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Training available in Sudbury

Free training for VCSEs in and around Sudbury

Hive has been awarded a grant  to provide free training and mentoring sessions to VCSEs in Sudbury and the surrounding villages.  We are pleased to be offering accredited training in First Aid,  Social Media, Being a Trustee and lots more.  Click on a course title below to find out more.

Free 1:1 Mentoring:  To register interest in a FREE 1:1 mentoring session, please contact us.

If your organisation would benefit from mentoring, please get in touch.  We can offer expert guidance on the following issues;

  • How to apply for charitable status or CIO status
  • Writing a business plan
  • Help with writing a funding application
  • Mentoring for managers

Free online Disability Awareness Training is available through London Southbank University 

For further details about the course or just to sign-up  click here

Feb 26 @ 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM The Befriending Scheme
This course is free for staff, volunteers and trustees of Voluntary and Community Groups, Charities and Social Enterprises based in...
Feb 28 @ 9:30 AM – 3:45 PM Lavenham Village Hall
This one day course provides an excellent introduction to managing and supervising volunteers, covering the skills, paperwork and processes needed...
Mar 7 @ 9:30 AM – 3:45 PM Lavenham Village Hall
This one day course concentrates on Speaking Skills when delivering a talk or presentation.  You are given time to prepare...
Mar 21 @ 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM The Befriending Scheme
This course is free for staff, volunteers and trustees of Voluntary and Community Groups, Charities and Social Enterprises based in...
Mar 24 @ 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM The Befriending Scheme
This course is designed to support both new and more experienced trustees in providing effective governance within their organisation.  It...
Mar 28 @ 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM Lavenham Village Hall
A half day course for those who find themselves taking and presenting minutes for different kinds of meetings.  The session...
Mar 28 @ 12:45 PM – 3:45 PM Lavenham Village Hall
This half day course is designed to support both novice and experienced committee members in providing effective leadership within their...
Apr 4 @ 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM The Christopher Centre
Would you like to raise the profile of your organisation through Facebook?  If  you already have a Facebook Page or...
Apr 18 @ 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM The Befriending Scheme
This half day course delivered jointly by Lesley Ford-Platt (Sudbury Market Town Partnership and President of Sudbury Rotary) and Robin...
May 16 @ 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Christopher Centre
Do you need to write a business plan for your group or organisation but aren’t sure where to start? This...

About Hive

Hive aims to help the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSEs) in Sudbury, Suffolk, and the surrounding villages to better support their local communities.

Our aim is to help VCSEs to connect with each other; share their resources, expertise and experience; and provide free mentoring and training.

Become a Hive Member!

Membership of Hive is free, easy to do and includes;

  • Access to quarterly meetings with news … and the chance to network with other organisations
  • Free event listing on the Hive website
  • Access to free advice, mentoring sessions and training for your staff, volunteers and trustees
  • Support in finding the volunteers and resources your organisation needs

To register as a member of Hive please contact Karen Bleay, the Community Engagement Worker for HIVE, on 07818 262113 or email [email protected]

Are you a business in the Sudbury Area and would like to help a community group?

Employer Supported Volunteering links employers, employees and the wider community.  Hive can help you find volunteering opportunities in the area; these may be one-off events such as re-decorating a community room, or regular opportunities such as befriending vulnerable adults.

We can offer free training for your employees, such as disability awareness, enhancing their skills and competencies. For an informal chat about how your business might get involved, please call the HIVE Community Engagement Worker (see above). For information on current Volunteering opportunities in Sudbury please see ‘Volunteering’.

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Member news & events for VCSEs

The next Steering Meeting for Sudbury Hive members is on Wednesday 14th March 2018, 10 am to 12pm  at The Befriending Scheme. If you are interested in joining, do come along to meet us and find out more.

Sudbury Connect ‘Lunch & Learn’ is open to any interested professionals or volunteers.  An Informal presentation is followed by a time to ask questions and share information with colleagues; all welcome & bring your lunch! They run 12pm to 1.30pm in Rooms F12 and F13 at Sudbury Health Centre, Church Field Road, Sudbury CO10 2DZ.

  • Wednesday 21st February 2018 -St. Nicholas Hospice are leading the session

Look at the wonderful things our members offer the local community;

SACSG Events Jan to Mar 2018   

Dementia Friendly Cinema Quay 2018 (1)

Who are the members?

  • Activlives
  • Age UK Chilton
  • Age UK Suffolk
  • Alzheimers Trust (side by Side project)
  • BaberghMidsuffolk Council
  • Bridge Project -The
  • Chit Chat
  • Christopher Centre
  • Citizens advice Bureau
  • Compassion
  • Greener Sudbury
  • Gryphon First Aid Unit
  • Healthwatch Suffolk
  • HIVE
  • Kernos Centre (Counselling 5+)
  • Kettle & Fish (Churches Together in Sudbury & District)
  • Localities & Partner ships Team, Public Health & Protection Directorate, Suffolk County Council
  • Mid Suffolk Council
  • Offshoot Foundation
  • Parkinsons Support Group
  • Phoenix Community Marchers
  • SAVO training
  • St John Ambulance
  • Sudbury Area Cancer Support Group
  • Sudbury Bowls Club
  • Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts
  • Sudbury Market Town Partnership
  • Sudbury WATCH
  • Suffolk County Council
  • The Befriending Scheme

Join Us!

If you are part of a Voluntary group, a charity or not-for-profit organisation in or around Sudbury and would like to join us, please get in touch.


Resources Catalogue

Voluntary, charitable and social enterprises in and around Sudbury have access to a whole  host of resources, both online and through Sudbury Hive.  Below are some resources and links to websites that you might find useful, as well as a list of ways we can help each other.

Does your organisation need a Health-check?

Hive are offering all organisations who work within the Sudbury and District area a healthcheck. So if you want your policies checked to ensure that they are fit for purpose or need policies written, we can help. If you want to have advise on running efficient and effective committees or meetings, we can help. If you need simple forms for managing staff or volunteers, we can help. If you want a business plan or a funding application checked before you send it off, we can help.

Don’t delay, contact Hive today!

Setting Up a New Group, Organisation or Charity?

New groups setting up in Sudbury or the surrounding villages have access to a free Start-Up Pack.  The pack gives you templates for key documents, checklists and guidelines for making sure your group follows national guidance and rules.  The pack has been purchased by Hive from funding awadred by ‘Awards for All’, designed by SAVO and the password to access the Start-Up Pack is available from [email protected]

Have you got good governance?

According to the Charity Governance Website;

“Good governance in charities is fundamental to their success. It enables and supports a charity’s compliance with the law and relevant regulations. It also promotes a culture where everything works towards fulfilling the charity’s vision.”

To help you understand the requirements of your organisation, read the THE GOVERNANCE CODE document, which explains what each of the seven areas is about.  There is also a document here with a chart to help you review how your organisation meets the principles of good governance by going through the seven areas and breaking them down into bite-size chunks:  Complete Code small Organisations -Christopher Centre

Low-cost Rooms for Hire in Sudbury

Hive members have access to a range of resources locally. Below is a summary of what is available, but if you need something that is not listed, please contact us and we will do our best to help.


  • Low-cost rooms to hire
  • IT equipment
  • Office ‘hot-desk’The Christopher Centre currently has offices to let at very reasonable rates.  For more information please call Teresa on 07462 108708 or drop in for a ‘guided tour’ during office hours.

The Befriending Scheme has a training room in central Sudbury available for hire at very reasonable rates.  The room can accommodate 15 to 25 people.  For availability please contact Tash Young on 01787 371 333.

If you have a resources that you can share with other VCSE’s in and around Sudbury, please contact Karen at Sudbury Hive 07818 262 113.

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