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Hastings Voluntary Action e-bulletin No. 16

Date – 7th December 2012

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General news

HVA AGM Presentations

The presentations from our annual general meeting and conference can now be downloaded from

Our Festive Season Opening Times

Hastings Voluntary Action will be stay open unil 4.30pm on Friday 21st December and reopen on Wednesday 2nd January 2012.

Community Anti-poverty Action

Is the subject for the next Hastings Community Networking Event 930am – 1.30pm on Thursday 17th January at St. John’s Church Hall, Brittany Road, St. Leonards on Sea.

HCN is starting the year with a reality check on what community activity is taking place to meet the increasing needs of local people and address growing poverty based issues. For more details and to book please follow this link:

Do you Know About the Work of The Illegal Money Lending Team?

The England Illegal Money Lending Team which investigates and prosecutes Loan Sharks, wants your opinions about their work. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete the survey before December 21st.

Short Film – Transforming Lives

Home Works, the short term housing support service for working age adults in East Sussex, has been involved in a short film about the East Sussex Supporting People programme called ‘Transforming Lives’. This was made as part of the National Housing Federation’s November 2012 ‘Support Matters’ month. You can watch the film by visiting

Police and Crime Commissioners

Community Matters took a twitter survey of the candidates for Police and Crime Commissioners on how they intend to engage with the sector, and has published the results for those elected

ESCC Commissioning Grants Prospectus

East Sussex County Council have started their 2013 Commissioning Grants Prospectus and are inviting people to a "Meet the Commissioners" event on 12 December. To find out the service areas that ESCC intend to invest in, and details of the event, visit

Equalities Impact Assessments

Compact Voice has made an initial statement on the Prime Minister's announcement of the removal of the requirement for Equality Impact Assessments.

Half of Councils Making Disproportionate cuts to Charities

New Compact Voice research has found that half of local authorities have made disproportionate cuts to the voluntary sector.

Surviving Sexual Abuse

A new self-help group aimed at female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse will be starting at Counselling Plus Community in Hastings on January 15th 2013. These weekly meetings will allow survivors the space where they can meet and ‘relate to each other about their thoughts, emotions, experiences and coping mechanisms in a safe and non-judgemental environment’. Further information can be found at

Funding News

Do you want to Improve Castle Ward?

Castle Ward Community First Panel have launched a new round of grants for activities that benefit people in Castle ward. Application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from their website or paper copies can be picked up from HVA’s reception in Portland Place. The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 25 January 2013.


Introduction to Campaigning Workshops

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation is a registered charity that supports campaigners to make an impact. They are running a series of one-day introductory level campaign workshops throughout the UK to equip people with the skills to bring about change at a local or national level (Brighton workshop in April)

Job Vacancies

Peer Development Worker

25 hrs per week, Fixed term contract until 30 September 2014 SCP 14-17 £15,725 – 16,830 pro-rata

Seaview Project are looking for an experienced person to be responsible for our Peer Development Programme, Working with our Peer Leaders to deliver a wide ranging Healthy Activities Programme

Closing date for applications 4 January 2012