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Who will you applaud?

Let’s recognise and thank those who have made a positive difference in Mid Sussex. Does anyone come to mind when you read the following descriptions?

- Group, organisation or an individual who helps to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity​

- Young person who, against all the odds, overcame significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through education, campaigning or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem

- Young volunteer who has made a difference in their local community

- Someone who has dedicated their time and energy into keeping Mid Sussex clean and green, takes pride in their local area by creating community gardens, painting local spaces, upcycling or encouraging others to recycle

- Someone who has made a substantial commitment to the community in their lifetime

- Club or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting activity or sport in Mid Sussex

- Business that supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life

If you can think of someone who you’d like to thanks, then nominate them now (you only have until 31st August 2019). We’ve nominated, will you?

There will be a VIP awards ceremony hosted by MSDC Chairman Cllr Colin Trumble on Sunday 13th October.


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Community Development Drop-in Sessions

This is your chance to meet our Community Development Coordinator, Julia Beckett, who can talk to you about the benefits of MSVA membership, funding opportunities, best practice etc. It is also an opportunity for you to meet and chat to other local groups.
We look forward to seeing you!

East Grinstead
Sessions run between 10am and 12 noon at East Grinstead Town Council (free parking at the venue, refreshments provided).
Dates of upcoming sessions:
- 26 September (with The East Grinstead Common Good Trust)

Haywards Heath
Sessions run between 11am and 1pm at Haywards Heath Town Hall (pay and display parking nearby, refreshments provided).
Dates of upcoming sessions:
- 2 September

West Sussex Infrastructure Alliance

The organisations previously known to you as ‘CVS’ or Councils for Voluntary Services provide support and development services (infrastructure) to voluntary and community groups across West Sussex.

Between us, we support around 1,500 voluntary / community organisations and encourage and support volunteering and volunteers who all contribute to a thriving voluntary community sector in the County.

A Vision for the Future

As part of our commitment to partnership working and sharing best practice, we have been meeting regularly as the ‘CVS Network’ since 2008 and have worked together collaboratively on a project basis. We have now agreed that it will be both productive and beneficial for us and our membership to create a more formal structure to support our future shared working.

We have formed the West Sussex Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure Alliance (WSVCSI) or ‘the Alliance’ as we hope it will become more widely known. The Alliance has become operational on 1 April 2019.

We will be keeping you to date with developments and asking for your views as our ideas take shape. It will in no way impact on our local relationships with member organisations and partners – but should help us work more effectively, making best use of our shared skills and expertise.

Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester
Crawley Community & Voluntary Service
Community Works