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Summer 2014

The official newsletter for the voluntary and community sector in Eastbourne, Lewes District and Wealden.


Get an insight into volunteer recognition and find out what’s on during the 30th annual Volunteers’ Week, page 6

Insuring Volunteers

Are you covered? page 3

A Brief Guide to Crowdfunding Find out more about this novel form of fundraising, page 4

And much more inside...

Eat Out, Eat Well Scheme, page 5; Ask the Expert Roll-out, page 9; Training opportunities, page 10; 3VA, Reid Briggs Partnership Offer, page 11;

Transforming Rehabilitation A brief guide to what’s really going on, page 8

Welcome to 3View

In this issue’s introduction, 3VA’s CEO Adam Chugg discusses Volunteers’ Week and highlights some of the benefits of volunteering.


he first week of June is National Volunteers’ Week and a great opportunity to celebrate the value of volunteering.

Volunteering makes a significant economic contribution. In East Sussex alone, more than 60,000 people volunteer and make an economic contribution valued at more than £80 million annually. Many who volunteer gain new skills, experience and knowledge that can help them to gain employment and, in turn, increase the economic contribution they make to the county. Another key benefit volunteering can bring is improving health. Research by the University of Brighton shows that volunteering can increase physical activity, reduce incidences of physical

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 VCES Ask the Expert 3 June and 5 August 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Heathfield Library, 21 High Street, Heathfield TN21 8LU  Dealing with Difficult People 12 June 9:30 am to 4:30 pm 3VA Annexe, 8 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne BN21 1DG

 VCES Ask the Expert 17 June and 29 July 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Eastbourne Library, Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TL  Writing a Fundraising Plan 17 June 10:00 am to 12:30 pm Yarrow Room, Lewes Town Hall, Lewes BN7 2QS

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conditions such as stroke or heart disease, and reduce depression and loneliness just to name a few. So in addition to making a positive difference in the community, volunteering is good for you!

Volunteering also builds social capital. We think of social capital as the connections among people and their social networks, a willingness to do things for each other and a sense of trust coming from this. By volunteering, communities become stronger. 3VA is proud to manage the nationally accredited Volunteer Centre that supports and celebrates the fantastic contribution volunteering brings across the county. Look out for local events during this week that show some of differences volunteering can make.

 An Introduction to Child  Chairs’ Lunch: Recruiting Protection Trustees 18 June 16 July 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Yarrow Room, Lewes Chalk Farm Hotel, Coopers Town Hall, Lewes BN7 Hill, Eastbourne BN20 9JD 2Q5  Risk Management and  Environmental Funding Contingency Planning and Information Fair 17 July 25 June 9:30 am to 1:30 pm 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm 3VA Annexe, 8 Saffrons Uckfield Civic Centre, Road, Eastbourne Uckfield TN22 1AE BN21 1DG

 VCES Ask the Expert 1 July 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Crowborough Library, Pine Grove, Crowborough TN6 1DH  The Big Event 8 July 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm International Lawn Tennis Centre, College Road, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ  Going it Alone: Lone Worker Training 16 July 9:30 am to 12:30 pm 3VA Annexe, 8 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne BN21 1DG

 HR Essentials: Recruitment, Induction and Selection 24 July 9:30 am to 12:30 pm 3VA Annexe, 8 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne BN21 1DG

More information about future Volunteer Centre East Sussex Ask the Expert events around the county can be found at For further details on training courses, please see page 10 or visit



Volunteers: Have you got them covered?

If your organisation is like most charities and community groups, you engage on a regular basis with volunteers who perform a wide range of tasks in many different settings. But, if something went wrong, would you be covered by your existing insurance policy? Keely Rust of Reid Briggs Insurance Brokers sheds light on insurance cover for volunteers in this edition’s Expert Eye.


ypically, charities differ from businesses in that they have more volunteers and fewer paid employees, but - whether paid or unpaid and regardless of an organisation’s size or area of work - employers have a duty of care to protect both staff and volunteers working alongside them.

There are two types of liability insurance cover to protect the public from injury:

• If they are volunteering and helping you run an event or activity, this would be covered under Employers’ Liability (rather than Public Liability) as would paid staff. • If they are attending an event as a spectator or supporter, this would be covered under Public Liability.

Therefore it is important to check that your insurance policy covers everybody in your organisation. Employers’ Liability cover isn’t compulsory for volunteers, but since they’re exposed to the same potential risks as employees, we advise people to treat their Keely Rust, Reid Briggs volunteers as if they are paid staff. If Employers’ Liability cover shows as insured on your insurance policy, volunteers are covered - but this depends on how your insurer defines the word ‘employee’. In policy wordings, the following categories can be defined as an ‘employee’ in addition to paid staff:

Some ways to protect your volunteers:

• Don’t overlook volunteers – ensure training, including full induction, involves staff and volunteers.

• Conduct risk assessments for both staff and volunteers.

• Follow all relevant workplace policies including health & safety, manual handling and food safety.

• Have a lone working policy in place. Track volunteer client appointments, have measures in place to flag up a non-report after a visit and remember that office work can be lone work.

• Notify your insurer of your volunteer numbers and what they are doing.

• pupil on recognised work experience • trustees • volunteers, but note that terms can vary (e.g. ‘authorised volunteer’ means trained or experienced, rather than casual helpers.

For a valid claim under employer’s liability insurance, the organisation has to be proven negligent in causing bodily injury to the employee. This can result from many situations, including but not limited to, provision of tools or equipment, unsafe working environments or lack of supervision or training.

A Financial Conduct Authority authorised insurance advisor or broker can guide you through insurance cover needs. See or the British Insurance Brokers Association website at for further details.

Keely Rust is Charities Insurance Manager for Reid Briggs & Co Ltd, 49 South Street, Eastbourne BN21 4UT. Summer 2014 3View Page 3

Community Development A Brief Guide to Crowdfunding

by Sue Shoesmith, Senior Community Development Officer

What do the Statue of Liberty and a gallery converted from a public toilet in Frome, Somerset have in common? The answer is that the money for both was raised by crowdfunding!

It is estimated that £200 million was invested through crowdfunding in the UK in 2012 and that sum will have risen to £4.7 billion a year for UK charities by 2016.

What is Crowdfunding? In simple terms, it is a way of financing projects, charities, businesses and loans through small donations from a large number of people. In the past it was known as ‘raising funds by public donation’ - a famous example of which is the Statue of Liberty, which was funded through public donation in France and donations in the USA.


Crowdfunding uses social media and online sites (known as platforms) to bring together potential funders and those looking for finance, often connecting those with shared interests. Whilst features differ from site to site, all platforms in their most basic form allow fundraising campaigns to be created around a fundraising webpage that accepts money directly using the website’s own credit card processor. Funds can be raised in four different ways through this method: 1) Equity based – investors receive a stake in a company. 2) Donation based – contributions made go towards a charitable cause. 3) Loan based – investors are repaid for their investment over a period of time (sometimes but not automatically with interest). 4) Reward based –investors receive a tangible item or service in return for their funds.

Crowdfunding platforms tend to specialise in one method of fundraising and the majority of them work on the all or nothing model - i.e. if your target income isn’t reached, you receive nothing. Some platforms, however, are aimed at raising funds for the not-for-profit sector and allow all monies to be kept even if the target isn’t reached. The cost of these services also varies: some charge a flat fee, others require a fee to join and then, subsequently, a percentage of the project value, others take a percentage with unsuccessful projects paying a higher fee than those which are successful and others only charge if you meet your target.

It is tempting to see crowdfunding as a quick and easy way of raising funds. After all, a successful campaign can be a quick and efficient way of accessing donations. Community and voluntary groups must be aware that, as with any funding application, the successful use of crowdfunding comes with its own set of challenges and requires skill and a great deal of preparation. If approached in the right way, however, the rewards of crowdfunding could be highly lucrative.

Additional resources: Nesta, the innovation charity, has produced Working The Crowd, an excellent guide to crowdfunding, which is available to download from This short guide will take you through the process step-by-step, highlighting the pitfalls, and discussing how crowdfunding can work for you.

Crowdfunduk has published downloadable lists of crowdfunding sites and European crowdfunding equity platforms at

The ThirdSector published an article in April 2013 Is crowdfunding the way forward? which is available to download Page 4 3View Summer 2014

The Big Count

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All members will soon receive information on how to update their organisation’s details. This is such an important process - not just to make sure we have the correct details with which to contact you, but also to know what’s going on and where across the sector. Using this information, we create the Valuing the Voluntary Sector report (available online at, which looks at the economic contribution of the sector, the strength of volunteering and much more.

Not a member? Why ever not?! It’s free and easy to join 3VA and membership will enable your organisation to be part of this vital survey of the sector. For more details, visit our membership section online at

Eat Out, Eat Well Scheme Seeking Community Food Providers by Helen Meade, Community Development Officer (Chances4Change)

The Eat Out Eat Well scheme is a new accreditation scheme that rewards the work food providers do to promote healthy choices. It is administered by Environmental Health Officers and involves completing a self-assessment of the food provided (e.g. what the choices are, how food is prepared and how healthier choices are promoted to customers). At the end of the process, food providers that have scored sufficient points receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold award. This is backed up with lots of useful tips about how caterers can make simple changes that can

make food both healthier and more economical.

The role community food providers play in promoting healthy choices is crucial, and for that reason 3VA has been asked to work with the Environmental Health teams to pilot the new scheme in community settings. This will take place as part of the Chances4Change project that 3VA is delivering in Eastbourne. If you run, visit, volunteer in or know of a community setting where food is provided, we want to hear from you! Please visit or contact Helen Meade, Community Development Officer, at for more details.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Play Host to Ministerial Visit

by Claire Harris, Volunteer Recruitment and Support Officer

In March, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was honoured to receive a visit at Eastbourne Fire Station from Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, as part of his visit to East Sussex.

The Minister for Civil Society works with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on public sector efficiency and reform, including transparency and fraud, error and debt. The minister is also responsible for volunteering, the Big Society agenda and charities, social investment and enterprises and reforming public bodies.

We spoke to him about the role of volunteers within East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and how the remit of the volunteers is expanding and evolving, responding to local needs within our communities.

Valli, Sarah, Trevor, Dan and Mary (five of our Community Volunteers who appear in the photo to the right) all spoke very eloquently about their volunteering. The minister showed great interest in our partnership work with other emergency services and the increasingly broad support volunteers are providing within the service.

Nick Hurd MP later tweeted: “East Sussex Fire and Rescue and 3VA doing great work to encourage community volunteers. Big potential. #publicservicesocialaction.” You can follow Nick Hurd’s official Twitter account @minforcivsoc.

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As we prepare to celebrate the 30th annual Volunteers’ Week in 2014, Volunteer Centre East Sussex (VCES) Volunteering Development Officer, Lee Shepherd, gives us an insight into recognising volunteers and a preview of what’s on this June.

orry may seem to be the hardest word, but expressing gratitude - and the right amount of it - often can be tricky, too. Whilst it’s safe to say that most volunteers like being thanked for their efforts, effusive praise can appear insincere, quickly losing its impact, and restrained praise can leave someone feeling like they’re being taken for granted. With over twenty years of experience in this sector, I have personally witnessed the fallout from situations where recognition wasn’t managed well and the tremendous positive impact it had on invidual volunteers and the wider organisation when it was.

Inevitably, there may be occasions when trying to keep everyone happy will prove impossible. I vividly recall an example of this from my own personal experience when organising a Volunteers’ Week trip on a double decker bus for about forty volunteers. Half of the group wanted to go to the Royal Horticultural Gardens at Wisley, whilst the other half wanted a day by the seaside in Margate. My attempted compromise solution of Hever Castle pleased precisely no one! In that situation, correctly gauging feelings proved difficult, but it’s important to recognise that this issue pops up routinely in day-to-day interactions with volunteers. Some volunteers enjoy frequent pats on the back and others assiduously shun the spotlight. Some like to have their birthday acknowledged whereas others are genuinely embarrassed and would rather keep it quiet. As each volunteer is an individual, I’ve found that simply asking volunteers about their preferences is a great place to start.

While there is nothing wrong with long-service and other awards on balance, I tend to advocate volunteer recognition schemes that acknowledge everyone’s contribution. My experience has led me to the conclusion that it can be unwise to elevate any one contribution above another and that more equitable recognition can be achieved by acknowledging that what on its face might appear to be quite a small contribution may in actuality be the result of someone overcoming several barriers and making huge personal sacrifices.

As volunteer coordinators, I don’t think we need to pre-occupy ourselves with asking if one volunteer’s contribution is somehow worthier than another’s. Perhaps more important is that in recognising and rewarding the value of volunteering, we are also celebrating diversity and remembering that every volunteer is unique and that every contribution is of value. This is precisely why I look forward to Page 6 3View Summer 2014

Lee Shepherd

and enjoy national Volunteers’ Week - it aims to recognise the contribution of all volunteers everywhere.

Each year in the first week of June, groups working with volunteers and support organisations like VCES get the chance to say a massive ‘THANK YOU!’ to all their volunteers and, funds permitting, throw a party or hand out a few certificates. Events during the week are also an opportunity to highlight the value of volunteering and, hopefully, attract some new volunteers.

Although there are other initiatives throughout the year aimed at celebrating volunteering and there is no need to confine activities to 1-7 June each year, there is something special about Volunteers’ Week. There’s nothing quite like trying to gather 150 people together, each clutching a red balloon, to form a large V-shape for an aerial photograph in the pouring rain (the week is held in high summer after all!). Nor are there many better feelings than watching someone who you remember telling you they had no skills to offer during their informal interview proudly posing for pictures with their certificate of volunteering achievement.

It is easy to overlook how awarding a certificate can truly matter to someone. Recently, I met a man who I helped to recruit as a volunteer youth worker some twenty years ago. He told me he still has his first Volunteers’ Week certificate on the back of his bathroom door so he can lie and look at it whenever he’s in the tub!

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It’s important to approach volunteer recognition with a balanced and individual approach, ensuring that no contribution is perceived as being worthier than another. Recognise and reward the value of volunteering, celebrate diversity and remember that every volunteer is unique and each contribution is of value. Volunteers’ Week will take place from 1-7 June and presents an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ or do something out of the ordinary to celebrate volunteers.

If your organisation is planning an event to celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2014, contact VCES for help in publicising it.

This year Volunteers’ Week hits 30! At VCES we are aware that our role is primarily to highlight all the events taking place across the county and to throw the spotlight on volunteering by generating as much interest among the local media as possible. Rest assured, we will be doing our bit to help local celebrations along.

If your organisation is planning an event and would like VCES to publicise it, please send details, including when and where it is taking place, to You can also tweet us @VolCenES and we’ll retweet it during the week. To see what else is happening across East Sussex, please visit our website at wish you a very Happy

Volunteer’s Week 2014!

For more information and ideas for activities, check out the official Volunteers’ Week website at

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The Forum supports representation and is a platform for networking in East Sussex. For more details SpeakUp’s website is, or you can follow Speakup on Twitter @SpeakUpForum

Transforming Rehabilitation: A Brief Guide to What is Really Going On

The wheel is constantly turning when it comes to Transforming Rehabilitation (Government reform of the delivery of offender services in the community), so it is easy to feel lost. While it is impossible to give quick answers, we suggest two (urgent) steps you may want to take if you are working with low- to medium-risk offenders.

Step 1 Get some up-to-date information from our friends at Clinks, an organisation that supports, represents and campaigns for the voluntary sector working with offenders. Clinks’ webpage at serves as a live resource, keeping organisations updated as new information becomes available. Step 2 If you are working with low- to medium-risk offenders and are considering delivering any services as a subcontractor, we urge you to consider registering with the Ministry of Justice’s ‘Industry Standard Partnering Agreement’. This agreement will guide future Ministry of Justice subcontracting arrangements.

There are twenty-one leading providers for areas across England, Scotland and Wales, which will subcontract some services to smaller organisations that work more locally or are more specialist

providers. Those organisations that want to be subcontracted by the lead providers must register with the Ministry of Justice.

The deadlines have been abolished and registration will continue to be open indefinitely. Email to request a registration form.

Clinks has published a Legal Guide at that will help you get to grips with the implications of taking on this kind of contract and how to deal with contract negotiations.

A bit of background information The existing individual Probation Trusts will be reorganised into a single national public sector Probation Service and twenty-one new government-run companies. The public sector Probation Service will retain responsibility for the supervision of high-risk offenders, including those subject to Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements.

The Ministry of Justice and National Offender Management Service (NOMS) have expressed their desire to see the voluntary and community sector play a full role in the new arrangements, stressing that this could be as a subcontractor in another organisation’s supply chain or as part of a consortium arrangement.

This update was brought to you by Sussex Safer Future Communities initiative.

BIG EVENT 2014 - Tuesday, 8 July 2014! This year’s Big Event will focus on ‘The voluntary sector’s contribution and role in developing the local economy’.

Want to know how your organisation could play a role in economic development? What opportunities there are for the sector to deliver social inclusion, innovation and employment support? What we can gain from the new EU and LEP funding? Join us in July!

Talk to Directors at ESCC, other VCS CEOs, Big Lottery and vote on sector’s priorities.

The event is FREE but you must book as places are limited. You can attend the whole day or just book for our popular Advice Fair. For booking and up-to-date information go to Page 8 3View Summer 2014

Volunteer Centre East Sussex is a countywide service offering support and advice to groups that involve volunteers in any aspect of their work. Learn more online at

Ask the Expert Rolls Out Countywide

Thinking about volunteering? Want to find out more? Brenda Bruzon, Volunteering Coordinator, discusses a new programme that gives people the opportunity learn more about volunteering by speaking to a volunteering expert.

Ask the Expert is a project that Volunteer Centre East Sussex is running in partnership with East Sussex County Council (ESCC) Library & Information Service to raise the profile of volunteering in the county and to provide individual members of the public with information and advice on how to go about finding local volunteering opportunities.

Arianne Mortimer and Cecile Stheeman, Eastbourne Volunteering Champions

Since October 2013, the initiative has been piloted at libraries in Eastbourne, Lewes and Crowborough. Thanks to a recent small grants award from Wealden District Council, Ask the Expert will soon be launched in libraries in Wealden with the highest footfall, including Hailsham and Heathfield. Peripatetic sessions will also be held in smaller libraries such as Forest Row, Wadhurst and Polegate. Outside Wealden, the aim is to launch Ask the Expert in Bexhill in June.

Between October 2013 and March 2014, 82 members of the public made enquiries at Ask the Expert sessions. Feedback from a sample of individuals that enquired at the Eastbourne sessions last year indicated that more than 1 in 3 people have found a placement as a result of speaking to our Volunteering Champions, people who are currently volunteering with a local organisation and who are happy to speak to others about the benefits of volunteering and how to go about finding one of over 800 local opportunities.

All are invited to experience the Ask the Expert project for themselves by attending upcoming sessions in Heathfield (3 June and 5 August), Bexhill (4 June), Eastbourne (17 June), or Crowborough (1 July). As Ask the Expert sessions are geared toward individuals, groups and organisations seeking to promote their volunteer opportunities or to get help with recruiting, supporting and developing volunteering are encouraged to contact Volunteer Centre East Sussex.

Thanks to East Sussex County Council Libraries and our Volunteering Champions for helping us to deliver this service.

Cllr Dowling supporting the launch of Crowborough Ask the Expert in March. Summer 2014 3View Page 9


We’ve got a range of exciting courses to offer over the next few months, including:

n Dealing with Difficult People 12 June, Eastbourne Wouldn't the world be much easier if everyone was like you? Sadly, they're not. Learning to understand "difficult people" and the skills you can use to manage them can help you feel more confident in dealing with others. This short workshop aims to help you understand what makes a difficult person, introduces classic difficult characters and suggests some ideas to help manage them. The course also explores conflict and basic approaches to defusing it.

n Writing a Fundraising Plan 17 June, Lewes This practical session will give you the information and the confidence to develop a plan for your organisation. In addition, all delegates will have the opportunity for a follow-up appointment with 3VA for any further assistance, as well as a free copy of our Essential Guide to Fundraising Plans.

n An Introduction to Child Protection 18 June, Lewes This introductory course on Child Protection is open to anyone working with children or young people in the voluntary and community sector. The objectives of the course include raising awareness of child protection issues, procedures and signs and indicators of child abuse, enabling staff to identify and respond to child protection concerns and becoming aware of ESCC Child Protection Procedures to encourage and develop effective inter-agency communication where child protection matters arise.

n Going it Alone: Lone Worker Training 16 July, Eastbourne It's estimated that there are between 3-4 million lone workers in the UK and organisations have a legal duty to risk assess lone working and implement control measures.This short course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to discharge your legal and moral duty to look after lone workers. We'll help you identify risks in your workplace, review high and low tech control measures and help you develop your lone working policy.

n Risk Management and Contingency Planning for Voluntary and Community Organisations 17 July, Eastbourne This course will help you develop simple tools to ensure you are protecting yourself (as an individual) and your organisation. The course will provide the opportunity to develop your knowledge, awareness and skills in order to protect members and committee members and to continue to meet legal requirements. This course is for trustees, managers and those responsible for organisational management of community and voluntary organisations, charities and community interest companies. n HR Essentials: Recruitment, Induction and Selection 24 July, Eastbourne This new and highly participative 3VA course will focus on the best ways to resource your organisation with good quality staff and volunteers. After raising participants’ knowledge of the important legal and tax implications in recruiting the right people, the course will provide an excellent insight into a range of practical and cost effective ways of finding and inducting the people you need to meet your organisation’s requirements. Please visit our online calendar of events at where you will find full details of any upcoming training and where you will be able to book quickly and easily online.

Could you support the sector by delivering a training course in our next programme? We’re always keen to hear about skills and experience you can offer. Equally, if there’s a course you need that’s not currently available, please give us a call on 01323 639 373 or email

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Welcome to our newest members!

Ambulance Community First Responders Community Stuff Families for Autism Grovelands Acorns Pre-School Transition Town Eastbourne Livability Lifestyle Choices South East Ramblers Sussex Area Royal Mencap Seaford Musical Theatre Training for Employment (TfE)

With a range of benefits for members, including preferential rates on services, why not join the growing network? To find out more, please visit

Joining 3VA means we are better able to work with you and support others in doing so as we know more about you and your work.

Rural Disadvantage in Wealden

Wealden Strategic Partnership (WSP) charged 3VA and Action in Rural Sussex (AiRS) to do a follow up report on a 2010 survey of rural disadvantage in rural Wealden. Contributions to a brief questionnaire were received from 24 partners, 15 of which were from the voluntary and community sector. The final report and recommendations, together with a summary of partner activities and concerns, will be going to the next WSP meeting at the beginning of July for final approval.

If you would like a copy of the report when it is published please contact Jenny Watson, Representation Officer, at

3VA, Reid Briggs Insurance Partnership Offers Advantages to Third Sector Workers

3VA and local insurance brokers Reid Briggs have forged a new partnership rewarding third sector employees and reinvesting in the communities we serve. By taking out your buildings and/or contents home insurance through the Reid Briggs Affinity scheme, using Ansvar Insurance, a local, ethical insurer, a percentage* of each newly purchased policy is reinvested in 3VA’s work supporting and developing the voluntary sector in Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden.

The Ansvar policy is competitively priced and rewards your voluntary or conservation work, non-smoking and/or non-drinking lifestyle choices, regular charitable giving, and church membership with premium discounts of up to 15%**. The more 3VA supporters buy their insurance in this way, the more money 3VA receives. Every policy counts, and by renewing your Affinity policy, the benefit to 3VA also continues. Insuring your home with Ansvar offers many benefits, including:

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Buildings blanket sum insured of £1,000,000 Contents cover up to £75,000 & Freezer contents up to £1,000 Optional £6,000 Personal Belongings cover (at extra cost) £5,000 Trace and Access cover (to find the source of that water leak) £50,000 Legal Expenses cover included as standard Insurer in Eastbourne & a wholly UK based operation (including claims)

For more information, please contact Keely Rust or Steph Gardener on 01323 438843 or visit

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A Week in the Life

Eastbourne-based Claire Piper (née Gregory) uses her art background in her involvement with several local organisations, including 3VA member organisations Age Concern Eastbourne and Compass Community Arts. In this edition’s ‘A Week in the Life’, we get a flavour of these organisations as we follow Claire during a typical week.


As the newly appointed Making Memories coordinator for Age Concern Eastbourne, Claire is coordinating a day service specifically tailored for people with mild to moderate dementia - something she does each Monday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Venton Centre. Supported by five fantastic volunteers, the new Making Memories project provides a range of stimulating activities and nutritious lunches in a safe and welcoming environment whilst fostering informal social interaction and companionship. Attendees take part in creative workshops (today they’re making mini herb gardens) and reminiscence activities like creating personalised memory boxes and illustrated life stories. Thirteen people are attending today and it’s apparent that they have formed strong friendship bonds. Each person is an individual and there’s plenty of laughter.


Claire spends time catching up on administration, project planning for future Making Memory sessions and assessing current and potential new clients. She also continues to explore new ways to expand the creative programme offered by Age Concern Eastbourne and works closely with colleagues and volunteers to develop new projects and workshops.


Claire, a multi-disciplined social artist and maker who explores every day domestic and societal relationships using a range of techniques, has her own arts practice and spends the day creating some new artwork involving the vanishing and revealing of the unique landscape and natural history of the South Downs National Park. This body of work will be entered in an exhibition that will be held at Birling Gap visitors’ centre in the summer months.


Like all Thursdays, Claire is working for Compass Community Arts (CCA) where she designs and facilitates creative learning projects, submits bids and delivers projects locally. Following the successful completion of The Martlets, a Heritage Page 12 3View Summer 2014

Claire Piper Lottery-funded project in June 2013, Claire has been working closely with the CCA’s Collective to rebrand the charity and devise new communityinclusive, high quality projects with artists and local organisations. Today she edits the new website, makes a poster and carries out preparations for workshops due to be run in the coming weeks.


Claire is back at Age Concern Eastbourne coordinating the ‘Walking for Wellness’ programme. Regular walks are held three times per week with monthly specials offered. All the walks are free, accessible to anyone over the age of 50 and are led by friendly volunteer group walk leaders. The walks are very popular and sociable with an obligatory cuppa afterwards in a local café! In the evening, Claire goes to work for East Sussex Targeted Youth Support Service where she runs a weekly freestyle art club for 11-16 year olds. It is a fun and lively art club with an emphasis on individual creative practice. Claire tries to make the club as interesting as possible and the twelve young attendees certainly look like they’re having a good time with wide-ranging mediums from spray-paint to textiles and ceramics to making 3D models.

For more information, please visit:

Age Concern Eastbourne:

Compass Community Arts:

Targeted Youth Support Service (Eastbourne): 01323 466665

Sponsorship Opportunities! SpeakUp Countywide Forum is seeking sponsorship, including a Headline Sponsor, for this year’s Big Event 2014 on Tuesday, 8 July 2014.

To find out more, please visit bigevent2014/sponsor-the-big-event or email us at


n Annexe seats 40 people n Interview room seats 4 people n Other rooms also available

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Two-way radios Multimedia projector Overhead projector (OHP) Hearing loop and microphone 1 x Large Display Board 4 x Medium Display Boards 2 x Table Top Display Board

Please visit or contact Linda Goodwill, Office & Premises Manager, on 01323 639373 or at for more information.

Community Volunteers - We Need You!

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) Community Volunteers scheme was created to support the work of the Service in achieving its vision of ‘safer and more sustainable communities’. Volunteers make a vital contribution by helping ESFRS provide fire and road safety information and practical support to the local community. We are looking to recruit more volunteers to support our already successful teams active throughout East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering with us, please visit, call us on 01323 462 438 or email

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