Building Stronger Communities

Building Stronger Communities

Helping Hands

Building Stronger Communities  in East Sussex

3VA, HVA and RVA – the Councils for Voluntary Service in East Sussex, are working with East Sussex Better Together and other partners  on a project to understand better how best to support local Community Activity and the work of local neighbourhood groups.

We know that strong communities are an amazing thing, but did you know they also have benefits to health and wellbeing?  Through the East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) programme, a scheme of work is underway to find out and agree what we can all do to build on the strengths and resources communities already have, make those changes across the county, and agree how the changes can work more practically in local areas. We are therefore contacting all the Community Organisations to ask them to make a contribution to this debate and inform future action.

How to get involved:

A call for ‘evidence’: As a Community group, you – or individuals active in their community – can submit your comments, ideas and experiences in a way you feel is most appropriate. You can email or All submissions should be received by 23rd April 2016 and will be considered as part of the final report in May 2016.

The key questions we are inviting responses to are:-

Thinking about your work in the community, what difference are you making and what are you most proud of?

What could help you to do more of the work you think is important (or do it better).
What are your dreams and ambitions for your community /the community you work in ?

What things could get in the way of achieving positive change for your community/the community you work in ?

What are the most important messages for all those involved in communities (communities, organisations, businesses, and those planning ways of supporting communities)

An online survey: You can also complete an online survey to offer your views about your work, the support you would like to see and the perceptions you have about involvement in the local community. You can find the survey here


Engagement Events: Over the coming weeks, workshop-style events will be held to invite groups to hear more about the project, offer their views and network together. These are open events and will be attended by those who play different roles; it will include local community groups, Councillors, and public service providers. There will be two events in Rother on the mornings of Tuesday 12th April in Bexhill and Wednesday 13th April in Rye. All events are open to attend and will have time to network with those attending followed by a FREE lunch.   For more information or to book please contact Jan Cutting – 01424 217259 or
Community Outreach: In each locality we’ll be delivering a programme of mini-events and outreach, so keep an eye on our e-bulletin for what’s going on near you. We also welcome invitations from networks and forums, if you would like a member of the Project Team to come and speak and facilitate a discussion.
Social Media: Each CVS’s Twitter and Facebook accounts will be used to spread the word and we’ll be asking users for their views in a more informal way through these networks. We are also asking that groups who use social media share this information so we can include as many people as possible.

We think this is a unique opportunity for you to give your views and inform future strategy. We have designed a programme which we believe is inclusive and allows groups to participate in ways which are most relevant to them. Please have a think about the best way for your group to take part, and we look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any queries or questions please contact us at RVA or through generic email: