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

 

Can you help the Resource Centre by writing to your local councillors?

Speech bubble containing the words: "We have started from scratch and at every step of the setting up as a new community group, the Resource Centre has been invaluable. The information on the website is extensive, clear and very relevant to everything we have had to do." Attributed to Banyan Tree Theatre Company. Below is the Resource Centre logo and the slogan "Helping small groups make a big difference in Brighton & Hove Speech bubble containing the words "The service is an excellent community support allowing groups like us to function. Before we found the Resource Centre we struggled to find equipment - the centre has solved all of our problems allowing us to run a really popular educational & fun group." Attributed to Nerd Nite. Below is the Resource Centre logo and the slogan "Helping small groups make a big difference in Brighton & Hove". Speech bubble containing the words "I'm so glad the Resource Centre exists! You make it easy and affordable for us to organise street parties, which is invaluable to our community and neighbourhood." Attributed to Reigate Road residents. Below is the Resource Centre logo with the slogan "Helping small groups make a big difference in Brighton & Hove". Speech bubble with the words "A brilliant service - affordable and endlessly useful. Community groups in B&H would suffer and be under-resourced without the RC." Attributed to Varndean College Community Education. Below is the Resource Centre logo with the slogan "Helping small groups make a big difference in Brighton & Hove".

Brighton & Hove Council will be setting its budget for 2017-18 soon. They are considering making a big cut to the pot of money that the Resource Centre is funded from (the Third Sector Investment Programme). The Council’s funding is central to keeping the Centre going. Any cut would make things extremely difficult.

We want to continue to support community in groups in Brighton & Hove, but we need council funding to do so. Together with our partners, we have written a joint letter to the leader of the Council, explaining why we think reducing this funding is a mistake.

Even the council’s budget papers say reduced funding ‘may result in less “active citizenship” in neighbourhoods and communities’. Community groups help people to be active and healthy, and to connect with others. If support for these activities is reduced, it could end up costing the council and the health service more in the long run.

If you agree with us, it would be a great help if you could let your local councillors know that you think the Resource Centre should continue to be funded.

We have postcards in the Centre which you can fill in and send. Or you can enter your postcode on the Write To Them website to send an email to all your councillors.

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.

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 info@resourcecentre.org.uk by 16th December.

Survey results 2016

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to our 2016 survey in the summer. Once again, the results show that overall, our users think we’re doing a great job, which is always lovely to hear.

  • 97% of our users were very satisfied with the service they received. The remaining 3% were satisfied.
  • 100% of respondents agree that the Resource Centre makes life easier for their group.
  • For most of our user groups, we are the only support agency they use.
  • The work of our user groups benefits everyone in the city.

For more details see our summary report. We have taken note of all the comments and suggestions and we’ll be producing another report next year on the actions we’ve taken in response.

New information sheet on Days out for community groups

As part of a joint project with Brighton & Hove City Council Transport Planning, we have produced a new information sheet giving details of eleven Sussex destinations that can be reached by public transport for less than £10 per person.

We hope this will be useful to groups wishing bring their communities together on a fun day out, without having to raise large amounts of money for coach hire and entrance fees.

Garfield Weston Foundation supports Resource Centre!

We are delighted that the Garfield Weston Foundation has given the Resource Centre a £10,000 grant towards the cost of our advice and support work in 2016-17.

This funding will enable us to continue our free one-to-one support for:

  • Groups run by local residents in areas of social housing in Brighton & Hove
  • Self-organised BME community groups
  • Self-organised groups run by disabled people

New equipment at the Resource Centre

Thanks to a generous grant from the Argus Appeal, we now have the following new equipment available for groups in Sussex to hire:

  • A smaller popcorn machine – easier to fit into your car but the popcorn is just as tasty!
  • Skipping ropes – for solo and group skipping, and french skipping, ideal for street parties
  • Hula hoops – a set of six, good quality colourful hoops
  • Giant Twister – a new addition to our range of giant board games

Just get in touch if you want to book any of these items.

Information on organising community events

Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, we have updated and improved our information on Organising Community Events.

Printed information sheets on a range of topics to do with organising community events.

Our new pack contains advice and information on all sorts of different aspects of running events, including:

All these pages are also available as free printed information sheets, separately and as a whole pack. Just drop into the Centre to collect a copy for free.

Piggy Bank Fund deadline extended to 17th April

The Piggy Bank Fund provides small grants of around £500 for projects that benefit young people aged 13-19 in Whitehawk, Manor Farm and Bristol Estate.

Applicants will need to fill out an application form, and provide a one minute video about their project. They will then be required to attend a grant presentation session on 22nd April at the Crew Club between 16-30 and 18-00.

The deadline for applications has now been extended to 5pm on Friday 17th April.The videos will be shown at a public event on March 25th, where a vote will be taken on which projects to fund.

For more information contact: info@ses-partnership.co.uk or andy@silsbysilsby.com