3VA e-Newsletter Issue 302

18 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: Telscombe Residents Association

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 Telscombe Residents Association


The Telscombe Residents Association is for all residents of Telscombe Cliffs and Telscombe Village. The Association aims to further the cause and serve the residents of Telscombe Cliffs and Telscombe village. There is no joining fee. Meetings are held from 7:15 pm on the first Thursday of each month in the Telscombe Civic Centre. Tea, coffee and biscuits served (donations accepted).



Small Charity Week 2017

Small Charity Week (19-24 June) is the biggest event in the small charity calendar providing free initiatives, competitions and support over six days for charities or local community organisation with an annual turnover under £1.5 million. Events include I Love Small Charities Day, Big Advice Day, Policy Day, Fundraising Day, Small Charity Big Impact Day and Celebration Day. Small charities are invited to get involved and engage with the activities available. Check the website now as some deadlines are fast approaching.


The Great Get Together - In Honour of Jo Cox

This summer, on 17 and 18 June, the Great Get Together is being organised in what is hoped will be the biggest street party since the Diamond Jubilee. One year since Jo Cox was killed, millions of people across the country will get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common. Your event could be big or small, indoors or out – it’s entirely up to you. It could be a street party, a barbecue, a picnic, a bake-off, or something else completely. Whatever you decide, you will be part of a huge national occasion.


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.


The Prince's Trust May Programme

The 7th of April marked the end of another successful Prince’s Trust Team programme at Sussex Downs College in Lewes, with all 13 of the students that started the course going on to complete all elements of the programme. Many of these students hadn’t completed an academic programme before so this was a huge achievement in and of itself for those team members. The Prince’s Trust reports that many of the team already have confirmed progression into employment following the programme and others are currently going through various application processes, so they are well on their way to meeting our incredible national statistic of over 75% of team members entering employment or training within 3 months of completion. Many soft skills were also built throughout the course, with team members citing rises in confidence, job search skills, leadership and team working amongst others. The next programme starts on 2 May, with taster sessions at Sussex Downs College Lewes on 20 and 25 April from 10:00 am to noon. Places are still available, so please get in touch with Rhys Cummins, Team Leader, on 030 300 38745 or 07584 684 367 or at rhys.cummins@sussexdowns.ac.uk if you have any young people (16-25, not in employment, education or training) that may be interested in the programme. All elements of the course are free and will not affect any benefits the young person is claiming.



Bourne Out LGBT AGM

22 April, Eastbourne
The AGM of Bourne Out LGBT will take place from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Saturday, 22 April in the Court Room at Eastbourne's Town Hall, Grove Road BN21 4UG. There will be an update about the plans for Eastbourne's Mardi Gras, which will be held on 22 July. Betty Gallacher, Chairperson of Bourne Out LGBT, extends an open invitation to the AGM. For more information, please contact Betty Gallacher at bettygallacher@gmail.com or on 07855 796 466.


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.


Deaf Awareness Week Events

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 6:00pm and 8:00pm. 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


Care for the Carers 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.


Consultations and surveys

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.



Health & Wellbeing Awards 2017

Deadline for applications: 28 April 2017
Now in its tenth year, the Health & Wellbeing Awards is the UK's premier awards scheme for promoting health and wellbeing. The Awards recognise and celebrate a wide range of activities, policies and strategies that empower communities and individuals, improve the population’s health and address the wider social determinants of health.


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.


Garfield Weston Foundation

Deadline for applications: Rolling
The Garfield Weston Foundation, which supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference, has launched its new website, aiming to make the process of applying for funding as straightforward as possible for potential applicant charities. The new mobile-friendly website features examples and guidelines on the aspects of applying for funding that charities find most challenging, according to feedback and experience. The Garfield Weston Foundation funds a wide range of causes and charities and grants vary depending on the size of the charity and the work being undertaken.  


Shaw Trust

The Shaw Trust is currently looking for specialist delivery partners for the Work and Health Programme. If your organisation provides services to people with health conditions and disabilities and would like to work alongside the Shaw Trust to support people towards and into employment, please access the link to our website below where you can find more details and a survey monkey link to the Trust’s Expression of Interest. The Trust is especially interested to hear from organisations are integrated with the statutory health network and work closely with or are funded by public health. The Shaw Trust aim to create sustainable partnerships with the local and existing network of specialist third sector organisations who can add value to our journey towards and into employment.



Coffee, Cakes and Computers

26 April, Herstmonceux
On Wednesday, 26 April, Wealden District Council will be bringing its popular Coffee, Cakes & Computers digital skills event to Herstmonceux Village Hall, Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux BN27 4JX 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 at alex.colbran@wealden.gov.uk.


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.



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


Carers Community Worker - Association of Carers

Deadline for applications: 12 May 2017 at noon
Association of Carers is seeking a professional, caring, enthusiastic and dedicated person to join the team as a Carers Community Worker in the Wealden, Eastbourne and Lewes Area. The post-holder will support the Association of Carers Service Coordinators in their role of supporting Carers by providing a variety of services. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Carers Community Worker job advert.


Services Coordinator - Association of Carers

Deadline for applications: 12 May 2017 at noon
Association of Carers is seeking a professional, caring, enthusiastic and dedicated person to join the team as a Services Coordinator. This interesting role will suit an applicant who will be good at relating to a wide range of people and have excellent organisational skills. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please view the Services Coordinator job advert.


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