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<>

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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.

Training: Welfare benefits for beginners 17th January 2017

Do you help clients with their benefits but find the system difficult to use?

BHT’s one-day Benefits for Beginners training course will give new and less experienced staff a solid overview of the benefits system.

It will bring you up-to-date with recent reforms, including the brutal benefits cap reduction – the stark reality of which was reported in this week’s Guardian. You will learn how to work out what someone needs to live on each week, and how that amount can be achieved or improved.

The course will be delivered by Jayne Knights, and will also cover:

  • Universal Credit and who is eligible
  • Housing Benefit and who is affected by issues such as the bedroom tax
  • Benefits related to disability, such as Employment and Support Allowance, and the new Personal Independence Payment

The course costs:

  • £80 for registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £200,000, or fewer than ten employed staff
  • £120 for other charitable organisations
  • £160 for local authority, housing associations, solicitors and other private bodies.

For further assistance please contact the Training Team on

How to apply for Arts Council Funding: November 24th

Are you interested in applying to the Arts Council for funding, but don’t know where to start?
Are you thinking about applying but would like some advice first?
Do you want to understand more about how the process works, and how applications are judged?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, this is the workshop for you! Join the Brighton Fringe team and Ashai Nicholas, Diversity Relationship Manager from Arts Council England, to learn all about the process, ask questions specific to your project, and get some top tips.

During the session you will have the opportunity to sign up for a follow-up, one-to-one session with Ashai on Thursday 15th December.

Venue: Board Room M2, University of Brighton, 58-67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY

Places for this workshop are limited, so you must RSVP here:

Community Health Fund open to applications: Info session 1st December

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 change to apply for this money!

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

Information session

Our Advice and Support Co-ordinator, Hazel Roper, and Laura Williams from Sussex Community Foundation are running an information session on the fund on Thursday 1 December 2016. This is your opportunity to hear more about the fund, access advice and support around your application and meet with others applying to the fund.

The session will introduce the fund and its aims, go through the application form and timetable for applying. You’ll be given information about the support available to help you to make an application. There will also be plenty of time for your questions and networking with other groups there.

If someone from your group has attended an information session before, but you haven’t, or if you would benefit from a refresher, please do come along. We’d love to see you there.

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

Book your place at our information session today!

Community Works briefing on being a trustee and governance: 24th November

Where: Gordon Room, Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1HA

Date: Thursday 24 November 2016

Time: 6.00-8.00pm

Book your place today!

Join Moira Protani, Charity Lawyer and expert in governance, for an overview of the key responsibilities of trustees. Whether you’re new to your trustee or committee role or well-seasoned, this is the ideal chance to meet and share experiences with other trustees and committee members and reflect on the job at hand.