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

Serviced offices to let in central Brighton

Two serviced offices have just become available to rent at the Care Co-ops Social Enterprise Centre, just 2 minutes from the clocktower. Offices accommodate 4-5 desks each (for social enterprises we would explore renting by desk to a group of organisations). Facilities include all services and internet access, 24 hour access, additional on-site hire options including meeting rooms and a 250 capacity venue.

Cost: £440 per month each (10% discount for social enterprises)

To find out more contact: Fiona Ras fiona.ras@careco-ops.org.uk

New colour copier at the Resource Centre

Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme, we have updated our colour laser copier. The new machine can do everything the old one did – colour and black & white copies, single and double-sided, stapling, enlarging and reduction. It’s smaller, quieter and uses less electricity.

Community groups in Sussex are welcome to use our new copier to produce high quality copies on our wide range of paper types, including A4 and A3 paper and card, banner paper, acetates and stickers.  If you need higher volume printing, our copyprinters or inkjet printer might be more suitable – feel free to contact us to discuss your ideas and get a quote.

Resource Centre Survey Results

We asked all groups that contacted us in July 2014 to complete a short survey.

We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who took the time to do this. We received 135 completed surveys, and the results are now available.

  • 100% found Resource Centre staff very helpful.
  • 99% agreed that having equipment hire, printing and information services in one place is valuable for groups like theirs.
  • 100% found the prices affordable.
  • 99% agreed that the Resource Centre is very useful for their group.

Full Survey Report (PDF)

Executive Summary (PDF)