Walk or ride with the Mayor to raise money for the Resource Centre

walk my donate bannerNow the days are getting longer, why not plan an active challenge for the spring – and raise some money for the Resource Centre at the same time? The Mayor of Brighton & Hove is organising three fantastic events in April:

– a 12 mile family bike ride on April 23rd: you can register on My Donate to ride for the Resource Centre
– a 50 mile bike ride on April 23rd: you can register here to support the Resource Centre on this ride
– an 18 mile walk on April 30th: register at www.mayorswalk.eventbrite.co.uk and choose the Resource Centre as your charity

Legal Structures for Social Enterprises Workshop 27th February

The Platform have organised a workshop looking at legal structures for social enterprises:

Whether you are thinking about launching a trading arm, starting up a new organisation entirely or want to review your current structure, this interactive session gives you the chance to ask questions specific to your situation and leave feeling confident on what form is right for YOU!

Mon 27th Feb

Wagner Hall, Regency Road

1:30pm – 4:00pm   Cost £37.76

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/legal-structures-the-scope-for-social-enterprise-tickets-31349892372

Sara Osterholzer
Social Enterprise Coordinator
The Platform
9 Russell Place Brighton BN1 2RG
01273 468200

What is a CIO?

Community Works are running a free session on Tuesday 7 March so you can learn more about the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) structure, including the differences between a CIO and a Community Interest Company (CIC). The session will be led by Tim Smith of GSFW Solicitors, who has extensive expertise in charitable structures and advises groups regularly on these issues.

There are limited places available, so for more information and to book your place please visit: http://bhcommunityworks.org.uk/how-to-charitable-incorporated-organisation/

Mixing desk now available for hire at the Resource Centre

mixing-deskWe now have a DJ mixing desk available for groups to hire.

It allows you to mix and control music from two CD decks, or from an external music source such as a laptop or phone.

When combined with one of our PAs and our disco lights, it means you can hold a great party for your group, even if your budget is very small.

Intro to Working in Childcare course

Intro to Working in Childcare –   City and Guilds Level 1

An introduction to understanding how children develop, perfect for anyone considering a career or volunteering in a childcare environment.

  • Tutor: Viv Oliver
  • Course Dates: Mondays 24th April to 10th July 2017
  • Times: 12.15-2.15pm
  • Cost: £63 Or FREE if you’re in receipt of a means tested benefit
  • Venue: Honeycroft

For information contact : Jayne Routley: jroutley@wea.org.uk  or 01273 945869

This course will provide an opportunity to explore how children grow, develop, learn to communicate and explore various factors which affect their growth and development.  It will explore the role of play in a child’s development and the importance of planning for activities in childcare settings.

Additional volunteering opportunities are available to support learners at both Honeycroft and Conway Court Children’s Centre.

Community Works workshop on How to become a CIO

This short session is an opportunity to learn more about the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) structure, including the differences between a CIO and  a Community Interest Company (CIC).

The session will be lead by Tim Smith of GSFW Solicitors, who has extensive expertise in charitable structures and advises groups regularly on these issues.

The session will cover the following areas:

  •     what is a CIO and the requirements
  •     the main reasons for choosing a CIO structure
  •     reasons not to chose a CIO structure
  •     association ‘v’ foundation model
  •     how to go about setting up a CIO and demonstrating your charitable objectives effectively
  •     what the challenges of adopting a CIO structure are
  •     the process for converting to a CIO from another structure eg CIC
  •     the differences between a CIO and CIC
Details

Date: Tuesday 7 March 2017

Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm

Venue: BMECP, Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE

Cost: Free

Who should attend

The session is for those looking to formalise their group’s structure or change it, and wish to explore the option of a CIO. It will focus on CIOs but is also relevant to those who’d like to know more about the differences between a CIO or CIC structure.

Places will be prioritised for members of Community Works and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. Community Works will, in the first instance, allocate one place per organisation.

To book

http://www.bhcommunityworks.org.uk/how-to-charitable-incorporated-organisation/

Support for local organisations in developing use of Social Media Platforms

Second year undergraduate students on a social media module have been tasked with using three different social media platforms or apps (e.g. memes, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.) in order to implement a social movement or community cause.

Five groups of three students per group will be attached to a local community or voluntary organisation to support them in improving their use of the three platforms that are most appropriate to the audience they wish to reach.

Students will have the opportunity to select the group they wish to work with, and, depending on the number of responses we receive you may or may not secure a group to work with you. Their assignment allows them ‘to work on a specific campaign or promote clearly defined aims of a larger project’.

They will work from university or home, (so not on your premises) between 23rd March and 18th May when they will submit their ideas to a student and staff panel for constructive criticism.

If you would like to pitch for a group to work on behalf of your organisation please:

1) Send a brief outline of what your organisation does and how you wish to use social media to J.Millican@brighton.ac.uk by 8th March.

2) Come along to the Moulescoomb campus on 23rd March between 10  and 1.00 to explain your brief to students and to meet the groups.

Sponsor Gustavo to run for the Resource Centre

Local runner Gustavo is running the Brighton half marathon to raise money for us!

We are a very small organisation, and every penny raised will help us run services for local community groups. A little can go a long way – just £50 could pay for a new piece of equipment, a one-to-one advice session with a group, or an update to one of our useful information sheets.

Can you sponsor him? Every little helps!

Donate at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/gustavoiriarte1

 

Free training on fundraising for health activities

Community Works are running a free training course for small groups (inclome under £35,000) on attracting funding for health activities.

Lots of the activities small groups run make people feel better. Funders are interested in this, and want to hear more. But often the language of funding can be confusing.

Funders often talk in terms of ‘outcomes and impact’ but what does this mean for a small group? How can you measure and then start talking about your work to make it more attractive to funders and what can you do to improve your chances of meeting funders’ requirements?

This workshop is the opportunity to explore these questions and will:

  • help you project plan and evaluate your healthy activities
  • help you involve volunteers and beneficiaries in  evaluation
  • help you identify where else to get further funding

This training is for groups:

  • in Brighton and Hove
  • with an income of under £35,000 who are receiving a grant through the Community Health Fund or who are delivering health and wellbeing activities

They will prioritise places for groups whose health and well-being activities support LGBT people, younger people or older people in physical activity, arts, heritage, culture, food and nutrition, inter-generational work.

7 February 2017

5.30pm-8.30pm

Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF

Book a place online

For more information:  01273 234023 or info@bhcommunityworks.org.uk

Get one-to-one advice on Disclosure and Barring Service

Safety Net will be running monthly DBS surgeries, in partnership with Community Works, where you can get free advice about DBS (previously CRB) checks for your organisation. It’s also an opportunity to bring in completed DBS forms for checking and ID verification.

Surgeries will take place on the first Thursday of the month from 10.00am – 3.00pm at Community Base

The first session will be Thursday 2nd February.

You need to book an appointment in advance. Email dbs@safety-net.org.uk or call 01273 414981.

These sessions are only open to Community Works members. Membership is free to groups with an income under £35,000 per year. Information about how to join is on the Community Works website.

DBS ID verification is only available to groups that have already arranged to use Safety Net for their DBS checking. Contact Safety Net to arrange this.