Funding available for dementia friendly projects

The Brighton and Hove Dementia Action Alliance has funding available for organisations that want to make a positive difference to those living with dementia in the city.

The first pot is for local groups to apply to provide services that improve the health and well-being of people living with dementia. They are particularly keen to look at projects that encourage participation in physical activities and reduce people’s feelings of isolation. Each grant fund from this pot is limited to a maximum of £3000 per financial year but smaller grants (under £1000) are encouraged, particularly for new innovative and creative projects.

The second pot is for local groups to apply to help adapt their environments to assist people living with dementia to feel more comfortable accessing the wide range of services  provided in Brighton and Hove. Feedback from people living with dementia say they often struggle to navigate around spaces that the rest of us can take for granted. Have a look at this checklist which will hopefully inspire you to think about how you can make your environment more dementia friendly. Each grant from this pot is limited to a maximum of £2000 per financial year.

Applications are invited from local organisations and businesses that are committed to joining the Dementia Action Alliance and helping us achieve our core objectives namely that of Brighton and Hove being recognised as a Dementia Friendly Community, tackling the stigma associated with dementia and reducing the social isolation of people with dementia and their carers. Organisations can apply for finances from both funding streams if appropriate. If you would like a copy of the relevant application form and the accompanying guidance notes then please email Matthew at

10% discount on room hire at Friends Centre

Friends Centre is based in two central Brighton locations both within 5 minutes’ walk to the North Laine; Brighton Junction (BN1 4GQ) and Ivory Place (off Morley St, off Grand Parade – BN2 9QE). (Neither of these locations are Friends Meeting House on Ship St!)

They have rooms available for hire during the evenings (particularly Mondays and Wednesdays) and weekends. They also always have rooms available during the day in school holidays when their own adult education programme decreases. They are currently taking bookings for 2018 for classes/workshops.

Both centres have light, airy rooms (including a dedicated art room complete with sink at Ivory Place) that are ideal for day and evening classes and training, interviews, board meetings, away days, weekend workshops, small conferences and more. They can provide refreshments directly but there are also lovely cafes serving delicious snacks, meals and refreshments at both venues.

The rooms are fully accessible and have projectors in each room at no extra cost. They are comfortable, furnished and can be prepared in all manner of layouts.

Reception is welcoming and there to help you with anything you need including most (!) technical

To get a 10% hire discount, quote FCRH2017 when booking on 01273-810210 or

Free event on social enterprise, 30th November

Community Works and The Platform are hosting an event on setting up a social enterprise, this Thursday (30th November) 10am – 1pm.

This session will enable you to explore what it means to be a social enterprise and support you to make an informed choice as to whether this approach is right for your organisation. There will be a Q&A with social enterprises Foodini Club and award-winning Here, long with Rebecca Luff, Award Manager at UnLtd and Social Enterprise specialist adviser, Mark MacTaggart.

Whether you are an established organisation or starting a social venture, this workshop will enable you to:

  • Recognise the defining features of a social enterprise
  • Explore the benefits and challenges of becoming a social enterprise
  • Identify your next steps and where to access support

A limited number of 30 minute 1-2-1 sessions will be available 1 month after the workshop – bookable on a first come first served basis. A booking link will be shared with attendees after the workshop.

The event is free, but you need to register at

Our work with BME groups wins funding support

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.

Tribute to our trustee, Ann Ewings

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, from Mount Pleasant Residents' Association, smiling at the camera.

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:

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)


Would you like to work with a university student researcher?

The Psychology department at Brighton University is looking for community projects who would be interested in working with an MA student in the new year. The students have to carry out a piece of social research in partnership with a local community organisation.

The research can be wide-ranging, but often takes the form of an evaluation of a service, product or other area of provision.  This could be to enable a service to be improved, to identify gaps in provision, and/or to feed into funding proposals for future work.

As well as providing students with an opportunity to put their research skills into practice, these placements provide the participating organisation with a report which you can use to help raise funds or show the value of your work. You would need to be willing to meet with the student several times and share information about your organisation’s plans and practices.

The students need to begin their placements in January and complete their research by May 2018.

If you want to find out more, or register your interest, please contact Dr Helen Johnson ( before 6th December.

Information session about Sussex Community Foundation

On 7 December,  1-3pm at the Brighthelm Centre, Brighton & Hove Council will be holding an information session for charities and community groups with Sussex Community Foundation.   This will be a great opportunity to find out more about the funding available from Sussex Community Foundation, as well as guidance and tips for applicants.   There will also be a presentation on “what funders are looking for” which will be of use for funding applications in general.  The sessions will cover

  • Presentation on the Sussex Community Foundation grants
  • “What funders are looking for” – tips and advice
  • Workshop with community groups – a chance to build links and share learning

This session is particularly aimed at community groups working on topics which tackle hatred and prejudice; which build sense of belonging and community cohesion; and building community resilience.

There are a set number of places available, to book a space please email

Exploring assertiveness & identity workshops

Run by Brighton Housing Trust Mental Health & Wellbeing Service

6th & 13th December 2017, 1-3pm

Do you want to:

  • Develop your assertiveness skills
  • Explore themes of assertiveness, consent and identity
  • Learn how to say no
  • Explore your values and recognise your skills

Then come along to one of our Exploring Assertiveness and Identity Workshops

At 27-29 North Street, Brighton BN1 1EB

For more information or to book a place please contact Chloe Godden on 01273 929471 or email

Charitable Incorporated Organisation: CIO briefing session

Community Works: Governance briefing – being a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

Governance Briefings are open to all community and voluntary organisations across Adur and Worthing, Brighton and Hove. They are a great opportunity to keep up to date with local and national legislation, develop your governance practice and network with other Trustees.

This ‘Governance briefing – being a CIO’ will be led by Tim Smith of GSFW Solicitors:

The session will provide the opportunity to learn more about Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO), including the differences between a CIO and a Community Interest Company (CIC), and how to convert to a CIO from a CIC.

Where: Lagoon Room, BMECP, 10A Fleet St, Brighton BN1 4ZE (map 
When: Tuesday 5 December, 6.00-8.00pm
To book: To book a place please follow

Grants available from Brighton Energy Community Fund

Brighton Energy Cooperative Community Fund 2017 is now open for applications!

Please feel free to share this post within your network of members to let them know about the fund.

This year the fund is for £2,500, and is open for any organisation in the Brighton and Hove, East or West Sussex areas.  The aim of the fund is to support local generation of renewable electricity or implement energy efficiency measures.

The deadline is 8th December 2017. Decisions will be made by the end of December, and the grant will be allocated by March 2018.

Further Guidelines and Application Form for applying to the fund are available at

For additional information please contact Stefania