Third sector groups in Adur and Worthing continue to grow
Released: Thursday, 12 October 2017
“The support of Community Works has been invaluable” - those are the words of one Worthing charity which is prospering thanks to a town hall partnership.
For the past year Adur & Worthing Councils has worked with Community Works to help voluntary and community organisations grow.
Working from a base in Worthing Town Hall, Community Works provides expert advice, support and networking opportunities to voluntary and community organisations across Adur and Worthing.
With a new CEO at the helm, Community Works and Adur & Worthing Councils continue to work together to benefit thousands of residents across both areas.
Jess Sumner, who became CEO of Community Works this summer, said:
“Our mission is to reach out and connect charities, volunteers and businesses across Adur and Worthing to make our society and local areas.”
“In the past 12 months we have reached out to hundreds of groups, seeing first-hand the fantastic work that is going on. We are determined to build on that work, offering help and support to ensure the third sector continues to thrive.”
Adur & Worthing Councils awarded a contract to Community Works to provide sector leadership, networking and development support for the Community and Voluntary Sector locally in the summer of 2016. This is jointly funded by West Sussex County Council.
In the past 12 months Community Works has been offering support and advice from its offices in Worthing Town Hall.
Their regular newsletter aimed directly at the local third sector is well read and has lots of useful information regarding training, fundraising tips, legislation changes and governance guidance.
Community Works has also contacted hundreds of charities and voluntary groups of all sizes, finding out what they need to grow and support more people in the community so they can help in the best way
Headline achievements include:
- providing support to 167 unique voluntary and community organisations via one-to-one support, events, networks, training, mentoring and membership;
- reaching out to more than 500 groups in the area to build relationships and introduce their support offer;
- organising 16 Adur and Worthing-based learning workshops on topics including funding, governance and social prescribing.
One group that has directly benefited is Worthing Counselling Centre (formerly known as Offington Counselling Service), which provides high-quality, low-cost counselling to people who could not otherwise afford it.
With support from Community Works, the Worthing-based group won a grant of more than £7,000 to help subsidise their work, develop their communications, manage their premises and replace some equipment and furniture.
Councillor Dave Simmonds, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:
“We are fortunate to have a great mix of voluntary and community organisations who provide a range of important services: from befriending and working with older residents, to youth clubs and environmental groups.”
“Our work with Community Works can only help those organisations flourish in the short and long term.”
Councillor Val Turner, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:
“The experience and expertise offered by Community Works is a vital tool in helping support and grow the third sector.”
“That's why I'm delighted that we are able to provide this support to help voluntary groups across Worthing prosper.”
For more details or to seek support for your group contact Community Works on:
- or 01273 234023
- Adur and Worthing - on the Community Works website
- Training, training, fundraising tips, legislation changes and governance guidance - on the Community Works website
Worthing Counselling Centre, formerly known as Offington Counselling Service (OCS), is an independent charity founded in 1983 to provide high quality low-cost counselling for those in the Worthing area.
Community Works gave Worthing Counselling Centre one-to-one support to help them to fund raise, developing bids and then helping to improve them
They received just over £7,000 in funding to help subsidise their counselling, develop their communications, manage their premises and replace some equipment and furniture.
Worthing Counselling also attended a recent fundraising conference in Worthing and have participated in some of Community Works' focused fundraising sessions.
Since joining as members, they've also benefited from the support and connections it gives them to other organisations and people.
Anna Hayward, Head of Centre at Worthing Counselling, said:
“I have enjoyed attending Community Works' events. I have learnt more about funding and through networking have met other charities working with the same issues as us, and also met someone who has subsequently become a new trustee for us.
“Going forward I know we have a real partner in Community Works. I have somewhere to turn to for help and advice - this makes such a difference as a small charity with limited resource.”
Photo: Cllr Val Turner (left) and Jess Sumner, of Community Works, outside Worthing Town Hall
Photo: Jess Sumner (left), of Community Works, and Cllr Val Turner outside Worthing Town Hall
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