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Training available in Sudbury

Free training for VCSEs in and around Sudbury

Hive has previously run free training and mentoring sessions to VCSEs in Sudbury and the surrounding villages.  We have not done so since Covid but are hopefully starting again soon.  The types of training has been First Aid, Social Media, Being a Trustee and lots more.  As soon as we arrange some more sessions, they will be posted on this page

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

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’.

Meet the Team

Shirley Moore

Starting her career as Senior Youth Worker,  Shirley set up the charity The Befriending Scheme in 1989 to provide friendship and fun for adults with learning disabilities. The Befriending Scheme is still going strong, and currently delivers one to one befriending and a range of social groups to hundreds of  vulnerable adults across Suffolk and into Norfolk.

Shirley as instrumental in the setting-up of Hive and is a passionate advocate of the voluntary and community sector.  Shirley is also a BACP counsellor.

Lesley  Ford-Platt 

After a career in secretarial and office management, including Nature Conservancy, NHS and  University of Essex (Departmental Administrator until 1997) Lesley became Development Manager for Green Light Trust and Gainsborough’s House. She is currently the Chairman of Sudbury Market Town Partnership and has delivered several capital projects completed including Talbot Trail, Siam Gardens and Old Market Place refurbishment.  She is known locally as the ‘Queen of funding applications’ having had so many successful applications over the years!

Lesley is very active in Sudbury life, having been a Primary school governor for 40 years, serving as Chairman of Governors at four different schools and was Sudbury Town Councillor from 2003 to 2015, and Town Mayor 2005-06.  She was a member of the Sudbury Project Steering Group from July 2012, Chairman, Sudbury NHS Transition Group from April 2013 until opening of new Health Centre; member of NHS Project Board for the Sudbury Health Centre from June 2013 to end 2014.

In her rare moments off, she enjoys trips abroad with her husband.

Robin Hodgkinson

Robin Hodgkinson has been a trustee of Hive since it became a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO). He is a freelance trainer in the voluntary and community sector, working in Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and North London, specialising in delivering a wide range of courses for trustees, volunteer managers and staff. He is also the author of a wide range of online tool-kits, covering subjects as diverse as taking and presenting minutes, stress management, policies and procedures and writing good funding applications. He is also the author of the 12 module non-accredited Trustee e-Learning programme that has been endorsed by the Charity Commission.

Outside work he is chair of The Christopher Centre Trustee Board and a trustee of Sudbury Market Town Partnership. He has helped to run the Quay Theatre’s Summer School of Performing Arts for 10 to 16 year olds for over 25 years and every two years he can be seen treading the boards, scripting and directing the story that accompanies the Quay School of Dance shows.

Gareth Cole

Gareth, our Treasurer, has had a varied career, having been a maths teacher for forty years, an Assistant Head, and a Principal Examiner for GCSE  mathematics. When he and his wife moved to Sudbury in 2010  he became involved with the local community in many roles, including as treasurer of the River Stour Trust for four years, when he raised the £70,000 required to replace the lock gates at Flatford. He has been the treasurer and chair of the Sudbury Choral Society. the local choral society and the Arts Society in Sudbury.

Andy Welsh

Andy has had a varied career as an Entertainment and Banqueting manager in the 1980’s, a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in the 90’s, before taking over as Branch Manager of the local Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society and then managing Crown Post Offices in Haverhill, Cambridge and Sudbury. He can still be found occasionally on the counter in the new re-sited Post Office in Sudbury. He served on Sudbury Town Council for 16 years until 2015 and is still active in local politics.

Member news & events for VCSEs

Come and meet people from other voluntary and community organisations in your neighbourhood!

The next Steering Meeting for Sudbury Hive members is 10am Tuesday 12th March 2019,  at The Befriending Scheme. If you are interested in joining, do come along to meet us and find out more.

Nominate your volunteers for an Award!

Hive is pleased to be hosting the 2nd Sudbury & District Volunteer Awards on Saturday 6th April 2019 at the Delphi Centre.   Three nominees from each category, and their nominator will be invited to the Awards event where the winners will be announced and presented with a trophy.  Runners up will receive a certificate.  It’s a wonderful way to thank your volunteers or local businesses for their support!

Please click on the links below to see the nomination criteria then download and complete the nomination form. 

Volunteer Awards Nomination Criteria 2019 (2) FINAL
Hive Volunteer Awards Nomination Form 2019 (2) FINAL

French’s Care Haven and Care Farm urgently needs a new space for its rescued horses and donkeys.  Please click on the link below for more details – thank you.
Frenchs CH New appeal letter 19-3

Hive – Who are the members?

Activ Lives
Acton Coffee Morning and Boules
Age UK Chilton
Age UK Suffolk
All Saints Church
Alzheimers Trust (side by Side project)
Babergh District Council
Babergh Midsuffolk Council
Bridge Project -The
BSEVC – C’Art (Creative Art for mental health support)
Chit Chat
Christopher Centre
Citizens advice Bureau
Eden-Rose Coppice Trust
Formerly URC
French’s Care Farm
Greener Sudbury
Gryphon First Aid Unit
Healthwatch Suffolk
Just Talk
Kernos Centre (Counselling 5+)
Kettle & Fish (Churches Together in Sudbury & District)
Little Hall Museum Lavenham
Localities & Partner ships Team, Public Health & Protection Directorate, Suffolk County Council
Mid Suffolk Council
Nature Citizen Project
Number 72
Offshoot Foundation
Parkinsons Support Group
Phoenix Community Marchers
SAVO training
St John Ambulance
Storehouse Foodbank
Sudbury Area Cancer Support Group
Sudbury Bowls Club
Sudbury Carnival
Sudbury Community Kitchen
Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts
Sudbury Library
Sudbury Market Town Partnership
Sudbury Quay Theatre
Sudbury WATCH
Suffolk Connect
Suffolk County Council
Suffolk Family Carers
The Befriending Scheme
West Suffolk Blind Association
YMCA Sudbury Shop

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 links to resources on the Hive website for memebrs,  links to other websites that you might find useful, as well as a list of ways we can help each other.

  1.  Setting Up a New Group, Organisation or Charity? The red tape can feel overwhelming!

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 awarded by ‘Awards for All’, designed by SAVO and the password to access the Start-Up Pack is available from [email protected]

2.   Applying for Funding?

Community and voluntary groups in Sudbury can access a free Funding Toolkit 

This takes you through the necessary preparation you will need to do if you want to write a successful funding application.  It also contains lots of advice and top tips.  The pack has been purchased by Hive from funding awarded by ‘Awards for All’, designed by SAVO and the password to access the Start-Up Pack is available from [email protected]

       3.  Does your group satisfy the Governance Code?

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

4.  Does your organisation need a Health-check?

Hive are offering all organisations who work within the Sudbury and District area a health-check. 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!



5.  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.

Christopher Centre

  • Low-cost rooms to hire, such as counselling rooms from just £5/hr!
  • 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 Sudbury Hive on 07818 262 113.

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