East Sussex Volunteer Coordinators’ Networking Forums

‘I know more about what is going on in East Sussex and how I could work with other groups’
Forum participant, February 2016 

The Networking Forums take place in venues all over the County and open to anyone who has responsibility for involving and engaging volunteers anywhere in East Sussex. The Forums are designed as informal meetings that allow anyone working with volunteers the opportunity to learn and talk more about specific volunteering topics as well as offering the chance to;

  • Meet with other people working with volunteers throughout East Sussex
  • Get up to date information about volunteer management training, funding and other volunteering initiatives in your area.
  • Discover the latest news from the national volunteering sector and how it affects your organisation.

Although each Forum has a focused topic, there are no formal agendas or minutes and no need to send apologies. It doesn’t matter if you have worked with volunteers for five minutes, or for five years and more…everyone has something to offer and you will be very welcome.

Attendance at all the Forums is completely free but there is often limited space in the venues and demand for places is usually high, so to be sure of your place, please book early.

We have an exciting series of Forums planned for Autumn 2017;

In Eastbourne on Tuesday 26th, 1.00 – 4.00 pm

3VA’s Annexe, 8 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne BN21 1DG

At our last meeting in March participants said they would welcome the opportunity to hear more about and discuss what works well with volunteer recruitment, retention and support (and funding!). There will be a training session facilitated by Katherine Russell of Possability People, which will explore ways in which you can diversify your volunteer teams and as a result recruit and retain more volunteers to support your work.


  • Stephen Hughes, 3VA Community Development Officer Eastbourne
  • Helen Burton, Eastbourne Volunteers
  • Katharine Russell, Possability People

Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration Closing Date: Please register by the 19th September 2017 that we can make sure there is a place for you.

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In Uckfield on Friday 6th October, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Uckfield Civic Centre, Uckfield, TN22 1AE

We will:

  • Spend time getting to know each other and our roles
  • Hear from Chailey Heritage on recruiting and retaining volunteers (Joan Martin & Kerrie Smart-Jones)
  • Make suggestions for topics/speakers/activities/visits for future support meetings

Light refreshments will be provided.

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In Hastings on Thursday 2nd November, 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Sussex Coast College Hastings, Station Approach, Hastings, TN34 1BA

The next meeting of our popular Forum is soon approaching. This is a great opportunity for Volunteer Managers, Leaders and Co-ordinators to support each other, discuss volunteering issues and ideas, and network. The format includes workshops and discussion topics on

volunteering and good practice – members determine their content and structure.

We are always looking for guest speakers at future Forum sessions. If you would like the opportunity to get up and share with us a bit more about what you do and how your service involves volunteers then please contact Tanya.

Attendance at the Forum is currently free but there are limited places and demand for places is usually high, so to be sure of your place, please book early.

The person to email concerning these events is Tanya at Hastings Voluntary Action.

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In Newhaven on Thursday 9th November, 10.00 am – 1.00pm 

Details of this Forum which will take place at Newhaven Fort will be confirmed shortly.