Safety Net Autumn training programme

Safety Net have published their Autumn 2017 training programme. They offer courses on Safeguarding and Child Protection, Protective Behaviours and Mindfulness.

Particularly useful for volunteers in small community groups, the Introduction to Safeguarding and Child Protection training is a half day course, which is running three times during the autumn and winter:

This course is an introduction to safeguarding and child protection issues for those working in small community groups. You will gain a basic understanding of your role in establishing a safe environment and safe working practices in protecting children and young people from harm and abuse.

The course costs £15 for organisations with an annual income below £35,000 and £25 for organisations with income above £35,000.

Follow the links above for more details and to register.

TAKEPART sports festival Golden Tickets available

Brighton & Hove City Council are offering TAKEPART Golden Ticket vouchers. The voucher will allow people to take part in a free activity with any of the organisations supporting the scheme between 17 June and 30 September 2017. To register, apply online.

They are also offering, on a first-come first-served basis, 100 free Adult 1 day networkSAVER tickets, giving unlimited travel throughout Brighton & Hove, available for people registering for a TAKEPART Golden Ticket, supporting people to try a TAKEPART activity.

If you need support please contact the Healthy Lifestyles Team on 01273 294589 or email

The regulatory role of the Charity Commission

Thursday 29 June 2017
The Mezzanine, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

At this network meeting, Charity lawyer Moira Protani will give a briefing on the regulatory role of the Charity Commission, and explore the responsibilities of charity trustees regarding reporting and compliance with charity legislation.

To book on to this network meeting please visit the following page

Spaces at our Governance Network are prioritised to Community Works members.

Brighton & Hove Albion inviting applications from charities to be club’s official charity partners 2017/18

Local registered charities have until Monday 10th July to submit their application. The club’s charity committee will then select two new local charities who will be supported during the new season – alongside the club’s existing long-term charity partners.

The selected charities will then be able to utilise a range of benefits, including a matchday bucket collection, signed merchandise, match tickets, media support and marketing both online and in the club’s match programme.

The application form, and further details, can be found here:

Free Women’s Aid ‘Ask Me’ Training THIS WEEKEND

Last minute places have opened up on the free Women’s Aid ‘Ask Me’ Training for Domestic Abuse Ambassadors in Brighton. Women’s Aid are looking for community members in Brighton and Hove to join our “ask me” scheme and create communities against domestic abuse. We’d love for you to be part of the scheme. The “ask me” scheme will train members of the community to become ask me ambassadors. The training will increase your awareness of what a helpful response to domestic abuse looks like, and give you the knowledge and skills to signpost people towards the specialist help they need.

Saturday 24th June

Saturday 1st July

9.30am – 4.30pm


For more information, and to book your place please contact: Laura:  07799 801642



Resource Centre business plan

We’ve published our business plan for 2017-20.

Having celebrated our 40th year as an organisation last year, we are continuing to focus on what we do best – providing practical, relevant support to small community groups in Brighton & Hove. Our business plan describes how we plan to build on our achievements and adapt to changing circumstances, without losing track of the key ideas which underpin our work:

  • Small groups are the vital glue that holds communities together. These groups have particular needs and the Centre is a specialist in meeting these needs.
  • While we specialise in supporting small groups, the help we are able to offer our user groups is broad. Our services work together to support different aspects of a group’s work, and develop alongside groups as they change. We know that a major aspect of our success comes from the fact that our different services strengthen each other.
  • The support we provide is above all practical: it is designed to give groups the tools they can use to overcome barriers to their activity.
  • Groups value our consistency and stability. Any changes in how we support groups will be minor and gradual. We know we are already extremely successful at what we do, and don’t plan any major changes in our work.


Support the Resource Centre when you shop at Waitrose

The Resource Centre has been nominated to receive a donation from Waitrose via their Community Matters scheme.

They have £1000 to divide between three charities.

Three people holding a very large cheque

Ekhlas and Roy, Resource Centre trustees 2011-12, collecting our cheque from Waitrose in 2012.

Please ask for a green token when you shop at Waitrose on Western Road, and use it to vote for the Resource Centre. You can vote as many times as you like until the end of June.

In 2012 we received £317 from the same scheme. We bought a new PA system which has been used at 116 community events so far!

A big thank you to Ekhlas from the Christian Arabic Club for nominating us again.

‘Understanding Eating Disorders’ workshop

21st April, 1-4pm, at the Brighthelm 

The workshop will:

  • Explore some of the myths & misconceptions often associated with eating disorders.
  • Look at eating disorders, definitions, contributing factors and other associated conditions.
  • Provide an insight into the issues sufferers and carers’ face getting help and looking at real experiences from men who have suffered themselves.
  • Examine the barriers men face in accessing services and looking at ways professionals and services can overcome these barriers to provide gender inclusive service provision.

Delegate rate costs are as follows:

  • Professionals working in voluntary organisations and charities: £45.00 per place
  • Professionals working in statutory organisations or independent organisation or independently practice: £65.00 per place

For further information and to download a booking form please go to or email

Bid writing workshops

Brighton: 13th June 2017

Bid Writing : The Basics


Who are the winners and losers in grant funding. How to identify the weaknesses in your project. What questions will funders will ask themselves about your bid. Common reasons for applications being rejected. The key terms in bid writing explained with examples of each. Make your application short but effective.

Start telling funders the things they really want to hear. How to build greater credibility in the eyes of funders. Demonstrating that the beneficiaries of your project are involved. The importance of getting your numbers and totals right. What to do with all your supporting documents. Make your proofreading foolproof.

Bid Writing : Advanced


What makes for a more fundable project. How to find new ideas for fundable projects. Developing new techniques that can have a wider impact. Can you criticise the establishment whilst asking for money. Knowing and managing your online profile. What pressures are funders’ staff under. Handling multiple funding sources.

Working in partnership with others. How rich people make their money and what they like to fund. How to demonstrate that you will be able to pay running costs for new buildings. Use Freedom of Information laws to obtain statistics and generate fresh evidence. Use e-mail marketing to build up volunteers and donors even for brand new projects before you apply.

Each attendee will receive a full set of notes and copies of eight real successful funding bids by e-mail after the workshop.


£95. Refreshments provided. No VAT. No booking fees.

The courses are run by

Brighton & Hove City Council announces grants for community organisations

Brighton & Hove City Council has launched its Communities Fund for 2017-18.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding for work that meets one of the following outcomes:

  • Improving wellbeing
  • Building cohesion
  • Promoting fairness

There are three funds available to apply for:

The Engagement Fund: Grants of up to £2,000, for organisations with an income of up to £20,000 per year. Next deadline 15th May.

The Resilience Fund: Grants of up to £10,000, for organisations with an income of up to £100,000 per year. Next deadline 15th May.

The Collaboration Fund: Grants for organisations working in partnership with one another to support the city’s most vulnerable residents. No deadlines.