Resource Centre celebrates 40 years’ supporting groups with exhibition at Jubilee Library

RC exhibition editedOur exhibition, which celebrates our 40 year history supporting small local groups, is now on display at the Jubilee Library.

It was launched by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Cllr Pete West on 16th January, and will remain open until 4pm on 22nd January. The Mayor said ” I’m a big fan of the quiet, cooperative work the Resource Centre does, and proud to have them as one of my mayoral charities. I doubt we would have such an extensive and successful community sector in the city were it not for this organisation, it is an unsung hero, and I’m very glad to be able to help to celebrate and thank them for what they do”.

Kate Page, who has worked at the centre since 1982, said “Small groups create support networks and give people a sense of belonging, which cannot be matched by any top-down large organisation. For example, a street party run by a group of neighbours is much more than just a day’s entertainment. It gives people a sense of pride in their neighbourhood, and a feeling of achievement at having organised an event for their families to enjoy. It also helps residents build friendships with one another, which reduces isolation.”

Beryl Tucknott, a trustee, has been using the Resource Centre for 25 years.

She said: “I first came to the Resource Centre in 1991, when we set up Robert Lodge Tenants Association with the help of Mary Mears. Tenants didn’t have a voice, and we set up the Association to represent tenants’ interests. We managed to get community rooms and a laundry. The Resource Centre helped us with minute taking, bookkeeping and publicity. We wouldn’t have been able to set up the association without them.”

A big thank you to the Mayor Cllr. Pete West, Cllr. Leo Littman, Cllr. Dee Simson, Cllr. Mary Mears and Cllr. David Gibson, and to the Resource Centre trustees, for attending the launch to celebrate the work of the Centre.

Fundraising workshops for community groups

The Foundation for Social Improvement is running a one day programme of fundraising courses for small charities and community groups. Full day, half day and workshops are available so that local small charities can access the skills they need to become self sustaining.

Venue: Ralli Hall, 81 Denmark Villas, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3TH
Date: Wednesday 8th February 2017
Time: 9.30am-4.30pm (registration from 9.15am)

To book, you will first need to be registered as a member. Membership is free for charities with an annual turnover of less than £1.5 million. You will need to have access to details about your group, including information about annual income and expenditure in order to complete the membership form.

The cost of the workshops is £15 for members; a deposit of £50 is required.

Visit for more information, and to book.

Community Works training 2017

19 January 2017

Keeping adults safe: an introductory course for community groups and voluntary organisations who work with, engage and deliver activities or services for adults

30 January 2017

Take a strategic approach to fundraising: Taking time to think and plan effectively is the key to effective fundraising. Our one day strategic approach to fundraising course will take you through the key elements you will need to consider in developing your fundraising strategy.

7 February 2017

Attracting funding for health activities: Lots of the activities we do make people feel better. How as a small group can we get funders to understand this?

Bookings and further information

To book your place or to find out more get in touch with Community Works on or call 01273 234023.

Safety Net training, January 2017

Safety Net have spaces on the following courses running in January:

  • Introduction to Safeguarding & Child Protection – Tuesday 10th January, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Cost £15 / £25
  • Introduction to Mindfulness – Thursday 19th January, half or full day sessions available from 9:30am. Cost £40 / £70
  • Online Safety for Parents – Friday 20th January, 10:00 – 12:30. Cost £10.

You can find out more about all of the above sessions and book your place via the training pages on their website: , or by contacting Clare Topa at

All sessions are running in Safety Net’s beautifully refurbished training room at the Emmaus complex in Portslade.

Community Health Fund open to applications

The Community Health Fund supports small community group initiatives, with an income under £35,000 a year, which improve the health and wellbeing of Brighton and Hove’s residents.

The fund is ending

The fund has run for a number of years and is now ending. So this is your last chance to apply for this money!

The deadline for applications to the fund is 13 January 2017.

If you’ve applied once for the fund already, then consider applying again. Groups may be able to receive funding twice.

Other information

Please note that Sussex Community Foundation manage the application process for the Community Health Fund on behalf of Public Health at Brighton and Hove City Council.

The fund particularly welcomes applications for activities that support LGBT, disabled, younger and older people.

You can also read more about the fund on the Sussex Community Foundations website.

To apply, go to the Sussex Community Foundation’s website, and scroll down the page to the Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund to download or complete an online application form.

Resource Centre memories wanted

We are celebrating our 40th Anniversary with a week-long exhibition at the Jubilee Library next January, and we need your help! We are asking for community or voluntary groups who have used the Centre’s services at any time during the last four decades to send in their memories and photographs for inclusion in the exhibition.

Did you hire a van from the Resource Centre in the 1970s? Maybe you went to a punk concert in our original building at the top of North Road? Did the Resource Centre print your newsletter on our offset litho machine in the 1980s? Or does your school hire one of our candy floss machines every year for the Christmas fair?

We think our services must have made a difference to thousands of local people over the last 40 years, and we would like to invite them to help us celebrate by sharing their memories of the Centre. Please spread the word through your networks.

The exhibition will be on display in the Jubilee Library foyer from 16th to 22nd January, 2017. As well as covering the history of the Centre, it will promote our current work and we hope it will help us reach new groups who have not used the Centre before.

If you have memories or photographs to contribute, please email them to us on by 16th December.

Share your photos

This month Brighton & Hove Food Partnership are running a social media campaign to celebrate all kind of shared meals in the city and they want your photos!

There are 3 ways to share your  photos:

1)      Facebook –

2)      Twitter – @harvestbh. Use the hashtag #sharedmeal

3)      Or email the pics to: and they will post them for you.

The Brighton and Hove Food Poverty Action Plan  ‘recognise the role that shared meals e.g. lunch clubs are playing in improving the health, nutrition and mental health of the city.’

Their aim for this campaign is to inspire action – donating money to community groups, encouraging volunteers to help out and increasing participation in lunch clubs.

You can find out more on their blog

Bid writing workshops in Brighton Jan and Feb2017

Tuesday 10th January or Tuesday 21st February

Bid Writing : The Basics

Cost: £95

This workshop provides a series of practical tips to improve the quality and success rate of your future funding bids.

Bid Writing : Advanced

Cost: £95

This advanced workshop covers series of important topics in depth to further improve the quality and success rate of your future funding bids.

For more info and booking:


Upcoming training courses by Community Works

Community Works is running the following training courses in the near future. For more information & updates, please go to their website.

  • Tuesday 13 December 2016: Getting to Grips with Monitoring and Evaluation and the Community Insight tool
  • Thursday 19 January 2017: Keeping Adults Safe
  • Wednesday 25 January 2017: Develop your volunteering strategy

Cornerstone Christmas Market

The Christmas Market at Cornerstone Community Centre is on Saturday 26th November from 11am to 3pm.

They still have a few stall spaces available at £10 a table.

Contact if interested.