Attendees Making Notes on Flip Chart at Our March Conference 2014

Voice and representation

Representing the voluntary and community sector at a local level is a key part of our work. We ensure that our members’ voices and expertise are heard at a range of partnerships, boards, and informal meetings with key people across the local area.

“CW work on representing the sector in the Integration of Health and Social Care, Caring Together and its forebears has been excellent. Very thorough, transparent and highly expert staff.” 

Member feedback

Warm welcome to our newly co-opted Reps

LGBTQI Rep: Jacob Bayliss (pronouns: he/him), CEO of Switchboard 

Jacob is the new CEO of Brighton’s oldest LGBTQ organisation – Switchboard. Switchboard serve the health and wellbeing needs of LGBTQ communities across Sussex through a number of vital projects, provide community engagement & voice services, and provide training and consultancy around inclusion and affirmation of LGBTQ communities. Alongside his role at Switchboard Jacob is also Governor at the Sussex Community Foundation Trust, and Trustee at Live Through This – an LGBT Cancer Support Project. Jacob has been working in the third sector for over 10 years, and has lead and delivered local and national work in Australia, London and Brighton. He is passionate about creating meaningful impact for underserved communities through intersectional partnerships, and enabling communities to thrive through assets based approaches.

Mental Health Rep: Rachael Kenny (pronouns: she, her, hers), Director of Mental Health and Support Services at Brighton Housing Trust 

Rachael Kenny has lived and worked in Brighton and Hove and Sussex for the past twenty years. Formerly in NHS secondary mental health services where she was responsible for a wide programme of work to support people with lived experience of mental ill-health to become involved in the design delivery and evaluation of local services and more recently as Director for Mental Health at Brighton Housing Trust. She is a registered Social Worker.

TNBI Rep (which stands for trans, non-binary, intersex): Gray Hutchins (pronouns: they/them), Service & Development Manager at The Clare Project

Over previous years, Gray Hutchins has worked with various trans/TNBI-focused organisations including Trans Pride Brighton & Hove, engagement projects within LGBT Switchboard, and launched support spaces TNB Brighton & Hastings. The past two years they have been leading the growth and development of The Clare Project, and are now the Service & Development Manager for the charity as it enters their 20th year. Main passions around their work include psychosocial support via community-led spaces, development of grassroots TNBI groups, alongside sector-wide engagement on TNBI Inclusion & Awareness training.

Our sector representatives

Our members elect representatives from within our membership every two years to undertake this work and we co-opt additional reps as necessary. The next election will take place in 2020.

If you would like to find out more about the process or our representatives’ work please contact Laura Williams:

Phone: 01273 234025
E-mail: laura@bhcommunityworks.org.uk

Help to become a representative

We have an informal shadowing programme for anyone within our membership who is considering standing in a future election or being co-opted.

The shadowing programme gives you the opportunity to meet existing representatives, observe meetings and learn more about the role of a representative.

To find out more about our informal shadowing programme get in touch on  info@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023

Key principles for representation

Our representatives work is framed and informed by our key principles for representation (PDF).

These principles speak to a range of stakeholders in the city and promote the unique strengths that the sector has to offer.

They also act as a platform for influencing, a basis for creating policy statements in priority areas and an opportunity to identify interests shared with public sector organisations and local businesses.

Recently, our Reps Council have been developed  ‘Key Messages and Recommendations’ to support them in their work of engaging with politicians in the run up to the local elections in Brighton and Hove in May 2019.

To find out more about our representation work get in touch on  info@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023 

Small groups and charities

We greatly value the work and impact of small groups and charities locally, and also recognise that they have unique support needs. We’ve worked with our small groups network to develop a position statement which describes what a small group is, and what they need to help them to grow:

Feedback from our representatives

Our representatives provide feedback from the meetings and events they attend on behalf of our members.