Pedal your way to tasty, healthy snacks with our new smoothie bike! Now available to hire, our “fender blender” is suitable for children aged 6 – 14. It will be great for fetes and fairs and allows children to create a delicious fruit smoothie using the power of their own pedalling.
Date and Time
Tue, 12 March 2019, 18:30 – 20:30 GMT
The Bevy, 50 Hillside, Brighton, BN2 4TF
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
Places are limited so please book your spot early. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
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.
Resource Centre support work with volunteer run community groups in East Brighton area has almost doubled in the last year. Our latest report to East Brighton Trust shows that we have continued to provide essential support with our Accounts Examination and Design & Print service. In addition, demand for one-to-one support and consultancy, in all aspects of running a group, has more than doubled. It has been inspiring to see so many new groups, run entirely by local people, emerging and finding their feet over the last year. This adds to the many groups that continue to do what they do so well, understanding the needs of their community and taking action to support local people and bring them together.
One-to-one support and consultancy
We provided 56 one-to-one support sessions (compared to 22 in the previous year) to 20 different groups. Seven of these groups are either new or had never used the Resource Centre before.
Collectively, they help and improve the wellbeing of a wide range of local people from ‘the cradle to the grave’ and lots of people in between.
They help improve the local woods, parks and outdoor spaces; provide lunches for children, families and older people; organise events that are free to local people; provide art and dance activities; run community buildings; investigate local history; create newsletters; and provide a hub where local people can come together to build networks and friendships.
We supported groups to draft constitutions, policies and procedures; think about legal structures and report to the Charity Commission; keep their accounts and prepare their budgets; improve their communication and use of social media; apply for funding and evaluate their projects.
All the groups we support are run by local volunteers for local people. Those involved have a commitment to their community and a vision of how they can improve it. But often they have no experience in running a group and need to develop lots of new skills to do it effectively.
In our support sessions we work with people in a way that they feel comfortable. We ask them how they run their groups, what things they find difficult and get an understanding of their confidence levels and skills. We then help them to move forward in a way that suits them and their group, working good practice into their existing systems.
Feedback from groups
We ask groups for feedback after each package of support is completed. Out of 16 requests for feedback we received 11 responses. All of those who responded said the support they received was excellent, they felt more confident and their group would be able to work better as a result.
In the words of Brighton and Hove Filipino Community
“Mireille has been very helpful and accommodating to us. She has been very specific with what requirements do we need for the submission of our application. She has guided us all throughout and has been so patient with us meeting the deadline. We are so grateful as a community that there are people who are there to help.”
Moulsecoomb Chomp said:
“The work Resource Centre does is imperative to supporting community groups of all shapes, sizes and persuasions.”
We carried out 17 Accounts Examinations for 16 different groups. This provides groups with an accurate summary of their accounts to share with members and funders. It also gives Treasurers the opportunity to check the procedures they are using and get some advice and support if they need it.
Feedback from groups
We received feedback cards from 69% of these groups.
They all said the service was excellent.
East Brighton Bygones said:
“Thank you so much for doing our accounts. It’s good to know we always have someone friendly and reliable to help us. If it wasn’t for you, it would be a lot harder for us!”
Metamorphosis and Splatt Art Group said:
“Very good explanation & suggestions and advice given. Very fast turnaround – just a week. Very well presented accounts which has already helped us in sending funding bids for our small groups. The Resource Centre enables our small community groups to function even better and removes some of the problems we encounter. Ongoing training will be taken up shortly to tidy up and streamline the accounts.”
Design and print
We did 26 different design and print jobs for ten different groups. This included production of newsletters, flyers and posters.
Thank you to East Brighton Trust
We would like to thank East Brighton Trust for supporting this work with a grant of £3,000. This grant supports just under half the work done in 2018, with the remainder (£3,130) being funded from Resource Centre reserves.
It’s been a while, but Brighton Soup are getting ready for our spring soup community funding event.
Last time out Silvina de Vita pitched and won £415 in donations for her Arts & Crafts Project. Based at the Bevy, the project is helping to bring people together over creative activities.
This time Brighton Soup will be taking place at St Richard’s Community Hall, Hangleton on Friday 22nd March 2019.
If you need a little funding and support for your project, or have an idea to get one started, then apply at brightonsoup.org.uk/projects. You don’t have to be a charity, just someone with an idea that to help their community in a charitable way. #
Check the website for details or get in touch for a chat.
Tickets at brightonsoup.org.uk/ticket-office
Coffee & Croissant with Colleagues – Hanover & Elm Grove Hub Networking events
Date: Every first Wednesday of the month
9th January, 6th February, 6th March, 3rd April, 1st May, 5th June, 3rd July, 7th August, 4th September, 2nd October, 6th November, 4th December.
Time: 9:00am -10:30am
Venue: The Edge Community Centre, Pankhurst Avenue, Brighton, BN2 9YN
Facilitated by Trust for Developing Communities
In these sessions you will…
- Meet other people working or running activities in Hanover and Elm Grove
- Explore ways to work together more effectively
- Collaborate to meet community needs
- Become more confident working with communities
To register your interest book via Eventbrite on https://bit.ly/2SWt7o3
Email Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
DEADLINE 31st January 2019
ONLY through http://www.homity.co.uk
The Homity Trust is seeking applications from community groups based in Sussex. They say:
‘Our Trustees and Grants committee meet 3 times a year to consider the best quality applications and can award smaller (<£1000) funds quickly to those groups showing real need. Homity is not bound to any particular sector but does prefer proactive community causes. If you have a well argued need for your cause then why not apply? Your application must be made via the form on our website. The more information and costings you can provide the more chance that your application will make it for consideration by our lovely Trustees. Full due diligence will be carried out before grants are awarded. Homity does not provide funds for individuals, political or religious causes, large capital projects or profit making organisations.
So head to the website and see whether you should make an application this month for consideration in February, and feel free to forward to any relevant organisations who may not be on this list. Please don’t leave it to the last day and good luck!’
Thanks to a generous bequest from Neil Smith, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is again offering Good Food Grants to local community food projects.
Groups can apply for grants of between £200 and £850 for projects working to improve the health, skills and confidence of local residents through healthy eating, increased cookery skills and food growing. They are looking for projects that bring people together, celebrate food and support the city’s most vulnerable residents.
This year’s scheme is focused on projects which benefit adults with mental health issues and people experiencing poverty. Please check the guidelines before applying.
There is more information about the scheme, and a link to download the application form, on the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership website.
If you live in a Southern Housing Group property, you can apply for small grants to organise activities and outings for people in your community, or work together with your neighbours to improve your gardens. Check out our new information pages about Southern Housing Group Grants for Customers and Southern Housing Group Gardening Neighbours grants for more information.