Upcoming training courses by Community Works

Community Works is running the following training courses in the near future. For more information & updates, please go to their website.

  • Tuesday 13 December 2016: Getting to Grips with Monitoring and Evaluation and the Community Insight tool
  • Thursday 19 January 2017: Keeping Adults Safe
  • Wednesday 25 January 2017: Develop your volunteering strategy

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.

Governance Network 29th September

Date: Thursday 29 September 2016

Time: 6.00-8.00pm

Venue:  Lagoon Room, BMECP Centre, 10 Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE

This third meeting of the Community Works Governance Network is aimed at any trustee or management committee member who is interested in the subject of raising funds through individual donations.

Members of the governance network have highlighted HR as a key learning point that they would like to come together around. Delivered by Judith Berrill, a qualified senior Human Resources and Organisational Development professional with 30 years’ experience, and Community Works staff, this session will provide you with the opportunity to share and learn with your counterparts in other organisations on items relating to HR.

Book now at:


Action Learning Sets for social enterprises

This service is provided by Brighton & Hove Social Enterprise Network.

What is an action learning set?

A bringing together of like-minded people at a similar early stage of their social enterprise adventure. As a team, you will share and test ideas, confront challenges, leap hurdles and reflect on practical and organisational development. The opportunities are endless…

Groups are purposefully small so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

18th Aug, 12th Oct & 15th Dec

2pm – 5pm

The Platform, Russell Place, Brighton BN1 2RG

£30 for the 3 sessions

To book http://www.bhsen.co.uk/home-2/events-2/action-learning-sets/

Social enterprise support surgery, 20th July

Could you do with a focused bit of time to discuss an idea or an issue with a small panel of friendly, helpful and well connected people?

Wed 20th July (next week)
Half hour slots from 1.15pm

BHSEN @ The Platform are running Social Enterprise Surgeries for social enterprises of all shapes and sizes; half hour individual support sessions with a panel of social enterprise enthusiasts from different fields of expertise. Share ideas, dilemmas or opportunities with the panel, who will act as a sounding board and inspire solution focused discussion…

… whether you have a germ of idea that you would like to work through, you’re not sure if your idea is a social enterprise or not… whether you’ve been running a social enterprise for a while and need to chew over some new ideas or perhaps have an issue you’d like to work through… or whether you need direction as to where next to steer your enterprise… whatever you need to talk about basically!

Because sessions are just for you, you need to book in advance … there’s not many spaces, so don’t tarry!

Sponsored by The Platform surgery sessions are just £10
To book here http://www.bhsen.co.uk/home-2/events-2/social-enterprise-surgeries/

Social enterprise support

Brighton & Hove Social Enterprise Network have launched a new ‘season’ of support for social enterprises of all shapes and sizes. Through to December support includes:

The season launches with a social enterprise surgery on the 20th July, followed by the first in a series of 3 Action Learning Sets on 26th July.

Sponsored by The Platform

Community Shares Conference

Brighton & Hove Social Enterprise Network is organising a Community Shares conference on  Thursday, 7 April 2016, 10 am. to 4 pm at the Brighthelm Community Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD. It is free.

Community Shares offer opportunities for communities to raise finance for capital projects that would not be possible from grants.

Community Shares can help communities:

  • buy pubs, shops or community buildings
  • transfer assets from Local Authorities
  • raise finance for renewable energy schemes

This conference offers an opportunity to hear from influential speakers in the community shares world who have found solutions for people supporting their communities and meet people who have been through the process. They will de-mystify the community shares process and answer your questions and concerns. You’ll also learn more about the co-operative option and be able to network with fellow co-operators. More information here


FREE Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshops in 2016

For Black and Minority Ethnic Residents 18+yrs

Workshop 1: Self-Esteem & Confidence Building – Women Only!

Thursday 28th January 2016, 12-1pm, Millwood Community Centre, Nelson Row, Brighton.

Workshop 2: Stress & Anxiety Management – Mixed Group!

Thursday 11th February 2016, 4-5pm, Millwood Community Centre, Nelson Row, Brighton.

Workshop 3: Anger Management – Men Only!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 6-7pm, Millwood Community Centre, Nelson Row, Brighton.

Workshop 4: Assertiveness – Mixed Group!

Thursday 3rd March 2016, 10-11:30am, Millwood Community Centre, Nelson Row, Brighton.

Interested in attending and/or want some more information? 

Contact Kalishia Davey on tel: 01273 293792, mob: 07411 251969 or Lyndsay Macadam on: 01273 262220


Information session about the Community Health Fund

Community Works are holding an information session about the Community Health Fund on Thursday 3 December, 6pm to 8pm at BMECP, 10a Fleet Street Brighton.

The fund is aimed at groups with an annual income of under £35,000.

The session will introduce the fund and it’s aims, go through the application form and timetable for applying and give information about 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 you would like to come along, please let Community Works know –  lisa@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234 031.

You can read about the fund here: http://bhcommunityworks.org.uk/members/services/community-health-fund/

Community Health funding for health improvement projects

If your group is planning a project which improves the health of your members, you can apply for a Community Health grant of up to £1500 in January 2016.

Community Health funding is one of several different pots of money managed by Sussex Community Foundation. You can apply for it by filling in the general Sussex Community Foundation application form, and returning it by 15th January 2016.

The Community Health fund is keen to work with groups who are just getting started and those whose health and well-being activities support LGBT people, people from BME communities or older people (including intergenerational work). This does not exclude other groups from applying.

Help is available to make your application. For advice and information, contact Lisa Mytton at Community Works, 01273 234031, lisa@bhcommunityworks.org.uk

You could also attend the Information Session on Thursday 3 December, 6pm to 8pm at BMECP, 10a Fleet Street Brighton. Contact Lisa on the contact details above to book a free place.