Archive for March 17th, 2011

Social Enterprise Funding & Finance

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Social Enterprise Funding & Finance

Time: 25 March 2011
Date: 15:00 – 17:30
Venue: Business Community Partnership Offices, Brighton Junction, 1A Isetta Square, 35 New England Street, Brighton, BN1 4GQ

This workshop will share the latest trends and opportunities in financial support and government funding for the private SME and social enterprise sectors.

Delegates will be shown how public procurers assess risk in the supply chain and what suppliers can do to mitigate and prevent those risks to  ensure sustainable business relationships.

The workshop will include a peer group review and self assessment of risks to funding and financial support.

Facilitated by BCP member Clive Bonny of Strategic Management Partners Ltd

Cost (covers BCP admin and overheads):
Band 1 (No Paid staff) – £35 Members / £70 Non-members

Band 2 (1-50 employees) – £55 Members / £110 Non-members

Band 3 (51 or more employees) – £75 Members / £150 Non-members

To book a place email, Elizabeth on Places are limited please book in advance.

This workshop is supported by Se2 Partnership / Office for Civil Society

For info on membership email or visit





Help families with disabled children to ‘share the care’

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Help families with disabled children to ‘share the care’

There is a real need for more short break carers to help West Sussex disabled children and their families.

Caring for a child or young person with a disability is demanding so sharing the care, even for a short time, can make a big difference.

West Sussex County Council is using Share the Care Week (March 21-27) to highlight the recruitment drive.

Posters are being put up at schools, hospitals, health centres and Libraries.

Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Peter Evans, said: “Short break carers come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. The most important quality is to share a love of working with children.

“We are looking for new carers. The amount of time they give is very flexible and can be anything from a few hours a week, to an overnight stay once a month.”

Jan Bambridge, from the Family Placement Disability Team, said: “Not only do short break carers give children the chance to take part in activities that most non-disabled children take for granted – they also give parents a break from the demands of caring.

“Being a short break carer is such a rewarding and enjoyable role to have in a disabled child’s life. We hope that when they hear about the opportunity many more people will think ‘I could do that’ and find out more.”

Short break carers have access to a comprehensive training programme, which includes how to care for a specific child’s needs, and are paid either for overnight stays or an hourly rate if care is during the day.

If you want to find out more contact the Fostering Recruitment Team on 01403 229333.



Sing it from the rooftops – CD of county’s youth bands for sale

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Sing it from the rooftops – CD of county’s youth bands for sale

A CD is now available reliving West Sussex Music Service’s 50th anniversary celebration concerts featuring a range of talented young musicians.

Some of the service’s major groups played at the Chichester Festival Theatre over two nights in February.

A double CD of the night is now available for £10.

It features music including ‘The FAB Boys’ from Felpham and Bognor Regis schools performing ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen and the pop song ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, and North Mundham Primary School Ensemble playing a host of songs such as ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down’ by Rolf Harris.

There are also performances from The County Youth Orchestra, made up of some of the most talented young musicians in the county, playing a range of songs, and the County Big Band performing jazz.

To order your CD, go to

Crawley Fire Brigade Collection For Milly’s Journey

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Crawley Fire Brigade Collection For Milly’s Journey

The good Men/women of Crawley Fire Brigade will be in Crawley collecting on behalf of Milly’s Journey. If you see tham about get them a drink or drop your loose change in there buckets. And maybe if you girls are lucky you might get a dance 😉

Saturday 9th April from 19:00

All Crawley Pubs/Clubs



Sussex shoppers urged to back young first aiders

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Sussex shoppers urged to back young first aiders

Sussex shoppers are being urged to make every penny count when they visit their local Tesco by collecting vouchers for young St John Ambulance volunteers.

It doesn’t cost anything to collect the vouchers which can be used to buy all kinds of useful sports and IT equipment to help develop the skills of the charity’s youngest members.

Sussex St John Ambulance has more than 700 youth members and the charity as a whole is one of the nation’s biggest youth organisations.

But St John Ambulance relies on public donations to fund the training and development of its young volunteers as it receives no core Government funding and is not part of the NHS.

County fundraiser Jeanne Peterson said: ‘This voucher scheme is a great way for shoppers to support our important work with young people at no extra cost to themselves.’

‘Many of our young volunteers progress to become fully trained first aiders, often using their skills in life or death emergencies.’

St John Ambulance Badgers (aged five to 10) and Cadets (aged 10 to 17) learn a huge range of different skills, including first aid, through a wide variety of educational and fun activities.

They are given every opportunity to develop their full potential and become responsible and valuable members of their local communities.

Sussex shoppers are urged to pick up the vouchers every time they shop at Tesco and send them to: Jeanne Peterson, Sussex St John Ambulance, County Headquarters,16 Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury, Brighton BN1 8AP.

The vouchers are available until 8 May and will be used to buy equipment to benefit Cadets and Badgers all over the county. They can be exchanged for hundreds of items ranging from compasses and volleyball nets to table tennis tables and rounders’ kits.

Last year the Tesco scheme  gave more than 440,000 pieces of equipment worth £9.3m to schools and youth organisations around the country. Full details of how the scheme works can be found at:

To find out more about becoming a St John Ambulance Cadet or Badger please call 01273 371 500 or visit



Celebrity Chef Spotted at Local Restaurant

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Celebrity Chef Spotted at Local Restaurant

Leading food writer, critic, TV chef and Britain’s foremost authority on Asian food, Pat Chapman, was spotted dining at Zari Bar and Restaurant this week. Located on Ifield drive, Zari Restaurant has recently shot up on the radar of some of the UK’s finest food critics so the owners, Almara and Sadique Miah, were thrilled to see Mr. Chapman coming in the door.

Almara Miah said “Pat is a veteran television presenter and regularly cooks curry on GMTV’s This Morning, C4’s Big Breakfast, UK Living’s Live at Three, and BBC’s ‘Food and Drink’, so while I had never met him personally, I instantly recognized him.

“He said he enjoyed his meal and even asked to visit our kitchens. Our chefs were really pleased to show him around and to have the opportunity of meeting him in person. Pat’s visit is a great endorsement of the standard of food and service we provide.”

When asked about his visit to Zari, Pat Chapman said: “Crawley is lucky to have a restaurant which transcends the curry house formula. Zari transports its diners to the culinary regions of India with accuracy. If it was closer to my home it would certainly become my local.”

Pat Chapman is also a contributing editor to Tandoori Magazine, editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide and has written for the Independent, Daily Telegraph and BBC’s Good Food Magazine.

To see Pat Chapman’s review on his visit to Zari visit

For more information visit: or telephone 01293 525107