Inkjet printer out of service

Sadly, as of May 2019, our inkjet printer is officially dead.

We are looking to replace this machine, as we still hear a need for the cheaper colour printing it offers, but it may take us a little while to find one. Please bear with us while we do!

We can still do full colour printing on our laser printer, splash colour on our copyprinters, and black and white printing at a range of prices.

If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to give us a call or come in and chat to us.

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

Community Grants Drop-In

Thursday 27th June, 1-4pm

The Bevy, Hillside, Brighton, BN2 4TF

Want to make a difference in your community? Got an idea but not sure where to start? Already running a community group and need a helping hand?

Come along to the East Brighton Trust’s Community Grants Drop-In for free advice and support. You can:

  • Apply for one of the East Brighton Trust’s £500 small grants and get help filling in the form
  • Find out about other local funding sources
  • Get advice and support for your group or project

Free refreshments!


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

Grantfinder sessions at Community Works

The council’s free funding search service to community and voluntary organisations will be hosted at Community Base on the following dates:

  • Friday 17 May
  • Thursday 20 June
  • Tuesday 23 July
  • August TBC
  • Tuesday 10 September

Appointments take approximately one hour and are available on the above dates between 10am and 2pm

Grantfinder is a comprehensive internet-hosted database that contains UK and EU funding initiatives including Government funding streams and Charitable Trusts.

To achieve the most beneficial results from the search, a clear idea of your funding requirements should be identified before attending. You should be actively looking for funding and be planning to make an application shortly afterwards.

You will be need to provide feedback on how the search has helped progress your fundraising.

To make an appointment please contact Donna Edmead by emailing or call her on 01273 291112

Introduction to Social Enterprise – Free 5 week course

Kennedy Street have now opened up their wait list for their free community connections programme – An introduction to social enterprise.

Starting 17th April, 10-2

Do you know anyone who is interested in developing:

  • Scoping out their community project idea?
  • Building a business for good idea?
  • Setting up a not for profit community project?
  • Connecting with other amazing people in the community who want to make a difference?

This 5 week programme is aimed at individuals or community project volunteers that want to meet one or more of the following aims:

  • Improving the quality of life for under privileged and disadvantaged members of our community
  • Promoting social cohesion
  • Proposing a new or innovative idea • promoting inclusion and drawing excluded people into community engagement
  • Improving the community

You can secure your free place with a £20 fully refundable donation at:

Community Works 1-1 Advice Surgeries

Community Works are starting new, monthly one-to-one advice surgeries at their offices in Community Base, for groups working in Brighton & Hove. If you want to talk over an issue, or just ask for general advice, they can support you with a wide range of topics. These include, but aren’t limited to Funding, Monitoring and Evaluation, Governance,  Volunteering, Policies and Procedures, Strategy and Planning. The sessions are free but you do need to book a place.

Dates: The last Tuesday of each month, between 2pm and 4.30pm

Venue: Community Works, 3rd Floor Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

Who Should Attend?

The one-to-one advice surgeries are for anyone working or volunteering within a Brighton & Hove charity or community group. Members of Community Works will get priority. If your organisation isn’t a member, please get in touch with Community Works to discuss how you can join.

To book

Contact or call 01273 234023 to book a 30 minute slot.

Community Works Mentoring Programme

Community Works Mentoring programme matches people who work or volunteer in leadership positions for voluntary and community organisations in Brighton, Hove, Adur or Worthing with experienced, volunteer mentors who provide one-to-one support over a set period of time.

After a matching event which sees the pairing up of mentees and mentors who have complimentary interests, you will be expected to meet around once a month for up to nine months.

What is mentoring?

A mentor will help a mentee to understand their work and personal aspirations and challenges. They’ll create a climate of openness and trust, supporting mentees to grow and develop as leaders, and in turn building the capacity of their organisations.

I’m interested in being a mentee

Mentees are people in leadership positions in voluntary or community organisations, regardless of whether your role title reflects this. Throughout the programme, you will be appropriately challenged by a mentor in order to help you problem solve, overcome barriers, and to develop your own inner mentor. Since we launched the Mentoring Programme, over 105 charity workers, volunteers and trustees have benefited from being a mentee. Find out more.

I’m interested in being a mentor

Mentors are people who want to give something back to their local area, are keen to support the development of others in the charity sector, and who would benefit personally from sharing their experience. We’ll match you with someone who works or volunteers in a voluntary and community organisation and who will benefit from your skills and experience. You’ll support them to successfully solve challenges and develop their capacity as leaders in the sector. Find out more.

How to apply / Deadlines

This year, the application process takes place via SurveyMonkey.

Please submit your application for being a mentor by 5 April, or for being a mentee by 26 April.

The application forms can be found by following the links above.

Telephone: 01273 234023


Food Safety Training 13th May 2019

Level 2 Food Safety Award (Catering) for food projects


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.

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:

If you have any queries or questions please contact Helen Starr-Keddle on 07850 002596

New smoothie bike for hire

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.