3VA e-Newsletter Issue 301

10 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: Movingsounds

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 Movingsounds


Movingsounds, currently based at Pop Up Studios on the famous Phoenix Industrial Estate in Lewes, is a community of professional facilitators passionate about the power of creativity to transform lives. As musicians, artists and filmmakers, Movingsounds runs experiential, dynamic workshops to inspire and educate.



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 Monday, 24 April 2017. Have a look at the website specification and, for more information, 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.


Age Concern Eastbourne's Allotment Project Film

The allotment project at Age Concern Eastbourne has just had a fantastic short film made to highlight the great work being done and the impact of Tesco Bags of Help funding.


Supporting Work with Refugee and Asylum Seeking Families in Lewes District

Lewes Group in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (LGSRAS) note that the Newhaven Food Bank particularly needs donations of toiletries (e.g. baby wipes, shower gel etc.), nappies, toilet rolls, pasta sauce, tinned fruit, tinned fish (tuna), packet soup (specifically Maggi packets), UHT milk, tinned veg, dried pasta, rice, lentils, oil, kidney beans, chickpeas, cannellini beans, butter beans, tinned tomatoes, green tea, sugar and non-instant coffee. It’s been requested that the following items not be donated: breakfast tea bags, baked beans, tinned soup and cuppa soup. An LGSRAS volunteer will be delivering to the food bank. Please either drop donations off at 109 High Street in Lewes or, if that’s not possible, email Tilly at mathildagrivell@hotmail.co.uk who will be able to collect larger donations.


Safer in East Sussex 

The latest Safer in East Sussex newsletter is now available. This edition focuses on the three-year business plan, which will be refreshed annually, and sets out how partners will work together to deliver Safe in East Sussex’s community safety priorities. It also highlights what Safe in East Sussex has achieved during 2016/17 and what it is planning to do to improve the services to support local people for the future.


JSNAA Website Updates

The East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs & Assets Assessment (JSNAA) website provides a central JSNAA resource of local and national information for those who commission, provide or use health and social care services in East Sussex. It is a useful source of statistics and these are the updates for March:



Deaf Awareness Week Events in Eastbourne

2 and 5 May, Eastbourne
As part of National Deaf Awareness Week, East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre will be holding two special events:


1.     BSL Signed Tea Party on Tuesday, 2 May 2017 between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm. The event will give those interested in British Sign Language a chance to learn the basics in this form of communication used by the Deaf and hard of hearing in this country. Come and learn how to order a cup of tea and a piece of cake in a fun yet practical way!

2.     Silent Cinema Night on Friday, 5 May 2017 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. An opportunity for Deaf and hard of hearing people to enjoy silent film comedy alongside a hearing audience.


Both events will be held on East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, 8 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne BN21 3UH. Numbers are limited, so please register your interest by contacting East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre on 01323 722 505 (voice/text) or at mail@eshrc.org.uk


Lewes Group in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers Sponsored Walk

30 April, Berwick
The Lewes Group in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers Sponsored Walk will take place from 11:00 am on Sunday, 30 April. As usual, there will be a shorter and a longer route. Both walks will start at Berwick station. The shorter walk is 5 miles long and will take the following route: from Berwick station walk to Arlington Reservoir then a circular walk through lovely countryside passing Arlington village and back to the reservoir and Berwick station. The longer walk is 8 miles long and is the same as the short walk, but extended by 3 miles ending up back at the reservoir and the station. Both walks are on flat ground. If you would like to participate, please contact Arnold Simanowitz on 01273 480 011 or at arnold@simanowitz.co.uk to let him know which walk you wish to follow.


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



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.



Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

11-12 April and 14-15 June, Eastbourne / 17-18 May, Hastings
Do you want to join the fight against domestic abuse in your community? Now is your chance to take action! The ask me scheme, run by Women’s Aid in partnership with Welsh Women’s Aid, your local domestic abuse services – CGL – and the local authority, will train members of the community to become ask me ambassadors. This free domestic abuse awareness training will increase your awareness of what a helpful response to domestic abuse looks like, and give you the knowledge and skills to signpost people towards the specialist help they need. For more information, email askme@womensaid.org.uk or call Laura on 07799 801 642.


Time2Talk Mediator Training

3-31 May, Telescombe
Think you are good at listening to both sides? Want to help families help themselves? Mediation Plus’s specially developed five-day mediator training course will offer you the opportunity to develop the mediation skills you will need to volunteer with us. Completing the course and accreditation process will result in you achieving a recognised qualification at Level 3 that you will be able to build on with further training in the future. The course will meet at Telscombe Civic Centre, 360 S Coast Road, Telscombe Cliffs, Peacehaven BN10 7ES on Wednesdays from 3 to 31 May. To find out more about the training and volunteering with Mediation Plus, ring 01323 442 781 or email training@mediation-plus.org.uk



Trust, Grants and Legacy Fundraiser - St Wilfrid's Hospice

Deadline for applications: 23 April 2017 at 5:00 pm
St Wilfrid's Hospice is seeking a successful and experienced trust and grants fundraiser with an interest in legacy management. The appointed person will join an expanding and enthusiastic fundraising team in the heart of East Sussex and will be responsible for a trust income target of £175,000 (2017/18) and make a considerable contribution to securing £1,750,000 from legacies. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Trust, Grants and Legacy Fundraiser job advert


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