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.

Mental Wellbeing Innovation Fund – closes 14 Dec

The public health team at the Council and the CCG mental health team have just published an invitation to bid for a third round of the Mental Wellbeing Innovation Fund at:

  • Funding is for one year only
  • Up to £5000 per project
  • They are looking for initiatives to reduce the high rates of self-harm and suicide in the city
  • The deadline for applications is 5pm 14 December 2016

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.

Big Fig – One Day Healthy Eating Course – Thursday 10 November

A few places have become available, due to last minute cancellations, on the Big Fig taster day course which will be running at The Platform this Thursday, the 10th of November from 10am – 2pm.

This a free one day course aimed at those interested in learning about healthy eating and cooking. The course will include:

  • A morning of information about healthy eating and nutrition including a chance for learners to create and take away with them a healthy eating menu plan, using the information they have received.
  • The chance for learners to prepare and eat a healthy meal in our training kitchen. Learners will also be able to take away with them the recipes for the meal they prepare.

If learners enjoy the course and feel they would like to pursue further similar courses they will have the opportunity to apply for our 5 week catering course which will run in January next year.

Places are limited so if you know of any clients who may be interested in this please contact Mo Yuchetel at

Grant Writing Workshop Wed 9th November

Grant Writing Workshop:  What’s The Big Idea?

Wednesday 9th November, 10am-12pm, and we will cover how to:

  • Develop your fund raising idea
  • Create impact
  • Achieve clarity
  • Communicate persuasively

For more info and to book a space please send me an email, or visit:

Free training course: Finance for small groups

Community Works is running another Finance for Small Groups training course on 23 and 30 November 2016.

Please note this course takes place on 2 successive Wednesdays and you need to attend on BOTH days.

Course length: 2 x sessions over 2 days

Date: 23 and 30 November 2016

Time: 9.30am-1.30pm

Venue: The Bridge Community Education Centre, Lucraft Road, Brighton.

Trainer: Steve Early

Who is this course for?

This two half-day course is aimed at anyone from a small community group who wants to understand more about bookkeeping, financial management and budgeting. It is aimed specifically at groups:

  • With an income of under £35,000 and who are receiving a grant through the Community Health Fund and/or who are delivering health and well-being activities
  • Community Works will prioritise those groups whose health and well-being activities support LGBT people, younger people and older people e.g. physical activity, arts / heritage /culture, food and nutrition, intergenerational work

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  •          keep basic books using an Excel template designed by the Resource Centre
  •          write an accurate budget including your core costs
  •          account for each fund you have separately
  •          put in place appropriate financial controls
  •          provide financial information to the rest of your management committee
  •          understand the rules around independent examinations

Course fees:


For more information on either session or to book your place visit:  or please call 01273 234023

Transport survey

Does your group include people aged over 50 who live in Brighton & Hove?

A network of local voluntary organisations is researching older people’s transport needs in order to shape and develop solutions to local transport problems. The results will also be used to inform the way that the Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, commission community transport in the city.

They’ve devised a short questionnaire to help them understand and evidence the difficulties people have with getting to and from activities.

People can either complete the questionnaire online by 18 November.

Or download a Microsoft Word document (DOC) and return it by 18 November either by email to or by post to Lifelines, Montague House, Montague Place, Brighton, BN2 1HQ.

If you require the questionnaire in a different format please email or call 01273 234023