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:  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

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

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


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

Book a place online

For more information:  01273 234023 or

FREE Level 2 Food Safety for shared meal volunteers

Friday 3rd March / 9:30am – 4:30pm / Friends Meeting House / FREE

Do you volunteer for a group or organisation that serves fresh meals for the community to enjoy together?  We are offering shared meal/lunch club settings the opportunity to go on this essential training to learn about food safety and hygiene for free. This is a certified Food Safety Level 2 course delivered by David Taylor.  This is also a great chance to network and meet people who are working in a similar setting.  There is one space available per organisation, let me know if you would like more than one person to attend and I will create a waiting list.


The course covers:

  • Introduction to food safety
  • Food safety hazards
  • Temperature control
  • Refrigeration, chilling and cold holding of foods
  • Cooking, hot holding and re-heating of foods
  • Principles of safe food storage
  • Personal hygiene
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Pest control
  • Legislation relating to food hygiene

For more information


To book your place just email me on or ring me on 07850 002596

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.

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:


Safeguarding & Child Protection training

Saftey Net have a few spaces left on their three hour Introduction to Safeguarding & Child Protection training.

Thursday 24th November from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Suitable for anyone working with children and young people and costs £15 / £25 depending on organisation income.
You can find out more and book your place via Eventbrite using the following link, or contact Clare Topa at<>

To book:…

Project planning workshop for LGBT disabled people

LGBT HIP is co-hosting a workshop with Harriet from Scope’s Local People Programme, to enable LGBT disabled people to access project funding and support from Scopes Local People Programme.

Friday 25th November| Stamner Room, Brighthelm | 2-4 pm

Any LGBT disabled person (with any physical or mental illness, impairment or additional need) in Brighton and Hove to take part.

This will be an informal workshop, to chat about barriers, good experiences and possible projects. It will be an informal session over food and we can continue our conversation about helping LGBT venues to be more accessible and inclusive.

There will be food and drinks provided. Travel expenses can be reimbursed.

Contact to RSVP or if you have any dietary or access requirements.