Dating App Chicktok Starts Community Service Fund

The popular dating app Chicktok has announced that it will be donating 100% of its profits for the next three months to a new community service fund. The company says they have decided to make this move after reviewing user data and learning what members of their platform care about most, which is helping those in need.

“We’ve learned that our users really value the idea of giving back,” said a spokesperson from Chicktok. “That’s why we’re making a large donation to the community service fund.”

Chicktok’s founder told us he created his app as an alternative to traditional dating sites because he felt there was something missing from them. He wanted to create an environment where people could meet for more than just romantic pursuits. While the app is for finding hookups and sharing nudes, his goal was to foster a sense of community and give everyone a chance to help others instead of only focusing on themselves.

Over the past few years, Chicktok has experienced tremendous growth. Their mobile app has been downloaded over 10 million times worldwide and they now have over 3 million active members who use the site at least once per month. This number continues to grow with every passing year. In fact, Chicktok has seen significant increases in recent months due to their ongoing charitable endeavors. According to the company, their users are passionate about helping those less fortunate and many of them have expressed interest in taking part in charity events or volunteering their time.

“Our community service efforts have been very well received by our users,” said the Chicktok spokesman. “It seems like people want to see us do more.”

In addition to being able to donate money to charitable causes, users can also take part in volunteer opportunities. They can sign up for events that will allow them to help out in areas such as the homeless shelter or food bank. For example, Chicktok recently partnered with a local organization called ‘Feeding San Diego‘ which provides meals to the homeless and needy on the streets of the city. During one event, hundreds of volunteers came together to assemble several hundred sandwiches. Afterwards, the group distributed the sandwiches to the homeless along with bottled water and other items.

“The response has been incredible,” said the founder. “People love getting involved with projects that are important to them. We’ve had some members go above and beyond and organize their own events.”

This new feature is available on all platforms so anyone who wants to participate can join in. There’s no cost to sign up and people don’t even need to have a profile in order to get started. However, they do need to check the box indicating they would like to receive email updates when opportunities arise.

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Operations Manager – paid post with Care for the Carers


37 hours per week, Salary £32,393 – £34,341 per annum (Currently under review), An experienced and skilled senior manager is being sought by Care for the Carers to lead operational services which provide direct support to unpaid carers in East Sussex.

The successful candidate will excel in people and project management and have a proven track record in monitoring, evaluation, quality measurement and reporting.

This post is subject to a DBS check. An application pack is available by clicking on the ‘Job Vacancies’ link at, or by calling Liz Clarke on 01324 738390.
Closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 5th February 2016.  Date for interviews – Week beginning Monday 15th February

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Hastings & Rother CCG’s Reducing Health Inequalities Small Grants Fund

Health Inequalities Small Grants Fund

Hastings & Rother CCG’s Reducing Health Inequalities small grants fund NHS Hastings & Rother Clinical  Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched the second round of its Reducing Health Inequalities small grants fund, as part of its Healthy Hastings and Rother programme.

Local voluntary and community organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,000 or £10,000 to deliver projects to improve health and wellbeing and access to local healthcare and other support services that benefit health in Hastings and Rother.

The deadline for applications for standard grants of up to £10,000 is 20 May 2016. You can apply for a fast-track grant of £1,000 any time before that deadline.

The special application form and guidance notes are available from Sussex Community Foundation via their website: or by phoning 01273 409440.

HVA are organising two briefing sessions about how to apply to the CCG’s Reducing Health Inequalities small grants fund:

These funds are now available for COVID rapid tests kits, for the poor countries for stopping spread of the virus.

Thursday 5 May 10am to 12noon at Robsack Community Centre, Bodiam Drive, St Leonards, TN38 9TW
Friday 6 May 10am to 12noon at the Bridge Community Centre, Priory Road, Hastings TN34 3NW

To book a place contact Peter Thorpe at HVA by email: or call 01424 444010.

Peter Thorpe can also assist Hastings groups that need help with writing their funding application, or review a draft application before it is submitted.

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Community Wellbeing Advisor – Hastings

Community Wellbeing Advisor

37 hours per week, £19,875-£21,798 per annum, working for Southdown, This is an exciting chance to be part of an innovative project based in GP Practices in Hastings. GP’s have identified that there are a significant number of repeat visits from vulnerable local residents who state that they are experiencing mental distress due to issues with their housing, finances, relationships, unemployment and general wellbeing.

The GPs are finding it difficult to offer medical solutions to what appears to be the impact of social and economic issues.  The aim of the service is to offer alternative support options to improve patient health and wellbeing and subsequently reduce the number of GP appointments that individuals require.

Working closely with the Coordinator and team, this post will provide direct support to clients referred to the service. You will need experience of providing frontline services and be skilled at working in a solution focused way to enable clients to successfully address issues that they feel are negatively impacting on their health.

Ideally you will need to have an extensive existing knowledge of services and other support providers in the Hastings area.

Closing date for applications:  5pm, Tuesday 26th July.

Interviews will be held on :  Thursday, 11th August
For further info and to download an application pack, see  To receive an application pack, please contact us quoting job reference:CWA

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Good Practice Guide

Good Practice Guide for Volunteer Involving Organisations

Good Practice Guide

This good practice guide provides advice and guidance on best practice in the use, management of and support to volunteers. Each section of the Guide can be downloaded separately, and new sections will be added over the coming months.

There are a number of examples relating to the content appended to each section.  However it is suggested that these are not used without careful amendment to make them relevant to the needs of your own organisation.

The content of the Guide is based on information and advice provided by Volunteering England’s Information Service together with local information.

Volunteering England Information Service
Freephone/textphone: 0800 028 3304 (10.30am -12.30pm and 2-4pm Monday to Friday)

1.0        Writing a Volunteer Policy
2.0        Recruiting Volunteers – the process
3.0        Induction for Volunteers
4.0       Support and Supervision
5.0       Problem Solving
6.1       Volunteering Expenses – General
6.2       Volunteering Expenses – Travel
6.3       Volunteering Expenses – Care

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Volunteer Co-ordinators’ Programme

This programme of workshops is aimed at Volunteer Co-ordinators and Managers who have a substantial or increasing responsibility for volunteers within their organisation.

Workshop 1

Recruiting Volunteers – Wednesday – 21 January, 9.30am – 1.30pm

  • Methods and approaches to recruiting volunteers, identifying difficulties and exploring new ways of attracting volunteers
  • The recruitment process – including equality of opportunity and encouraging diversity
  • The importance of Induction

Workshop 2

Supervising and Supporting Volunteers – Wednesday 18 February    9.30am – 1.30pm

  • The benefits of good supervision and support to the volunteer and to the organization
  • How, when and where to provide support and supervision
  • Good practice and what to do when problems arise

Workshop 3

Motivating and Retaining Volunteers – Wednesday 18 March    9.30am – 1.30pm

  • What motivates and de-motivates volunteers
  • Causes of de-motivation and how to deal with them
  • Recognising and rewarding volunteers

    Previous participants have said ;-

“Very experienced tutors. Supportive environment. Excellent handouts. Plenty of opportunities to discuss our own positive/negative experiences and problem solve”.

“It was good to share ideas and also discuss problems and solutions to recruiting”.

“Awareness that the difficulties we experience are common to many organisations. Clarification of legal issues. Networking opportunities were invaluable.”

Each workshop is free standing, but the maximum benefit will be gained by attending all three. All Workshops run from 9.30 am to 1.30  pm. Lunch will be provided.  The workshops are facilitated by Rose Austen, Volunteer Centre Organiser and Andrea Garrick, Voluntary Services Co-ordinator, St. Michael’s Hospice.  If you are interested in attending please contact Rose on 01424 446060/444010, email or complete the MS Word Booking Form

Deadline for applications

All the above workshops are FREE to HVA Members and voluntary organisations that operate within Hastings, other voluntary organisations not operating in Hastings  – £10, and statutory organisations – £25.  For those with free places, a fee of £10 will be invoiced for non-attendance without prior reasonable notice.

Further details in PDF format are available and you can download a booking form in MS Word which you can save to your hard disc and return by email  click here

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HBC Commissioned Grants

Following the publication of documents by Hastings Borough Council on the new Community Partnership Commissioned Grants Process 2009 – 20011, Hastings Voluntary Action has set up this web resource to help voluntary and community organisations dowload all of the documents presently available.

Commissioned Service Guidance to Applicants – PDF 45K

Community Partnership Fund Financial Information – PDF 10K

Expression of Interest Form – PDF 28K

Expression of Interest Form – MS Word 155K

Service Spec 1 Enabling Communities to Commuicate – PDF 17K

Service Spec 2 Widening Community Participation PDF 34K

Service Spec 3 Rough Sleeping Reduction PDF 31K

Service Spec 4 Domestic Violence Support – PDF 31K

Service Spec 5 Alcohol Arrests – PDF34K

Service Spec 6 Promoting Town Centres – PDF 32K

Service Spec 7 Business Support – PDF 22K

Service Spec 8 Life and Vocational Skills Training – PDF 32K

Service Spec 9  Advice Services – PDF 33K

Service Spec 10 Youth Advice and Mediation – PDF 38K

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Current Training and Events

Hastings Voluntary Action is organizing the following training sessions:

We are currently planning HVA’s training for 2020, and more information will be available shortly.

Future training…

It is our intention to run further courses on the following subjects, subject to sufficient levels of demand. To assist us in our planning, please contact us to indicate your interest in any of these subjects, and we will ensure that you are advised as and when a date is announced.

Emergency First Aid at Work

This one-day course aims to give you the skills to become an emergency first aider for a low risk workplace. You will learn how to handle emergency situations, and how to treat people who are unconscious or who have other serious injuries. The cost is likely to be in the region of £65-75 per person.

To express an interest in this training please email

Treasurer’s Handbook

Facilitated by HVA’s Pat Weaver, and delivered in two parts, this course contains much essential information for anyone who is new to the role of treasurer within an organisation.

Part 1 covers roles and responsibilities. How does the treasurer’s role fit into the committee structure and what is required of you? Is there any legal stuff that you need to know?

Part 2 is a practical session, including an introduction to the world of budgeting – planning ,producing and using;  setting up and maintaining a simple, effective book keeping system and how to prepare and use a cash flow forecast to plan ahead.

FREE for small groups that are members of HVA (income < £100,000); (subsidised by ESCC)
Large HVA member organisations £40; Non-members and statutory £60

To express an interest in this training please email

Good Governance

A practical workshop designed for new and existing committee volunteers who want to achieve a successful outcome and a positive working relationship on the committees they engage in:  Subjects to be covered will include: Recognise what contributes to an effective and efficient committee meeting; Learn how to draft an agenda that gets results; Explore how to structure minutes that summarise the discussion record action items; Consider the legal implications of serving on a voluntary committee;  including responsibilities and accountability.

FREE for small groups that are members of HVA (income < £100,000); (subsidised by ESCC)
Large HVA member organisations £40; Non-members and statutory £60

To express an interest in this training please email

Finding the Funds

Date: to be arranged in 2016
Facilitator: Peter Thorpe, Hastings Voluntary Action
Venue: HVA, Jackson Hall, Portland Place, Hastings, TN34 1QN
This basic training will increase awareness of the range of funding sources available, look at how to complete a funding application, and help your group to plan ahead.
FREE for small groups that are members of HVA (income < £100,000); (subsidised by HBC)
Large HVA member organisations £40; Non-members and statutory £60;
To register your interest in this training email

Resilience training

Date: Thursday 12 November 2015, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Facilitator: Richard Pimm
Venue: HVA, Jackson Hall, Portland Place, Hastings, TN34 1QN
Resilience – stay on track or bounce back when times get tough. This session will provide generalised techniques you can immediately utilise to effect positive change in your life, or indeed the lives of people with whom you interact.
FREE for representatives of local charities, community groups and social enterprises.
To book a place on this training email or phone HVA’s Admin team on 01424 444010.

Child Protection training

Date: Thursday 19 November 2015, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Facilitator: Giovanna Simpson – LSCB Training and Development Consultant
Venue: HVA, Jackson Hall, Portland Place, Hastings, TN34 1QN
This course aims to raise awareness of child protection issues and procedures and the signs and indicators of child abuse.
FREE representatives of voluntary, community and not for profit groups and organisations.

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