3VA e-Newsletter Issue 300

3 April 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: Grassroots Suicide Prevention

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 Grassroots Suicide Prevention


Grassroots Suicide Prevention is a small Brighton-based charity with a simple but powerful goal: that no one should have to contemplate suicide alone. The charity works locally and nationally with communities, organisations and individuals, helping them to become ready, willing and able to effectively support someone at risk of suicide. Grassroots Suicide Prevention’s training and consultancy helps save lives by enabling the kind of conversations that can make a difference. The work of Grassroots Suicide Prevention centres upon internationally recognised training programmes: ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and safeTALK - Suicide Alertness for Everyone. 



Charity Commission Urges Trustees to Get to Grips with Financial Duties

The Charity Commission has updated Charity finances: trustee essentials (CC25) with the aim of ensuing trustees understand their basic financial responsibilities when running a charity. Trustees’ legal duties regarding financial management have not changed, but the Commission is making a conscious push to ensure trustees are best placed to protect their charity’s assets and resources. As part of this, it is urging trustees to read Charity finances: trustee essentials (CC25) which has been refreshed and made more accessible and readable.


New Police and Crime Plan for Sussex

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, has unveiled the new Police and Crime Plan, which outlines the county's community safety priorities for the next four years. According to Katy Bourne, protecting Sussex's vulnerable and commissioning the best services to help victims of crime are among the plan's core principles, as is ensuring that victims and witnesses have the most positive experience of the criminal justice system. Another core objective is to strengthen local policing and ensure Sussex Police maintains a local approach to community engagement that is accessible, adaptable and reflects local need. The 2017-2021 plan to keep Sussex safe also focuses on encouraging and supporting local communities to prevent crime and disorder and working with partners to reduce offending and reoffending.


Horizons Announces Start of New Aspirations Project

‘Aspirations’ will be running in Kent and East Sussex. Horizons will be working with partners North Kent Mind and Runway Training with Porchlight leading the two-and-a-half-year project across both counties. This new service is for people who have mental health difficulties and feel marginalised by society. The aim of Aspirations is to help people deal with the difficulties they face in accessing services and gaining the skills and confidence that would empower them to become economically active. This would enable people to live more positively and regain their independence. The Aspirations Project is being made possible thanks to a Building Better Opportunities grant from the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund. For further information, please contact Tina Garton or Debbie Lewis on 01424 204 136.



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.


Spring Carers Forum 2017

11 May, Eastbourne
Care for the Carers will be holding its Spring Carers Forum on Thursday, 11 May from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm at The Kings Centre, 27 Edison Road, Eastbourne BN23 6PT. This year’s theme is ‘What makes a Carer Friendly Community?’ Workshops being planned may include: dementia, learning disabilities, autism, transport, community and acute health services and making communities more carer-friendly. For more information and to book your free place, please contact Debbie on 01323 738 390 or at debbier@cftc.org.uk. Please note if you would like to bring the person you care for or a guest there is a small charge of £5 which can be paid on the day.


Learning Disability Provider Forum

25 May, Eastbourne
Senior strategic managers with responsibility for business planning and service development are invited to attend the next Learning Disability Provider Forum. The event will take place from 1:45 pm to 4:30 pm on Thursday, 25 May 2017 at Sovereign Suite, Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, 3 Harbour Quay, Eastbourne, BN23 5QF. Overall, the Learning Disability Provider Forum aims to share commissioning intentions, share and discuss potential challenges and opportunities, further develop communication and partnership an discuss service development issues and share best practice. Numbers are limited.



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.



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.


Armed Forces Day Funding

Deadline for applications: 30 April 2017
If you can’t find an event near you on Armed Forces Day (24 June), why not hold your own? From creating an event for your local community to a get-together with family and friends no event is too big or too small for Armed Forces Day. You could have a picnic in the park, themed BBQ, knees up in your living room, street party or fête. Applications for Armed Forces Day funding for events and activities taking place as part of Armed Forces Day on 24 June are now being accepted.


Sussex Community Foundation

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.



Carer Awareness Training

27 April, Bexhill; 24 May, Crowborough; and 1 June, Pevensey Bay
Care for the Carers is providing a programme of free Carer Awareness Training as part of its Building Carer Friendly Communities initiative.


Now Charity Group’s Free Training Courses and Workshops

Now Charity Group Ltd runs FREE training courses & workshops in Eastbourne and Hailsham, including:

  • Gardening: Enjoy a peaceful escape and join us on a beautiful allotment. Workshops will be running twice a week and starting from the very beginning. Have a hand in getting the plot ready for planting, understanding and optimising soil for better growth, planting and growing fruit and vegetables and setting up a shed for teas and coffees after a hard day’s work! Beginners and advanced are welcome.
  • Woodwork: Are you interested in woodwork? You may already have extensive woodwork skills and, if so, you will know there is always more to learn or perhaps you want to learn the basics of wood?  Look no further! Woodwork workshops will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm starting from Tuesday, 4 April. Create bird houses, garden planters and more!
  • Furniture Painting: This workshop is perfect for anyone who is looking to improve their skills in preparing and painting furniture. During the workshop, learners will learn new techniques in how to sand, paint and finish items of furniture. This workshop is held every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
  • 1-2-1 Maths & English: 1-2-1 Maths & English sessions will be held for people who struggle with basic reading, writing and counting skills. 

To book a place on one of these courses, please call 01323 887 199 or email Sophie@nowcharity.org.uk.



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