Access ramps now available for hire

Thanks to a donation from the SCOPE Local People Programme, we now have two lightweight, folding, portable ramps available to hire.

These are great for events where there is a single step at the entrance or somewhere within the venue. Having a ramp instead of a step can be helpful for people with buggies, people who use walking frames and people with sight impairments, as well as wheelchair users.

Both our ramps can be transported easily in the boot of a car. One is 2ft long, and the other is 4ft long.

We will be working with SCOPE now to produce some guidance on how to make your activities and events more accessible in all sorts of ways. Watch this space…


Free community organising training

How do we make change for good through collective action?

Organised by Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust

Three interactive one-day courses teaching skills that will help you with your campaigning, activism, or simply at work or in your neighbourhood. The training gives you a framework to use and practical tools to try, and is great for housing groups, co-ops, community organisations of all shapes and sizes and interested individuals.

These three courses are designed to be attended together for maximum learning and benefit, but courses can be attended individually.

To book email or call 07854 274750.
For more details visit

1. Listening Skills for Community Organising, Wednesday 29 January, 10am-5.30pm
2. Building Power Through Community Organising, Saturday 8 Feb, 10am-5pm
3. Action for Change Through Community Organising, Wednesday 18 March, 10am-5.30pm

Start up your Social Impact venture

Training session organised by Community Works:

Date: Thursday 30 January 2020
Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF

Have you got an idea or are you starting up a new group, business or activity that’s good for the community or environment but you aren’t sure whether it’s charitable or commercial?

Join The Good Business Club and Community Works on Thursday 30th January for an introduction to the world of charities, community groups, and social enterprise to get clarity and confidence to start up your social impact venture.

You’ll leave this event with:

  • Clarity on the difference between a charity, community group and social enterprise
  • Clarity on legal structures and which would be most suitable for your venture
  • Information about funding opportunities you can access
  • Information about the support you can access to help you get started
  • New connections to purpose-driven individuals
  • Guidance on what steps you can take to get started straight away

All sessions and activities throughout the event will be hosted by experienced specialists in these areas, including legal experts, who are all on hand to answer any questions you might have throughout the event.

If you have any questions please contact or call 01273 234023.

Brighton & Hove Legacy Fund – Children & Young people

For the next round of the Brighton and Hove Legacy Fund, Sussex Community Foundation are particularly keen to receive applications from smaller groups who might not have benefitted from a grant previously.

Deadline: Friday 10th January 2020 (Decisions in Spring 2020)

About the Brighton & Hove Legacy Fund

B&H Legacy Fund – Children & Young People makes grants to not-for-profit organisations which support the educational and personal development of children and young people of Brighton & Hove.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Applications should be made on the standard Sussex Community Foundation application form.

Beneficiary age range – up to 25 years

Grants are to support community and voluntary organisations that deliver one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Support children and young people to improve their educational attainment
  • Support young people to maximise their employability including developing entrepreneurship
  • Encourage participation by children and young people in positive activities that support physical and emotional health, social, learning or personal development
  • Support young people to volunteer & engage in community and social action
  • Support for children and young people who face barriers to achieving their full potential

New PA available for hire thanks to Pebble Trust

Thanks to a generous donation from Pebble Trust, we are now able to offer groups a lovely new PA, complete with inbuilt LED lights – perfect for adding a bit of a disco vibe to your community event!

For added punch, book our second, matching PA (which comes as part of our Karaoke machine set).

Click here for more information & to book.



Community Works “Choosing the right structure” workshop

Do you want to take your group to the next level? Maybe you want to access more funding or you are thinking of taking on paid staff.

Community Works are running a workshop on legal structures: learn the difference between various legal structures and find which one suits you best. You will have the time and space to think about important issues such as whether to have voting members, how you will be funded and whether or not to incorporate.

2-hour session running:

When: Wednesday 4 December 2019 from 10.00am to 12.00pm

Where: Large Meeting Room, Community Works, 3rd Floor, Community Base Building, 113 Queen’s Rd, Brighton BN1 3XG

Book here.

RadioReverb looking for a local charity to support in 2020

RadioReverb is announcing an opportunity for community groups and charities in Brighton & Hove to nominate themselves as our Charity of the Year.

We are looking to support a local good cause in 2020 by becoming a media partner offering the following benefits:

  • On-air promotion of your work and events
  • Trails and audio for your fundraising and promotional activities
  • Social media promotion of your activities to our 11,000+ followers
  • Podcasts of appeals
  • Any other support which we can offer to suit your needs.

RadioReverb is Brighton’s grassroots local radio station, broadcasting on FM and DAB+ in the city and beyond, and globally via

We have a dedicated listenership in excess of 40,000 people, and are committed to providing a platform to highlight the vast range of Brighton & Hove’s cultural, musical, social and community events and talent. We offer an important space for marginalised voices to be heard.

We welcome applications from not-for-profit and charity organisations in Brighton & Hove, who would like to spread the impact of their message to more people in 2020 with RadioReverb as their media partner.

How to apply:

Send us up to 500 words describing your group’s work, how it helps local people and how you would benefit from being RadioReverb’s Charity of the Year in 2020. If you are a registered charity, please include your charity number.

Send your application to

Deadline: Nov 30th 2019

Come on Board: Matching trustees and charities

Upcoming event run by the great folks at Community Works

Wednesday 6th November 2019
6pm – 7.30pm
Platform, Hove Town Hall

Application deadline extended for Brighton & Hove Council grants

Brighton & Hove Council have extended the deadline for the third and final round of their Resilience Fund and Engagement Fund grant programmes for 2019-20. The deadline will now be Friday 25th October.

Community Grants Drop-in at the Bevy, 27th June

East Brighton Trust have organised a free Drop-in day for local groups wanting to find out about fundraising for their projects.

Want to make a difference in your community?

Got an idea but not sure where to start?

Already running a community group and need a helping hand?

Drop in for free advice and support from East Brighton Trust, Sussex Community Foundation, Brighton & Hove Council, UnLtd, Trust for Developing Communities and the Resource Centre.

Community Grants Drop-In – Thursday 27th June, 1-4pm – The Bevy, Hillside, Brighton, BN2 4TF

  • Apply for one of East Brighton Trust’s £500 small  grants & get help filling in the form
  • Find out about other local funding sources
  • Get advice & support for your group or project
  • Free food and drink