Back in April 2017 a team of six staff, trustees and friends of the Resource Centre walked 18 miles in the countryside around Brighton & Hove, to raise money for the Resource Centre and to help launch the Brighton & Hove Way. We raised nearly £4000 for the Centre, and enjoyed a fantastic long walk. We were able to take part because the Resource Centre was on of the Mayor’s charities last year, and the former Mayor Pete West supported the walk to help charities to raise money.
The Brighton & Hove Way is now being developed by the Brighton & Hove Way Association, chaired by Pete West.We’re thrilled to learn that the Brighton & Hove Way is developing further, and we look forward to enjoying it in future!
For more information see https://www.facebook.com/BrightonandHoveWay/
We are very happy that Sussex Community Foundation has awarded us £5,000 towards the cost of our flexible, one-to-one support services for small community groups run by migrants and refugees.
The money will enable us to support migrant-led groups with fundraising and financial management, responding flexibly to problems as they arise, and supporting group members to develop new skills in the process. By helping groups to raise and manage the money they need, we make it easier for them to run the vital activities and services they provide – which in turn reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing among BME communities.
We are all very saddened by the death of Ann Ewings, who was on the Resource Centre Management Committee and had been using the Centre for over 20 years.
Ann at the Resource Centre AGM 2015
We will miss Ann’s regular visits to the Centre and her valuable input as a trustee. She worked incredibly hard for her community, and was extremely supportive of the Resource Centre.
Our thoughts are with Ann’s family and friends at this sad time. We will all miss her. As Kate Page, one of our longest standing team members, said, “It was a real shock to use all when she died because she was one of those people who you thought was going to go on forever. It has left a hole and she will be missed.”
For more information about Ann’s life and community activism, see Brighton & Hove News: http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2017/11/23/tributes-to-brighton-tenant-advocate-and-conservative-campaigner-who-took-no-prisoners/
Members of our Management Committee, elected at our AGM October 2017. Left to right, Muriel Briault (North Portslade Resident’ Association), Ann Packham (Ingram Crescent Residents’ Association), Sohna Sossehn (Brighton and Hove First Ladies), Roy Crowhurst (Woods House Tenants’ Association), Jason Williams (Hereford Court Community Association), Ann Ewings (Mount Pleasant Residents’ Association), Rob Berry (Coldean Residents’ Association), Barry Hughes (Sylvan Hall Residents’ Association)
Thank you so much to everybody who came along to our Annual General Meeting on 25th October 2017.
The AGM was attended by our member groups, who help give the Resource Centre its unique grassroots focus and direction.
We heard about the work done by the Centre in 2016-17, including A Day in the Life of the Resource Centre: a report on all the groups that used the Centre on a single day.
Nine representatives were elected to our management committee. A big thank you to them for volunteering to support the work of the Centre over the coming year.
THIS HAS NOW BEEN OFFERED TO BRIGHTON SOUP, WHO RUN FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR LOCAL PROJECTS
We are giving away one of our old PA systems for free.
It is an 80W single unit system. The reason we are giving it away is that the volume control is broken, so it can no longer be hired out. However, it still works fine if you use it with an external device, such as a phone, laptop or MP3 player, because you can control the volume on the external device.
It would suit a group that needs a PA for use at community parties to simply play music through.
It will need to be collected from the Resource Centre. If you are interested please get in touch. Priority will be given to volunteer-run community groups.
We’ve revised and updated our information page on Responsibilities of the Management Committee.
Every community organisation has a group of people which manages its affairs – a governing body. This is often called a management committee, although your group may use a different name, such as executive committee, board of trustees or steering group. A very small group may not have a separate committee and, in this case, its entire membership is the governing body.
Our information page is a guide to the key responsibilities of an organisation’s management committee. It goes through these one by one, setting out the key responsibilities, further points to consider and links to more detailed information.
A useful reference for new organisations and old hands alike – like all our information pages, it is free to view and download on our website, or you can pick up a paper copy next time you visit the Centre.
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.
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.
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.
We 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.