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch Association Seeks Chair and Vice Chair

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch Association is seeking a Chair and Vice-Chair. Please view the role description and person specification. Please contact Roy Peacock on 01323 647 729 or at roy.d.peacock@btinternet.com to express your interest or with any enquiries.


Sussex Pony Grazing & Conservation Trust Seeks Chair and Treasurer

Sussex Pony Grazing & Conservation Trust is seeking volunteers to be its chair and treasurer. Please contact Clare McCullough at claremccullough7@gmail.com or on 01580 714 591 or 07703 272 223 with any enquiries.



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.


Disability Benefits – Public Event

6 April, Eastbourne 
Have you been adversely affected by disability benefits decisions? Maybe you have been transferred from DLA to PIP – PIP application rejected, had benefits reduced and/or can no longer afford a mobility vehicle which had to be returned? Come and share your story. In the past year, problems with disability benefits, PIP and ESA, have been the single largest subject that Citizens Advice Eastbourne has advised on and the problem is continuing. Citizens Advice Eastbourne is organising a public event on Thursday, 6 April 2017 between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at Eastbourne Town Hall. Citizens Advice Eastbourne wants this to be an opportunity for people who have been affected by this to get together and share their stories as part of its campaign to improve PIP and other benefits. Local press has been invited and Citizens Advice Eastbourne will be gathering examples to raise awareness of the problem and add this to its campaign for fair treatment by the benefits system. If you cannot make it, you can still contribute. Send your story by email to surveys@eastbournecab.co.uk or write to Citizens Advice Eastbourne, Unit 6 Highlight House, 8 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne BN21 3UH.


Deaf Outreach Service Diary – April

6 April, Buxted; 13 April, Wivelsfield and Newick; and 20 April, Golden Cross
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. The vehicle, funded by Big Lottery and equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests (if time permits), will be visiting Buxted, Wivelsfield, Newick and Golden Cross in our area during the month of April.


The Wayfinder Conference

12 May, Uckfield
The Wayfinder Group is running their second and eagerly awaited conference at East Sussex National near Uckfield on Friday, 12 May from 9:00 am (registration at 8:30 am) until 2:00pm. This inspirational and motivational conference is headlined by Dame Stephanie Shirley who overcame the adversities of being a child refugee to set up a tech business whilst raising her autistic son. After employing over 70 people she sold her company and made every single employee a millionaire. She now travels the world sharing her experiences and her TED Talks are watched by millions. Joined by four other acclaimed speakers, this conference will inspire you to rethink the future of your organisation and the career choices available for today’s workforce. Tickets are priced at £40 (including lunch) if you book before Easter. 



East Sussex Better Together Public Reference Forum Survey

The Public Reference Forum works across the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group and Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group areas. Its 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 the Public Reference Forum wants 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 questionnaire is your opportunity to share your views on health and care services with the ESBT Programme Board and influence change in your local area.



Woodward Charitable Trust – Summer Play Schemes

Deadline for applications: 7 April 2017
Are you thinking of running a children’s play scheme this summer? The Woodward Charitable Trust makes small grants for summer play schemes taking place during the long summer holidays for children between the ages of 5-16 who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The grants range from £500 to £1,000.


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.


Macmillan Supporting You to Help Others Grant

Deadline for applications: 18 April 2017
Macmillan Cancer Support is offering Supporting You to Help Others grants for those affected by cancer to use their experiences to support others. For more information, please contact Jane Viner on 07790 015 448 or at jviner@macmillan.org.uk.


Comic Relief Communities and Sport for Change

Deadline for applications: 24 April 2017 at noon
Comic Relief’s Communities and Sport for Change is offering grants between £40,000 and £75,000 for projects that use sport as a catalyst for change, helping people to either take ownership or feel empowered. 


Sussex Community Foundations Grants 

Deadline for applications: 5 May 2017 at 5:00 pm
Sussex Community Foundation (SCF) supports a wide range of projects that tackle disadvantage or deprivation. In this round, SCF is particularly keen to receive applications from grassroots groups and charities in Sussex that support women affected by domestic abuse, as well as projects providing end-of-life care and supporting people affected by terminal illness.


Tesco Bags of Help

Deadline for applications: Rolling
Tesco Bags of Help grants of up to £4,000 are now available to even more communities across the UK. As well as continuing to fund the development of and activity in outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens, grants will now be available to fund the purchase of items such as sports kits, camping equipment, spades, litter pickers or specialised medical equipment. Funding is also available for improvements to community buildings, for example scout or guide hut, church or village hall or sports changing rooms. Groups looking to hold seasonal events and activities such as a Christmas lights can also apply for funding through the programme.



Coffee, Cakes and 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


Cooking on a Budget

From 25 April, Eastbourne
Cooking on a Budget is a free 5-week course. Learn how to cook easy, tasty, low budget meals in a fun and friendly group. No cooking experience is needed. You can enjoy tasting your cooking at the end of each session and get new ideas and recipes to take home with you. The group will meet every Tuesday from 25 April to 23 May between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm at Brightview Centre, 6 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne, BN21 1DG. Take part in this national research project exploring how learning impacts personal wellbeing. Sharing your experiences by completing confidential wellbeing surveys before and during the course will help to help others. Dedicated support advisors will be there every step of the way. Contact Zoe or Becky on 030 300 382 12 or at community.info@sussexdowns.ac.uk to find out more and register your interest.


Street Learning

Free courses for adults in Wealden and Eastbourne starting from April! There are lots of courses to choose from and all are FREE! Please view the Street Learning Free Courses Booklet for more information.



Operational Manager (Hastings Young People's Service) - BHT

Deadline for applications: 27 March 2017
BHT'Hastings Young People's Service is recruiting for an exciting opportunity for an experienced manager. The post holder must have significant experience of working with young people with complex needs within a supported accommodation setting, be committed to continuous improvement and have the ability to lead a team to successfully deliver a psychologically informed service to clients. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Operational Manager 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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