What is a CIO?

Community Works are running a free session on Tuesday 7 March so you can 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 led by Tim Smith of GSFW Solicitors, who has extensive expertise in charitable structures and advises groups regularly on these issues.

There are limited places available, so for more information and to book your place please visit: http://bhcommunityworks.org.uk/how-to-charitable-incorporated-organisation/

Mixing desk now available for hire at the Resource Centre

mixing-deskWe now have a DJ mixing desk available for groups to hire.

It allows you to mix and control music from two CD decks, or from an external music source such as a laptop or phone.

When combined with one of our PAs and our disco lights, it means you can hold a great party for your group, even if your budget is very small.

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: jroutley@wea.org.uk  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


Support for local organisations in developing use of Social Media Platforms

Second year undergraduate students on a social media module have been tasked with using three different social media platforms or apps (e.g. memes, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.) in order to implement a social movement or community cause.

Five groups of three students per group will be attached to a local community or voluntary organisation to support them in improving their use of the three platforms that are most appropriate to the audience they wish to reach.

Students will have the opportunity to select the group they wish to work with, and, depending on the number of responses we receive you may or may not secure a group to work with you. Their assignment allows them ‘to work on a specific campaign or promote clearly defined aims of a larger project’.

They will work from university or home, (so not on your premises) between 23rd March and 18th May when they will submit their ideas to a student and staff panel for constructive criticism.

If you would like to pitch for a group to work on behalf of your organisation please:

1) Send a brief outline of what your organisation does and how you wish to use social media to J.Millican@brighton.ac.uk by 8th March.

2) Come along to the Moulescoomb campus on 23rd March between 10  and 1.00 to explain your brief to students and to meet the groups.

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


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 info@bhcommunityworks.org.uk

Get one-to-one advice on Disclosure and Barring Service

Safety Net will be running monthly DBS surgeries, in partnership with Community Works, where you can get free advice about DBS (previously CRB) checks for your organisation. It’s also an opportunity to bring in completed DBS forms for checking and ID verification.

Surgeries will take place on the first Thursday of the month from 10.00am – 3.00pm at Community Base

The first session will be Thursday 2nd February.

You need to book an appointment in advance. Email dbs@safety-net.org.uk or call 01273 414981.

These sessions are only open to Community Works members. Membership is free to groups with an income under £35,000 per year. Information about how to join is on the Community Works website.

DBS ID verification is only available to groups that have already arranged to use Safety Net for their DBS checking. Contact Safety Net to arrange this.


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.

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. http://www.davidtaylortraining.co.uk/  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 helen@bhfood.org.uk or ring me on 07850 002596