Local partnership secures £300k to support community and voluntary action in Brighton and Hove

Posted on 9th February 2012 by

A partnership of six Brighton and Hove based organisations has successfully secured £300,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The money will be used to improve the support given to grassroots groups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations and to provide more co-ordinated support to volunteering in the city.

Libby Young, Acting Joint CEO, at the Community and Voluntary Sector Forum said: “It is excellent news for the city that we have successfully secured this funding. The hard work will now begin to make sure that support for voluntary and community action in the city is high quality and sustainable through these challenging times.”

A project will now take place over the next 18 months to explore the potential for merging a number of services which are currently provided by different organisations, into one main support organisation for community and voluntary action in the city.

The project will also build relationships with local businesses to enable their expertise and skills to support community and voluntary action. Giles Ings, ABIR Architects, Chair of Brighton and Hove Skills Exchange said: “It’s great news that this bid has been successful and the business members of Skills Exchange are looking forward to exploring how our pro bono work can be part of providing the best possible support for local charities”.

Community and grassroots groups have already been involved in identifying what help and support they would like and how they would like to receive it. However, the partnership will be speaking to more groups in the city to make sure they can get the support they need.

Brighton and Hove City Council has also pledged its support to this project. David Murray, Strategic Director for Communities said: “On behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council, I am very pleased to support this project and its plans to improve support for our valuable local community and voluntary sector. This project should help to ensure a higher quality of support to the sector through the challenging years ahead, with the consequent benefits better services bring to our communities.”

Both Brighton & Hove Impetus and Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove are pleased to be part of this exciting project to improve infrastructure support for local organisations, and to continue to develop high quality support for volunteers and volunteering in the City.

The partnership is made up of the following organisations:

Brighton & Hove Community and Voluntary Sector Forum
Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove
The South East Wellbeing Consortium
The Business Community Partnership
The Trust for Developing Communities

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