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.

Developing and managing a budget that works for you and your funders

Free workshop by Community Works

Open to all community and voluntary organisations across Brighton and Hove, Worthing and Adur.

Would you like to know more about budgeting issues for voluntary and community organisations?  Perhaps you don’t always have confidence in your budgets and find decision-making on budgeting challenging?

This session will cover making sense of your budgets, both in terms of:

  • creating budgets for funding bids
  • identifying where expenditure should go, and how particular roles or services are funded

We can also hear about software packages such as Xero and Sage.

The session will be led by an expert accountant with knowledge of the charity and voluntary sector.

Where: Gordon Room, Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1HA
When: Thursday 20 June 2019, 14:00 – 16:00
To book: Book your place online via the Community Works website

Choosing the right structure for your group

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 holding a workshop where you can 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.

By the end of this workshop you will be:

  • clearer about which structure is most suitable for your group
  • confident to change the structure as your organisation develops

This 2 hour session is run by Jenny Moore, an experienced trainer and community development worker with many years’ experience of supporting groups to flourish.

When: Wednesday 26 June 2019 from 10.00am to 12.00pm

Where: Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton, BN2 1RL

Cost: from £25 to £45, with some free places for groups with an annual income below £35,000

Book here

Food Safety Training 13th May 2019

Level 2 Food Safety Award (Catering) for food projects

Description

This training is run by Brighton and Hove Food Partnership.

Do you volunteer or work for a community group or organisation that involves food, such as a surplus food project, lunch club, food bank or community garden?

This is a certified Food Safety Level 2 course delivered by David Taylor. http://www.davidtaylortraining.co.uk/

Places are limited to two people per organisation although if you have more please let us know and we will put them on a waiting list.

What to bring: A form of ID, pen, paper and enthusiasm. We will provide tea, coffee and refreshments but please bring your own lunch.

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

At the end of the day there will be a short examination. Please arrive by 9:15 in order for a prompt 9:30 start.

Cost: £10 booking fee if you are a volunteer in a community food setting on no or low income (use code VOLUNTEER-LI), £25 if you are a volunteer who has an income (use code VOLUNTEER-IE), £50 if staff member

To book:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/level-2-food-safety-award-catering-for-food-projects-tickets-58369921005

If you have any queries or questions please contact Helen Starr-Keddle on helen@bhfood.org.uk 07850 002596

Crowdfunding for Community Groups workshop

Date and Time

Tue, 12 March 2019, 18:30 – 20:30 GMT

Location

The Bevy, 50 Hillside, Brighton, BN2 4TF

Details

Have you got a community based project that needs funding?

This event is for community groups and organisations in Brighton & Hove who are interested in crowdfunding.

Come along with your ideas for the chance to work through your project plans and find out more about how Crowdfunding could work for you.

You’ll also hear about the Projects that Matter Campaign that we’re running with the CriSeren Foundation and how you could be one of the 5 local causes to receive £1,000 towards your first crowdfunding ask.

The workshop will be run by Crowdfunder.co.uk the #1 community crowdfunding platform, having raised over £60m for business, charity and social enterprise projects across the UK.

Topics to be covered:

  • Introducing Crowdfunder
  • What is crowdfunding?
  • What makes a good crowdfunding project?
  • Three steps to success
  • Accessing advice and support

To book

Places are limited so please book your spot early. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crowdfunding-for-community-groups-brighton-hove-tickets-55961805266

 Please notify the organiser if there are any adjustments you require in order to participate fully at the event, and we will do our best to meet those requirements where possible.

Becoming a CIO workshop

Community Works is running a workshop on How to become a Charitable Incorporated organisation.

Where: Rose Room, BMECP, Fleet Street
When: 12 February, 6.00-8.00pm
Book: via Eventbrite

Led by Tim Smith of Griffith Smith Solicitors, this session will provide the opportunity to learn more about the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) legal structure, including the differences between a CIO and a Community Interest Company (CIC), and how to convert from a CIC to a CIO.

It will look at issues such as:

  • what is a CIO and the requirements?
  • the main reasons for choosing a CIO structure
  • reasons not to choose a CIO structure
  • ‘association’ versus ‘foundation’ model
  • how to go about setting up a CIO and demonstrating your charitable objectives effectively
  • understanding the challenges of adopting a CIO structure
  • the process for converting to a CIO from another structure e.g. CIC
  • the differences between a CIO and CIC

The workshop is free, but you need to register – priority will be given to Community Works members.

Working with the Media: Wednesday 23 January 2019

This training in run by Community Works.

Are you confident when working with the media? Understanding how to engage with print, TV and radio journalists is key to the success of your organisation. Come along to this workshop which will help you to:

  • recognise the media’s agenda,
  • understand different ways of dealing with different media and how to communicate with each,
  • develop and illustrate your key messages and avoid the common pitfalls.

The Workshop will cover:

  • a ‘whistle-stop’ tour of the media including print, TV, radio and social media
  • tips and tactics
  • what to do if it goes wrong

This session will be led by Tracey Allen from SeaPR, who has over twenty years of experience working with the media representing the third sector and has a strong understanding of how charities can work effectively with local businesses and how to get an optimum response from different media organisations.

To book; via Eventbrite

Be Funding Ready Free Training

Brighton and Hove

Dates: Thursday 8 November, Friday 16 November and Thursday 29 November
Time: 10.00am-1.30pm
Where: BMECP (Please note Friday 16 November is in the Stanmer Room at Brighthelm)
Book: via Eventbrite
Cost: FREE

Run by Community Works with funding from Sussex Community Foundation.

The course is primarily aimed at smaller organisations with an annual income around £35,000 and who are new to making grant applications or haven’t had much luck. Thy suggest 2 people per organisation attend so you can work on a bid together. Over the course, you will prepare a funding bid that you can submit to a funder of your choice.

By the end of the course, you will:

  1. Understand how to define a project you need funding for
  2. Be able to identify appropriate funders
  3. Know what policies and reporting systems you need to have in place
  4. Understand how to frame your project and know what the funder is looking for
  5. Be able to prepare a budget
  6. Be able to devise monitoring and evaluation mechanisms

They encourage you to attend all 3 sessions if you can, but this is not a requirement (for session outlines see Eventbrite).

Free GDPR discussion group for community groups and organisations

Community Works are holding a series of discussion groups about data protection for community groups. Places for Brighton & Hove groups are now available at the two sessions in Worthing, coming up this month.

Details:
Thursday 12 July or Friday 20 July
Worthing Town Hall, 6-8pm

To book a place:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/getting-to-grips-with-gdpr-worthing-tickets-46519973493

About the workshops:

Many organisations still have questions about GDPR, whether they are at the beginning of the GDPR process or a bit further along. If this applies to you, book your place now on our free Getting to Grips with GDPR discussion group. Each session is limited to 8 people and offers a safe and informal space for organisations to share common issues, questions and challenges around GDPR. They will be facilitated by Dr Mary Darking, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Innovation.

Feedback from the first session:

“I have a better understanding for the two charities I work with, and for me personally”
“I really like this style of learning”
“I don’t feel so stressed and anxious about GDPR”

The sessions are most appropriate for individuals who will be taking a lead on GDPR within their organisation, whether as a trustee, staff member or volunteer. They will provide the opportunity to reflect and will offer guidance and advice either on what action to take or where to look for more support. Each session will be led by the questions of the people who attend. Confidentiality will be respected at all times.

The above dates are prioritised for member organisations in Adur and Worthing, but owing to demand we are now also making them available to members in Brighton and Hove.

Please note that bookings are limited to one per organisation across the entire workshop series (5 sessions).

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training

How can you make sure that your organisation and activities are open and inclusive for all members of the community?  This course, run by Community Works  and led by  Jess Taylor from The Equality Academy provides an overview of equality, diversity and inclusion, flags up key legislation, and looks at what this means for planning and delivering your activities.

Date: Tuesday 15 May 2018

Time: (9.30am arrivals) 10:00am – 4.00pm

Venue: Gordon Room, Worthing Town Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing BN11 1HA

Course fees are £50 for organisations which are members of Community Works and have an annual income under £250,000. Some bursary places are available to groups with an income of less than £35,000 per annum.

To book a place please contact jess@bhcommunityworks.org.uk