Are you a local community group or charity and wish to benefit from sharing experiences and ideas with other local groups?
The Hailsham Community Forum is always looking for community groups, associations and charities in the area to exchange ideas, learn from each other, network and collaborate.
They have speakers from voluntary services organisations, grants advisors and other charities. The group continues to build communication networks and create a louder voice with other voluntary and statutory groups.
The long-term benefits of joining the Forum could be cost savings through group negotiating power with printers, suppliers, donations and local businesses, sharing resources like gazebos and tables and more.
Several groups have already benefited from the forum by taking stalls at the Hailsham Street Market, collaborating to fundraise together and collectively promoting and raising awareness of their organisations.
The forum meets monthly and is made up of around 30 community organisations including Hailsham Active, Hailsham Harriers, Computers For Charities, Hailsham Bonfire Society, Hailsham Lions, Hailsham Choral Society, the Now! Charity, Demelza, Allotment Society, Flower Club, Healthy Walks Group and the Hailsham Foodbank. They have recently introduced a regular newsletter and speakers.
“The Hailsham Community Forum has grown since its launch with new groups being represented every month,” said Deputy Town Clerk and Business Enterprise Manager Mickey Caira.
“We are looking for additional members that can include local community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, parent/teacher groups and residents’ associations among others, to share information on developments of interest including new funding opportunities, in addition to enabling partnership working with other organisations.”
Forum organiser Jenny Seale said: “In December, we will be celebrating the work of the many volunteers within the clubs, societies, organisations and charities in the town that bring us such great events and activities throughout the year, with a small Christmas party kindly supported by Hailsham Forward.”
“These community meetings are a good opportunity to network, seek help on fundraising, project work and other matters and feed off each other’s ideas. The Forum brings together voluntary groups and helps give us an insight into the needs of the local community.”
“We’ve already initiated a community groups’ directory and volunteers’ hub and are looking forward to a grand ‘What can I Join in Hailsham’ event to fit in with people’s New Year’s Resolutions to do or join something new or find out ways of helping or volunteering in the community with one of these groups, in January 2018.”
“Representatives from any of these organisations can join us on our closed Facebook page ‘Community Groups Forum (Hailsham Forward)’.”
The next forum meeting will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 13th December at the Hailsham Parish Church lounge. Dates for 2018 meetings will be announced soon.
If you are interested in attending contact Hailsham Town Council on 01323 841702 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: email@example.com