Sussex Clubs for Young People, Spring Conference, Saturday 22 April

Spring Conference 2017 – Who washes the tea towels?

Sussex Clubs for Young People are working with the University of Brighton to provide a conference with “nuggets” of training opportunities that will support your whole youth club. It won’t just be about safeguarding and youth work training, but a chance to meet with others to have fun, with just a little bit of Swedish Disco Dancing. Their idea is that for their Spring Conference on Saturday 22nd April 2017 your committee chair, treasurer, safeguarding officer, youth worker and young volunteers will come together to take part in a range of bite-sized courses and seminars to help you fund-raise, manage your club and develop your staff and volunteer team. It will also put you in touch with people who can offer more advice and training if you want to take your learning further.

Sessions on offer:

  • Swedish Disco Dancing
  • How to run a DJ Workshop
  • Fundraising tips and grants
  • Stress Busters
  • Working with challenging behaviour
  • Digital Festival
  • Tackling Homophobia
  • Connecting with your community
  • Developing your staff and volunteer teams
  • Writing your child protection policy
  • Games and icebreakers for youth clubs
  • Plus a market place with a range of providers (If you are interesting in having a stand, please contact us for more details – £30 per pitch.

Cost for the day £10 per person (£5 for young people) as a contribution towards food and refreshments. They will send an invoice for all spaces reserved.  Please contact Sussex Clubs for Young People for help with transport or the cost of the event.

To register, please go to

Welfare Reform Update Training

25th April 2017 in Brighton

This course is run by Brighton Housing Trust

As usual, nothing stands still in benefits world, so it’s time for a refresher on what’s going on.

From April 17, we have new benefit rates, full Universal Credit coming to East Sussex later in the year, controversial restrictions on entitlement for people with more than two children and people entering ESA, the new Youth Obligation, bedroom tax decisions, tougher conditionality for parents with very young children, and many other issues bubbling away.

BHT’s new half day Welfare Reform Update will ensure your knowledge of the latest news is up to date.

Who should attend?

This is a three hour workshop suitable for staff who need to feel confident and up to date with their knowledge.  It will be too basic for people who do regular benefits casework.

For more info:

Ask Me: Free domestic abuse training

People who work in the Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne areas are invited to become Ask Me ambassadors, by attending free domestic abuse training, organised by Rise.


 There are a choice of three 2 x day courses which are running as follows:

  • Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th March (9:30 – 4:30pm)
  • Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th May (9:30 – 4:30pm)
  • Saturday 24th June & Saturday 1st July (9:30 – 4:30pm)

Who can attend:

ANYONE who lives or works in the Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne areas and come into contact with your community somehow. i.e. bar staff, hairdressers, reception staff, HR teams, dentists, pharmacists, retail staff and community groups.

What the training will cover:

  • Understanding and recognising signs of domestic abuse in the community
  • Responding effectively if someone discloses they are in an abusive relationship
  • Knowing where survivors of domestic abuse can get help and support if they want it

How to apply:

In order to confirm your training space we ask you to fill in an application form. Your space is not guaranteed until you do so.

Download a recruitment pack here:

Download an application form here:

Please return your application form ASAP to:

Training venue:

Venue to be confirmed upon your successful application.

Domestic abuse is far too prevalent in our society, please help spread the word about this fantastic initiative to take action to stop it!

For more information, click here.


Would you use a Community Teaching Kitchen?

Brighton & Hove Food partnership are considering setting up a community teaching kitchen in the centre of Brighton.

To find out if this is needed, they have set up a short online survey.

If your group works with people who would like to learn cookery in a community kitchen, please fill in the survey before March 14th.

National Vegetarian Week grants

If your group is organising an activity for National Vegetarian Week (15th to 21st May), you can apply for a grant of up to £200 to help with the cost.

The deadline for applying for a grant is 30th April.

See the National Vegetarian Week website for more information.

Community Works Mentoring programme to relaunch March 2017

Community Works are now accepting applications for their mentoring programme for 2017-18.

The mentoring programme supports people working or volunteering in voluntary and community organisations by providing one-to-one support from experienced, volunteer mentors.

The dates for the programme have been set and begin this March with two drop-in information sessions for anyone who wants to find out more about the programme. Both sessions will be held at the Community Works offices in Brighton on:

  • Tuesday 14 March, any time between 2.00pm and 6.00pm
  • Friday 24 March, any time between 10.30am and 1:30pm

Community Works member organisations can book a place at one of these sessions to find out more about the programme and ask all the questions you need both as a potential mentor and mentee.

To book your place, or if you are unable to attend but are still interested in the programme, get in touch with Lisa or Peter on or 01273 234023.

For more information visit: for mentees for mentors

Good Food grants deadline

Less than two weeks left in which to apply for up to £850 to run good food-related activities in Brighton and Hove!

Good Food Grants is a funding programme run by Brighton & Hove Food Partnership that awards small grants for community projects that aim to improve the health, skills and confidence of local residents through healthy eating, increased cookery skills and food growing.
The deadline for applications is Friday 10th March 2016 at 2pm. Grants will be awarded by 25th April 2016.

This year they are funding:
• Community growing projects that want to run cooking, growing and healthy eating activities with vulnerable adults
• Cooking and/or shared meals for people experiencing poverty

More info on their website and to download the guidance notes and application form.

Or contact Helen Starr-Kendle, Havest Development Officer
on 07850 002596 to talk about your potential project.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
07850 002596

Walk or ride with the Mayor to raise money for the Resource Centre

walk my donate bannerNow the days are getting longer, why not plan an active challenge for the spring – and raise some money for the Resource Centre at the same time? The Mayor of Brighton & Hove is organising three fantastic events in April:

– a 12 mile family bike ride on April 23rd: sign up on Eventbrite and then raise money for the Resource Centre
– a 50 mile bike ride on April 23rd: sign up on Eventbrite and then raise money for the Resource Centre
– an 18 mile walk on April 30th: register at and choose the Resource Centre as your charity

Legal Structures for Social Enterprises Workshop 27th February

The Platform have organised a workshop looking at legal structures for social enterprises:

Whether you are thinking about launching a trading arm, starting up a new organisation entirely or want to review your current structure, this interactive session gives you the chance to ask questions specific to your situation and leave feeling confident on what form is right for YOU!

Mon 27th Feb

Wagner Hall, Regency Road

1:30pm – 4:00pm   Cost £37.76

Book your place here:

Sara Osterholzer
Social Enterprise Coordinator
The Platform
9 Russell Place Brighton BN1 2RG
01273 468200

What is a CIO?

Community Works are running a free session on Tuesday 7 March so you can learn more about the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) structure, including the differences between a CIO and a Community Interest Company (CIC). The session will be led by Tim Smith of GSFW Solicitors, who has extensive expertise in charitable structures and advises groups regularly on these issues.

There are limited places available, so for more information and to book your place please visit: