Welcome to SEA PR

We deliver social action public relations for ethical businesses, charities and social enterprises – and organisations keen to explore and develop their social value and impact.

We raise awareness of our clients’ work, values and initiatives, helping their stakeholders make informed ethical and philanthropic decisions.

We do so by influencing thinking and action, and have extensive experience of working on social action campaigns across all sectors, nationally.

We make it happen, we make it count!

In terms of power and influence you can forget the church and you can forget politics. There is no more powerful institution in society than business. I believe it is now more important than ever before for business to assume a moral leadership. The business of business should not be about money, it should be about responsibility. It should be about public good, not private greed.

Anita Roddick – Founder, The Body Shop

About SEA PR

SEA PR was established in 2012 in response to a need for an agency dedicated to giving a voice to those who work for the greater good. This work attracts ethical organisations, as well as private and public sector organisations, who want to develop and promote their charitable and community activities in a sustainable way. But it also means that our third sector portfolio is extensive.

As a business with a conscience, we pride ourselves on the breadth of our interaction and the depth of communication that we deliver locally, regionally and nationally.

SEA PR is about speaking up for positive change, promoting social action and getting your brand at the heart of the community. We also publish, Giving Times, an integrated digital news platform for the third sector delivering news and promoting campaigns to the wider community across the South East.

Key to our success is our integrated communication which enables us to re enforce the message multiple times for our client’s strategy & audience and develop their social value and impact.
This integration results in deeper engagement, delivering greater results and better value – which in turn creates change.

SEA PR Team

Founder and Director - Tracey Allen

With over twenty years of experience working in the media and with third sector organisations, Tracey has a strong understanding of how businesses work effectively within local communities – and how to get an optimum response from the media.

She has raised over a million pounds across the South East for disadvantaged local children with the Capital Radio Group, was pivotal in making the Brighton Marathon happen, and was a Communications Manager at the London 2012 Olympics maximising her communication and operational event experience.

She has been an advisor to numerous charitable organisations in a voluntary capacity since 2009, represents Social Enterprise on local economic partnerships, was the Campaign Manager for one of the first cities in the UK to embrace the Living Wage, and is a Director of community radio station RadioReverb.

In 2015 Tracey launched her online media publication Giving Times and believes that communication is key to make social change.

Head of Digital - Skye de la Mare

Skye joined the SEA PR team in February 2016 and brings with her a wealth of experience when it comes to traditional and digital forms of client engagement.

Skye heads up our digital activity internally and externally and is in charge of our on-line news platform Giving Times.

Be the change you wish to see.

Ghandi

SEA PR Case Studies

  • Friends of the Elderly Logo Friends of the Elderly View Case Study

    Friends of the Elderly

    Friends of the Elderly
    Friends of the Elderly are a national charity which has been tackling loneliness for more than 100 years.

    Friends of the Elderly are a national charity which has been tackling loneliness for more than 100 years. They work with and for older people to improve their lives, and see the daily impact of poverty, frailty, isolation and loneliness. They also operate care homes, provide health and social care services in the community, deliver free-to-access services where we visit and phone older people, and provide grants and welfare advice – across England.

    Their work with the Future Foundation into the Future of Loneliness in 2014 showed the problem that lies ahead and so launched a new campaign to encourage everyone in the community to “Be a Friend” and become more neighbourly. A simple daily interaction which could drastically help to reduce loneliness, enabling people to live happier, fuller lives.

    SEA PR worked closely with the team on the launch of the Be a Friend campaign to a national audience and at Number 10 Downing Street. Since then the campaign has received an overwhelming amount of support from people willing to connect neighbours, individuals and communities. To date, over 1,200 people, voluntary organisations and businesses have made a promise to Be a Friend through the offer of practical support that older people need but are often unable or unwilling to ask for.

    The Be a Friend campaign also launched a pilot project in Sussex, and SEA PR working with Future Proof CIC working at a local level, providing a communication plan which acted as a Be a Friend catalyst to address loneliness in a collaborative and sustainable way across the county.

    This included events – a full media campaign including press radio and TV and social media support. Other ideas implemented and discussed with local organisations included : Be a Friend events, Be a Friend training, Be a Friend safe haven zones, Be a Friend telephone befriending, Be a Friend corporate volunteering, Be a Friend digital training, Be a Friend customer communication programmes, Be a Friend information, advice and guidance; Be a Friend fundraising for local beneficiaries and projects.

    The reason that Be a Friend campaign succeeded is because we kept it simple. Anyone can get involved and we helped to build strong and meaningful relationships on the ground in the local communities where the action needs to take place. SEA PR helped join the dots and by joining forces started to make a real and lasting change.

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  • Grassroots- GrassRoots Suicide Prevention View Case Study

    GrassRoots Suicide Prevention

    Established in 2006, Grassroots Suicide Prevention are a small charity based in Brighton who provide mental health and suicide prevention training courses and expertise to both large and small organisations in the South East England region. Brighton has one of the highest suicide rates in the UK so their work is vital for the local communities.

    Grassroots Suicide Prevention Team - (L to R) Tiffany Ansari, Alex Harvey, Chris Brown, Miranda Frost and Gus Campbell
    Grassroots Suicide Prevention Team – (L to R) Tiffany Ansari, Alex Harvey, Chris Brown, Miranda Frost and Gus Campbell

    SEA PR were approached by Grassroots Suicide Prevention for some guidance and expertise on PR, media management, marketing and how best to showcase their integral work in the Brighton & Hove community.

    SEA PR worked closely with the charity in devising two workshops with all the staff at Grassroots Suicide Prevention to understand all their different initiatives and advise them on how best to approach each campaign. These took the form of breaking down their work into clear and focused messages, discussing the various options they have to promote the work they are doing and imparting our knowledge and contacts in the local area. Chris and her team were really pleased with the insights we presented to them and worked hard to complete the key tasks we advised.

    Following the second session, we worked on a press release to showcase the information we had given them which we then rolled out to our media contacts in the South East. The story has seen a boost in engagement with Grassroots Suicide Prevention, an increase in companies taking their pledge and a much needed opening of conversations about suicide in Brighton and Hove.

    Since the release of the story, the campaign has received an overwhelming amount of support from people on social media who want to talk about suicide. To date, the story has been shared over 100 times on Twitter linking to the variety of media outlets who published the piece.

    The story was covered in – BBC South East, BBC Sussex, BBC News (UK), The Argus, Brighton & Hove Independent, Brighton & Hove News, Latest TV and more. All of these mean that the story had a potential reach of 40,769,747 which in turn relates to around £17,000 worth of targeted media space.

    The story and the workshops succeeded because we ensured that there was only one key message. Charities do so much everyday that they can get bogged down with all the different campaigns they are working on so we help join the dots and make the message clear. Our workshops are key to charities wanting to spread their message as we have years’ worth of experience and the expertise in the sector to make every individual campaign a success.

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  • Grace EYre_ Grace Eyre View Case Study

    Grace Eyre

    Buddy Scheme Grace Eyre_03The Grace Eyre charity was established in 1898 to support people with learning disabilities and or mental/health needs to enjoy personal freedom, be respected for their contribution and be treated as equals within the communities where they live across Sussex. One of the main aims of the charity is that it is led by the people who use their services to support them in gaining skills, knowledge and independence enabling them to achieve their dreams.

    SEA PR worked with Grace Eyre to promote their Travel Buddy project, a scheme created in collaboration with Brighton & Hove Bus Company and MetroBus to increases independence on public transport in the city. Our aim was to engage more Travel Buddy sign ups across the Brighton and Hove community and cross promote all levels of communication across all media ( print, radio, TV, social and digital)as well as leading the management of The Travel Buddy Project including PR, marketing & event management support.

    Through our integrated communication model we provided Facebook, Twitter and other social media support for the Travel Buddy project, leading to a huge spike in followers and successful sign ups through Grace Eyre’s website. SEA PR not only increased promotion of the project through social media but also used our PR and marketing experience to assist with the design and copy of the Grace Eyre website in general to ensure it was easy-to-use, informative and engaging.

    SEA PR managed a launch event to promote the new iteration and branding of the Travel Buddy Project with a host of media attending as well as professional photographers and represntatives of the local community. The event consisted of a number of service users interacting with the media and being able to tell their story of how much the project, the support and Grace Eyre charity as a whole mean to them.

    The story was covered in BBC Sussex, ITV Meridian, Juice FM, The Argus, Brighton & Hove Independent, Brighton & Hove News, Latest TV, national disability magazines and more.

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  • BHESCO icon Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative View Case Study

    Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative

    BHESCO iconThe Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative (BHESCo) are a not-for-profit social enterprise bringing together the community of Brighton and Hove to develop renewable energy projects, improve energy efficiency, reduce fuel bills and tackle fuel poverty.

    The co-op released a new Energy Assessment service available for homes and businesses from January 2016 to everyone in Brighton and Hove and the surrounding areas. The services is especially useful for those struggling to heat their homes and looking to lower their energy costs due to lack of income.

    SEA PR worked closely with the entire team at BHESCo to create a positive campaign for the first quarter of 2016 in conjunction with the launch of the Energy Assessment Service. We provided media contacts and a simple, positive focus to the past achievements of BHESCo and their key pledges for the new year. Our editorial team also created a series of Press Releases, adverts and website copy, which streamlined the messaging for the co-op as well as raising awareness of BHESCo in local community substantially.

    4. BHESCo Bulb DesignThe media campaign SEA PR created was incredibly successful, with a number of articles published across digital & print media as well as interviews, live TV broadcasts and video segments on a wide range of TV and Radio.

    In lieu of formal media training for the BHESCo staff, we devised and created a set of scripts to assist the team with simplifying the in-depth BHESCo phrases and jargon alongside an detailed media pack for BHESCo containing information, case studies, press releases, images & contact details for media. The scripts we wrote were incredibly effective when used by the team for all media interviews and in business seminars, they were even beneficial at the energy desks run by BHESCo as a way of making the energy industry speech more approachable.

    Following the cross promotion of various services and achievements across digital, print and social media, SEA PR also provided event management experience to BHESCo. The unique economic event bought organisations and individuals in the city together to celebrate UN International Earth Day with a film screening and debate on how to create a healthy and sustainable community for the future. We provided expertise on how best to run the event as well as gaining media coverage for the debate in local newspapers, magazines and key visitor guides for Brighton & Hove in April.

    SEA provided an 84% ROI for BHESCo.

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  • hove_grown_logo_final_sm[1] for Website (Brighton &) Hove Grown Festival View Case Study

    (Brighton &) Hove Grown Festival

    The (Brighton &) Hove Grown Festival is a joint venture between ZLS Theatre, Brighton’s only social enterprise theatre company, and Sweet Venues, who manage the Award Winning Dukebox Theatre, to create a new performing arts festival for writers and performers within the city of Brighton & Hove.hove_grown_logo_final_sm[1] for Website

    2016 saw the inaugural Hove Grown festival take place during March in three venues across the city with around 30 shows in the disciplines of theatre, comedy, improv and spoken word, as well as a handful of workshops. The Festival is designed to showcase the numerous venues in Hove situated outside the city centre of Brighton and set out to be a forerunner for local writing and performance leading up to the larger shows during May at The Fringe and other festivals.

    SEA PR worked with Hove Grown to increase media awareness and encourage support from local journalists and cultural media outlets. We also promoted the festival’s launch party to a wide number of local ambassadors and press creating a media buzz across the city.

    SEA PR ensured consistent coverage in a wide range of targeted media both local and national as well as extensive features on specific shows to highlight the prominent nature of the shows available. The festival organisers had been keen to not just be supported locally but gain the backing and theatrical reviews from well-known arts media across the country. SEA PR delivered this with features and reviews in Fringe Review, Broadway Baby and more.

    We also provided full support across Hove Grown’s social media accounts to promote the diverse range of shows available at the first edition of the festival. Our team delivered a successful social media campaign in the last week before the festival ensuring brand recognition with the media coverage as well as increased engagement from performers, journalists and audiences alike. With our strategic social media support, Hove Grown saw an increase of 120% engagement on Facebook, 29% increase in Twitter followers and a total amount of 834 social shares.

    Finally, SEA PR detailed a series of bespoke recommendations for Hove Grown’s next event giving dedicated timeframes, specific promotion ideas and more.

    SEA PR provided an 1005% ROI for Hove Grown Festival.

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  • Impetus Logo Impetus View Case Study

    Impetus

    Impetus are the Brighton and Hove charity helping vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health through befriending, advocacy and support services.Impetus Logo

    SEA PR were approached by Impetus for traditional PR services, alongside media management, marketing and how best to showcase their integral work in the Brighton & Hove community.

    It was a busy time for Impetus with growing numbers of volunteers and the announcement on Thursday, 2 June that the charity Neighbourhood Care Scheme has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

    We worked with Impetus to provide new straplines for the charity along with a number of press releases about initiatives the charity had been involved in and the Queen’s Award. All of these were given coverage in local media across traditional print media, radio and TV.

    SEA PR also devised a unique approach for national Volunteers’ Week, 1-12 June 2016, to best highlight Impetus’ network of volunteers across the city. We compiled a media pack of 12 volunteers stories from a diverse range of people along with images and information about each of the Impetus services the volunteers work with. The stories were published in local media and were a huge success on social media with a new story being released by the charity every single day of Volunteers’ Week.

    Impetus Yellow Rose Campaign LaunchNatWest T20 BlastAugust 12,To further promote the vital work Impetus do in the city, SEA PR created a specific new campaign for the charity to raise awareness about the issue of loneliness and isolation in the city and the significant numbers who live with it every day. To do this, we designed plans for a Yellow Rose campaign to coincide with the UN International Day of Friendship on Saturday, 30th July 2016. The Yellow Rose campaign will be a city-wide campaign to spread awareness about isolation in the city using yellow roses as the emblem to represent friendship. The charity embraced it and the first year is setting up to be a success after we provided contacts and networking for Impetus and secured several high-profile supporters for the Yellow Rose campaign including the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Brighton & Hove City Council, Gunns Florist, The Synergy Centre, The Grand Hotel and Brighton & Hove Independent newspaper.

     

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  • Rett UK1 Rett UK View Case Study

    Rett UK

    The national charity Rett UK is the only UK charity which provided professional support to people living with Rett Syndrome.

    SEA PR worked with the charity to mark their 30th Anniversary and the launch of their new campaign, ‘To Know Her is To Love Her’ by creating online buzz about the charity and producing a beautiful awareness video for the campaign.

    Working with the CEO of Rett UK, SEA PR devised a bespoke film production schedule to show the impact of the charity’s work and how the syndrome affects individuals and the people around them. We also worked with the film crew to ensure that the privacy and emotional well-being of families at the 30th anniversary were taken into account before interviews due to the sensitive nature of the syndrome.

    The video was a huge success in terms of marketing, reaching over 30,000 people across social media in its first month of release. SEA PR also contacted celebrity Coleen Rooney, whose family received support from the charity, and were able to provide Rett UK with charity endorsement from Coleen in press.

    Commenting on the video and campaign, Coleen Rooney, explained: “The #ToKnowHerIsToLoveHer campaign is a beautiful way to describe my sister, Rosie, and other people I’ve met suffering with Rett syndrome and the new video brings this to life perfectly. Please support Rett UK and make a difference especially as they don’t receive any public funding. Therefore they need your support and help with fundraising so that they can help families living with this.” 

    To coincide with the release of the film on the charity’s birthday, we also created a full communication plan for the event and video, a custom-made national media list, bespoke press releases and support across social media channels.

    Becky Jenner, CEO of Rett UK , commented on the video and its initial success, saying: “To date the film has reached over 30,000 people. We are definitely widening our reach, so many thanks to everyone for sharing. With your help we are raising awareness and much needed funds to continue this vital work.”

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  • Living Wage Brighton and Hove Logo Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign View Case Study

    Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign

    Brighton and Hove Living Wage Campaign
    In October 2011 former Leader of the Council, Councillor Bill Randall formed the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Commission.

    In October 2011 former Leader of the Council, Councillor Bill Randall formed the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Commission. The Commission met for six months, examining how paying the Living Wage could potentially affect local businesses and employees, and how it might help alleviate poverty in the city by encouraging businesses to pay a Living Wage.

    In April 2012, the city’s Living Wage Commission announced that a business-led, two-year campaign for a Living Wage would be spearheaded by the Brighton Chamber, who asked Sea PR to manage the PR for the campaign with the goal of making Brighton & Hove a great example of how the Living Wage can become a normal and accepted minimum level of payment for all employers in the city.

    Over a two year period the campaign succeeded in signing up almost 200 businesses across the city and the implementation of the Living Wage started to become the norm as opposed to the exception with new and established brands. The campaign gained national recognition and cross party support and SEA PR was instrumental in its initial delivery and success.

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It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

J. K Rowling

SEA PR Skills and Services

Public Relations

We help you build relationships with key stakeholders, customers and the media. We can help you understand what the media wants and plan what type of media works for you. We work at getting your message clearly heard across print, broadcast and social media channels.

Campaign Management

If you have a campaign that you want to develop or deliver look at our successes with the Brighton Living Wage campaign and the social action campaign with national charity Friends of the Elderly – #BeaFriend

Events Management

Taking an idea from scratch we can help you put together and manage events of any size. These can vary from mass participation events such as fundraising balls to community events, product launches, conferences, debates and celebrations. We have extensive operational support experience for live events including London 2012 Olympic and the Paralympic Games.

Media Training

We provide intensive media training to prepare our clients so that they can deal confidently with journalists, be they from broadcast or print media. With over 20 years’ experience in the media, our training will help enhance an organisations reputation, support your key messaging and keep your message on track.

Film Production

We can project manage and produce beautiful marketing materials for your campaign, your event, your website, or your charity. Nothing is more emotive or strong in its communication than film. Watch our SEA PR Productions under our Film section here.

Award Writing Service

We can cover all aspects of nominating your organisation for a local, regional or national business award including individual awards such as a Queen’s Honour (MBE, OBE, CBE, KBE or DBE). We will work with you to write a glowing citation based on the nominee’s work and guide you through the detailed process to success.

Media Publishers

As well as PR we also offer a dedicated news service via our online newspaper Giving Times. This is an integrated digital news platform for the third sector delivering news, promoting jobs and promoting TV campaigns to the wider community across the South East.Image 1 - Giving Times LogoGiving Times uses media and digital technology to support social change and it also encourages businesses to promote their ongoing CSR and social action activity. A voice for everyone.

Social Action Messaging

We have the ability to produce social messaging to inspire, educate and engage community and charity campaigns or, even help you identify a need.

Social Media Management

Our dedicated team can take the task of managing your social media off your hands. We agree your messaging and help deliver new audiences, an essential tool when aiming to get a new message out to the wider community.

SEA PR Film

It is a well-known fact that 1 minute of video is worth 5 minutes of speaking.

SEA PR film production service is uniquely placed and aimed to support the third sector. We will help transform a critical message to something that has a life of its own and will increase business capability. We can deliver a complete campaign message in under 3 minutes.

Our aim is to support organisations by deploying digital marketing techniques to produce creative, emotive and engaging videos that have empathy and impact.

  • As a key communication tool at events that you host
  • To send out to supporters to re affirm their support
  • To use for corporate pitches
  • On your website
  • On your Facebook and LinkedIn pages
  • As part of a campaign to support a key message or event
  • As a part of an e-marketing campaign
  • To educate new supporters

Here are a few examples -

Fore more information please contact us today.

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.

Christopher Reeve

SEA PR Praise

What our clients say

  • Our experience with SEA PR was fantastic. The whole team were both helpful and knowledgeable, and the outputs more than met our expectation. Short-notice changes were dealt with quickly and efficiently, and advice was always available when needed.

    Guy Wah, Founder of Hove Grown

  • SEA PR were fantastic in getting our video made to celebrate Rett UK’s 30th Anniversary last year. Tracey and her team produced a professional and engaging video, working brilliantly with our families so they were able to share their stories and show the impact Rett UK has.

    Becky Jenner, CEO at Rett UK

  • Working with Sea PR was a really valuable experience for us . Tracey and the team were good to work with very professional and focused and helped us get to grips with what we needed to do to increase our profile.

    Jo-Anne Welsh, Director, Brighton Oasis Project

  • Working with SEA PR is an absolute pleasure. Their knowledge and skills have been an asset to our team but, perhaps more importantly, it is the flair, creativity and enthusiasm that has made our Be a Friend Campaign partnership such a success. They have certainly made it happen and made it count!

    Jo O'Boyle, Director of Fundraising - Friends of the Elderly

  • SEA PR put their heart and soul into everything they do and it shows in the results they achieve.

    Claire Martin, Head of Content - Kantar

  • When you’re compering an event, you need to know you’re in safe hands behind the scenes and Tracey and her team at SEA PR are among the best I’ve ever worked with. Their attention to detail and desire to ‘get it right’ for the client is both amazing and inspiring, making everyone raise their game. They’re also a joy to work with, supportive of those out on stage and get the balance just right between guiding you as a performer and knowing when to let you get on and ‘do your thing’. If only all event organisers were this good.

    Steve Bustin, Professional speaker and compere - stevebustin.com

  • Tracey has been a real star of the campaign for the Brighton and Hove Living Wage. She’s managed all of the campaign for us, understood perfectly what it was that we wanted to do, and gone out and got us major coverage. In particular, she helped us to get many businesses signed up to pay the Living Wage, achieving this faster, more efficiently and effectively than we ever dreamt of. If you want someone who you can trust to get your message out there, I’d recommend using Tracey.

    Julia Chanteray, President - Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce

  • Tracey is a lady who gets things done. Combining a mixture of ethics, professionalism and delivery at all times ensures that Tracey’s extensive network continues to grow and take notice in anything she is involved in. I am delighted to be working with Tracey and recommend her to all businesses looking for commercial and PR support.

    Gary Peters, CEO - ICP Recruitment, LoveLocalJobs.com

  • Tracey is a class act, she is fun and could talk me into doing just about anything including walking the length of Sussex 3 Christmas’s in a row. We raised £80,000 for local needy children and I can honestly say I wouldn’t have done it for anyone else, she is a great friend and I respect her enormously.

    Jack The Lad, Breakfast presenter - Heart Sussex and Surrey

  • “We have worked with SEA PR for several years on both specific projects and general profile raising for the organisation. They have always been professional, flexible and efficient. Tracey diplomatically pointed out some key flaws in our current approach and worked with us to put these right. Their attention to detail is second to none and they approach any project with great enthusiasm and a can- do attitude. When we started, working with a PR company was new to us and SEA PR guided us with endless patience to get to where we needed to be. I personally learned a lot which is useful to us going forward.”

     

    Caroline Ridley – CEO of Impact Initiatives

  • Tracey is one of those people who always gets the job done. Not only that, but the job is always done properly with true professionalism, a great sense of humour and lots of fun. I was lucky enough to work with Tracey first when she was at Southern FM and then when she worked across three radio stations in three counties managing the regional charity activities. She is an excellent fundraiser and communicator who connects people to causes and ensures everybody benefits from the experience. She has a great skill of drawing people in and always going the extra mile which means that everyone is committed to success.

    Annabel James, Magenta Projects - Former Director of Charities, Capital Radio Group

  • Working beside Tracey as a Trustee of the Brighton Fringe was a real pleasure. Tracey has an agile and creative mind, picking up information quickly and making sense of it within a business context to help reach solutions. Even though Tracey already had a very demanding and full time job she was always available to support the Fringe beyond the Boards immediate responsibility utilising her skills and experience to benefit the business, helping it to flow better and so contributing to the team’s performance and well-being.

    Soraya Shaw - Springboard Coaching & former Trustee of Brighton Fringe

  • “SEA PR put so much energy and enthusiasm into our project.  They helped us think through and clarify the message we wanted to present and to be clear about the specific groups of people we are targeting.  They also have an understanding of the needs of charity organisations which was invaluable for us and something that we found to be lacking amongst other PR and marketing companies.

    SEA PR helped us get on local TV, local radio as well as in magazines and newspapers.  This is something we would have found difficult to achieve without their help.  Working with them was a lot of fun and we would strongly recommend them to other charity groups and organisations.”

    Ben Gardiner - Project Leader for The Grace Eyre Foundation

  • “SEA PR recently helped Grassroots to develop and launch a city-wide PR campaign to engage local businesses in preventing suicide.  They guided us through the whole process and as a result the campaign has had a far higher profile than it otherwise would have.  Within the space of a week we had slots on BBC South East, BBC Sussex and Radio Reverb, with press coverage in the Argus and Brighton & Hove Independent, not to mention a very positive reception on social media.  We are very grateful to SEA PR for helping our campaign achieve such a high profile; ultimately we hope this piece of work will save lives in our city.”

    Chris Brown - Director at Grassroots Suicide Prevention

  • I have worked with a number of fundraising managers with various charities for several years and found Tracey Allen absolutely excellent when I worked with her at The Ocean Radio Group. She was very professional, highly reliable, and an excellent communicator. Her commitment and enthusiasm were also exemplary.

    Nigel Atkinson - Lord-Lieutenant for Hampshire

SEA PR News

Coder Dojo Brighton header Coder Dojo Brighton Searches For More Mentors As It Celebrates its Third Anniversary Read More
Coder Dojo Brighton Searches For More Mentors As It Celebrates its Third Anniversary

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Coder Dojo Brighton Searches For More Mentors As It Celebrates its Third Anniversary

 

A free club for 6-16 year olds to learn how to be creative with computers, is celebrating its third anniversary this month . CoderDojoBrighton is part of a global network of similar clubs all over the world www.coderdojo.com. The initiative is designed to get young people to understand and use computers in a more positive and creative way.

The club runs every 2 weeks at the University of Brighton from 10 a.m. until 1pm and is run by computer programmers who give up their time to help the young people develop their skills. CoderDojo is supported by Brighton University who open their Huxley Building especially for this activity to take place.

Coder Dojo BrightonMore than 500 young people and their parents have attended in the last three years and 30 mentors have given their time, but CoderDojoBrighton is now looking for more Mentors due to its popularity.

This is not structured tuition but a place that young people can become inspired to be in control of what they do on computers and get help with their projects. We encourage them to help each other and work collaboratively but they have to be motivated to come. Many parents also use it to find out more and feel more enabled to speak to their children about computers  after attending.’ The next step now is to recruit more mentors to come forward. The more Mentors we have, the more that we can do” explains CoderDojoBrighton, Founder, Fred Hasson.

“The youngest tend to work with a programme for making animations and games called Scratch (www.scratch.mit.edu) and then the older ones use free 3D software called Unity (www.unity3D.com) – both are free to download. Some ask for help with learning programming which we can also offer depending on which Mentors are there on the day.

 The club also has regular short presentations on 3D printing, robotics, and recently by Brighton’s specialist 3D design company MakeMedia on Virtual Reality, which was a great success. They have more than 400 subscribers, and attendance varies between 35-45 young people each time but has been as high as 64 attendees at one time this year.

Being a Mentor has had positive results for many individuals through the networking that goes on, finding work opportunities, working on each other’s projects, and of course it looks good on a CV.

One of CoderDojoBrighton’s  attendees became a Mentor for 6 months, which then went towards his Duke of Edinburgh award” enthused Fred.

To enquire about becoming a mentor, please email : info@coderdojobrighon.co.uk and for more information go to: www.coderdojobrighton.co.uk

 


#brighton mentoring service, #CoderDojoBrighton,

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Duncan Kerr CEO Wave leisure welcoming Competitors to the Para Games The 2016 Seahaven Para Games – A Huge Success Read More
The 2016 Seahaven Para Games – A Huge Success

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The 2016 Seahaven Para Games – A Huge Success

 

On Sunday 7th August, Wave Leisure Trust (Wave) hosted the fifth annual Seahaven Para Games at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford. Over 25 competitors, from throughout East Sussex participated in the Games which were fully accessible to everyone thanks to a free door-to-door mini-bus service kindly provided by Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA).

 
The competitors took part in an exciting action-packed day which showcased their sporting skills. The challenging activities included Boccia, table tennis, kurling, wheelchair basketball, tennis, table cricket, goal football and the highly competitive Wheelchair Slalom.

 
At the Opening Ceremony, Duncan Kerr, CEO of Wave welcomed everyone to the Games and wished all the competitors the very best of luck. Duncan commented: “The Wave Team is proud to be able to host and deliver the Seahaven Para Games for a fifth year; they are a definite pinnacle in the Wave event calendar. This event continues reinforce our commitment to promoting good health and active lifestyles, bringing inclusive participation and enjoyable activities to all our community.”

Boccia underway

 
Also speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Michael Foster, the High Sherriff for East Sussex also welcomed the competitors and added: “The Seahaven Para Games really showcase the strength and energy that sport and physical activity – and all the related benefits – brings to everyone. I wish each competitor a happy and enjoyable Games and look forward to presenting the medals later today at the Awards Ceremony.”

 
Bill Pierce, the President of the Rotary Club of Seaford also welcomed the competitors and added: “We are extremely pleased that the 2016 Seahaven Para Games are able to take place with the support of the Rotary Club. By contributing to the Games, we are able to offer our community the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide range of different and new sports and activities, make new friendships and reinforce existing partnerships.”

 

Paula Woolven, Community & Communications Manager at CTLA commented: “CTLA is delighted to help ensure the participants of the Games can reach the event by providing free transport for the day.”

 

After a morning of exhilarating competition, everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch which gave the supporters of the Games – Active Sussex, CTLA, the Rotary Club of Seaford, Sainsbury’s Newhaven and Wave – the opportunity to catch-up with the competitors and chat about the different kinds of activities they would like to see at the 2017 Games.

 
The Games’ activity programme ended with the highly competitive and anticipated annual Wheelchair Slalom. Robbie Weston left the competition far behind and won the 2016 title.

 
The day came to a close with an Awards Ceremony, where The High Sherriff for East Sussex, Michael Foster, presented all the worthy competitors with the certificates and medals.

 
The partners have already committed to holding the Seahaven Para Games again in 2017, with a date yet to be confirmed. Anyone wishing to participate, volunteer on the day or sponsor the games should contact Wave Leisure on info@waveleisure.co.uk or call 01323 493061.


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Impetus Talk Loneliness With a Yellow Rose of Friendship

Impetus are a Brighton and Hove charity helping vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health. The charity does this through befriending, advocacy and support services and on Saturday they showed that Brighton & Hove “cares” with the first ever Yellow Rose Campaign.

Coinciding with the UN International Day of Friendship on Saturday 30 July, the local charity created a city-wide celebration focused on “Connecting Friends and Building Communities” using yellow roses as its emblem to represent friendship.

The Yellow Rose symbolises friendship, delight, the promise of a new beginning, Remember Me and “I Care”.
Team of yellow rose volunteers with the Mayor

In a number of places across the city, residents and visitors were handed yellow roses with the aim to raise awareness about loneliness and isolation in the city.

Residents and visitors also got the opportunity to ‘Meet the Mayor’ in a unique aspect of the campaign where The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Pete West spent time speaking to people in the Pavilion Gardens, and had a selfie’s taken in Impetus’ Yellow Rose selfie frame.

Commenting on the Yellow Rose Campaign and his decision to choose Impetus as one of his 27 chosen charities, Mayor West, explained: “I was extremely honoured and proud to be part of such an inspiring event on Saturday. The Yellow Rose campaign is a powerful way to raise awareness of loneliness and isolation in our city and it was fantastic to talk with so many people about their feelings and find out who they were giving their rose to on the International Day of Friendship. As a charity, Impetus have been making a significant impact in our communities by tackling isolation across all different types of people so I was always determined they would be one of my chosen charities. The focus of the Yellow Rose campaign alongside Impetus’ teams of volunteers are an inspiration to all of us to work on Connecting Friends and Building Communities together.”

The Yellow Rose Campaign also received support from a number of local businesses, including the Grand Hotel and Gunns Florists, who sold yellow roses across the city.

Jo Ivens, CEO of Impetus, said: “We’re delighted that the first ever Yellow Rose campaign was a huge success, spreading awareness about the vital impact even a small gesture can make to vulnerable people who are lonely or isolated. Our charity works with a wide range of people who are affected by loneliness and isolation across the city but there is no one method to fix the problem. It was tremendous to see how many people across the city wanted to show they cared and pledged to say “I care” to someone in their communities on International Friendship Day. Just the act of giving a flower as part of the Yellow Rose campaign or making the effort to have a brief chat with a neighbour can have a profound impact for those dealing with loneliness and isolation. It’s inspiring to think of the impact these pledges had to people in our city and we’re excited about making our Yellow Rose Campaign have an even bigger reach next year. In the meantime, we hope that our charity can continue connecting friends, building communities and reducing the dangers of loneliness and isolation.”

The inaugural Yellow Rose Campaign was supported by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Brighton & Hove City Council, Gunns Florist & The Grand Hotel.


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Brighton and Hove Impetus Receive Queens Award From Lord Lieutenant

Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity dedicated to providing befriending, advocacy and support services to vulnerable adults, were presented the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

The presentation to the charity took place in the Sallis Benney theatre and acknowledged their work in the city enabling people to befriend and support their isolated older and disabled neighbours through their Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS). Queens Award - CEO Jo Ivens, volunteer Anne Robinson and Sean Depodesta.

Volunteers and scheme members from the NCS received the award, the highest honour a voluntary group can receive in the UK – equivalent to a group MBE – at a traditional British Garden Party with the Lord Lieutenant and many distinguished guests in attendance.

Commenting at the time, the Lord Lieutenant said “It is always a terrific pleasure for me to present a Queen’s Award on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.  These awards are only made to outstanding voluntary groups who show a terrific commitment to their local community and Impetus are a shining example of how volunteers can make a difference.”

The NCS works with a team of over 240 volunteers who give around 10,500 hours of their time a year to support more than 280 vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health.  In 2015 Impetus hit an all-time record number of new volunteers signing up to its Neighbourhood Care Scheme which is the largest befriending network in Brighton & Hove and one of the largest in the country.

Jo Ivens, CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised with such a prestigious award and we wanted to highlight the incredible impact our volunteers’ work has across the city. Everyone involved with the charity gives their time, energy and expertise so generously, and we all feel enormously proud that the work of our organisation and particularly our volunteers has been given this honour. It’s a tremendous achievement for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme and Impetus as a whole and it was wonderful that the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sherriff and City Mayor Pete West showed their support for our charity and its volunteers at this wonderful event.”

Jo added: “There are 35,692 people over 65 in Brighton and Hove, and 41% of these live on their own. BBC Sussex recently did a survey of 400 local people of all ages, 70% said they’d experienced loneliness in the last 12 months. Referrals to the Neighbourhood Care Scheme have been rising year on year, so we know that our work is more needed than ever.

It costs £8.90 per person, per week, to deliver befriending services in the City. This provides vetted and trained volunteers making weekly visits, phone calls, our newsletter and on-going support from our staff team. Impetus need to raise £20,000 this year to help them meet the increasing demand for befriending in Brighton & Hove. If you would like to donate or volunteer please go to www.bh-impetus.org


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Impetus Launch Yellow Rose Campaign

Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity helping vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health through befriending, advocacy and support services has announced a new campaign to raise awareness about the issue in the city.

Research shows that being isolated or lonely has been proven to heighten feelings of depression and anxiety as well as increasing the risk of premature death by roughly 30%.Impetus Yellow Rose Campaign Launch NatWest T20 Blast August 12,

During an event held at the Synergy Centre on Thursday, 23 June, the charity announced its plans for their Yellow Rose campaign. This inspiring new campaign will coincide with the UN International Day of Friendship on Saturday, 30th July 2016, and will be a city-wide campaign to spread awareness about isolation in the city using yellow roses as the emblem to represent friendship.

The event followed the announcement on Thursday, 2 June that local charity Impetus’s Neighbourhood Care Scheme has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Jo Ivens, CEO of Impetus, said: “We hosted this event to celebrate our fantastic volunteers and our Queen’s Award, and to announce our plans for the first ever ‘Yellow Rose Campaign’. We want to spread awareness about the vital impact even a small gesture can make to vulnerable people who are lonely or isolated. Even just the act of giving a flower as part of the Yellow Rose campaign or making the effort to have a brief chat with a neighbour can have a profound impact for/on those dealing with loneliness and isolation.”

Steve Hare, Chair of Trustees at Impetus, said: “As Chair I am immensely proud of the work that the Impetus team do each and every day and humbled that they should be honoured by the Queen. The Yellow Rose campaign is very timely for Impetus and will help to highlight the important issue of loneliness and isolation in Brighton and Hove. I urge everyone to think about someone who may be lonely on International Friendship day and buy a yellow rose to help raise funds and support the work that Impetus do.”

The event is supported by Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Brighton & Hove City Council, Gunns Florist, The Synergy Centre, The Grand Hotel and Brighton & Hove Independent.

To donate or volunteer please go to www.bh-impetus.org/yellowrose

Jo Ivens from Impetus with Mayor of Brighton Cllr Pete West (right) and Impetus chairman Steve Hare at the launch of the Impetus Yellow Rose Campaign  (Photo by Simon Dack / Vervate)
Jo Ivens from Impetus with Mayor of Brighton Cllr Pete West (right) and Impetus chairman Steve Hare at the launch of the Impetus Yellow Rose Campaign
(Photo by Simon Dack / Vervate)

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Sean de Podesta, NCS Manager, and Sheila Wood a volunteer from the care scheme at Buckingham Palace Neighbourhood Care Scheme receive prestigious Queen’s Award for volunteering Read More
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Neighbourhood Care Scheme receive prestigious Queen’s Award for volunteering

A service run by Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity dedicated to providing befriending, advocacy and support services to vulnerable adults, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The award has been presented to the charity for their work in the city enabling people to befriend and support their isolated older and disabled neighbours through their Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS).

The NCS works with a team of over 240 volunteers who give around 10,500 hours of their time a year to support more than 280 vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health. In 2015 Impetus hit an all-time record number of new volunteers signing up to its Neighbourhood Care Scheme which is the largest befriending network in Brighton & Hove and one of the largest in the country.

Sean de Podesta, NCS Manager, and Sheila Wood a volunteer from the care scheme attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 19 May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

Sean de Podesta, NCS Manager, and Sheila Wood a volunteer from the care scheme at Buckingham Palace
Sean de Podesta, NCS Manager, and Sheila Wood a volunteer from the care scheme at Buckingham Palace

Jo Ivens, CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised with such a prestigious award. It’s testament to the incredible work our volunteers carry out across the city. Everyone involved with the charity gives their time, energy and expertise so generously, and we all feel enormously proud that the work of our organisation and particularly our volunteers has been given this honour. It’s a tremendous achievement for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme and Impetus as a whole and it was wonderful that one of our long-standing volunteers could attend the Royal Garden Party!”

Impetus’ Neighbourhood Care Scheme is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The NCS was selected for the award by an independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, and the group will receive a signed certificate from Her Majesty The Queen presented in Brighton & Hove by HM Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex – Peter Field.

Jo added: “There are 35,692 people over 65 in Brighton and Hove, and 41% of these live on their own. BBC Sussex recently did a survey of 400 local people from a range of age groups, 70% said they’d experienced loneliness in the last 12 months. Referrals to the Neighbourhood Care Scheme have been rising year on year, so we know that our work is more needed than ever.

It costs £8.90 per person, per week, to deliver our befriending services in the City. This provides vetted and trained volunteers making weekly visits, phone calls, our newsletter and on-going support from our staff team. We need to raise £20,000 this year to help us meet the increasing demand for befriending in Brighton & Hove. To donate or volunteer please go to www.bh-impetus.org.”


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Brighton charity speaks up on support for parents with learning disabilities

Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity dedicated to providing befriending, advice and support services for vulnerable adults, has recently submitted a paper to the Fairness Commission to improve support to parents with learning disabilities working alongside Brighton & Hove City Council.

The recommendations were submitted by Impetus as a radical new approach which could result in more children staying with their parents, as well as potentially saving Brighton & Hove City Council money according to evidence from other UK authorities. Brighton & Hove has 445 looked after children – a figure that is 87% higher than the South East regional average – which is costing the city more than £20 million annually.

Impetus states that, under the law, parents with learning disabilities are entitled to support to be able to fulfil their parenting role and have more opportunity to meet the ‘good enough’ parenting standard.  However, according to the submission, the approach in Brighton & Hove often does not currently provide or enable such support, so the charity took the initiative to collaborate with national experts to look at making some radical changes.

Jo Ivens, CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus, said: “While the safety of the child must always remain of paramount importance, parents with learning disabilities can be great parents. Our experience is that the assessment and support systems in Brighton & Hove are not adjusted to reflect the parents’ learning disabilities and this essentially creates a test they cannot pass, and leads to their child being removed.Jo Ivens, CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus Profile

This is extremely costly and has a devastating impact on the mental health of the parents so we’re very pleased to be working with national experts to bring best practice to Brighton & Hove.”

Impetus’ submission highlights best practice approaches adopted by comparable authorities elsewhere and focuses on how these could be adopted in Brighton & Hove.  For example, Medway Council provides specialist support for parents with learning disabilities, which is designed to understand their parenting strengths and weaknesses. Personalised parenting plans are developed to fill the gaps and this enables many parents to meet the ‘good enough’ standard.  Established experts in the city, Impetus believe that adopting this approach will make a significant impact.

“We want to work with Brighton & Hove City Council to support any changes to the current ways of working,” continued Jo, “research into the best practice adopted by other authorities not only suggests better outcomes for parents and their children, but significant savings for the city.”

Impetus has put forward five key recommendations in its submission:

  • Establish a joint protocol between Adult Services and Children’s Services for referrals and support service for parents with learning disabilities
  • Establish a Specialist Support Service for parents with learning disabilities
  • Extend Shared Lives1 to parents with learning disabilities (currently available in B&H to adults with disabilities including learning disabilities)
  • Ensure all staff are fully aware of how the Care Act 2014 applies to parents with learning disabilities, at all relevant stages
  • Increase advocacy capacity for parents with learning disabilities in Brighton & Hove

“Impetus has the skills and experience to be able to support the council to adjust its approach to working with parents with learning disabilities. The change of approach would be transformational for everyone involved,” added Jo.

Today Impetus also release a film which tells the story of “Holly” whose daughter was placed into care as the courts concluded that there wasn’t the support in place for Holly to be sure that she could keep her child safe. The judge had no option but to take the child into care as the child’s safety was the priority. The film also played a part in the submission to the Brighton and Hove Fairness Commission.

To view Holly’s story, visit http://www.bh-impetus.org/interact


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RadioReverb go 360 for UK broadcast first

On Friday 20th May RadioReverb will be stretching the boundaries of entertainment once again as it will be capturing three music sessions from Irish acts Pleasure Beach, Saint Sister and Stephanie Rainey who are coming to the studios to record a session which will be captured in 360 degree video.

As far as RadioReverb are aware, this is the first time this has ever been done on a UK radio station.

The unique sessions will be broadcast on Monday 23rd May after 8pm on 97.2 FM on DAB and online at www.radioreverb.com in the weekly Irish show ‘What’s the Craic’ which currently has over 20,000 listeners on Audioboom and is one of RadioReverb’s most listened to shows.

Ant Martin, presenter of What’s The Craic, said: “I had the idea of recording a 360 degree session in the radio studios a few months ago and reached out to the Virtual Reality community here in Brighton including Heather Iriye and Keisuke Suzuki of University of Sussex,  to see if it would be possible. The response I had was encouraging and really helpful. I met with Sam Watts of make[Real] in Brighton and Tim Fleming of Future Visual who gave a great insight into the technology. The technology to record this special session and to view it has only become mainstream in 2016 so it is the perfect time to push the boundaries and to give people a unique look behind the scenes of our radio station.360 studio

“The video should hopefully put the viewer literally right into the middle of an intimate performance by two amazing acts and for the first time, people will be able to have a proper look around a radio studio and see exactly what goes on. The timing couldn’t be better really as since only last Monday [16th May] people will now be able to view this experience in virtual reality using the built in Google Cardboard function on YouTube either on their Android or iOS device – no expensive VR device is needed to experience RadioReverb in 360.”

What’s The Craic is a weekly Irish radio show with an eclectic mix of Irish music of all genres and a look at relevant news, sports and events of interest to the Irish community here in Brighton & Hove as well as featuring well known Irish guests and is aired at 8pm on Monday and repeated Tuesdays at 3pm and Saturdays at 1am.

The two Irish acts are in Brighton as part of the citywide Great Escape Festival but are thrilled to be taking part in this UK radio broadcast first.

The show will be broadcast on air on 97.2FM, on DAB & online and the 360 degree video will be available to watch via online video at www.radioreverb.com


#Anthony Martin RadioReverb, #RadioReverb, #What's the Craic RadioReverb,

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William Shaw interviewed for RadioReverb The Write Songs show RadioReverb looks at the songs behind the books by some of Brighton’s most successful authors Read More
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RadioReverb looks at the songs behind the books by some of Brighton’s most successful authors

The community run radio station, RadioReverb has launched a new show which looks at the songs behind the books by some of Brighton’s most successful authors.

The Write Songs is a new series on RadioReverb which is a spin on the Desert Island Discs ‘chat and play’ formula, writer and academic, Gilly Smith explores with her guests the songs that made their books sing.

Gilly explained: “It’s about looking at the process of writing, listening to the songs my guests listen to while they’re writing, the records that get us to smell their streets and feel their characters’ pain. It’s also a great way of talking about books while listening to some fantastic tracks.”

William Shaw interviewed for RadioReverb The Write Songs show
William Shaw interviewed for RadioReverb The Write Songs show

 Each writer chooses eight songs to tell the story of their story. William Shaw, whose new book ‘Birdwatcher’ is riding high in the hardback charts, talks us through the songs that he hears in the gritty streets of his 1960s London in the Breen/Tozer trilogy.  Julia Crouch tells us how PJ Harvey puts the flesh on the bones of Polly in her first book ‘Cuckoo’ and how the passion, darkness and female rivalry in ‘Girl with One Eye’ by Florence and the Machine underscores the relationship between the main protagonists.  Mark Radcliffe takes us back to the 1980s of his book ‘Stranger than Kindness’ with some melancholic Prefab Sprout, and Sally O’Reilly manifests her ‘Dark Aemilia’ on to the big screen with some dark, epic Vaughan Williams. And Rebecca Whitney tells us how she developed the plot for ‘The Liar’s Chair’ while listening to John Talabot’s ‘Destiny.’

Listeners can read the books by visiting the Programme page on RadioReverb www.radioreverb.com

Gilly Smith is a (factual) writer and academic at the University of Brighton.  She facilitates Dreamwriters, a creative writing group which meets in Brighton and Seaford which she describes as ‘Weightwatchers with pens’.  This is her second series for RadioReverb; her first, Jaibli Salaam told the stories of Brighton’s Syrian community through their memories of food and music from the old country.

The first transmission will be from 30th May at 10am, on 97.2FM on DAB, or on line at radioreverb.com Further programmes will be aired on June 6th, 13th, 20th, & the 4th, 11th July Mondays 10 am, each repeated on the following Saturday at 3pm.

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Newhaven Fort waves off Wave Leisure staff and Blind Veterans for CycleBeyond Challenge

Wave Leisure, the not-for-profit trust which promotes wellbeing, fitness, healthy lifestyles and leisure facilities across Sussex is lending its support to Blind Veterans UK through its Brighton to Paris #CycleBeyond Challenge departing from Newhaven today (Thursday 12 May).

As part of its continued commitment to the local community, causes and likeminded charities – Wave has funded one of its team – Sarah Delaloye-Dean – to take part in the four day, 148 mile bike ride from Ovingdean to the French capital.

The #CycleBeyond Challenge began at The Blind Veterans Headquarters in Ovingdean at 6 am and headed towards Newhaven Port along the coast road with a timely pit stop at Newhaven Fort – Wave’s heritage site and visitor destination – for an early breakfast before catching the ferry across The Channel.  Once in Dieppe, the ride will restart and, for the next four consecutive days, cyclists will ride through France before finishing at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Sarah Delaloye-Dean on her bike at Newhaven Fort
Sarah Delaloye-Dean on her bike at Newhaven Fort

Sarah Delaloye-Dean, 49, has worked at Wave Leisure Trust Ltd. for over 16 years and she jumped at the chance to support Blind Veterans UK and live up to her belief that it’s good for people to challenge themselves and broaden their horizons.

Sarah said: “At Wave Leisure we really believe in putting something back into the community and our new CEO Duncan Kerr is very passionate about raising money for local charities too. I’m a bit worried about being on a saddle for long periods, I’ve never cycled this far in my life!”

Community backing means Sarah has already raised 138% of her target, please visit Sarah’s JustGiving Page to lend your support:  https://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Delaloye-Dean

Sarah works with a number of different groups through Wave Leisure’s community programme including aerobics, swimming and a strength and balance class for older people with a risk of falling over. She also manages the Brighton to Seaford area of the Tumble Tots franchise, the UK’s leading Active Physical Play programme for children from six months to seven years, which was recently purchased by Wave Leisure.

Duncan Kerr, CEO of Wave Leisure, added: “Wave and all its Team believe very strongly that sport, physical activity and being active has a huge impact on the mind, body and soul. Through our programmes, we help many people overcome challenging situations, including older people and those suffering from a range of health issues. Our involvement in the #CycleBeyond Challenge highlights our continued commitment and support to creating social value and contributing to the overall wellbeing of the local community.”

CEO Duncan Kerr with Blind Veterans and mayors of Newhaven Seaford Peacehaven and T Cliffs
CEO Duncan Kerr with Blind Veterans and mayors of Newhaven Seaford Peacehaven and T Cliffs

Blind Veterans UK is the charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women and three blind veterans will be taking part in the cycle challenge on a tandem alongside Sarah and the hundreds of other cyclists. So far the #CycleBeyond challenge has raised a total of £25,000.

For more information about Wave Leisure Trust go to www.waveleisure.co.uk


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Tackling gender issues, fashion stigma and abuse with a magic button

Gender neutral fashion is slowly making its mark in the industry with new lines from Zara and Levi’s in the first months of 2016 alone, however only one fashion range is using its gender neutral line to tackle issues such as body shaming, identity issues and even sexual harassment, Gender Free World.

Gender Free World (GFW) launched their first fashion line earlier this year designed for all people and all body types who are keen to wear non-gender specific clothing which is stylish, fits their form and ensures that their fashion choices are free from prejudice. With their first line of shirts, GFW have broken new ground in the fashion world by providing 21 unique variants within the range to ensure that no matter what your gender or body shape, you can find a shirt you like, in a style you want that actually fits you. This attention to detail in creating unique fashion design has proved to be one of the key successes for the brand.

Nel Margerison, Creative Director at GFW, said: “When we first started discussing shirts here at Gender Free World I was uncharacteristically committed to my long standing statement: ‘I don’t wear shirts’. The reason? Well to put it simply, tits, knockers, boobs, breasts, jugs… oh and really bloody big ones at that. By the age of 14, I was sporting an impressive G cup on a dinky size 8 frame.”

Unique hidden button on Gender Free World shirt
Unique hidden button on Gender Free World shirt

The issue surrounding shirts for women has been a long process for Gender Free World’s core team as they had such varying experience with shirts provided by the high street. Some people found the frilly designs or classically feminine colours ostracised them from shirts while others found the cut of mainstream female shirts catered to a very specific body shape. However one of the most important issues for the team was how to tackle the issue of shirts gaping around breasts which for some led to uncomfortable fits, embarrassing exposure or more nefariously, unwanted roaming eyes.

Nel continued: “I noticed that often on women with larger breasts that shirts could really gape around the bust so you lose the fit or expose your boobs to everyone , so, we came up with the hidden-reverse button to stop that from happening. The button is a bespoke design which sits behind the splackett (the bit with all the buttons on), and is fastened from the inside preventing the dreaded gape but without generating any stretching or pulling of the material from elsewhere in the shirt. We’ve had such a positive response to this so far, it was obviously an issue for a lot of people and we’re proud to be the ones to do something about it!”

The clothing line has already been a huge success with fashion industry representatives, designers and customers alike and award-winning gender fluid writer Jack Monroe promoted the shirts on Instagram saying “when I find something this good I wanna tell you”.

The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive with individuals of different genders, sexualities and diverse body types and Nel believes this comes down to the fact that GFW are filling huge gaps in the fashion market. By listening to the issues of people who aren’t catered to by the mainstream fashion industry they are able to address situations which can lead to sexual harassment, body shaming and other identity issues through fashion and image stigma.

Despite all the work she did designing the shirts and creating the ‘hidden reverse button’, Nel still thought of the shirts as fashion for people keen to wear non-gender specific clothing, not for herself.

Nel explained: “I’d never seen myself benefitting and stitching up (literally) my tattered relationship with shirts. It wasn’t until about a week after our shirts actually arrived and I buttoned up the shirt to demonstrate for my family and one of my children turned to me and said, “Mum that really suits you!” Suddenly, it started to fall in to place. When our customers started sharing their own stories it dawned on me that I was one of the ignored people on the high streets that we are designing for. My marred history with shirts was something others had suffered through too and we could now join together and wear shirts with pride. It may sound silly but it’s truly exciting to know that we’re providing something which is genuinely making a difference to people. I’ve already spoken to people online who are as excited as I am about our new Billie range designed specifically for people with big busts and the more people let us know their joy at finding something that fits, I realise that I was part of the story all along.”Group image  - Gender Free World


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CEO Duncan Kerr with Blind Veterans and mayors of Newhaven Seaford Peacehaven and T Cliffs Wave Leisure go beyond fitness for Blind Veterans challenge Read More
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Wave Leisure go beyond fitness for Blind Veterans challenge

Wave Leisure, the not-for-profit trust which promotes wellbeing, fitness, healthy lifestyles and leisure facilities across Sussex is lending its support to Blind Veterans UK through its Brighton to Paris #CycleBeyond Challenge later this month.

As part of its continued commitment to the local community, causes and likeminded charities – Wave has funded one of its team – Sarah Delaloye-Dean – to take part in the four day, 148 mile bike ride from Ovingdean to the French capital.

The #CycleBeyond Challenge begins at The Blind Veterans Headquarters in Ovingdean and will head to Newhaven Port along the coast road. The team will make a pit stop at Newhaven Fort – Wave’s military museum and visitor destination – for an early breakfast before heading to the port to catch the ferry across The Channel.  Once in Dieppe, the ride will restart and, for the next four consecutive days, cyclists will ride through France before finishing at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Sarah Delaloye-Dean, 49, has worked at Wave Leisure Trust Ltd. for over 16 years and she jumped at the chance to support Blind Veterans UK and live up to her belief that it’s good for people to challenge themselves and broaden their horizons.

Sarah said: “At Wave Leisure we really believe in putting something back into the community and our new CEO Duncan Kerr is very passionate about raising money for local charities too. I’m a bit worried about being on a saddle for long periods, I’ve never cycled this far in my life!”

Community backing means Sarah has already raised 50% of her target, please visit Sarah’s JustGiving Page to lend your support:  https://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Delaloye-Dean

Sarah works with a number of different communities through Wave Leisure’s community programme including aerobics, swimming and a strength and balance class for older people with a risk of falling over. She also manages the Sussex branch of Tumble Tots, the UK’s leading Active Physical Play programme for children from six months to seven years, which was recently purchased by Wave Leisure.

CEO Duncan Kerr with Blind Veterans and mayors of Newhaven Seaford Peacehaven and T Cliffs
CEO Duncan Kerr with Blind Veterans and mayors of Newhaven Seaford Peacehaven and T Cliffs

Duncan Kerr, CEO of Wave Leisure, added: “Wave and all its team believe very strongly that sport has a huge impact on the mind, body and soul. Through our programmes, we help many people overcome challenging situations, including older people and those suffering from a range of health issues. Our involvement in the #CycleBeyond Challenge highlights our continued commitment and support to creating social value and contributing to the overall wellbeing of the local community.”

Blind Veterans UK is the charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women and three blind veterans will be taking part in the cycle challenge on a tandem alongside Sarah and the hundreds of other cyclists.

For more information about Wave Leisure Trust go to www.waveleisure.co.uk


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woman-1222804_1920 Giving Times’ Tips for Charities Using Social Media Read More
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Giving Times’ Tips for Charities Using Social Media

Here at Giving Times, our social media manager Skye, talks about how charities need to engage more with the new phenomenon of social and digital media

It was revealed recently by Charity Digital News that social media campaigns aren’t always successful for charities but is that down to the platform or the approach? In the last two months, here at Giving Times, we’ve noticed charities aren’t taking enough advantage of social media and we believe this needs to change.

At Giving Times, we love sharing our news stories about what third sector organisations are up to and it would be great to see more interaction and sharing from those organisations to further their own reach. We know not every charity has a social media manager so a lot of them are managing their own social networking themselves. So, to help, we’ve put together 10 tips which we hope will help your organisation make the most of social media.

IT’S ALL ABOUT IMAGE

Make sure you have a strong business image and show this via the artwork and wording across your social media profiles. Most graphic designers and design software will allow you to simply create images in the correct dimensions for cover photos and profile pictures. Make sure you put obvious links to your social media pages on your website so people can follow you and keep up to date with what you’re doing.

FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW

Are you following everyone you work with? Everyone you would like to work with? Are you following your local news sources where your stories might feature? Following other people is a great way to get on people’s radar and to keep up with news which may be relevant to you, so don’t be shy, get following!

SHARING’S CARING

If you’re tagged in something relevant or featured somewhere don’t just look at it. Like it, Retweet it and Share it. This means that everybody following you who wants to keep up with your news will have the chance of seeing it. Some social media networks control the reach of a post depending on how much it is interacted with so every like and share counts.

HELP PEOPLE FIND YOU

Use hashtags to interact with your target audience, these have been proven to be particularly useful on Twitter and Instagram. Do some research to find out the most used and applicable to your posts (think about relevant areas and sectors) and use them regularly so you stay on top of the pile.

GET TRENDING

Keep up with what is trending each day and try to take part when you can, this is a great way of gaining new followers and building brand awareness.

…and while you’re at it

Make sure you’re taking part in #CharityIs hour and other third sector and applicable ‘Tweet Chats’ that allow you to tell everyone who you are, and what it is you do.

COMMUNICATE AND INTERACTiphone-410311_1280

Support other appropriate accounts and they are more likely to do the same for you. Interacting with your audience makes them feel like they are part of your world and in turn they want to support it and see it thrive. Also, if people missed a post the first time round, your interaction will bring it back to the foreground and improve your visibility too.

LET THE TRAFFIC FLOW

Use social media to share and drive traffic towards your website, share links daily so people can simply click to find out more about you.

A PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS

The stats speak for themselves on this one, pictures are MUCH more likely to be viewed, interacted with and shared than words alone. It’s also a great way to include more words on social media networks with a word limit. Have a go at making your own and include a logo watermark so that shares can be easily recognised as coming from you.

GET PERSONAL BUT STAY PROFESSIONAL

Social media is a great way to tell the world about the wonderful people behind your charity, this will be more or less possible depending on your branding. Feel free to be conversational but ensure you maintain some professionalism by ensuring spelling is correct, not using ‘text speak’ or getting involved in arguments with ‘trolls’. Maintain a strong ‘voice’ and presence by regularly updating using similar wording and personality in your posts.

OUT OF OFFICE

Use a tweet loading app to schedule tweets for when you’re not in the office but others are likely to be surfing the web.

And Finally…

Don’t – Get into arguments online.

Don’t – Share before checking your facts, dates and spelling.

Don’t – Air your frustrations or grievances

We hope this helps, here at SEA PR we’re developing our social media support services so if you would like us to manage your social media for a specific event or longer term – call us on 01273 608455 today and ask to speak to Skye.

Good luck and enjoy!

SKYE

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Gender Free World - Model wearing GFW’s Charlie Range Gender Free ‘clothing without labels’ a hit with LGBTQ market Read More
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Gender Free ‘clothing without labels’ a hit with LGBTQ market

UK based fashion start-up Gender Free World (GFW) are on a mission to dispel the outdated tradition of gender identity by providing clothing without labels for individuals regardless of their sex and so far they have received high praise from progressive LGBTQ fashion communities across the globe.

The new range of shirts has been heralded by celebrities, fashion bloggers, marginalised models and LGBT customers as a necessary addition for all people and all body shapes who are keen to wear non-gender specific clothing which is stylish, fits their form and ensures that their fashion choices are free from prejudice.

One of the company’s first customers was award-winning gender fluid campaigner and columnist Jack Monroe, who described the Penguin shirt in ‘Charlie’ cut by Gender Free World Clothing as being an excellent shirt with an excellent cut and with excellent customer service.

Gender Free World - Model wearing GFW’s Charlie Range
Gender Free World – Model wearing GFW’s Charlie Range

Discussing the inherent issues of shopping on the high street for someone who identifies as trans, queer or gender fluid, Jack added: “I know shopping outside of the gender binary can be a frickin’ nightmare so when I find something this good [GFW’s shirt] I wanna tell you.”

Gender Free World’s clothes are unique in that they are devised, designed, and manufactured in the UK with the consortium working hard to ensure that their products aren’t defined by gender and allow everyone to buy what they want regardless.

The launch event held in Brighton, England last month saw a high number of LGBTQ entrepreneurs and leading fashion and culture industry professionals including comedian Zoe Lyons and radio presenter Kathy Caton.

Brighton-based LGBT comedian Zoe Lyons was also enthusiastic about the GFW shirt she purchased which not only fitted her body but was in a style she wanted after years of searching both the women’s and men’s sections in shops in vain.

Zoe explained: “At last, someone who understands the market which doesn’t want to squeeze itself into a gender specific style. I can now stop having to look in both sections to find something I like. It will be a shirt for life!”

The award-winning radio host Kathy Caton, of RadioReverb’s LGBT show ‘OUT IN Brighton’, also praised the uniqueness of the shirts for their stylish appearance and the thought which had gone into creating something which fitted so many different people regardless of their sex or gender.

GFW’s shirts have also been selected by the new ‘Label Fashion Show’, a new event aiming to bring marginalised identities into the fashion industry spotlight with a body positive fashion show, thanks to a special call from transsexual models to include GFW’s range at the unique event.

Zoe Lyons Comedian
Zoe Lyons Comedian

Jo Boon, Founder and CEO of Label Fashion Show, explained: “Most fashion is designed to be exclusive but we wanted our show to be inclusive and Gender Free World absolutely represented what we wanted to talk about and the message of our show. All of our models love their stuff, we have a number of gender fluid and new-gender models in our show and they have said how they feel so much more comfortable in GFW’s designs than any other brand.”

The new range of shirts, designed by GFW to promote fashion which portrays who individuals are through what they wear, were positively received by fashion industry executives, models and audiences alike on the catwalk at the renowned college.

Lisa Honan, Co-founder and Director of Gender Free World, said: “We set out to design shirts for those overlooked by the high street, we never specifically targeted LGBT communities but it’s definitely rewarding to know that our shirts are so popular with marginalised communities and that we’re succeeding in filling a gap for so many people around the world. We spoke with a huge cross-section of people in our initial surveys, including lesbians, gay men, transsexuals, heterosexuals and non-binary people, but we never realised the demand would be so strong in the LGBTQ community. Our numbers showed that of the 173 people we talked to, over 80 per cent felt that they would welcome stylish, fitted shirts which suited them regardless of sex or gender. We’re really happy to be providing people of all sexualities and genders with clothes which fit their personal choice regardless.”

The world is slowly waking up to the fact that not everybody feels comfortable being identified with society’s social constructs surrounding gender so GFW are set to meet this demand for the large group of people who are offered a very limited range of clothing by major high street clothing brands. GFW are passionate about a world where people’s choices are not restricted by their gender, increasing personal choices and changing social conventions but they don’t believe that the discussion is as confusing as some people would have you think.

Lisa explained: “At Gender Free World we’re not trying to tell people what they should call themselves or which box they should tick, we’re just trying to ensure that stylish, fashionable clothes are available to buy for everyone regardless of their gender, sexuality or body type. We’re keeping it simple. We are not saying we want a world without gender only that it is unfair that gender or sexuality can limit and restrict your choices which is why we’ve created our gender neutral fashion range.”

To order any of the Gender Free World’s ranges, find more information about sizing and body shapes or for terms and conditions, visit www.genderfreeworld.comGender Free World Group Image


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Gender Free World – A model wearing GFW’s Penguin Print Long Sleeve Shirt on the Label Fashion Show Runway Unique St Andrews fashion show launches with gender neutral shirts Read More
Unique St Andrews fashion show launches with gender neutral shirts

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Unique St Andrews fashion show launches with gender neutral shirts

Gender Free World (GFW), a Brighton-based start-up providing clothing and products for individuals regardless of their gender, have been praised by clothing designers and models at a unique new fashion show in Fife, Scotland.

‘Label Fashion Show’, a new event aiming to bring marginalised identities into the fashion industry spotlight with a body positive fashion show, featured GFW’s gender neutral shirts in their inaugural runway show in St Andrews last night.

Gender Free World – A model wearing GFW’s Penguin Print Long Sleeve Shirt on the Label Fashion Show Runway
Gender Free World – A model wearing GFW’s Penguin Print Long Sleeve Shirt on the Label Fashion Show Runway

The new range of shirts, designed by GFW to promote fashion which portrays who individuals are through what they wear, were positively received by fashion industry executives, models and audiences alike.

Jo Boon, Founder and CEO of Label Fashion Show, explained: “Most fashion is designed to be exclusive but we wanted our show to be inclusive and Gender Free World absolutely represented what we wanted to talk about and the message of our show. All of our models love their stuff, we have a number of gender fluid and new-gender models in our show and they have said how they feel so much more comfortable in GFW’s designs than any other brand.”

Inspiration for the Label Fashion show has been drawn from a rich array of situations and people, from friends and experiences at university to the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador actress Emma Watson, and fashion designer Stella McCartney to activist David Ikard.

Lisa Honan, Co-founder and Director of Gender Free World, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with such a progressive fashion show who, like us, promote clothing and style regardless of sex or gender. An overwhelming amount of the feedback we receive from customers showed that whether they were slim, short, tall, busty or petite, regardless of sex they struggled to find clothes that fitted their personal choice and so we’re delighted that the models at Label felt our range of shirts didn’t pigeon-hole them like this.”

Gender Free World - Model wearing GFW’s Charlie Range
Gender Free World – Model wearing GFW’s Charlie Range

The Label show came from Jo Boon’s experiences at University which prompted her to create a platform where she could speak out and reclaim her own body. The original concept was promote gender identity and to encourage people to be positive about their bodies and who they are, while providing an opportunity for individuals not to feel marginalised. Models were selected through an open call, based not on their looks but why they wanted to be involved and the show will feature models with disabilities, mental health issues, survivors of sexual violence and many others who have felt excluded in life. The show is being hailed as a response to fashion culture’s barrage of negative imagery and body shaming tactics.

Jo added: “We saw so many amazing people and the show has already been so positive to everyone involved in terms of counterbalancing the negative messaging the fashion industry currently push on people. I’m amazingly proud of what we’ve achieved with Label Fashion Show giving people chance to really embrace their bodies and support one another, and it really feels that to an extent we’ve already succeeded. Working with brands like Gender Free World we’re creating a new community to support individuality, give people a platform to support themselves and we hope to be able to shape each show going forward and continue making a difference.”

The shirts are available to buy online and in order to make sizing simple for all body types GFW have created an easy to use sizing chart customers can use and will send out a bespoke tape measure with every order. The company have big plans for the future with new ranges coming soon and plans to branch out into children’s clothing, toys and more over the coming year.
To pre-order any of the new range, find more information about sizing and body shapes or for terms and conditions, visit www.genderfreeworld.com


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Luciana Berger, Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, and JoAnne Welsh, Director of Brighton Oasis Project Shadow Cabinet Minister visits Brighton Oasis Project to talk about Mental Health Read More
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Shadow Cabinet Minister visits Brighton Oasis Project to talk about Mental Health

The drug and alcohol misuse service Brighton Oasis Project hosted the Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger on Thursday morning to discuss the issues around mental health, and alcohol and substance misuse.

The shadow cabinet minister met with CEO Jo-Anne Welsh and sat with a group of women attending some of the groups available where they discussed how alcohol and substance misuse had affected their lives and the lives of their families and children.

Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) is a substance misuse service for women and families in the heart of Brighton and they have worked closely with local MPs such as Caroline Lucas, who has spoken at their conferences, and Peter Kyle who arranged the meeting with Luciana Berger yesterday.

Luciana Berger, Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, and JoAnne Welsh, Director of Brighton Oasis Project
Luciana Berger, Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, and JoAnne Welsh, Director of Brighton Oasis Project

After the one hour visit Luciana Berger said: “I’m here today in Brighton & Hove as part of my Mental Health Matters tour, every week I’m going to somewhere else across the country to see first-hand some really excellent projects like here at Brighton Oasis Project, to ensure I’m doing my very best as Shadow Cabinet Minister to hold the government to account but also to think about what the opposition and the Labour Party should be doing differently.

“Mental health has come out of the shadows. I’ve seen a change since I first took on mental health back in 2013, it’s definitely getting more airtime and attention, but what we desperately need to do is ensure the strong rhetoric and warm words are actually met with action. Part of the challenge is that when I travel across the country and speak to the people who are affected by addiction and mental health as well as the professionals supporting them, too many places are seeing services cut, massive changes in services, waiting times increase and thresholds increase, which makes it very difficult for people to access services. There is still a stigma when it comes to mental health and addiction but we’re starting to see those walls broken down – but we’ve still got some way to go. I believe it’s really important that I do as many visits as possible, sharing my experience online with social media and listening to people right across the country. We’re seeing more people getting involved in activity and we’re seeing more people in the public eye talking about their own [mental health] experiences but we do have some more work to do.”

Brighton Oasis Project provide a range of services supporting over 400 women and 175 children a year directly.  Services include structured treatment services for those looking to stop using drugs and alcohol, a crèche for very young children and a support service for children affected by family drug/alcohol use, an outreach project for sex workers, and parenting classes allowing adults in the community whose lives are affected by alcohol and substance misuse to form more positive relationships with their children.

Jo-Anne Welsh, Director for Brighton Oasis Project, explained: We’re really pleased that Peter Kyle MP and Luciana have chosen to focus on the work we do and the impact our services have on mental health issues in the city. It’s fantastic to have such support from our local MPs and other ministers. There’s a lot of work to be done around mental health, substance misuse and support for families, so it’s important that there is more attention and awareness given. We’re keen to discuss funding and our position for the next couple of years, we know Luciana is campaigning around mental health issues at the moment so she’ll want to know what it’s like being on the front line and how funding will effect this in the future. We do a lot of good work with women and families affected by alcohol and substance misuse every year in the local community but we could definitely support more women if we had more funding.”

Stacey, a Brighton Oasis Project service user who was advised to attend BOP by social services to ensure she could maintain custody of her son by addressing her drug use, discussed how the groups have changed her as a person and ensured that she is now totally free from all drugs. She mentioned how more funding is needed for projects like Oasis to ensure that more people receive the vital support the charity provides in the city

She said: “Before I joined I used to be a really angry person but the project supported me in the right places and allowed me to learn new skills, I did the POCAR programme and completed Phase 2 and now I do peer support groups here. If more funding was provided more people would have chances to keep their children and not fall back into trouble, some people get support but once they leave Oasis they have no support and they’re right back to square one again.”

A spokesperson for Peter Kyle present at the event on Thursday said the Hove MP views charities like BOP as the backbone of the city and that Luciana and he are keen to work with groups like this over the next four years to be able to get to grips with the issues faced in communities across the country every day.

Peter’s spokesperson, added: “The services which Brighton Oasis Project provide are vital to the region and I am proud to support an organisation which has such a positive effect on the lives of residents impacted by drugs and alcohol misuse in the city. Oasis provide the information we need to ensure we can make a difference in the city.”

The visit to Brighton & Hove forms part of Luciana Berger’s Mental Health Matters tour which saw her visit Brighton Oasis Project, Sussex Oakley and BHASVIC today.

For more information about Brighton Oasis Project go to www.oasisproject.org.uk


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Tent on the Bed BBC Panorama reveals residents ‘too poor to stay warm’ in Brighton & Hove Read More
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BBC Panorama reveals residents ‘too poor to stay warm’ in Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative Ltd (BHESCo) are a unique energy services provider in Brighton & Hove who are giving a voice to local communities in the wider conversation about energy, fuel poverty and the future. In a shocking investigation into fuel poverty on Monday night’s BBC Panorama, it was revealed that approximately 20 per cent of the UK population are officially living in fuel poverty.

BHESCo have been working tirelessly for the last four years to combat the effects of fuel poverty in Brighton & Hove and recently advised the Panorama team on the situation in the city. The BHESCo staff were disgusted by the revelations across the UK shown in the BBC’s report by Datshiane Navanayagam.

Kayla Ente, Co-Founder and Director of BHESCo, explained: “Even with my experience of working with people living in fuel poverty it’s still heart-breaking to see the horrific situations that people are living with across the UK everyday.”

Rita Newman, a 71-year-old widow living in poor conditions who was helped by BHESCo in 2015
Rita Newman, a 71-year-old widow living in poor conditions who was helped by BHESCo in 2015

The programme, titled ‘Too Poor to Stay Warm’, focused on the growing issue of fuel poverty in the UK where a reported five million people live in fuel poverty today and new figures show approximately 9,000 people died as a direct consequence of cold homes last year.

Kayla said: “We can’t continue to tolerate almost 80 people dying every single day due to cold homes. The UK currently has twice as many ‘excess winter deaths’ than in Finland despite it being drastically colder there.  It’s criminal to think that the majority of these deaths in our cities are preventable.”

BHESCo worked with the Panorama team to highlight the growing fuel poverty issue in Brighton & Hove by putting the production team in contact with two city residents, who like Hayley Brooker, who works at the University of Brighton, BHESCo have visited their homes in the past.

Hayley lives in Brighton with her partner Dan and three children and they have been plagued with severe cold and damp issues due to fuel poverty. In the BBC special, Hayley’s daughter discussed how she didn’t want to grow up being cold all the time and how she would like to move to a house that doesn’t have mould everywhere.

Hayley’s daughter said: “I don’t like it in the winter when it’s freezing cold at night and it feels like someone’s still rubbing ice on my nose.”

The report also focused on Hayley and Dan’s newly born son who has already had a number of chest infections and been rushed to hospital due to the cold and damp conditions in their house.

Kayla said: “Looking at Hayley’s situation it’s extremely distressing that their home is causing health problems for their young children.  Unfortunately this is an issue shared by many families in Brighton & Hove. Cold is a killer and we see a lot of concerns rising from damp problems in the city too. Just by looking at the footage from last night’s Panorama you can see how severe the damp is in that property. It is a crime that with technology as it is today, people are still forced to live in these horrible conditions.”

Tent on the Bed
Tent on the Bed

The ‘Too Poor to Stay Warm’ special reported that fuel poverty costs the NHS an estimated £1.3billion a year and that there is a definite link between cold homes and ill health. As with Hayley’s children respiratory diseases can arise due to damp conditions.  There can also be increased chance of heart attacks and strokes when living sold and damp living conditions. In a shocking discovery by BHESCo last year, they found one Brighton resident had resorted to sleeping inside a tent erected on her bed in an attempt to raise the temperature by a fraction when sleeping in her bedroom.   She also had a respiratory condition from the mould growing on the walls of her rental accommodation.

Kayla said: “The tent on the bed is always seen as shocking.   When you’re living in such conditions you’ll try anything to get a little bit more warmth and our Energy Assessment Services aim to help by offering more long term solutions to staying warm. We always tell people about how, if the temperature in your home regularly drops below 17 degrees, your health is likely to suffer and that always comes as such a shock to people. Unfortunately as the program showed, these people aren’t living in cold and damp through choice, and a lot of the blame does fall on UK Energy companies who are charging their customers too much and forcing some of the poorest people in our society to pay the most for energy. We’ve worked with people who are living in terrible conditions and paying extortionate energy bills and we’ve been able to offer a lifeline to people out of this crippling situation just by advising them on switching energy supplier.”

Panorama highlighted a campaign by the Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, which was set to eradicate fuel poverty by law before 2016. However despite £2.8 billion already having been spent installing energy efficiency measures and a target for energy companies to make one million homes warmer by 2020, the target still hasn’t been met.

BHESCo believes that their unique approach to keeping people warm is the only way forward at this time as the government continue to change the goalposts and there are now far more people in fuel poverty than when government promised to eradicate it.

Kayla explained: “Due to how the government measure fuel poverty it looks like changes are happening.  In reality the number of people living in dangerous conditions has doubled. We have to tackle this in our own communities and take the power to stop people dying in this way in our cities. At BHESCo we provide a number of solutions for people living with fuel poverty as well as our Energy Assessment Service that has helped people in the most appalling conditions to save money and to heat their homes by those all-important few degrees for good health.

“We are also working with the council and a number of other initiatives to give the power back to the people who are paying for energy and just want to be able to keep their homes and families warm and damp free in the city. We want to stop excess winter deaths, we want to eradicate fuel poverty and we want to help our communities to save money, save energy and save lives!”

As a key social enterprise in Brighton & Hove, BHESCo’s social action initiative is to provide Energy Assessments for homes and businesses in the city, helping consumers lower their energy costs by empowering them to take more control of their energy supply. #yourpowertosave


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Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary with his Oscar RadioReverb interviews Oscar winner Benjamin Cleary Read More
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RadioReverb interviews Oscar winner Benjamin Cleary

RadioReverb’s weekly Irish radio show for the Brighton & Hove community will be playing host to an Oscar winning filmmaker this April for an in-depth interview following his international success at this year’s ceremony.

Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary, who won this year’s Best Short Film Live Action Oscar for his short titled ‘Stutterer’, will be interviewed on next week’s ‘What’s The Craic’ show by RadioReverb presenter and fellow Irishman, Anthony Martin.

The interview will be broadcast live on Monday, 4 April 2016 at 8pm on 97.2 FM on DAB and online at www.radioreverb.com and will focus on Cleary’s nerves leading up to the awards show, how he celebrated, where his Oscar is now and what his business card says now post Oscar win.

What’s The Craic presenter Antony Martin, said: “I’m really looking forward to chatting to Benjamin Cleary about how he got started in filmmaking and what gave him the idea for his short film, it should be a really interesting show.”

Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary with his Oscar
Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary with his Oscar

What’s The Craic is a weekly Irish radio show with an eclectic mix of Irish music of all genres and a look at relevant news, sports and events of interest to the Irish community here in Brighton & Hove and is aired live at 8pm on Monday and repeated Tuesdays at 3pm and Saturdays at 1am.

RadioReverb is run entirely by volunteers and RadioReverb is the 24 hour community run radio station for Brighton and Hove and all shows they produce are open for sponsorship from local businesses. If you are a local enterprise who wishes to support RadioReverb then please contact the station at http://www.radioreverb.com/


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Gender Free World Group Image New gender neutral shirt company a perfect fit with VIP guests Read More
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New gender neutral shirt company a perfect fit with VIP guests

Gender Free World (GFW), a Brighton-based start-up providing clothing and products for individuals regardless of their sex, revealed their new brand of ‘clothing without labels’ at an exclusive event in the city last night.

The new range of shirts has been heralded by its designers as a necessary addition for all people and all body shapes who are keen to wear non-gender specific clothing which is stylish, fits their form and ensures that their fashion choices are free from prejudice.

The launch event held at Brighton Werks on the Wednesday 16th March saw comedian Zoe Lyons, radio presenter Kathy Caton and representatives from Brighton’s contemporary tailor and designer Gresham Blake support the launch.

Local comedian Zoe Lyons attended the event wearing one of the new designs and was enthusiastic about the products after years of searching both the women’s and men’s sections in shops to find a shirt she liked which fitted her body.

Zoe Lyons Comedian
Zoe Lyons Comedian

Zoe explained: “At last, someone who understands the market which doesn’t want to squeeze itself into a gender specific style. I can now stop having to look in both sections to find something I like. It will be a shirt for life!”

The award-winning radio host Kathy Caton from RadioReverb LGBT show OUT IN Brighton also attended the event and praised the uniqueness of the shirts for their stylish appearance and the thought which had gone into creating something which fitted so many different people regardless of their sex or gender.

The new range of shirts have been designed by GFW to promote fashion which portrays who individuals are through what they wear and the company have big plans for the future to branch out into children’s clothing, toys and more.

Lisa Honan, Co-founder and Director of Gender Free World, said: “We are designing shirts for those overlooked by the high street. For women who prefer a less fitted or overtly feminine style, it is not as simple as shopping in the men’s section.  Men typically have wider shoulders and narrower hips so shirts designed for men may not fit many female bodies with the arms being too long and not enough room at the hips. We know there is a huge demand from the survey we did which showed that of the 173 people we talked to, over 80 per cent felt that they would welcome stylish, fitted shirts which suited them regardless of sex or gender.  An overwhelming amount of the feedback we received showed that whether they were slim, short, tall, busty or petite, regardless of sex the people we surveyed struggled to find clothes that fitted their personal choice.”

The shirts are available to buy online and in order to make sizing simple for all body types GFW have created an easy to use sizing chart customers can use and will send out a bespoke tape measure with every order.

To help customers who may not be too comfortable with gender-specific sizes in various regions around the world the tape measure and sizing guide will ensure that everyone who buys from GFW will find stylish shirts in the colours they want and fitted to whatever body shape they desire.

To pre-order any of the new ranges, find more information about sizing and body shapes or for terms and conditions, visit www.genderfreeworld.com

At the end of the evening Co Founder and Investor in Gender Free World Paul Dickinson said, “something has started, I don’t know what it is, but it feels good.”

VIP Launch GFW Senior Team (L-R Investor Paul Dickinson, Founder Lisa Honan, Investor Sally Russell OBE and Director Nel Margerison)
VIP Launch GFW Senior Team (L-R Investor Paul Dickinson, Founder Lisa Honan, Investor Sally Russell OBE and Director Nel Margerison)

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Rebecca Newman, Parenting Practitioner at Brighton Oasis Project An Oasis of hope for women and families affected by drugs and alcohol Read More
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An Oasis of hope for women and families affected by drugs and alcohol

 

The Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) launched their new Mellow Parenting service today (Tuesday, 15th March) to help support the parents in our community whose lives are affected by drugs and alcohol form more positive relationships with their children.

David Cameron has recently announced a wish for more parents to have access to parenting programs and more support with this most challenging of roles. In 2014-15, BOP provided care co-ordination for 195 women and 91per cent of the women they worked with who had alcohol problems left treatment successfully. During the same year, 57 children attended the crèche that BOP provide through Young Oasis Project and 79 different children accessed therapy too. BOP is hoping that the new Mellow Parenting program is going to provide additional support for some of the most vulnerable families in our city, setting these families up for success.

The new initiative is an early intervention parenting group working with mums and babies to help form a strong bond between parent and child and create a safe environment so the parent can grow and improve their coping skills for how to form a stronger relationship with their child at this crucial stage.

Rebecca Newman, Parenting Practitioner at Brighton Oasis Project, said: “It’s important that we separate the classes to different age groups to cater to different needs at that early stage of parenting and also to allow the mums and children to interact and work with peers at a similar time in their lives. Mellow Parenting is empowering and strength based, it’s working with what the mothers already have and showing them what they can do rather than criticising them and saying what they’re doing is wrong. The parents in the Mellow Parenting classes will work together to encourage their own strengths and unique attributes and prove to themselves how they can make a difference to their lives and the lives of their children.”

Rebecca Newman, Parenting Practitioner at Brighton Oasis Project
Rebecca Newman, Parenting Practitioner at Brighton Oasis Project

Mellow Parenting is an evidence based parenting intervention developed to support parents and their children in making good relationships with programs designed for mums, dads, pregnant women and dad’s to be as well as a program adapted to support parents with learning difficulties.

Thanks to a recent three year funding grant from the charitable trust, Trusthouse, Oasis has been able to train two parenting practitioners, in mellow parenting, to carry out this much needed work which will work with children from 0 to four-years-old and their parents.

Rebecca, one of the practitioners who received the training explained: “We’re so lucky to have received that grant so we can provide this service which will be invaluable to a lot of parents in the local area. There is a real need in the city for this service, we launched on 15th March with our first group of mums and babies but I’ve already had a huge amount of referrals from workers across Brighton & Hove for additional classes from 0 to four months. There is a real need to help the young families across the city.”

Rebecca added: “BOP realised there was a significant need to support clients with young children and to get in as fast as possible and help set them up for success. A lot of the parents we work with haven’t had great role models or positive interaction with parent figures themselves so they will really benefit from this unique and bonding approach.”

The Mellow Parenting group at BOP will work with alcohol and substance misusers of all kinds in Brighton & Hove helping a wide variety of women, some recently out of treatment and some who have been in recovery for quite a few years, become closer to their babies.

For mothers accessing treatment at BOP currently, the service offers a Crèche as part of the recovery programme which allows the mothers to have one less worry that could prevent them from accessing the treatment. The Mellow Parenting group will be unique by breaking the day up into sections some of which will be with their children and others will be solely with the mothers.

Rebecca explained: “We will actually have the children in the group for the first part of the Mellow Parenting Day and will use fun, interactive activities so that the mums can work on bonding with their children and practice attachment strategies. It will also allow them to come to terms with any potential issues they face in a safe and encouraging environment. We’re so lucky to have the resources we do and the brilliant crèche at Young Oasis Project because without it the parents could grow even further from their children, now with Mellow Parenting and Young Oasis crèche they have such a better chance.”Brighton Oasis Project -Logo

With certain TV portrayals and media coverage the women we work with can be stigmatised as being neglectful or having caused their babies to be addicted to drugs and this is something BOP are keen to re-educate. “Mellow parenting is all about breaking the cycle of drug dependency being handed down and putting a stop to the stigma surrounding substance and alcohol misusers and their children.” Rebecca said. “It’s not easy. It’s one of the most challenging jobs someone can ever have but the treatment is all about empowering them to know that they can form a really special attachment with their children and know that their children will grow up in a more stable and nurtured environment than they might have done.

“It’s really important to be able to stop disadvantage at an early stage and Mellow Parenting is a preventative form of therapy so it’s not about telling them they’ve done something wrong, it’s a brilliant opportunity to help mums and change the lives of children.”

BOP hope to be able to branch out to provide the service to fathers in the future too ensuring that there is a focus on that bond which the charity feel is just as valuable and important a relationship for a child.

Jo-Anne Welsh, Director of Brighton Oasis Project, said: “The Mellow Parenting program is all about providing a strong bond that can provide stability for the children and the parents allowing them all to break the cycle and create a better future together and we feel it’s just as important to nurture that relationship with the children as well as the mums.”

The first 14 week group kicked off this March supporting mums with babies aged 0-18 month.  The project will be externally evaluated and will add to the research being carried out by Mellow Parenting, in Glasgow.

Explaining why Oasis are at the forefront of this positive approach in addressing the current situation in Brighton and Hove, Rebecca explained: “I’m so proud to work at such a unique and valuable service in the city, it truly is an Oasis!”

For more information about Brighton Oasis Project go to www.oasisproject.org.uk


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BHESCo launch event to celebrate Earth Day

 

The Brighton & Hove Energy Service Co-operative (BHESCo) is hosting a free film screening and Question Time style debate to celebrate International Earth Day which this year is on Friday 22 April 2016.

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The free event will include a screening of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, followed by a Question Time style panel discussion about “What does a healthy and sustainable community look like?” The panel will consist of local experts from finance, energy, housing, environment, and food.

The critically acclaimed documentary has been chosen by BHESCo to tie in with their desire to create a healthy and happy community in the city and spark debate about what the biggest challenges are to achieve this in the panel.

The debate will be hosted by Duncan Blinkhorn from Brighton Climate Action Network and Founder of Bike Train will discuss the question of how companies, communities and individuals can create a local Brighton & Hove with audience questions, social media participation and more.

The local entrepreneurs who will be taking part in the Question Time style panel are; Mick Taylor, Co-Founder and Director of local CIC Good Money; Bill Randall, former Mayor and Trustee of Brighton Housing Trust; Tony Whitbread, Chairman of Sussex Wildlife Trust; Kayla Ente, Founder and CEO of BHESCo; Adam Buckingham, from the Real Junk Food Project;

Kayla Ente, Director and Co-Founder of BHESCoKayla Ente, Founder and CEO of BHESCo, explained: “We’re so lucky to live in a city where there are so many organisations who are keen to promote change and work towards a better standard of living for everyone. It’s no coincidence that Brighton & Hove lead the way with campaigns like the Living Wage, LGBT rights and still have the first Green Party MP. We want to continue this tradition of social change in our community. In 2016 BHESCo is pushing a range of new services, such as our Energy Assessment Service and our proposed self-sufficient waste project, which are all designed to help everyone in our communities, and allow Brighton & Hove to take a more active role in shaping its own future. We’re very proud to be working with groups like Real Junk Food Project and BCAN to work towards our goal of creating a healthy and happy sustainable Brighton and Hove.”

Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.
BHESCo are keen to expand the diverse range of businesses and communities in the city who are working towards a more sustainable economy so their Earth Day event is supported by the Real Junk Food Project, Brighton Climate Action Network.

LogoThe event has been designed to produce a blueprint for how Brighton & Hove can localise its economy and create more opportunities for the future through an insightful, thought- provoking and entertaining evening.

Attendees will not only get a chance to watch the renowned documentary and hear from the esteemed panel of local entrepreneurs, there will also be a bespoke menu created for the evening by the Real Junk Food Project.

The event will be held on Earth Day, Friday 22 April 2016, at One Church from 6:00 – 9:00pm.

For more information go to BHESCo 

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Clothing Without Labels

Brighton based start-up Gender Free World (GFW) are on a mission to dispel the outdated tradition of gender identity by providing clothing without labels for individuals regardless of their sex.

GFW will be revealing their new brand of clothing without labels in March with an event designed to promote fashion which portrays who individuals are through what they wear. The new range of shirts has been heralded by its designers as a necessary addition for all people and all body types who are keen to wear non-gender specific clothing which is stylish, fits their form and ensures that their fashion choices are free from prejudice.

Lisa Honan, Co-founder and Director of Gender Free World, said: We are designing shirts for those overlooked by the high street. For women who like a particular more masculine or boyish style, it is not as simple as shopping in the men’s section.  Men typically have wider shoulders and narrower hips so shirts designed for men may not fit many female bodies with the arms being too long and not enough room at the hips. We know there is a huge demand from the survey we did which showed that of the 173 people we talked to, over 80 per cent felt that they would welcome stylish, fitted shirts which suited them regardless of sex or gender.  An overwhelming amount of the feedback we received showed that whether they were slim, short, tall, busty or petite, regardless of sex the people we surveyed struggled to find clothes that fitted their personal choice.”

The shirts GFW are launching are about celebrating femininity and masculinity regardless of someone’s sex but they also want to ensure they are inclusive to all including those who don’t identify with male or female genders. The survey highlighted issues such as shirts from high street shops for the female form are often too feminine and also that a lot of those surveyed had issues with shirts fitting poorly and gaping around the breasts. To counter this, GFW have created a ‘Hidden Reverse Button’ which has been designed to ensure that shirts are fitted better around breasts without gaping. All shirts are manufactured in the UK.

Lisa Honan
Lisa Honan, Co-Founder and Director of Gender Free World

Lisa added: “We want to communicate with all of our potential customers and ensure that GFW Clothing grows and adapts to ensure that we cater to everybody’s personal choices We want our customers and the people who aren’t catered to by the high street brands to work with us to adapt how we talk about our clothing preferences and what styles of fashion are missing. Ideally we hope to work together to create a world where everyone is free to express their own style and taste regardless of what is considered traditional men’s or women’s clothes.”

Based on the feedback from the survey and to ensure that their products cater to the needs of the large group of people who are tired of having their fashion choices dictated by assumptions, GFW have created their own Gender Neutral values:

  1. To be seen as an individual regardless of physical or sexual characteristics.
  2. To be free of the dominant societal norms which restrict choice such as assuming that a woman likes pink things!
  3. To be free to love who you like regardless of their biology or gender.
  4. Celebrating masculinity and femininity across its spectrum in the spirit of free expression.

Discussing their plans after launching, Lisa continued, “Our first three ranges: Alex, Billie and Charlie are designed with female body shapes in mind but with a gender neutral appreciation, ideal for those who like a boyish or tomboy style – the Charlie range will fit some men depending on their body shape. Going forward we intend to launch a range which will fit further variations in the male frame in mid-2016 called Drew, before branching into our gender neutral kids clothes and manual workwear for  body shapes other than the ‘one size fits all ‘standard large male currently on offer in DIY retailers . We will also sell gender neutral toys and other goods as appropriate.”Shirt for SEA PR Website

The world is slowly waking up to the fact that not everybody feels comfortable being identified with society’s social constructs surrounding gender so GFW are set to meet this demand for the large group of people who are offered a very limited range of clothing by major high street clothing brands. A lot of noise has been made recently about the ‘dangerous’ and ‘absurd’ questionnaire planned by Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield OBE, which sought to give children more choice over how they identify themselves with regards to gender. GFW are passionate about a world where people’s choices are not restricted by their gender, increasing personal choices and changing social conventions but they don’t believe that the discussion is as confusing as some people would have you think.

Lisa explained: “I find it so bizarre that a lot of people are so outraged at the idea of personal choice in how they identify themselves. We are aware that the term ‘gender’ can be interpreted in different ways and can be controversial. 

“A lot of this has to do with the fact that the media can sometimes make it sound more confusing than it is. At Gender Free World we’re not trying to tell people what they should call themselves or which box they should tick, we’re just trying to ensure that stylish, fashionable clothes are available to buy for everyone regardless of their gender or body type. We’re keeping it simple. We are not saying we want a world without gender only that it is unfair that gender can limit and restrict your choices which is why we’ve created our gender neutral fashion range.”

GFW are revealing their first three new ranges of shirts on Wednesday 16th of March 2016 and in order to make sizing simple for all body types they have created an easy to use sizing chart customers can use and will send out a bespoke tape measure with every order. To help customers who may not be too comfortable with gender-specific sizes in various regions around the world the tape measure and sizing guide will ensure that everyone who buys from GFW will find stylish shirts in the colours they want and fitted to whatever body shape they desire. To pre-order any of the new ranges, find more information about sizing and body shapes or for terms and conditions, visit www.genderfreeworld.com


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Jo Anne Welsh- CEO Brighton Oasis Project Substance misuse event focuses on children for safeguarding day Read More
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Substance misuse event focuses on children for safeguarding day

The drug and alcohol misuse service Brighton Oasis Project hosted an important event to highlight the vital services needed for young people in the region and promote their key messages for the future last Friday. The event coincides with National Safeguarding Day on the 29 February which is the one day this year where organisations Stop what Jo Anne Welsh- CEO Brighton Oasis Projectthey are doing, Look at their safeguarding practices, Listen to young people and take action.

On Friday delegates from the local community, attended the event which saw a number of Brighton Oasis Project service users describe their situations, their drug and alcohol dependency and the impact the service has had on their lives and the lives of their children.

Peter Kyle, MP for Hove, is a champion for youth services and making a difference to young people’s lives through his work with youth unemployment charity ‘Working for Youth’. Speaking prior to the event on Friday he said: “I am determined to ensure that at this crucial time, we do everything we can to support the next generation. National Safeguarding Day is a fantastic initiative and it’s important that we focus on all areas where our children are being affected from alcohol and substance misuse to unemployment. The services which Brighton Oasis Project provide are vital to the region and I am proud to support an organisation which has such a positive effect on the lives of children impacted by drugs and alcohol misuse in the city.”

Brighton Oasis Project provide a range of services which all contribute to safeguarding children in the city, giving care and support to around 175 children a year directly, with many more safeguarded indirectly as a result of their services for adults. In a recent report for Channel 4 during ‘Children of Alcoholics Week’ it was revealed that 2.6 million children, roughly one in five, live with a hazardous drinker. Two young children from Brighton Oasis Project’s ‘Young Oasis’ service who lived with a parents with an alcohol problem were interviewed for the report and said their lives “were without question better now” having attended the service.

Brighton Oasis Project -LogoJo-Anne Welsh, Director for Brighton Oasis Project, explained: “Brighton Oasis Project has been working with women with drug and alcohol problems for 19 years and since our inception we have provide a crèche. The links between substance misuse and risks to children are well known and we know that women are unable to access treatment without child care and that children affected by substance misuse are vulnerable.”

Brighton Oasis Project services which focus on safeguarding children includes;
• The Parenting Our Children , Addressing Risk (POCAR) Programme working with parents whose children have social work involvement as a result of their parents substance misuse
• A crèche caring for children from birth while their parents engage in treatment and recovery activities
• A therapeutic service for children affected by parental substance misuse working with those aged 5-18
• A Young Women’s Alcohol Worker focusing on 14-25 year olds
• Inclusive Holiday Art activities for children
• Evidence based parenting programmes

Councillor Alex Phillips from the Green Party, representing Caroline Lucas MP at the event, gave an impassioned speech about how impressed and inspired she was by the work that Brighton Oasis Project do in the city. She explained how inspiring it was to see the project allowing women to have confidence in the face of addiction and how they’re using evidence based research such as POCAR to tackle the growing issue of children living with parents with an alcohol problem.

Jo-Anne added: “We’re very grateful to everyone that attended our event to hear staff along with current and former clients talk about our services and the impact they have on children’s safety and wellbeing. We want to increase the visibility and give a voice to children affected by substance misuse in the family and let local businesses know about our evaluation of the POCAR service which highlights the social value created by the POCAR programme.”

National Safeguarding Day is organised by the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS), and they urge organisations to pledge to spend some time on 29 February 2016 reviewing their safeguarding policy and/or practice, run safeguarding sessions with young people on the 29 February and more.

For more information about Brighton Oasis Project go to www.oasisproject.org.uk


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Hove Grown festival steps into the spotlight

Hove Grown, a new performing arts festival for writers and performers within the city of Brighton & Hove, is set to reshape the live performance landscape of the city when it launches on Friday 18th to Sunday 27th March 2016.

The festival is a joint venture between ZLS Theatre, Brighton’s only social enterprise theatre company, and Sweet Venues, who manage the Award Winning Dukebox Theatre. Hove Grown will feature around 30 shows in its first year with some truly unique writing and performances being showcased.hove_grown_logo_final_sm[1]

With the city building up for Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe in May, Hove Grown aims to be an affordable precursor for local talent leading up to the other established festivals. The Hove Grown festival will cover theatre, comedy, improv, spoken word and a variety of workshops with a tailored section catering for fun and educational Family-friendly shows. Every show in the programme will be £10 or under, with some shows just £3.

Guy Wah, founder of ZLS Theatre and Hove Grown, explained: “We wanted an affordable festival that draws attention to the huge variety of fantastic new writing and performance in Brighton & Hove and more importantly we wanted to give these new works an opportunity to be performed. We’re thrilled to have so much support in our first year, particularly from Brighton Fringe, as we always set out to be a forerunner for local writing and performance leading up to the fantastic line-ups at The Fringe and other festivals.”

One of the key aims of the festival is to showcase the numerous venues in Hove situated outside the city centre of Brighton, ranging from large spaces like The Brunswick to smaller, more intimate spaces such as The Dukebox Theatre or Artista Studios.

Sarah Johnson, Assistant Venue Manager for Sweet Venues says “Sweet Venues is very keen to shine a spotlight on some of the brilliant venues across Hove ahead of their participation in Brighton Fringe in May. We hope by being loud and proud about our love for Hove, we will raise awareness of the hub of creative activity that has developed in the Western Road area and in time we believe this will drive new footfall and spending to the venues and surrounding local businesses.”

The Hove Grown festival has a huge selection of sensational shows this year including local LGBT theatrical duo Behind the Lines performing an acclaimed cabaret show about “a significant piece of lesbian history”, the award winning Sussex performance group Bard & Troubadour previewing new material before their anticipated run at this year’s Brighton Fringe, Hove comedian Aidan Goatley debuting his new show with a special evening in his hometown, and many, many more. (For more information about these shows please see below this press release or contact hello@sea-pr.com)

All the Nice Girls
All the Nice Girls

As artistic director of ZLS Theatre, Guy Wah is pleased to see Hove Grown coming to life: “Brighton & Hove has a wealth of creative talent, and now we have an outlet designed to celebrate that. This is a great opportunity to see new work in some wonderful venues that don’t always receive the attention that they deserve. We’re also really proud that all of our writers and performers have embraced the affordability idea and kept ticket prices under £10. All of the shows are fantastic and we want as many people to see them as possible.”

The Hove Grown festival will be hosting a launch party at The DukeBox in Hove on March 17th to celebrate its first year and also establish their plans for the future.

“We are thrilled to be partnered with ZLS Theatre in the creation of (Brighton &) Hove Grown“, said JD Henshaw, Artistic Director of Sweet Venues. “That we can build a festival that focuses solely on new work across multiple genres is a testament to the quantity of highly creative people living and working in our city, as well as the large number of exciting and supportive venues in and around the Western Road area of Hove. We are committed to presenting this festival for the next three years and believe that it will become a fixture in the Brighton & Hove festival calendar, one that we can carry on far beyond our initial three year plan.”

For more information on all the events and to buy tickets go www.hovegrown.org.uk


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Reverbathon 2016: Sounds of Diversity

For the ninth year in a row, independent radio station RadioReverb launches REVERBATHON 2016 – “Sounds of Diversity” their annual fundraiser which, for one day only, helps this purely volunteer led community radio station stay on air for another year but also deliver a very strong social action schedule of programs for the Brighton and Hove community.
Reverb poster FINALThe 24 hour fundraiser runs from 8 am on Saturday 5th March to 8am on Sunday 6th March 2016. The Reverbathon will not only raise money for the radio station, enabling it to remain playlist and advert free, but it will also celebrate the diversity (Sounds of Diversity is its theme for this year) of its presenters, show topics and Brighton and Hove listeners. At the start of each hour a different presenter will take to the airwaves promoting their different style of shows, and other presenters,  live guests and bands will be dropping in for short sessions and chats making it a totally unique local radio experience and endorsing its strapline – #soveryBrighton.

Already scheduled from 8am on Saturday 5th March are IN BRIGHTON with Jeff Hemmings, HIV Happy Hour, the award winning OUT in Brighton, the unique intergenerational son and mum show Ruben and Sharon. Frockabilly – Brighton’s only rockabilly radio show, (and Europe’s only female-fronted rockabilly show on FM radio) will be adding some variety and in its usual slot will be Albion Roar making sure regular listeners are kept up to date with what’s happening with the local team.  Long running show Slipstreem with its worldwide beats will bring some global grooves from everywhere on the planet, with more shows being added all the time.

Station Manager Euan McAleece said – “We can’t wait for Reverbathon 2016. The planning part has been very exciting and all of our volunteer presenters are giving up their Saturday through to Sunday morning to do a stint. We will also have a much larger presence on social media this year – which we hope will attract new listeners and possibly even more donations. The variety of programmes and shows means there will be something for everyone and we are asking listeners, local businesses and anyone passing the door to come and support.”

Euan McAleece - RR Station Manager
Euan McAleece – RR Station Manager

RadioReverb is run entirely by volunteers and all the money raised goes directly back into the running of the station, upgrading equipment and giving an opportunity to bring in new shows and opportunities for new local voices. It also has a very strong successful social action programming commitment with award winning shows supporting the LGBT community plus refugees, the disabled, and those diagnosed with HIV.

To donate please go to www.radioreverb.com.

Radio Reverb is based in Brighton and can be found on 97.2FM on DAB and online www.radioreverb.com


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Impetus Logo Cracking line-up for Impetus at final Charity Chuckle Read More
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Cracking line-up for Impetus at final Charity Chuckle

The local charity, Brighton & Hove Impetus were thrilled to have been nominated as the last chosen charity of choice for the final Charity Chuckle on Tuesday February 9th at Komedia. As Brighton’s first and best charitable comedy night, Charity Chuckle has been supporting local organisations since 2009 and went out with a real belly laugh on Tuesday with super star headliners Zoe Lyons (who is also a volunteer for Impetus) and surprise guest, local comedian turned national TV personality Sean Walsh.zoe lyons_044b_photo by steve ullathorne

The local charity, Brighton & Hove Impetus are one of the leading organisations working to reduce isolation and improve the wellbeing of people in Brighton and Hove.

Brighton & Hove Impetus were so proud to have been chosen for the last laugh with Charity Chuckle which has been such a defining part of the third sector in the city for the last six years.

Jo Ivens, CEO at Brighton & Hove Impetus, explained: “We had a superb night, especially as local comedian Zoe Lyons is one of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme volunteers. Charity Chuckle has raised a fantastic amount of money for local organisations and we were delighted and a bit sad to be the last organisation to be chosen. The impact that being involved in events such as these makes a huge difference to our staff, volunteers and our clients so we are extremely grateful for their support.”

Impetus support some of the city’s most marginalised people including older people, adults with physical and learning disabilities and people with mental health problems by providing opportunities to connect to the local community through befriending, social groups, volunteering, and advocacy.

One of Impetus’s 68-year-old clients said: “Someone of my own age to chat to in my own home makes my house feel lived in. I look forward to her visits and If I’m feeling low she always cheers me up. She is better than just a friend, more like a loving relation.”

Charity Chuckle has raised over £18,000 in the last 6 years for local charities.

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BHESCO icon Energy Co-op launch new service to stay warm as temperature drops Read More
Energy Co-op launch new service to stay warm as temperature drops

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Energy Co-op launch new service to stay warm as temperature drops

This week, to coincide with the launch of their new Energy Assessment service, Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative Ltd (BHESCo) have also just released a helpful list of tips to stay warm, dry and save money during this winter cold snap.

The new Energy Assessment service is available for homes and businesses from January 2016 to everyone in Brighton and Hove and the surrounding areas with BHESCo also offering FREE assessments to any new members this month. It is especially useful for those struggling to heat their homes and looking to lower their energy costs due to lack of income. BHESCo Book Now

It is a sad fact that in 2016, cold weather is still a killer. With more than 20,000 people dying as a result of cold weather every year in the UK, staying warm and reducing heating costs is a national issue which simply cannot be ignored. In Brighton & Hove, 12% of households (15,000) are living in fuel poverty, which is above average for the South-East. Due to the poor quality of its housing stock, the UK currently has twice as many ‘excess winter deaths’ than in Finland despite it being drastically colder there. Worryingly, it only takes a sudden cold snap to put the lives of so many at further risk. The situation is only likely to get worse as the number of households that receive energy efficiency improvements will reduce from 4.5million down to merely 1 million in the next five years.

BHESCo Energy Advisors
BHESCo Energy Advisors

So it is thanks to co-operatives like BHESCo who are launching home and business energy initiatives as well as developing alternative energy programmes and funding streams to help everyone in their community to stay warm, save money and save time. It is of particular importance to those in fuel poverty, especially if they have young children or older relatives.

Kayla Ente, Founder and Director of BHESCo, explained: “We are delighted to be launching our new energy assessment service from today which will empower and inform people on how to stay warm and save money.  We have worked hard to ensure our service will be affordable and impartial, enabling everyone to receive a complete energy assessment tailored to their circumstances.”

BHESCo’s TOP TEN TIPS FOR KEEPING WARM

Staying Warm:

  1. Use a hot water bottle to keep out the chill.
  2. Close internal doors and turn off radiators in unused rooms. 
  3. Invest in proper draught-proofing products for the doors and windows. 
  4. Seal your skirting boards with silicone sealant, and fit a chimney balloon or umbrella.
  5. Top off your loft insulation to 250mm. 
  6. Secondary glazing film is inexpensive and an effective way to keep out draughts. 
  7. Draw the curtains at dusk to keep the heat in to prevent losing heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, maybe up a chimney or two, and a whole host of other little holes around the house.

Saving Money:

  1. Try turning your room thermostat down by one degree, every degree that you turn it down could save you around £65 a year on your heating bill. 
  2. Turn the heat down a couple of degrees if you are going to be away from home for a longer period of time.
  3. Turn everything off! Turning off lights and appliances will save energy and a family could save between £50 and £90 a year just by remembering to turn things off.

4. BHESCo Bulb DesignThese handy top tips have been created as a way of helping people in the Brighton & Hove community and to encourage residents to realise they have the power to keep warm, save money and in the long term, save the planet.

BHESCo is a social enterprise created to help consumers lower their energy costs by empowering individuals to take more control of their energy supply. #Yourpowertosave

The co-op are also running a special offer throughout January 2016, any new members who join BHESCo will receive a free energy assessment for their home or business.

To book your Energy Assessment or find out more about becoming a member go to www.bhesco.co.uk/energy-assessment-service or freephone 0800 9996671 (01273 766671).


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Jaibli Salaam - St Lukes kids RadioReverb to broadcast unique Refugee Stories Read More
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RadioReverb to broadcast unique Refugee Stories

21 December 2015

Brighton’s local community radio station, RadioReverb is to broadcast a new series about Brighton’s refugee community. JAIBLI SALAAM, an Arabic welcome salutation, is presented and produced by Gilly Smith and explores ideas of home, identity, food and music from Brighton’s migrant communities.

The first episode will be broadcast on Christmas Day, and kicks the series off with the story of The School Bus Project, an example of the extraordinary outpouring of generosity from the city towards the refugees. Kate McAllister, founder of the project takes us aboard her yellow double decker bus, the result of a successful crowdfunding initiative, which she is converting into a pop up classroom to take to the Jungle camp in Calais.

Jaibli Salaam - St Lukes kids
Jaibli Salaam – St Lukes students read stories for refugees

Presenter, Gilly Smith is creative producer at hexology, a Brighton-based new media company which sponsors the series, as well as a radio lecturer at the University of Brighton. She invited her students to record children from St Lukes’ Primary School reading popular children’s stories for the first episode. The recordings were then embedded by hexology into the barcodes of the books which will be transported to the Jungle camp in Calais at the end of January.

The following episodes take us into the homes of Brighton’s Syrian community. “I wanted to show the faces behind the word ‘refugee’”, said Smith. “And there’s nowhere better to paint a picture than radio. The welcome I’ve had from the Syrian community here in Brighton has been overwhelming. All we do in each episode is cook and chat about food, music and memories from the old country, but the stories say so much more about the humanity and warmth of the Syrian people.”

Emergency Lab Technology Officer at UNHCR Innovation John Warnes who is working with hexology on other applications of the technology in transit camps said: “Real tales of what life is like in destination countries is really valuable for the refugees.”

The series is supported by the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton which is a partnership between Brighton’s digital community, Wired Sussex and The University of Brighton.

To hear JAIBLI SALAAM, tune into RadioReverb 97.2 FM on Christmas Day between 5pm – 6pm, repeated again 10pm – 11pm and on Boxing Day between 9am – 10am with the remaining 5 shows scheduled across January 2016.

You can also hear RadioReverb on DAB or by logging on to www.radioreverb.com

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Time2Give 500 hours of volunteering raised by unique Time2Give ball Read More
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500 hours of volunteering raised by unique Time2Give ball

On Wednesday December 9th, over 500 hours of volunteering was given to local charities via a new charity event launched in Brighton in 2014 – the Time2Give Christmas Ball.

Time2Give Ball - Gail Bainbridge, Sophie Corbett, Carol Lewis
Time2Give Ball – Gail Bainbridge, Sophie Corbett, Carol Lewis

The event now in its second year is the brain child of Gail Bainbridge co-owner of Brighton based accountancy practice Bainbridge Lewis and all started off the back of a Leadership inspired project.

Time2Give Ball - Presenters Sophie Corbett and Guy Lloyd
Time2Give Ball – Presenters Sophie Corbett and Guy Lloyd

Gail explained: “I was asked to design a non-profit project that would bring together two communities that were important to me, as a small business owner and a charity trustee myself it was a clear choice. I’ve been volunteering for a few years now and I know that I have got as much, if not more, out of it than I have put in and I’ve met some amazing people. So the Time 2Give Ball made perfect sense.”

The event held at The Grand in Brighton and hosted by Guy Lloyd and Sophie Corbett supported 12 charities from across the city and included the ‘Auction with a difference’ where guests are invited to bid for some really wonderful prizes with their TIME rather than their CASH. Donated time will be matched up to the 12 not-for-profit organisations already looking for professional support. As it was pointed out on the evening by Nathan Roberts from A Band of Brothers: “Who helps the helpers? Well the Time2Give ball certainly does. The event really endorsed the fact that time is the new money!”

The event was supported by Business in the Community, Clark Brownscombe, Community Works and Giving Times.

For more information go to www.time2give.org.uk.


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RETT UK ‘To know her is to love her’ video receives celebrity support as RETT UK marks 30th Anniversary Read More
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‘To know her is to love her’ video receives celebrity support as RETT UK marks 30th Anniversary

The charity RETT UK, who has its headquarters in Luton, this week release a new film called ‘To Know Her is To Love Her’ to celebrate their 30th anniversary and promote the work they are doing for families across the UK. The video has been praised by Coleen Rooney, whose family was supported by Rett UK, and the charity’s new CEO, Becky Jenner, has big plans for their future with raising awareness top of the list.

CEO, Becky Jenner, has a daughter Rosie who was diagnosed with Rett syndrome when she was 17 months old and the organisation Becky turned to for help was Rett UK; the national charity that provides support, information and advice for families affected by Rett syndrome.

Rosie Jenner
Rosie Jenner

Rett UK were founded in 1985 round a kitchen table by Yvonne Milne MBE and are now the leading provider of information to not only families but also medical professionals new to the world of Rett syndrome. The charity have played a huge party in Becky Jenner’s life ever since she read an article about Angela Lane’s daughter Cherry which described Rosie’s symptoms perfectly.

As part of Rett UK’s 30th Anniversary Year the charity have released a powerful new video to highlight their ‘To Know Her Is To Love Her’ appeal launched this year. The appeal is supported by Coleen Rooney whose sister, Rosie, sadly died of Rett syndrome in 2013.

Coleen Rooney, explained: “The #ToKnowHerIsToLoveHer campaign is a beautiful way to describe my sister, Rosie, and other people I’ve met suffering with Rett syndrome and the new video brings this to life perfectly. Please support Rett UK and make a difference especially as they don’t receive any public funding. Therefore they need your support and help with fundraising so that they can help families living with this.”

Families who worked with Rett UK on the campaign, feel that the film really captures the essence of their girls and that despite all their difficulties and challenges, the person they love and care for is always there loving them back.

Now as CEO, Becky is raising awareness of the amazing work the charity does, Rett UK are a small team working on a national level and receive no government funding and rely entirely on donations and grants to fund their work.  The 30th Anniversary of Rett UK marks a key opportunity for them to raise awareness about the syndrome, the people affected by it and also the work they are doing for the families who are living with the daily challenges it presents.

Becky, CEO of Rett UK, explained, Rett UK’s 30th Anniversary marks 30 years of providing professional family support to people affected by this devastating disorder. In those 30 years we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge about how the disorder develops as the founding families are still involved today; given that it did not appear in the medical journals in the UK till the 1980’s we are in a unique position to be able to share that information and advice at every stage of the Rett syndrome journey. Becky Jenner

“The film is a celebration of everything that Rett UK has achieved in those 30 years but also a call to action to attract new support. We are a small community that needs to widen its reach enabling us to continue this vital work until the blue sky day arrives when we are no longer needed. When a parent hears the words ‘I am sorry your child has Rett syndrome’ the bottom drops out of their world but with your help we will be there for them. With your help we can give a brighter to future to those affected by Rett syndrome.”

Started by families over 30 years ago, Rett UK is still parent led and the only UK charity providing professional family support. Rett syndrome affects about 1:10000 girls, rarely boys, and whilst it is present at birth it does not show itself until around the age of a year or eighteen months when after a period of regression the disability starts to become apparent. Sufferers often require 24/7 lifelong care because of the complexity and severity of the disorder; breathing dysfunction, epilepsy, scoliosis (curved spine), severe learning and physical disabilities are a feature of the disorder.

For more information or to donate to Rett UK go to www.rettuk.org


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Survivors’ Network Break the Silence and mark 25 years of support

This week local charity Survivors’ Network mark 25 years of working in Sussex and as the Rape Crisis Centre for the entire county supporting victims of sexual violence from their office in Brighton.

Commenting, Fabia Bates CEO of Survivors’ Network says: “With approximately 3,000 assaults a year, sexual violence is one of the most pervasive crimes in Sussex and is also one of the most devastating violations anyone can experience. It can have profound consequences to physical and psychological health. One of the most dangerous elements of sexual violence is its taboo nature in society. Abuse thrives on secrecy and so victims often have to suffer alone. Survivors’ Network provides a wide range of services for those who have survived any form of sexual violence and we believe the best way to fight abuse is to open up the channels of discussion and be part of our Break The Silence campaign.”

Last week, Survivors’ Network held its first Open Space Conference to kick off its Break The Silence campaign in Brighton with over a 100 guests attending a free open session to discuss and debate ways of working over the next 25 years.

Representatives from health professionals, teachers, journalists, police, supporters and anyone with a passion to be part of this change, including survivors’ themselves – came together to help address the issue. As a result of informative and encouraging exchanges Survivors’ Network has been able to identify short, medium and long-term objectives for its work over the next 25 years. These are:

  1. A continued focus on effective and age-appropriate sex education in schools
  2. Open dialogue and improved information for both users and providers of internet dating websites
  3. Addressing media reporting, language and representation of sexual violence and abuse
  4. Challenging the wall of silence that exists in society that prevents survivors from speaking out
  5. Ensuring that there are more successful prosecutions in Sussex
Caroline Lucas
Caroline Lucas MP attending the #BreaktheSilence conference

Speaking at the end of the meeting, Brighton Pavilion MP, Caroline Lucas MP said:

“The issue you’ve been discussing, Break The Silence, is such a vital one in the campaign to eradicate violence against women and girls.  I’m very pleased that so many of you have highlighted the importance of mandatory PSHE in schools.  My Private Members Bill to achieve exactly that is due for its second reading early next year, and I will continue to do all I can to press Ministers to support it, and to take action against the wall of silence that still exists around sexual violence.”

On Saturday, also as part of the celebrations, Survivors’ Network then held a fundraising Firewalk event where 50 supporters and survivors ran over hot coals as part of the #BREAK THE SILENCE campaign. A minutes silence was held before the Firewalk and then broken by an eclectic choir led by Kirsty Martin, musical director of Hullabaloo Choir, who sang Still I Rise an adaptation of a poem by Maya Angelou.

Firewalkers
Staff and survivors at the #BreaktheSilence firewalk in Jubilee Square

 

Supporting the Firewalk were representatives from the Women’s Equality Party (Brighton), which has ending violence against women and girls as one of its six campaign objectives since it launched nationally in April and in Brighton last month.

Sophie Walker, the Leader of Women’s Equality Party (WEP), sent a message of support: “On behalf of the Women’s Equality Party, I’d like to congratulate the Survivors’ Network on reaching 25 years, and thank all those involved for their invaluable work. Women cannot be equal unless they are safe, and that’s why we have prioritised ending violence against women as one of our party’s core objectives, and why we oppose any cuts to survivor support services. Together, we can achieve a safe, fair and equal society.”  

Mayor Linda Hyde at the Firewalk event
Mayor Linda Hyde at the Firewalk event

Asked what Survivors’ Network has done for her, Emily, a survivor who has worked with the charity, said:  

“I think they’re an amazing organisation. I did some supervision work for their helpline and drop-in and I’ve always really valued what they stand for. The impact they have is immeasurable, in this day and age we’re quite into statistics and measuring people’s recovery but the ways people come into contact with organisations can be difficult to measure. All I know is that their integrity inspires hope and brings survivors together.

“Peer support is an amazing and powerful thing and a sense of quality compassion and a shared humanity is a philosophy that is at the core of what Survivors’ Network do. I don’t think people have to have an experience of abuse or sexual violence to be able to connect deeply. Most of us can relate to some idea of trauma or abuse that can disrupt our development, but the sense of being met, known and accepted, for who and where you are with what you’re going through, are the kind of things Survivors Network do really well.”

The issue of rape and consent has been pushed into the public consciousness by the hard work of charities such as Survivors’ Network and brave people like Emily who understand the need for discussion and education. High profile cases have taken over the media in the last couple of years and videos such as Robin Thicke’s hit ‘Blurred Lines’ or Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You” have exposed the many issues, impacts and stigmas around sexual violence.

In the past there was a belief that the victim was somehow to blame, whether it was their dress sense, their level of drunkenness or their behaviour and this bred a damaging stigma in the media. (see poem).

The issue is still around and police departments in Brighton and across the UK have been criticised for their rape campaigns focusing on what the “victim” can do to prevent being abused, instead of how the rapist should be educated or prevented.

Weeping tree ribbons
Purple ribbons in Pavilion Gardens

Survivors’ Network has certainly come up with many ways that in the future we can re-educate the whole community and BREAK THE SILENCE further.

In wrapping up the two day event Fabia Bates CEO of Survivors’ Network said “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who came to help us Break the Silence over both days, for raising awareness of the issue and raising vital funds to support our work going forward so that we can continue our fight to reduce sexual violence and its impact over the next 25 years.”

Survivors Network raised £5,000 marking their 25 years. Hopefully a few more pennies will be raised with the next event supporting their work – The Charity Chuckle at Komedia on Tuesday 8th December, from 8pm.

 


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Survivor's Network Open Space Event - Break the Silence ‘Break the Silence’ – 25 years of Survivors’ Network Read More
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‘Break the Silence’ – 25 years of Survivors’ Network

Monday, 12 October 2015

Survivors’ Network are hosting two exciting events in November to celebrate their 25th Anniversary and promote their ‘Break the Silence’ campaign. The Sussex charity was established to support adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and over the past 25 years has grown and developed and now provides a wide range of services for those who have survived any form of sexual violence including a drop-in and helpline, counselling, and an independent advocacy service.Survivor's Network Open Space Event - Break the Silence

With approximately 3,000 assaults a year sexual violence is one of the most pervasive crimes in Sussex. It is also one of the most devastating violations anyone can experience and can have profound consequences to physical and psychological health. Despite this, misplaced taboo and stigma mean that it remains hidden and misunderstood. Moving forward Survivors’ Network want to tackle this most dangerous element of sexual violence, silence.

Fabia Bates, Director of Survivors’ Network, explained; “Abuse thrives on secrecy – the more that we talk about sexual violence the harder it becomes to keep it hidden. This includes everything from talking about consent to children and young people and challenging the myths and stereotypes that exist, to making sure that everyone feels confident that they can speak out about their experiences and will be listened to and believed. If we open up the channels for discussion then we can reduce both the prevalence of sexual violence and its impact on the lives of survivors. One of the most important ways that you can support our work is to talk about it.”Survivor's Network Firewalk - Break the Silence

To mark their 25 year anniversary, Survivors’ Network invite you to participate in the following events and support survivors of sexual violence;
1) Survivor’s Network Open Space conference at The Basement – Friday 20 November 2015
2) Survivor’s Network 25th Birthday Fire-Walking event at Jubilee Square – Saturday 21 November 2015

The first event will be an Open Space conference – a forum for survivors, health professionals, teachers, journalists, police, supporters and anyone with a passion to be part of this change – to come together and help us address the issue. The Open Space format will put participants in the driving seat, letting them take control, collaborate and answer the question ‘How do we address
sexual violence in the next 25 years?’ For more information please contact admin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk

The second event is a community celebration for all the vital work which Survivors’ Network have done over the past 25 years. The 25th Anniversary will be held in Jubilee Square and feature a sponsored firewalk with 100 participants, a trio of local choirs, a photography exhibition on the ‘Breaking the Silence’ theme and an interactive craft stall to create a special, celebratory mural. For more information and to find out about how you can get involved, follow @Survivorsnetbtn or contact admin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk

Rape and sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status. If you have experienced sexual violence at any point in your life then you can contact Survivors’ Network on 01273 203380, via email on admin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk or see www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk for details of their text, voice and email helpline.
If you would like someone to talk to outside of these hours, this information sheet provided by Survivors’ Network has details of all the other relevant helplines across the country.


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Sussex fitness company rebrand to make sports nutrition accessible to all

Monday 12th October 2015

A Sussex based fitness company have rebranded their company website and successful range of nutrition products to better reflect their new, unique health properties which have never been used in the UK before. Focus Performance, a family run company from Seaford who specialise in health and fitness products, have recently relaunched their entire brand to focus more on health and well-being alongside body image. Their new approach has a very simple goal at its heart, they want to ensure that sports and fitness products can also be used by people who are insulin resistant, recovering from illness or those with other health complications – as well as athletes. The rebranding comes at a crucial time following last week’s announcement that Brighton & Hove is hosting the first city-wide initiative in the UK to become a Sugar Smart City and help to reduce obesity.Grass Fed and Hemp Pro

Fitness has become a global phenomenon. With more of us spending our days in front of a computer it’s vital for people of all ages to ensure they’re getting the right amount of exercise and nutrition in their daily lifestyle. Gyms, running apps and personal trainers are hugely popular and now vitamin supplements have become a familiar sight in shops and in magazine advertising, but what is actually inside these products?

Cousins Martin Hayman and Scott Reid, who own Focus Performance, were intrigued about what was actually contained in the fitness products they had experienced and so set out on a mission of discovery. They found that there were very few nutrition supplements which catered specifically for special dietary needs like vegans, people who are insulin resistant or lactose intolerant and very few products that didn’t contain refined sugars or artificial flavourings. Scott, 38, of Hailsham, who won Britain’s Strongest Man two years in a row, is extremely excited about the health benefits that Focus Performance products can offer people across the whole organic foods spectrum.Focus LogoScott explained, “We are really keen for people to try our ground-breaking new products and start a dialogue across the sporting world about how Focus Performance can achieve great fitness alongside healthy living and a healthy diet. There are so many myths surrounding nutrition and a lot of the products on the market might be great for either fitness or health but we’re really proud that ours are beneficial for both. As an athlete, I know that a lot of the sporting world is focused towards people already in great physical health. What we at Focus Performance want to do, is provide health and fitness products, advice and supplements which will be appropriate for people with food allergies, intolerance or those recovering from an illness. Sports and fitness should be available to everyone and this is our way of bringing that one step closer!”

In line with the rebrand, Focus Performance will also be rolling out revolutionary new sugar-free range of supplements in line with their aim to provide nutrition to everyone. The company’s new flagship product is Hemp Pro, an organic protein drink which contains no refined sugar. It is the only product of its kind in the UK and is especially good for vegans, vegetarians or people suffering from dairy intolerance due to the high quality bio available protein used in it. The second product, Grass Fed Whey, is a hormone free, grass fed whey drink designed to be used by people who are insulin resistant and people recovering from illness as well as athletes. The protein drink is also unique in that it contains zero added sugars which helps in achieving better physical fitness without having to fight against the adverse effects of refined sugar.

The number of people living with diabetes has soared by nearly 60% in the past decade and more and more people are having to amend their diet either voluntarily or due to health complications. Whether someone is trying to reduce the risk of cancer, cutting down their calories or trying out the Paleo diet – the new Focus Performance will be there to support people and provide products, advice and events which reflect the entire spectrum of people interested in fitness and improving their health.

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ON-LINE NEWS PLATFORM LAUNCHES TO SUPPORT THIRD SECTOR ACROSS SOUTH EAST

A bespoke on-line news platform for third sector organisations and ethical organisations launches this month across the South East of England. The publication, Giving Times, will be an integrated media hub with the aim to make media and digital technology the drivers of social change through news. The website will be a medium for pushing bulletins into the public domain but it will be so much more than just a press hub.

It’s no secret that charities, public sector groups and grassroots organisations have been hit hard financially over the last few years. But in a report from Spencer Dubois published last week the charity sector was also informed that despite having the greatest potential for customer engagement it remains ‘digitally stagnant’, due to lack of digital skills investment. So, this month, Brighton based PR Company SEA PR, launch Giving Times, ‘A Voice or Everyone’. This new creative digital platform will give editorial space and a new audience to those organisations who wouldn’t normally have access to it.

As well as third sector news stories, Giving Times will report events, activities and jobs plus cover any third sector video and TV campaigns that needs streaming. Businesses will be given the opportunity to use Giving Times to promote their ongoing CSR and social action activity as the team feel strongly that in 2015 business should build on best practice and take further action to help tackle social problems in the community they work.

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“Giving Times will provide a great platform for organisations to provide an insight as to how they are tackling social and environmental issues across the region. Despite the changing environment in which they operate employers have continued to recognise the importance of engaging with their local community, this platform will help to share those ideas and best practice”, said Christine Medlock, Business Engagement Manager, Business in the Community.

The news will be on-line, with bite size weekly updates sent out for free to subscribers, and the use of Twitter, Linked In, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook will be integral. The platform will also provide contacts for media workshops, bespoke training and campaign support to third sector organisations keen to get more out of the media and business sectors.

“Giving Times is a fantastic new resource for everyone working in and for charities and the third sector. I am sure that we will soon wonder how we ever did without this great new platform”, said Geoffrey Bowden, Chairman of Kemptown Carnival Association and new Member of Giving Times

Giving Times is already gaining vital support from respected companies across the region. So far, Brighton and Hove Independent, Juice FM, Latest TV, Brighton & Hove News and RadioReverb have all joined as Giving Times media partners alongside strategic partners, LoveLocalJobs (who will be providing a specialist jobs board for the third sector) and Business in The Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network who will support with up to date news about businesses working to create a fairer society and more sustainable future.

Gary Peters, Chief Executive of Love Local Jobs, explained,LoveLocalJobs.com really are proud to be supporting Giving Times, we think it’s great! There is so much amazing work going on in the city at the moment but so much of it goes unheard. How fantastic to now have a platform where so many more stories and projects will get the recognition they rightly deserve! We’re also delighted to announce that we can now advertise all local volunteering positions at no charge. We believe this is essential in such a financially challenged sector and we hope it helps generate the volunteering hero’s that we all need. Keep up the good work all!”

SEA PR has grown a lot over the first three years and their aim, with Giving Times is, to provide a template that shows charities and social enterprises the value and results of good communication and campaigning.

Tracey Allen, Director of SEA PR and Founder of Giving Times, said, “It’s time to start using digital technology and the media to engage with a changing audience, new generations of donors and supporters with very different behaviours and attitudes. Driving this initiative forward will not only support communication strategies for the sector regionally, but it will also help deliver analytics, audience profiles and user habits, as well as introducing a new audience, possibly a younger audience to charity brands, increasing customers and funding. People can’t give to what they’re not aware of.”


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Image 1 - Martin Hayman and his mum Liz Reid
Martin Hayman and his mum Liz Reid

A local family have launched a brand new festival to support a new cancer centre in Sussex following the tragic loss of their mother to cancer. Liz Reid lost her battle with cancer in 2013 and her son Martin, a fitness and nutrition expert, was keen to find out more about the dietary and nutritional advice she received. After investigating and working with a number of cancer charities he was surprised to find out that the correct nutrition and a healthy diet can have a positive effect on certain types of cancer. Despite the tragic circumstances, Martin, his sister Eleanor and cousin Scott have decided to help others by promoting the information and helping others in the future.

2012 was a difficult time for the family in which they lost three close relatives within the space of a year. Following this, Martin’s mother Liz Reid, received a late diagnosis of severe cervical cancer and after a painful series of chemotherapy, she passed away in January 2013 just two months before her grandson was born. It was a terrible year and would have left some families in tatters but Martin, Scott, Eleanor and their family and friends knew they had to pull together to keep fighting for their mum. Straightaway they went to work, Eleanor set up a raffle at her mum’s wake in the local community pub raising over £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a support service who Mrs Reid was very fond of during her treatment. While Martin and Scott pushed forward with their idea of a fitness festival to raise awareness about a healthy diet and healthy living.

The Fit4Life Festival one-day event will be held at the Salts Recreation Ground in Seaford, East Sussex on Saturday 19th September. It is a fun charity day for all ages, focused around promoting active sports and healthy living, as well as raising money for The Macmillan Horizon Centre. The festival is being run by Martin’s company Focus Performance, an online sports nutrition provider, and being supported by Friday Ad.

Martin said, “The Fit4Life Festival is our way of doing something very positive for the people in our community after the loss of our mum. Raising the awareness of healthy living, nutrition and active sports to keep healthy for longer is also key to the message of Focus Performance who is sponsoring the event. Through fun and play we hope to educate all ages as well as raising money for the MacMillan Horizon Centre.”

With Focus Performance, Martin and Scott were already well versed in the world of nutrition and fitness and they wanted to raise awareness that poor diet can have just as dangerous long term effects as smoking.

Martin said, “Some cancer cells feed on sugar so diet is clearly important, not just for the fight against cancer but for the prevention of heart disease and diabetes too. One of the things that sticks in my mind about Mum’s treatment is that she received no dietary advice and I think this needs to change and people need to be advised better to its importance. The nutritional advice is out there but our goal is to make sure people know about it before being diagnosed.”

Image 2 - Fit4Life Festival PosterSome research has shown that being overweight and not eating enough fruit and vegetables could also increase your risk of cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support say research is being done to find out how food may affect the risk of cancer developing but there is still a lot of research to be done before anything conclusive is known for sure. Macmillan recommend speaking to a doctor or nurse for referral to a dietitian, who can advise about any changes needed in line with your treatment as different strains of cancer will all have different preventative needs. Macmillan have provided their own Oncology Dietician with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust since 2011. The service provides expert dietary and nutritional advice to patients with head and neck and upper gastrointestinal cancers. In addition to this the Macmillan Oncology Dietician works with a Nutrition and Dietetics team, providing expert support, guidance and supervision for patients with all types of cancer to improve the quality of life for people across Sussex.

Sarah Coxhill, Senior Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Sussex, explained,

“Nutrition, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle can make a huge difference to the prevention and or journey through cancer. Macmillan endeavour to ensure that no one faces cancer alone and that those families affected by cancer receive the full range of support and services they need. Eating a balanced diet is one of the best choices you can make for your overall health and it can also reduce the risk of new cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

We’re really excited about the Fit4Life Festival and very grateful to Martin and Focus Performance for creating such a positive event in aid of our new Macmillan Horizon Centre. The centre has been designed with direct input from people, like Martin, who have been affected by cancer and is set to open in Spring 2016 next to the Royal County Hospital.  With support from the community and events like Fit4Life Macmillan can continue to provide vital services to anyone affected by cancer in Sussex. We couldn’t do it without you.”

Diabetes UK has warned that the number of people living with diabetes has soared by nearly 60% in the past decade, so it’s clear that it’s not just cancer which is the issue. Should even more emphasis be put on healthy lifestyle or what to and what not to eat when we are diagnosed with an illness? Chemotherapy and tumour removal surgery are what spring to mind when we talk about cancer prevention but should we place more holistic health requirements in the discussion around stopping cancer? Fruits and vegetables contain a wide variety of different nutrients with properties that could make it more difficult for cancer to develop, reduce inflammations and improve the immune system which is why a better understanding of the ‘5 A Day Live Well’ programme is essential. With a better understanding of nutrition, would things have been different for the Hayman and Reid family and hundreds of other families across the world?

To be part of the Fit4Life Festival then head to http://www.fit4lifefestival.org/, share on social media and head down on Saturday, 19 September to learn more about healthy living and support the new Macmillan Horizon Centre for Sussex.

ENDS


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Tracey Allen Presenting (Workshops) SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER – THIRD SECTOR MEDIA TRAINING & CHARITY CAMPAIGN VIDEOS Read More
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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER – THIRD SECTOR MEDIA TRAINING & CHARITY CAMPAIGN VIDEOS

 

Our September Newsletter is out!
To book a place on our Third Sector Media Training Days, find out more about SeeThat charity campaign videos or to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, please email hello@sea-pr.com

 

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SEA PR launch Third Sector Media Training days

Sussex-based PR company, SEA PR are proud to announce the launch of their Third Sector Media Training Days. The intensive 8 hour sessions will prepare key representatives from charities and social enterprises to deal confidently with journalists, be they from broadcast or print media. They will not only help to enhance an organisation’s reputation with donors and service commissioners, but will also help support fundraising and empower staff and volunteers who take part in the training. The courses will be run by Geoffrey Bowden, a communications industry expert with over 30 years’ experience, and will include practical broadcast interview sessions, detailed playback analysis and a thorough list of points for improvement.

The first SEA PR Media Training day will be held on Thursday 29th October 2015, 10 am – 5pm, at The Friends Centre in the heart of Brighton – 3 minutes’ walk from the Brighton Railway station.
The course costs £199 per person and will include course materials, your own performance video, confidential feedback, refreshments and lunch.

The areas to be covered will include:

  • Understanding the media’s agenda
  • Developing and illustrating your key messages
  • Avoiding the interview bear traps
  • Interview preparation – Print, Radio and TV
  • Developing techniques to keep interview on track
  • Controlling your performance
  • Body language and eye line
  • Dealing with aggressive questioning
  • What to do when it all goes wrong – dealing with a crisis

SEA PR are pleased to be able to offer a 15 % discount when booking one or more persons from the same organisation onto the same day course.

For more information, to discuss your needs or to book a place, please call 01273 608455 or email hello@sea-pr.com


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Well-Being at Work Event Banner 2015 ‘Join the Conversation’ about well-being at work Read More
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‘Join the Conversation’ about well-being at work

Well-Being at Work Event Banner 2015Businesses have weathered a great deal in the last 10 years from global recessions, unstable governments and a significant shift towards social media and smartphones. An average company with 250 employees loses approximately £250,000 annually due to sickness absenteeism, with over 40% of days lost from work-related illness being attributed to stress and mental health issues. In recent weeks, there have been a number of high profile cases highlighting the issues around employee well-being with trade unions quick to link physical and mental illnesses to situations at work. Global communications and technologies are changing the world of work and employers are continuing to ask more of their employees, so how can companies ensure they provide the most productive place to work?

The Well-being at Work Event is a new one-day conference in central London for HR professionals, business owners and consultants to change the workplace environment through Physical, Mental, Spiritual & Emotional Well-being. Statistics show that work related illnesses are on the increase with stress being one of the top five reasons for long term absence, whereas a highly engaged workforce could reduce staff turnover by 87%.  Through investing in the health and well-being of employees, this event can help you tackle both of these issues for your staff and your company. Through a programme of 20 influential speakers, debating panels, workshops and networking sessions, the event will focus on enhancing individual and organisational performance in companies across the UK and Europe.

The well-being revolution has had a huge impact on the workplace, with employers recognising that an engaged workforce can make a significant contribution to business performance. The Well-being At Work Event 2015 is an unrivalled opportunity for HR Directors and business managers to ‘Join the Conversation’, hear and learn from the experts, participate in well-being discussions and take away the tools to implement change within their own organisations.

Speaker Raj Kaur-Hooper - HR Engagement Manager, Twinings
Speaker Raj Kaur-Hooper – HR Engagement Manager, Twinings

Speakers at the event include 20 leading well-being experts and industry pioneers from major UK and international businesses: including British Gas, NHS, Capital One, Twinings, Huffington Post, British Council and Aviva.  The Programme also includes presentations from experienced well-being practitioners who have facilitated change within organisations across Europe, panel debates, workshops and networking sessions.

Event Organiser, Chris Cummings who devised the event explained his reasons Work-place well-being and employee engagement are critical elements of a successful organisation from SME’s through to the FTSE 100 and it is something that I am personally passionate about. The Well-being at Work event brings together the leading experts and professionals who have implemented significant change in their organisation who will share their successes and failures. It is certainly an event not to be missed if you are a HR professional or business owner.”

Well-being At Work Event 2015 – invites HR professionals and business consultants across the UK to a one-day conference on Thursday 15th October at The Cavendish Conference Centre (just behind the BBC), 22 Duchess Mews, London W1:

        • 20 Speakers
        • 2 Workshops
        • Networking drinks
        • Central London venue

Tickets for the event can be booked via the website.


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Kathy Caton – ‘Out In Brighton’ presenter and trainer at RadioReverb RadioReverb host shortlisted for National Diversity award Read More
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RadioReverb host shortlisted for National Diversity award

Kathy Caton, presenter and trainer at RadioReverb, has been shortlisted for the ‘Positive Role Model – LGBT’ award at the National Diversity Awards 2015. RadioReverb, Brighton’s community radio station, are proud that one of their best loved hosts will join charities and role models from across the country for the UK’ Largest Diversity Awards.Kathy Caton – ‘Out In Brighton’ presenter and trainer at RadioReverb

Kathy, who hosts ‘Out in Brighton’ – Brighton’s only dedicated LGBTQ show, was shortlisted from over 20,000 nominations and votes this year for her work profiling key LGBT figures and highlighting the work of emerging LGBT musicians and artists in the city. She explained, “I’m so proud to be recognised for this award and am humbled at the idea of being a role model for a category which means so much to me. I’m so grateful to RadioReverb for being so supportive of LGBTQ shows and giving me the platform to promote the diverse nature of the city and the wonderful communities across the area.”

The National Diversity Awards culminate in a prestigious black tie event, hosted by TV personality Brian Dowling, which provides recognition for excellence regardless of race, faith, religion, gender, identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

Microsoft will be just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent alongside Barclays, The Army, Financial Ombudsman Service, Liverpool City Council, Penna, Mouchel, MI5, PwC, ThoughtWorks, Transport for London and The Open University.

Kathy Caton Head Shot - Kathy Caton – Award winning radio presenter at RadioReverbDesigned to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the National Diversity Awards are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed, Adam Hills and Ade Adepitan amongst many.

Comedian and actor Stephen Fry said, “Four years on and The National Diversity Awards are continuing to have a positive impact across the whole of the UK. The awards have grown, and with it, so has the vast array of unsung diversity heroes being recognised nationwide. 

“It is crucial that we challenge discrimination head on, and the NDA’s unite those that dedicate their lives to the cause. Long may this continue.”

To view a full list of nominees please visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/2015-shortlist


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High Tea in High Heels all in aid of charity

National charity Rett UK is celebrating 30 years of incredible support for families living with Rett Syndrome, and as part of their celebrations they are hosting a charity vintage tea party at The Grand Hotel in Brighton.

Rosie Jenner
Rosie Jenner

The ‘High Tea & High Heels’ event on Friday, 31 July 2015 is set to be a glamourous girls and guys afternoon out with champagne, live music, fantastic auction prizes and – of course – a high tea! A limited number of tickets are available for lads and ladies who love the opportunity to get their posh frocks on, join the party but this time they can also support an organisation who give vital support to these families.

Local parent, Becky Jenner has a daughter Rosie, who was diagnosed with Rett syndrome when she was 17 months old. The organisation Becky turned to for help was Rett UK; the national charity that provides support, information and advice for families dealing with Rett syndrome.

Becky, CEO of Rett UK, explained, “ Imagine being told the toddler you thought was healthy, albeit a bit slow to develop, in fact had a rare, complex disability that would leave them needing lifelong 24/7 support .. that is the reality for parents when they get a diagnosis of Rett syndrome. With your help, Rett UK can be there from the beginning.”

After Rosie’s diagnosis, Becky went on to do a business degree and then started the charity, ‘extratime’ in Brighton with another parent, Marian Tipler, whose son also has a complex disability. Together, they developed extratime which still continues to provide after school clubs, holiday play schemes clubs and youth projects. However when the opportunity arose last year to become the CEO of Rett UK, Becky applied, as this was a unique opportunity to give something back to the charity that had saved Rosie’s life and supported her and her family many times for nearly 20 years.

Now as CEO, Becky is raising awareness of the amazing work the charity does and the ‘High Tea & High Heels’ event is part of their 30th year activity. The event will feature a silent auction with prizes donated by The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa and other luxury brands as well as live entertainment from Brighton singer, Dean Wheedon and it looks to be a very a ‘grand’ afternoon for all involved.

Rett syndrome affects about 1:12000 girls, rarely boys, and whilst it is present at birth it does not show itself until around the age of a year or eighteen months when after a period of regression the disability starts to become apparent. Sufferers often require 24/7 lifelong care because of the complexity and severity of the disorder; breathing dysfunction, epilepsy, scoliosis (curved spine), severe learning and physical disabilities are a feature of the disorder.

To enjoy a rare afternoon out in the comfortable surroundings of The Grand – and raise money for this worthwhile cause go to EventBrite, www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/high-tea-high-heels-tickets-17063717037 for tickets or call 01582 798910. Tickets are priced at £35 per person and all proceeds go to supporting the work of Rett UK.

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SEA PR shortlisted for leading, international award

The Brighton based PR company, SEA PR, have been shortlisted for this year’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards. The awards are a celebration of exceptional talent and a reflection of public relations best practice in an aim to recognise and reward outstanding work across the UK.

Tracey Allen - Director at SEA PR
Tracey Allen – Director at SEA PR

SEA PR agency was launched by local entrepreneur Tracey Allen in 2012 with the sole aim of ‘giving a voice to those working for the greater good’. Despite being in the middle of a global recession, they use their PR expertise and wealth of experience in the media and third sector to work with a variety of organisations on important issues such as the living wage, suicide prevention, combating loneliness and isolation in older people, disability awareness, youth engagement and much, much more.

SEA PR has grown a lot over the first three years but they hope to continue growing and make a difference to local charities and social enterprises as well as expanding to more national and international charities, public sector groups and ethical organisations. The announcement of being shortlisted for CIPR’s ‘Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy’ highlights their position as an industry leader in the region and is proof that their focus on social action is being recognised in the South East.

Going forward Tracey and her team aim to provide a template that shows charities& social enterprises the value of good communication and campaigning to help raise brand awareness, build reputations, deliver reputations and get the critical message out, which was, and still is key, especially with the increased media complexity of the digital boom.

Tracey Allen, Director of SEA PR, said;

“The work we do is about making a difference and making it count and being nominated for this award is testament to the good work that is being dene across the area. We have always aimed to use our years of experience, skills and contacts to highlight the positive impact the sector makes. The focus of our work is to make things happen and make things count and ensure those working on social action initiatives are given the media coverage they need to continue their vital roles in our communities.”

Tracey continued, “We feel passionate about media being used properly and given space to be used as a tool for social change, and giving those that work for the greater good the platform to do it. We make it happen, we make it count!”

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April Blog – A Passion for Promoting the Positives

We hope you enjoyed our blog on Travel from March, it was great to have such a key focus across varied projects we had been working on. Due to the nature of SEA PR and our passion for charities, third sector and community involvement we cover a wide spectrum of clients so every month is different.

We pride ourselves on our ability to tailor campaigns, workshops, press releases and events for each individual client – whether they’re helping elderly people, promoting youth groups, raising funds for community projects or helping to reduce serious issues like suicide – and this month has been no exception.

We also launched our SEA PR workshops this month. The third sector is in an uncertain position going into 2015. Funding is unclear and services are being cut so it’s more important than ever to get your message out to a wider community.

SEA PR work closely with your organisation in devising workshops which are tailored to your specific charity alongside bespoke training for your team. We will fully research your organisation and create bespoke training to enhance your social impact and stakeholder engagement as well as help to develop targeted plans to build your public profile and effective social action campaigns for your organisation. For more information or to discuss a bespoke workshop for your organisation contact hello@sea-pr.com

Grassroots Suicide Prevention

Grassroots Suicide Prevention Team - (L to R) Tiffany Ansari, Alex Harvey, Chris Brown, Miranda Frost and Gus Campbell
Grassroots Suicide Prevention Team – (L to R) Tiffany Ansari, Alex Harvey, Chris Brown, Miranda Frost and Gus Campbell

SEA PR were approached by Grassroots Suicide Prevention for some guidance and expertise on PR, marketing and how best to showcase their integral work in the Brighton & Hove community.

We devised two workshop sessions with all the staff at Grassroots to understand all their different initiatives and advise them on how best to approach each campaign. These took the form of breaking down their work into clear and focused messages, discussing the various options they have to promote, how to highlight the work they are doing and imparting our knowledge and contacts in the local area. Chris and her team were extremely pleased with the insights we presented to them and worked hard to complete the key tasks we advised.

Following the second session, we worked on a press release to showcase the information we had given them which we then rolled out to our media contacts in the South East. The story has seen a boost in engagement with Grassroots Suicide Prevention, an increase in companies taking their pledge and a much needed opening of conversations about suicide in Brighton and Hove. The story has been covered in the following media;

BBC South East, BBC Sussex, BBC News (UK), The Argus, Brighton & Hove Independent, Brighton & Hove News, Latest Magazine & Latest TV.

Chris Brown, Director at Grassroots Suicide Prevention, said,

“We are very grateful to SEA PR for helping our campaign achieve such a high profile; ultimately we hope this piece of work will save lives in our city.”

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Recently, we also promoted the Reverbathon at RadioReverb with stories in digital and print media across the city. The 52 hour live fundraising weekend resulted in over £3,500 raised to keep the station ad-free and giving an opportunity to bring in new shows and new local voices in 2015.

Melita Dennett, Chair of RadioReverb, said,

“These are challenging times for community radio, but RadioReverb continues to thrive because we are all about Brighton and Hove, and listeners and sponsors know that. Our volunteers are also committed, highly professional and great ambassadors for a radio station that holds Brighton and Hove at the very heart of what we do.”

To keep up with all the info on RadioReverb head to; www.radioreverb.com. RadioReverb is based in Brighton and can be found on 97.2FM.


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‘Groundbreaking’ community day centre needs public support

Sussex charity Impact Initiatives and Henfield Community Partnership are implementing an exciting new community project this summer but they need the public’s help to get additional funding. The Henfield Day Centre for people with dementia was faced with closure but thanks to this partnership it has been saved and is now being transformed to be used by over 200 older people, including those with dementia, each week. There is however one last hurdle they need to overcome to make this happen which is provision of reliable transport. In light of this, they have applied for an Aviva Community Fund launching on Friday May 1 which means, if they get enough votes from the public before the end of May, they could secure up to £10,000.20141001 United Nations Older People's Day

Caroline Ridley, CEO at Impact Initiatives, explained,

“It is so important that Impact Initiatives provides a community bus for this new Older Peoples (50 plus) project in Henfield as transport is a key issue when tacking loneliness and isolation.”

The partnership have researched different options for transport and having their own bus and driver is the best solution. Impact Initiatives have applied for the Aviva Community Fund of £10,000 to provide them with enough money to purchase a second hand minibus with all the necessary modifications for its users. The bus will help reduce isolation and loneliness for people with longer term and complex needs including people with dementia and physical and sensory impairments. The way the grants work means that the more votes a project gets, the more chance it has of being chosen to receive the money – so Henfield Community Partnership and Impact Initiatives need the people of Sussex to vote for this essential new project at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/1731.

St JohnsThrough extensive research, it was found that there is a high population of people with dementia in Henfield alone many of who are cared for by a relative. The minibus would offer flexibility and security especially for people with dementia who sometimes become anxious and need a bit extra time to get onto a bus. Having their own bus also eases the stress on carers and ensures they will have the ability to provide a variety of different services and trips.

Caroline, added

“We now need the minibus to help those particularly isolated with no other means of getting out and about to get to the centre and enjoy trips out with friends to places they love but can no longer get to. We really hope that all our friends and supporters take time to cast their vote and help us be in with a chance of winning this national grant.”20141001 United Nations Older People's Day

The Aviva Community Fund will finance over 362 entries across four different fund levels and four categories, spreading awards to communities throughout the UK. The main aims of the Aviva Community Fund are to make a positive impact to local communities, help a charity raise funds for a project which will be completed before December 2015 and provide money to community projects which can ideally be completed with the requested funding alone.

Impact Initiatives would welcome this grant not only to provide the best care for its users but also to ensure that carers have the breaks and support they need. The partnership has already been approached by other organisations and groups who are keen to use the services and centre, so purchasing a bus is essential to help every older demographic in the community.  The ability to interact with other people, maintain relationships and have these facilities is essential for health and mental wellbeing and will also help towards reducing loneliness and isolation.


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Creative film project breaks down age barriers

The bombing of the Grand Hotel, Brighton in 1984 still runs deep in the lives of people who lived through it but what of the young people who have only seen it in pictures? Sussex based charities Impact Initiatives and Photoworks are collaborating with St John’s Centre and BHASVIC students to create a film about the city, its history, identity and the community that lived here over the last 30 years.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but what is a picture without the words of those who experienced it to make sense of the whole story? The collaborative project, titled ‘City Collectives’ has worked with intergenerational groups of young people and older people to make a short film about community, conflict, growth and change in Brighton and Hove. 20150423_CityCollectives22

‘City Collectives’ was made by running workshops at St John’s Centre and café which open seven days a week to provide community based groups with trips, activities and social opportunities for people 50 plus. The aim of the centre, run by Impact Initiatives, is to improve wellbeing and help people learn new skills and enjoy good food and company.

20150423_CityCollectives53The film takes a famous photograph of hotel staff lining the Victorian balconies, shot the day after the 1984 bombing of the Grand Hotel, as its starting point for the stories. The final piece has taken ideas and input from all the participants of each age group to create a group portrait of city residents’ shifting thoughts and their feelings about conflict, both personal and political.
The response from all the participants young and old was overwhelmingly positive. Mary, 50 years old, said that she’d really enjoyed the opportunity and it had been quite emotional. Josh, 74, said that being part of the project had given him “freedom to talk about himself” while Tony, 77, found it emotional as they had “focused on issues from the past”.
Lin Hastings, Team Leader at St John’s Centre, said,
“We were delighted to be invited, once again, to work with Photoworks, this time on an intergenerational creative film making project.
“Those who took part from the St John`s Centre and Café, found it both emotive and rewarding to be able to share their personal memories of Brighton.”

The film will be presented as an installation in a gallery at Regency Town House as part of Brighton Festival in May, it is one of three projects with Impact Initiatives and House Festival 2015. The project has been a collaboration between many organisations across the city to engage Brighton residents young and old. To find out more, please visit http://www.housefestival.org/house-artistcity-collective

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March Blog – “To travel is to live”

Did anyone see March? I think we must have missed it. It has been an astonishingly busy month here at SEA PR with impactful stories, media events and one very special day where we didn’t need to have the heating on! There’s lots to talk about and some very exciting projects lined up for the future (Shhh – we have to keep that quiet for the time being) so follow us on Twitter for the latest news but for now let’s find out what happened in March…

At SEA PR we deliver public relations and events for charities and social enterprises and work with a wide range of clients from elderly people to youth services or from Brighton specific campaigns to global causes. Hans Christian Anderson said, “To travel is to live” and this month we have seen a number of charities we work with focus on the importance of travel and mobility.

Travel is vital for trade and business but we can sometimes forget how important it is for our health and wellbeing. For some, travelling to far off countries as part of a gap year or on a weekend break has become easier and easier with budget airlines and a UK passport. The ability to visit loved ones or have the freedom to go to the shops when you want is something a lot of us take for granted. However, for others, day to day travel in their home town can become increasingly difficult as a result of illness, disability or situation.

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An employee at B&H Bus Company experiences the impact of ageing

 

The national charity Friends of the Elderly bought their knowledge and expertise to Brighton and Hove Bus Company and Metro Bus to help staff understand the difficulties of coping with ageing.

Buses and public transport are a vital part of life to a lot of elderly people, keeping them active and mobile in their later years. The ability to interact with other people, maintain relationships and most of all retain their independence is essential for health and mental well-being and can also help towards reducing loneliness and isolation. Whilst there is a focus to ensure there are good public transport facilities for older people there is sometimes a lack of understanding on the specific needs of these passengers.

The training involved a great deal of discussion as well as the use of learning tools and aides to experience the impact of sensory, mobility and dexterity loss, experiencing glaucoma, molecular degeneration, hearing loss, arthritis, mobility issues, blindness, tinnitus and limb limitation. It’s easy to forget how different a seemingly simple bus journey can be for someone in a situation different to our own so it’s important for companies and charities to focus on raising awareness of these issues.

Martin Harris, Managing Director of Brighton and Hove Bus Company, said,

“Brighton & Hove Bus Company is on a big learning curve at the moment. We are working hard to up our game when it comes to accessibility for all, and there is tremendous enthusiasm amongst our staff to do so. But we need that input from people with the experience of the issues and who have learnt and understand how best to address those issues. We want to learn from the experts in each field. That’s where working with Friends of the Elderly comes in.”

To find out more about the work Friends of the Elderly carry out and to get involved with their Be a Friend Campaign head to www.fote.org.uk.

Travel means different things to everyone. Some people moan about their daily commute to London, struggling to find a seat, the consistently late 7.29 train from Brighton or the prospect of leaves on the line outside Three Bridges. Others may have their own modes of transport to get to the shops or take a trip to Devil’s Dyke and so forget the vital part which public transport plays for those with disabilities. When it comes to improving public transport, it’s not all about accessibility. For some people crowded buses, changing timetables or purchasing a ticket can be daunting let alone abusive passengers or drunken revellers. Grace Eyre’s Travel Buddy is a fantastic travel training programme in Brighton and Hove which helps adults with learning disabilities gain the skills and confidence to travel safely by bus or by foot in the city.

Achieving full independence is not a realistic goal for everyone but there are many other benefits to taking part in Travel Buddy, including building self-esteem.  Even small steps towards independence, like walking home from the bus stop, or travelling a few stops on your own are a significant achievement.

Grace Eyre Travel Buddy - Pictured  Betty Vincent (Grace eyre's service user)
Grace Eyre Travel Buddy – Pictured Betty Vincent (Grace eyre’s service user)

The project re-launches with a goal of signing up 30 new users over the next year to ‘Catch the bus, Meet friends, Be safe, Get to where you want to go!’ At the launch, Brighton and Hove Bus Company provided a ‘Drama on the Bus’ session for adults with learning disabilities. The sessions offered Grace Eyre users the chance to act out real life scenarios and discuss any concerns they may have about travelling on the bus.  Scenarios include situations like ‘You have missed your stop: Stop the bus at the next stop and find out from the driver how to get back to where you want to go’ or You have been bullied by other passengers on the bus: ask for the driver’s help and get an information ticket from him’.

SEA PR coordinated the launch with reporters from Latest TV, ITV Meridian News and Brighton Togs which was a massive success. This was followed up by radio interviews and coverage in a variety of print media including Enable Magazine, ‘the UK’s favourite disability magazine’. We received positive feedback across the board but most importantly the Grace Eyre users had a fantastic day out and were so excited about being on television to promote their scheme.

Jamie, a Grace Eyre Travel Buddy service user, explained,

“I’ve learnt how to travel with a volunteer on the bus and how to keep safe. I wanted to do Travel Buddy because it’s very important and if anyone can’t travel by themselves it’s a good learning opportunity.

The journey I’d most like to do is to take the 27 to Saltdean because my Grandma and Grandpa live in Saltdean.”    

To find out more about Travel Buddy call the Grace Eyre Active Lives team on 01273 201909 or email travelbuddy@grace-eyre.org.

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We Need To Talk About Suicide

Grassroots Suicide Prevention charity are launching a new campaign to tackle the concerning situation with suicide rates in Brighton and Hove. The city, sometimes referred to as ‘London-By-The-Sea’, is famously liberal, the LGBT capital of the UK and the number one location for a weekend away. It has also been named as one of the best cities in the UK to live on numerous occasions and was listed as one of the best cities to visit in Europe this month. What is not so well known however, is that Brighton and Hove’s suicide rate is far higher than the average for the South East and England as a whole.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention are a Brighton charity who work on a whole community approach to ensure that suicide is not just prevented at the time but the means are in place to ensure that the future is safer too. They have a solution to open up the channels of communication around suicide and help to reduce these worrying statistics in Brighton and Hove, around the UK and the entire planet. The plan includes training for businesses in Brighton and Hove so that their staff are given the skills to prevent suicide and most importantly are prepared to talk about it.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention Team - (L to R) Tiffany Ansari, Alex Harvey, Chris Brown, Miranda Frost and Gus Campbell
Grassroots Suicide Prevention Team – (L to R) Tiffany Ansari, Alex Harvey, Chris Brown, Miranda Frost and Gus Campbell

 

The charity have perfected training for businesses. It is a unique scheme which will help employees who are thinking about suicide, colleagues who are worried about someone and employers who want to provide the best working environment for their staff. They have developed a pledge for Brighton and Hove businesses to sign to show their support for the campaign and are also compiling data about how suicide in the workplace is handled currently. So far the survey has shown that over 30% of businesses in Brighton and Hove have been impacted by suicide and are aware that 20-40% of their employees are their employees experiencing mental health problems in the workplace (e.g. depression, anxiety, psychosis). Their goal is to have 100 businesses signed up to their pledge by World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. This campaign is part of Grassroots’ ground-breaking initiative to develop Brighton & Hove as an internationally recognised ‘suicide safer city.

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Chris Brown, director of Grassroots Suicide Prevention, said,

“Brighton & Hove has a very high suicide rate and we want to work with local businesses to change that.  Businesses are uniquely placed to reach out to their staff and colleagues who might be thinking of suicide.  Most people who die by suicide are of working age and many will be in employment. 

By signing up to this pledge companies can be more aware of the needs of colleagues who might be struggling with difficult feelings and be able to offer some support and information about where to go for help.  1 in 20 of us consider suicide in a 2 week period and business people are no different.  Together we can help make our city safer from suicide.”

Tackling suicide is a huge problem everywhere, with well over 6,000 registered suicides in people older than 15 this year so far. In the last few years Brighton and Hove has seen local suicide rates go back up to nearly double the average for the rest of England. The average number of registered suicides of people over 15 in Brighton and Hove was 105 deaths in 2013. This is 12.9% of deaths per 100,000 people and far higher than the UK average which is 8.8%. (The statistics for suicides take years to collate due to the nature of Coroner’s Courts so any data Grassroots Suicide Prevention have to work with is always two years behind.)  For a small city such as Brighton and Hove to be considerably higher than Manchester, Birmingham or London is a worrying situation and the first step to changing this is to open up the channels of discussion.

 

UK Infographic StatsMartin Harris, Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Bus Company, said,

“The work carried out by Grassroots Suicide Prevention is vital in helping challenge stigma attached to suicide and to help raise awareness of mental health issues that can affect anyone at anytime. Grassroots makes a valuable contribution in helping our community and we look to support this work in whichever ways we can.”

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50 with 78% of all suicides being committed by men. We spend on average 50 hours a week at work so, whether we like it or not, our occupation is a significant part of our lives. This is not to say that an employer is the cause of a potential suicide but that it is an ideal opportunity to reach out and be trained to deal with preventing suicide. Stopping someone attempting suicide conjures up images of talking someone down from a ledge or a heroic last minute save like we see in Hollywood but in reality it’s mostly very different.

If you are worried about someone or feel that your business could benefit from this training then take the pledge, sign up for the free suicide alertness training or fill out the survey. To find out more about suicide prevention visit, http://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/.


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A news feature by Mhairi Beveridige for Latest TV on the Grace Eyre Travel Buddy project re-launch for 2015.


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Grace Eyre re-launch the Travel Buddy Project in 2015

The unique charity Grace Eyre is re-launching its celebrated Travel Buddy project for 2015 with a ‘dramatic’ day on Tuesday, March 17. Travel Buddy is a fantastic travel training programme in Brighton and Hove which helps adults with learning disabilities gain the skills and confidence to travel safely by bus or by foot in the city.

The project re-launches with a goal of signing up 30 new users over the next year toCatch the bus, Meet friends, Be safe, Get to where you want to go!’ At the launch, Brighton and Hove Bus Company provided a ‘Drama on the Bus’ session for adults with learning disabilities. The sessions offer Grace Eyre users the chance to act out real life scenarios and discuss any concerns they may have about travelling on the bus.  Scenarios include situations like ‘You have missed your stop: Stop the bus at the next stop and find out from the driver how to get back to where you want to go’ or You have been bullied by other passengers on the bus: ask for the driver’s help and get an information ticket from him’.

Grace Eyre Travel Buddy Project Relaunches for 2015
Grace Eyre Travel Buddy Project Relaunches for 2015

Victoria Garcia, Customer Liaison Officer at Brighton & Hove Bus Company, said,

“We are very pleased about the re-launch of the Travel Buddy scheme. Grace Eyre do incredible work supporting people in the community with learning disabilities and the Travel Buddy scheme is one of the fantastic initiatives that they have in place. 

“We will of course continue to support this event and look forward to our continued partnership with Grace Eyre. My heart always lifts when I see all the guys and I always leave with a big smile on my face, they are a fabulous bunch.”

The Travel Buddy Project has been funded by the Big Lottery for the last 2 years and in that time the project has helped many adults across the county gain the freedom and confidence to travel more independently.  Some people who take part in Travel Training then start to travel journeys by themselves for the first time.  There is also the opportunity for service users to become volunteer buddies themselves sharing the skills they have learnt with their peers.

Brighton & Hove Bus Company Staff with Grace Eyre Service Users
Brighton & Hove Bus Company Staff with Grace Eyre Service Users

Ben Gardiner, Senior Project Worker for Travel Buddy Project, said,

“It is clear to me how keen many people with learning disabilities are to have a bit more freedom and independence within their lives.  Imagine always having to rely on other people to go out anywhere.  To be able to work within a project that aims to develop people’s confidence in what they can do for themselves is incredibly rewarding – you can see it in people’s faces how exciting it can be to have a bit more freedom.”

Achieving full independence is not a realistic goal for everyone but there are many other benefits to taking part in Travel Buddy, including building self-esteem.  Even small steps towards independence, like walking home from the bus stop, or travelling a few stops on your own are a significant achievement. Jamie Larcombe and Jonny Schachter have both used the service and it has given them new confidence to work towards more independent futures.

 Drama on The Bus - Kim Williams (Bus driver) and Jonny Schachter (Grace eyre's service user)
Drama on The Bus – Kim Williams (Bus driver) and Jonny Schachter (Grace eyre’s service user)

Jamie Larcombe, a Grace Eyre Travel Buddy service user, explained,

“I’ve learnt how to travel with a volunteer on the bus and how to keep safe. I wanted to do Travel Buddy because it’s very important and if anyone can’t travel by themselves it’s a good learning opportunity.

The journey I’d most like to do is to take the 27 to Saltdean because my Grandma and Grandpa live in Saltdean.”    

Grace Eyre are also hoping to gain the support of local businesses and increase the awareness of this excellent initiative around the city.  Travel Buddy aims to match the wonderful people who access the services of Grace Eyre with equally wonderful volunteers and promote independence for people with learning disabilities.  Whether it is to meet friends, visit Grace Eyre, or learn a new journey, users will feel confident and safe after Travel Buddy.

Grace Eyre Travel Buddy - Pictured  Betty Vincent (Grace eyre's service user)
Grace Eyre Travel Buddy – Pictured Betty Vincent (Grace eyre’s service user)

Keith Baldock, Head of Road Safety Team at Brighton and Hove City Council, said,

“The aims and support of the Travel Buddy scheme are excellent and something we love to support. All road users should be aware of each other’s needs, particularly those who require more time or support than others, and I would encourage those who require additional support in sharing the roads in Brighton to access the free travel training provided by Grace Eyre and the Travel Buddy scheme.”

To find out more about Travel Buddy call the Grace Eyre Active Lives team on 01273 201909 or email travelbuddy@grace-eyre.org.

Grace Eyre Travel Buddy - Thomas Hannam (Grace Eyre service user)
Grace Eyre Travel Buddy – Thomas Hannam (Grace Eyre service user)

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Springtime in the third sector…

February 2015 is the third year anniversary of SEAPR and has bought with it a whole host of new projects, social change andexciting opportunities. In a year which will see the General Election, local elections and all matter of change around the UK, it’s is going to be an interesting year. In this blog we will look at the work SEA PR are doing each month, the impacts on the third sector and more. So as the first crocuses start to bloom, let’s see what other shoots have been budding in the first two months of 2015…

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This month has been a great chance for Tracey Allen to use her passion for charities, her expertise in PR and her communication skills to benefit others.

This month has been a great chance for Tracey Allen to use her passion for charities, her expertise in PR and her communication skills to benefit others. Firstly we worked with Grass Roots Suicide Prevention, delivering a presentation on the benefits of PR and how it can be used to promote a campaign. It was a really exciting morning with both companies learning a lot from each other with the hope of working together in the future. Tracey also gave a successful presentation at the Impact Initiative Staff Conference 2015 on why PR can help visibility of a brand, build relationships with a community and help connect with an audience. Finally Tracey attended the APPG on Social Enterprise at the Palace of Westminster in February to discuss the future of social enterprise and social value.

In other news Jonathan Taylor has started at SEA PR as Account Manager, bringing with him a wealth of journalism knowledge, writing ability and fresh new ideas. He is passionate about youth work and the voluntary sector and has had success with a number of press releases so far as well as improving social media reach for clients and SEA PR alike.

Working from our offices in New England House in central Brighton we have been quietly expanding our reach while maintaining the excellent relationships we have with our existing clients. So far this year we have provided focused coverage for our clients in a variety of media both locally and nationally, including;

Friends of the Elderly

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Be a Friend – Surviving the Cold Campaign

This project was a series of useful tips to help elderly people in your area during the winter months. We promoted this piece through traditional and social media during the coldest days and nights of the year so far.

Friends of the Elderly – Training with Brighton & Hove Bus Company and Metro Bus

Following an amazingly successful training session to provide travel staff with the tools and knowledge they need to support elderly passengers we went out to local media and transport publications. The focus of the piece was on corporate social responsibility, community services and support for the elderly.

BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground Cuppa meets return in partnership with Friends of the Elderly

To highlight the return of the successful County Ground Cuppa meetings at Sussex Cricket Club we released a report to local and county media.

Brighton & Hove Youth Collective

Brighton and Hove Youth Collective

February has been a really successful month with the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective with both Tracey and Jonathan working with members of the Collective to get excellent press coverage and promote the amazing work being done every day by all the teams involved.

Support Youth Work Update

In the face of cuts from the council it’s been an uncertain time for youth services but the press we’ve provided for the Collective has focused more on what they do rather than overtly political scaremongering. This piece was a celebratory article highlighting the unexpected extension of funds to the group and was featured in The Argus, the Indy, Latest and more.

Teenage volunteer commended by David Cameron in face of cuts to Youth Services

Following a letter of commendation to a youth volunteer at Trust for Developing Communities we felt it would be a great opportunity to highlight the work being done by volunteers. After interviewing Riziki we had her story told in The Argus and an opportunity for a live interview for Latest TV/Radio to promote the benefits of youth work and joys of volunteering.

What Creates A Positive Future for Young People?

David Cameron chose Brighton & Hove to announce his plans for young people in the future after the General Election so we decided to use this opportunity to promote the importance of youth work without siding with politics. Jonathan wrote a piece which focuses on what youth work can for young people and how that benefits their future with insights from workers at The Collective.

Ongoing promotion of Brighton and Hove Youth Collective videos & website

With an excellent website which has received acclaim from other youth charities for its content, it was essential that we drive more people to engage with it. Jonathan created a video page showing all 25 of the Youth Collective’s videos with a featured video each day to promote via social media which has seen loads of retweets and engagement every day. We’ve also been adding blog pieces on their website to drive more traffic and awareness to the site. We have raised the Collective’s profile via social media, increasing their followers and improving the reach of any online call to action through Twitter.

Unique youth manifesto a success in Sussex Blog Piece

This was an informative story which the group wanted to tell so we decided to use the platform of their website to promote the piece. The main source of promotion here was through a successful roll out on social media which has seen followers and non followers alike retweet the piece and drive traffic to the website.

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Radio Reverb Announce They are Curating a Stage at Pride 2015

To announce the news that RadioReverb would be curating a stage at this year’s 25th Anniversary of Pride we promoted the volunteer aspect of the station as well as it’s fantastic range of LGBT shows. With quotes and detailed information about RadioReverb we were also able to promote their year round charity work with LGBT communities in Sussex. This was promoted heavily to local news channels as well as a variety of LGBT publications.

RadioReverb celebrate its 8th Birthday with an all live marathon weekend

Another massive piece of news for Reverb which we promoted heavily in local media was their fundraiser birthday event, The Reverbathon. We focused mainly on the community radio aspect of RadioReverb.

What’s next at SEA PR?

As we move forward into Spring and the Brighton & Hove city calendar starts to fill up with festivals, events and exhibitions, SEA PR will be exceedingly busy too. We have a number of projects ready to launch in March and some exciting new possibilities using digital platforms and new technologies to enhance the campaigns we will be working on. We will also be unveiling our new website to celebrate our third birthday so be sure to check that out for all manner of exciting content and news. Thanks for reading, enjoy the warmer weather and see you again soon,

Tracey & Jonathan

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REVERBATHON IS BACK RadioReverb celebrates its 8th Birthday with an all live marathon weekend

RadioReverb is Brighton & Hove’s community radiostation for the city and turns eight this March, which is no mean achievement for an organisation run entirely by volunteers. To celebrate, the station will be broadcasting a Reverbathon live from the evening of Friday, 6 March to midnight of Sunday, 8 March 2015 on 97.2FM or online at http://www.radioreverb.com/.

The Reverbathon is RadioReverb’s annual fundraiser and allows the station to produce special one-off programmes, either from regular presenters, or for new producers. As well as featuring live music sessions from local bands, reporters will be out making location features and studio guests will provide lively conversation about local events and matters. Other regular favourites will be Frockabilly, the UK’s only female-fronted rockabilly show, kindly sponsored by the Rockabilly Rave; Out In Brighton, the city’s award-winning LGBT show, The Comedy Social, a lively hour of comedy guests, music and sketches, and Time 4 T, the UK’s only Transgender show on FM.

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Some of the presenters will pair up to create a new show that brings together the best of their regular shows, and new programmes include a pilot for a monthly food programme, featuring the best in local food and drink.

Melita Dennett, Chair of RadioReverb, said,

“The Reverbathon gives us an opportunity to engage with listeners and sponsors in a different way, all being part of a rolling fundraiser. Last year we raised £2,000 in 36 hours and this year we plan to smash that. All money raised goes directly back into the running of the station, upgrading equipment and giving an opportunity to bring in new shows and new local voices.”

As well as celebrating eight years, Sunday 8th March is also International Women’s Day so from 8am to midnight it will be 100% female presenters in a Women’s Takeover Day. In these challenging times for community radio, RadioReverb continues to thrive because they hold Brighton and Hove at the very heart of what they do and its listeners and sponsors know that.

“Nobody is paid to work on RadioReverb – we’re all volunteers and we do it because we have a passion for radio, and we love Brighton and Hove and believe the city deserves a radio station that really reflects its character, communities and interests.” added Melita.

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As well as the music there will be an opportunity to become an ‘Official Supporter’ of Radio Reverb as they are launching their initiative to create 100 supporters over the weekend. Names and recognition will be added to the website as financial support enables the station to operate throughout the year. To qualify, listeners and supporters are asked to donate anything between £20 and £500 via the DONATE button on the home page of the website www.radioreverb.com.

The Reverbathon starts broadcasting live on Friday evening 6th March. If your business would like to be part of the 2015 Reverbathon, please get in touch now at http://www.radioreverb.com.

Twitter: @radioreverb #Reverbathon

Facebook: RadioReverb’s Facebook Page

 


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Local bus companies trained to Be a Friend to elderly passengers

How difficult is it to get about in your senior years? How much harder does getting to the shops become for the elderly?

Last week in Hove, the national charity Friends of the Elderly bought their knowledge and expertise to Brighton and Hove Bus Company and Metro Bus to help their staff understand the difficulties of coping with ageing.

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Buses and public transport are a vital part of life to a lot of elderly people, keeping them active and mobile in their later years. The ability to interact with other people, maintain relationships and most of all retain their independence is essential for health and mental wellbeing and can also help towards reducing loneliness and isolation. Whilst there is a focus to ensure there are good public transport facilities for older people there is sometimes a lack of understanding on the specific needs of these passengers.

Tying in directly with their promises of corporate social responsibility, Brighton and Hove Bus Company and Metro Bus are spearheading the movement of focusing on the community they provide for. By ensuring their staff are trained to provide the best service for everyone using their buses they are improving the wider community. If elderly people are trapped without the support they need from public transport then community services won’t be used to their fullest.

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Martin Harris, Managing Director of Brighton and Hove Bus Company, said,

“Brighton & Hove Bus Company is on a big learning curve at the moment. We are working hard to up our game when it comes to accessibility for all, and there is tremendous enthusiasm amongst our staff to do so. But we need that input from people with the experience of the issues and who have learnt and understand how best to address those issues. We want to learn from the experts in each field. That’s where working with Friends of the Elderly comes in.

“They ran a brilliantly informative session for a wide cross section of our team – customer service staff, supervisors and managers – to mention just a few. The input from Friends of the Elderly is being used to enrich our staff training and improve understanding throughout the organisation about the ways in which we can be of most help to our elderly customers.”

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The training from Friends of the Elderly focuses on experiencing the impact of ageing, understanding and responding to the needs of older people and utilising the training effectively within the workplace. The training allows the staff to experience some of the physical impacts of ageing such as hearing loss, sight difficulties and mobility. The course also highlighted the invisible issues elderly people face on a daily basis. Topics discussed in the sessions ranged from loss of self-worth and agoraphobia to regrets and loss of loved ones.

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Jenny Russell, Head of volunteering and community engagement at Friends of the Elderly, said,

“To work with such an inspired group, who encounter the elderly every day in their workplace, was very encouraging as their roles are pivotal in making a difference to older people by offering them empathy, understanding, support and time. The group already possessed the essential skills but were further enlightened into how both emotional and physical aspects greatly affect older people. Friends of the Elderly are grateful for Brighton and Hove Buses support to the Be a Friend Campaign.”

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There is a lot of discussion in government and local councils at the moment concerning pension benefits and the importance of maintaining support for the elderly in care and at home. Politicians from all political parties are highlighting the issues faced in later life and it’s important that the companies which provide vital services to help maintain independence have the best tools and training to deliver the right support. It’s essential that companies like Brighton & Hove Bus Company and Metro Bus are aware of their corporate social responsibility by focusing on ensuring their customers who are elderly are understood and getting the support and services they need.

A member of staff from Brighton and Hove Bus Company said,

“It really made me realise how challenging it is to be older. It enhanced my empathy and made me recognise signs when an older person needs help.”

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Twitter: @FriendsElderly

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Unique youth manifesto a success in Sussex

They say the simplest things in life are the best and that’s definitely the case with the Hangleton & Knoll Project’s Youth Manifesto. What sounds like such a simple idea is actually relatively unique in the youth services but in its first two years it has been a massive success for the local community.

The manifesto was developed in 2013 by a group of young people in Hangleton and Knoll who went out to 300 peers to find out what the main issues were in their community and what actions they could take to improve things. What started as a list became a focused community action plan for younger people who were more aware of certain problems in the area and were now in a position to do something about it.

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The group found that there were a number of issues like health, crime and negative thinking in the area and they ran workshops around these topics to see what could be done.

Helen Bartlett, Youth Work Co-Ordinator at The Hangleton & Knoll Project, said,

“It’s a unique document, certainly in Brighton & Hove. We wanted to collect young people’s views around specific areas, identified by themselves, and what actions they would like to be carried out. We consult with young people on how they think something can be improved and then they are involved in creating community change around these issues. Young people lead the whole process from the initial ideas through debating, consulting, researching and completing the work.”

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Since launching the manifesto in 2013 The Hangleton & Knoll Project have worked with the initial group of young people and an ever-growing selection of people from the surrounding area. More locals felt the appeal as they saw their peers getting involved in pro-active and exciting projects which were making a difference to their community. Young people are involved in the whole process from the initial ideas through debating, consulting, researching and completing the work which is why this manifesto is so distinctive in its approach. The project has been commended by politicians across all political parties and some have met with the team to find out more about how it has been so effective.

The nature of the manifesto is exciting for those involved because it’s an evolving document. Each year they can promote successes, review their achievements and prioritise the things which matter most to the community going forward. The first two years have resulted in a number of successes including the work they undertook on a notorious shelter in Hangleton Park. Following reported drug use and anti-social behaviour the group and the youth team held work days with young people to repaint the shelter which resulted in increased ownership of a positive area for local young people to use. The impact of this partnership has been a significant reduction in reports of drug use and anti-social behaviour therefore reducing the need for other service intervention.

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The Hangleton & Knoll Project are also a part of The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective, an organisation which brings together a number of youth services across the city to provide the best platform for young people to get a positive start in their lives.

Helen Bartlett, said,

“I think working closely with a range of organisations and being able to share resources and best practices is vital and The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective has certainly built up those links. If you look across the city there are now so many ways we can benefit each other to support young people as a whole.

“We’d like to link-up the manifesto and make it transferable across The Collective so everyone can see what is important to young people in each area. We think there will be common priorities across different areas and we can support young people to work on these priorities together to achieve change”.

At the moment The Hangleton & Knoll Project are planning more events and focusing on how to achieve more from what they’ve learnt from past successes.

They have recently held a fundraiser for an event in to be held in Hangleton Park in May 2015 to highlight health issues. It will be for all ages and will feature sports, activities and opportunities to learn more about health, wellbeing, sexual health and healthy eating for teenagers and young people. To find out more about the manifesto and any events it has lined up for the future take a look at their website here http://www.hkym.co.uk/.

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The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective What creates a positive future for young people? Read More
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What creates a positive future for young people?

Young people will be forced to work for their benefits if David Cameron’s Conservative party achieve power in the General Election this May. The Prime Minister, in a direct message at Blatchington Mill School, Hove this week, outlined his party’s plans for young people in the uncertain future of the United Kingdom. No matter which party gets into power in 2015 the lives of young people will be governed by major changes, but what could be the best outcome for the young people of today?

David Cameron said,

“(Our reforms) are not just about saving money. They are about changing lives and making this a country that rewards work and gives everyone the chance of a better future.

“That is why we are taking further steps to help young people make something of their lives. Our goal in the next parliament is effectively to abolish long-term youth unemployment. We want to get rid of that well-worn path from the school gate, down to the jobcentre, and on to a life on benefits.”

Cameron’s comments this week may have sparked outrage with certain constituents but the focus should really be on what the impact will be for young people. Providing support for youth unemployment is only a fraction of the work carried out by the services in the city. In Brighton and Hove alone there are thousands of young people who rely on youth services to secure their future. The future of these services is currently uncertain as the budget for Brighton and Hove City Council is due to be debated later this month.

Brighton and Hove Youth Collective
The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective is an organisation which brings together a number of youth services across the city to provide the best platform for young people to get a positive start in their lives.

The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective is an organisation which brings together a number of youth services across the city to provide the best platform for young people to get a positive start in their lives. The Collective is made up of eight well known youth organisations across the city which have been focused on the wellbeing of young people on their own for some time. They are Brighton Youth Centre, The Crew Club, The Deans Youth Project, Hangleton & Knoll Project, Tarner Community Project, The Trust for Developing Communities, Sussex Central YMCA and the Young People’s Centre (YPC). However, in October 2012 these groups changed their approach and whilst they still deliver the same youth work, they now do it collectively sharing all their best practices and being more resourceful. The benefits of the last two years collaborative work at The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective are being highlighted more and more at this time as their resources embed themselves further in the city’s communities. So how do they feel about the proposed plans for unemployed young people?

Emma Jacquest, chief executive of Tarner Community Project, said,

“I think it could be really positive as long as it is packaged right. It can’t be something that people feel is a punishment for not getting a job, something they have to do because they have done something wrong.

“It’s absolutely essential if we are to tackle youth unemployment in the city that we keep our youth services.”

The Collective are funded by Brighton and Hove City Council and work alongside the Brighton and Hove City Council Youth Service. This is a “one stop shop” for everything young people need to know about what to do across Brighton and Hove. For young people aged between 13 and 19-years-old looking for events, clubs, advice or counselling the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective provide all this and more. The eight organisations provide support, engagement and opportunities for young people to become accustomed to responsibility, adulthood and self-reliance. For the youth workers at The Collective it’s clear that the Conservative’s focus should be on young people but the typical view of teenagers and young people as lazy and disengaged needs to change.

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The Collective are funded by Brighton and Hove City Council and work alongside the Brighton and Hove City Council Youth Service.

Helen Bartlett, of Hangelton & Knoll Project, said,

“The statement by David Cameron is really interesting because young people are crying out to engage with their communities and we’ve had no shortage of people wanting to volunteer.

“Loads of young people are incredibly active in their communities, they help out already so if it becomes a form of punishment it would take away the impact community work has on them as people.”

Youth unemployment is a major issue so it’s positive to hear that steps are being taken by the government to address the growing problem. The focus on educating young people is key for all youth workers but it’s also important that the wider establishment understands the importance of youth services. In a city like Brighton and Hove with large educational establishments which aren’t always accessible to young people, it’s essential that youth workers bridge that gap for young people who need support in their lives.

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In a city like Brighton and Hove with large educational establishments which aren’t always accessible to young people.

Mark Price, Assistant Head of School at University of Brighton, said,

“As a university we reach out to the local youth work community to ensure that our training reflects local needs – our students have worked with each and every one of the member organisations of the Youth Collective. In this way we work hard to be part of a seamless youth work fabric across the city.

“Youth workers have tended to engage more with young people whose life circumstances have meant they’ve often faced additional barriers to success at school and in life. In this way, youth work reaches the parts that formal education often cannot reach – the vulnerable, disadvantaged and disengaged. For these young people, the time, support and commitment youth workers are able to provide is invaluable.”

The future for youth services across the city may be uncertain but with the government and council focusing more and more on young people there is definitely a lot of hope going forward. The key to any changes made to Youth Services is to ensure that the people who are closest to young people in our communities are consulted and used for the knowledge they have. Organisations like The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective are making a difference in ensuring that young people are prepared for what life brings and the young people are responding to this positively. Politics are important for young people and many want to be engaged but they need to feel that they are equipped to be involved and that they have a voice in their own future.


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Teenage Volunteer commended by David Cameron in face of cuts to Youth Services

A teenager from Bevendean is blazing a trail in the charity sector with her volunteering work in local communities. Riziki Millanzi is only 17 years old but she has already been volunteering in Brighton for nine years with a number of groups within the local community and she sits in on important meetings as part of her role on the Brighton and Hove Youth Council. However the youth services in Brighton and the surrounding areas are facing serious cuts so the work Riziki and other volunteers are doing is under threat.

It is no surprise to those that know her that she has just received a letter from the Prime Minister commending her for her efforts.

Miss Milanzi said, “It was amazing! I got home from work and opened the letter but I just didn’t believe it. I thought someone was playing a prank on me. The letter from Mr. Cameron really made me want to continue to do what I love to do. The Trust for Developing Communities totally makes you feel like you’re making a difference. You feel like, if I hadn’t done that maybe that person’s life would be different or if someone hadn’t found a particular group they wouldn’t be where they are today.”

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Despite her school studies Riziki is still continuing to work with Bevendean Activity Group.

The letter from David Cameron praised Riziki for her contribution to volunteering saying that the country really needs people to band together to do this kind of community work. She has recently become a Trustee of the Trust for Developing Communities (TDC) while maintaining her work with Bevendean Activity Group and Brighton & Hove Youth Collective on top of all her schoolwork.

The Bevendean Activity Group provides activities for disadvantaged young people in the area to experience things they wouldn’t normally get the chance to do. The group organises trips, subsidised activities and more for those in difficult situations. Riziki has been working with this group since she was a girl and has recently received the recognition she deserves.

Riziki said, “I want to continue doing it because it makes such a difference and you are playing a part in potentially changing a young person’s life. It’s not one specific interaction, it’s all so rewarding. Every time someone says thank you, knowing that you’ve made such an impact on them and seeing how much it means to everyone is amazing.”

Despite her school studies Riziki is still continuing to work with Bevendean Activity Group and is excited about the new prospects of being a trustee for the TDC. She will mainly be working with the TDC alongside the whole of Brighton & Hove Youth Collective which is a new working collaboration for youth groups in the area. The Collective is made up of 8 well known youth organisations across the city who work together sharing all their best practices and resources.

Riziki said, “Becoming a trustee is the next big thing. We all cover different areas, we all have niche groups but through the Youth Collective we can help everyone and help each other.

“With The Collective I’m beginning to see how much is going in with all the different groups across the city and it’s inspiring. It’s not just the youth work in one area, Bevendean have had a choir for a while but with multiple choirs it opens up the possibility for so many more ideas in the future.”

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At only 17 years old her views are incredibly mature as she is beginning to understand the wider scope of the Brighton & Hove Youth Collective.

Riziki has an exciting future ahead after all her hard work but she is worried about the proposed cuts to youth services in the city. At only 17 years old her views are incredibly mature as she is beginning to understand the wider scope of the Brighton & Hove Youth Collective, how difficult it is to secure the funding and how much harder it will be in the future.

She said, “If our groups have to stop then the knock on affect will be really upsetting because the things that were helping teenagers and young adults will be lost.

“I’m starting to see how much all the different groups with the Brighton & Hove Youth Collective do and if they weren’t there then teenagers and young adults will lose places to go and that will just increase the need for funding elsewhere. I also don’t like the thought that disadvantaged young people will be saying ‘I never had that experience’ or missing out on activities and relationships which could change their life.”

The Brighton & Hove Youth Collective are waiting for a decision from Brighton and Hove City Council about cuts to youth services which is due at the end of the February. At this time the future of the collective and the organisations within it are uncertain but its services, volunteers and the young people who need it are hoping to continue working with local communities for many years to come.

Councillor Sue Shanks , Chair of Children and Young People Committee, ​said, “Riziki always makes very valuable comments and asks relevant questions at the Children and Young People Committee of which she is a valued and listened to member. We always think she should be managing our services as she has such a good grasp of matters.”

In the shadow of cuts to youth services it is hoped that people like Riziki continue to be a voice for young people in the city as she represents quite clearly how the Community and Voluntary sector integrates with the Public sector. In the longer term Riziki will be a critical voice speaking up for the future of Youth Work in the city but beyond September it is a future which remains uncertain.


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Ten ways you can Be a Friend this winter Be a Friend and help older people stay warm and well Read More
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Be a Friend and help older people stay warm and well

Ten ways you can Be a Friend this winter
As the temperature keeps dropping, Friends of the Elderly is calling on everyone to Be a Friend and help make sure older neighbours, friends and relatives stay warm and well.

As the temperature keeps dropping, Friends of the Elderly is calling on everyone to Be a Friend and help make sure older neighbours, friends and relatives stay warm and well.

Looking after ourselves during the colder weather is important, especially for older people. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to get to know the people living around them and look out for each other where they can. From offering to help clear an older neighbour’s path of snow or ice, to swapping warming recipes and making extra to share, there are lots of ways people can make a difference, whatever their age.

Ten ways you can Be a Friend this winter

Ten ways you can Be a Friend this winter

Tips on Staying warm and well

Staying warm during the colder weather is important, especially for older people, Friends for the Elderly have provided a series of handy tips to help this winter.

Tips on Staying warm and well

Supporting Friends

And finally the fantastic Supporting Friends grants service from Friends of the Elderly provides financial support to those most in need. This can help relieve the stress and worry of heating costs experienced by those living on a low income. For many who benefit from the service this gives them the peace of mind to know they can keep warm without having to sacrifice other necessities.

Steve Allen, CEO at Friends of the Elderly said,

“Making sure our older friends and neighbours stay warm at this time of year is very important for their welfare and this is where the Be a Friend campaign comes into its own. Little things such as checking in on an older neighbour can make all the difference. It is also important that heating costs don’t become an issue and our Supporting Friends grants have helped many people over the years to overcome financial challenges so they can stay warm. However it is also down to all of us to look out for each other whilst this cold snap continues.”

Please, if you can, make a donation today to help Friends of the Elderly meet the increasing number of older people who need support – especially during the coldest months, Donate online today www.fote.org.uk/support-us/appeals/winter-warmth


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Young People’s Centre Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

On Thursday the 4th December, Brighton’s YPC will be celebrating their 30 year service with tea and cake at an open afternoon at the centre on Ship Street.

The YPC started off its life as Ask Here created by PACT in May 1984. It then progressed and became On The Level in 1991 until funding was re aligned and in 1999 opened its doors as the Young People’s Centre in Ship Street Brighton where it has been for the last 14 years supporting hundreds vulnerable young people each year – we believe that nearly 10,000 young people have passed through the door in those 14 years, accessing a number of different projects that have been delivered there.

This has been a great year for the centre having recently been awarded £10,000 funding from the Pebble Trust and also winning the award for Greatest Contribution to the Community at the BAHBA’s in July this year.

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, who dropped in said:  “The Centre is central to the community and its 30th birthday is a brilliant milestone to celebrate all the fantastic work that’s been done. Thousands of local young people have benefited from the YPC. It’s a hugely inspiring, crucial local service and it was great to visit again, see the team and get the young people’s take on why it matters, and what it means to them.”

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Kindness of communities needed to end critical issue of loneliness

Kindness of communities needed to end critical issue of loneliness.

From this week, charity Friends of the Elderly (FotE) will be engaging residents, businesses, support groups and other charities in Sussex to help drive a change in culture that they hope will end the critical issue of loneliness in older people.

There is no doubt that preventing our ageing society from becoming lonelier will be a challenge. But Friends of the Elderly see potential for a new generation to experience a better connected life as they grow older and they have chosen Sussex to deliver a unique pilot.

Earlier this year, the charity released a new report that shows over five million older people in the UK are affected by loneliness, with more than a million (1 in 10 older people) saying they often feel lonely. The Future of Loneliness report further predicts that, through demographic change alone, these numbers will increase by around 40 per cent over the next 15 years. Unless we act now. The report also found;

  • From 2017 the 75+ population will grow rapidly. Demographic change alone will drive up the number of lonely older people in the UK by 40 per cent by 2030
  • There is a strong connection between low contact with family members and loneliness – contact with children is especially important
  • There is a strong link between having low levels of income and being lonely – older people in poverty suffer lower frequency of social contact
  • Technology has the potential to make a positive impact on loneliness, but by 2030, 703,000 (10 per cent) of older people will still not have a mobile phone or use the internet

Small things, big difference
Through experience and the findings of the report, Friends of the Elderly knows that simply having everyday interactions with other people can help combat loneliness. However, a survey revealed that almost over a third (38 per cent) of people in the South East have little or no contact with older people, and almost 40 per cent don’t know their neighbours well enough to have a conversation with. The good news is that almost 60 per cent of the region said they would like to do more to support older people where they live. The charity has already started to engage with businesses in the area, including Sussex County Cricket Club.

Tim Shutt, Head of Cricket in the Community said; Our Community Scheme vision is based around using cricket as a tool towards building better futures and stronger communities, importantly, irrespective of age. Cricket is a sport that has many elderly spectators, players, volunteers and followers, so given the degree of synergy, we felt this could be a very mutually beneficial partnership. We are very much looking forward to developing new initiatives as part of the Be a Friend campaign”.

Steve Allen, Chief Executive of Friends of the Elderly, said: Our Be a Friend campaign is a fundamental part of Friends of the Elderly’s long-term aim of combatting loneliness and isolation amongst older people. We already know that loneliness is a critical issue, but the Future of Loneliness report shows just how vital it is for us to take action now. We believe loneliness can be overcome with relatively simple interventions and by encouraging everyone to connect with their older neighbours, we can empower young and old to connect better within their communities. With the support of the people of Sussex and further afield we believe we can make a real and lasting change. A change that will mean no older person is lonely. I am asking everyone to take the first step today by making a promise to Be a Friend on our campaign websitewww.beafriendtoday.org.uk. Together, I know we can change the future of loneliness.”

Ten ways that YOU can Be a Friend

If we all do something small we can reverse the trend of increasing loneliness. Whenever asked, the majority of people say they would like to do more to help older people in their community but don’t know how. That’s why part of the Be a Friend campaign is about helping everyone find a way to get to know the other people that live around them, in a way that feels right for them. Here are 10 ways you could Be a Friend:

  1. Stop and chat with a passing older person at least once a week – on the train at the supermarket, in your street.
  2. Offer to drive an older person somewhere they need to go.
  3. Get to know the names of at least two older neighbours or members of your community.
  4. Ask an older neighbour to share their seasonal recipes – then make extra and share with them.
  5. Offer to clear an older neighbour’s path, drains or doorstep of fallen leaves.
  6. Ask an older neighbour to take in parcels when you’re at work.
  7. Offer to take an older neighbour’s bins to the curb on collection day.
  8. Ask an older neighbour if they’d like to join you for a dog walk.
  9. Invite an older neighbour to join you and your family for a day out.
  10. Ask an older neighbour to join you for a cup of tea at your local café.

To make your promise to Be a Friend and to find out more visit the campaign website;www.beafriendtoday.org.uk.

By supporting this campaign and spreading the #beafriend message, you can help to drive the culture change in Sussex.  Together we can make sure everyone has the opportunity to lead a happy and fulfilled life, whatever their age.

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Children In Need Helping the Brighton Community Read More
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Children In Need Helping the Brighton Community

WASP (Whitehawk After School Project) run by Brighton charity Impact Initiatives have received much needed funding from Children in Need – without which they could face closure.

The project is relied on heavily by members of the Whitehawk community and if forced to close would leave a huge gap. The club provides a lively and fun atmosphere where children can learn new skills and socialise in a safe environment. Watch here to see Latest TV’s coverage.

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Brighton and Hove celebrates Youth Work Week

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Now in its 21st year, Youth Work Week provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work.

For the third time and in association with the Commonwealth Secretariat Youth Work Week ( November 3rd to 9th) a truly international celebration is taking place. It brings together 54 countries across six continents. Last year saw more than a hundred events take place including youth forums, employment workshops, conferences, awards ceremonies and community events.

In Brighton, Youth Work Week was celebrated with a conference put together with the combined efforts of the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective, University of Brighton and Brighton and Hove City Councils Youth Services team.

This year, the aims were to highlight the role of youth work in supporting young people to develop but also to take the opportunity to bring staff together to review and assess Youth Services in Brighton and Hove today. There is a real need for shared learning about what is effecting the sector. The aims were to get everyone to think about how today’s world is impacting our young people emotionally and digitally and two workshops looked at this in depth.

Chris Parfitt Service Manager Youth & Communities at Brighton & HoveCity Council said Youth Work isn’t teaching and it isn’t social work but it is very important that young people have a relationship with older people which is a non-power relationship but where they can receive guidance in a physical and emotional space to explore and work on what is going on in that young person’s life. Over the last 30 years Youth Work has changed a lot but its principals are the same, and as Youth Workers we need to make sure we are adapting too.”

The day’s workshops explored the use of Digital Media with young people and how it affected their day. Whilst wholly integral and important to embrace as a form of communication it was also recognised it can be a cause of anxiety and stress in numerous ways, in particular bullying, permanent connection and fear of losing touch or being left out. With this in mind is was discussed & understood that emotional space needs to be used in Youth work to keep the balance, and that activities such as Mindfulness are of high value.

Ben Glazebrook – Lead Manager for Brighton and Hove Youth Collective said:The two workshops on emotional space and digital space were very interesting because they came from completely different angles. We understand that both are important but it seems that having access to safe emotional space where young people can reflect and make new decisions is very important.”

In conclusion Youth Work Week is a time to look at what is going on in the city. With limited resources, often the best results are being achieved through collaboration between all parties.

For more information about the work of youth workers in the city go to:http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/youth-service

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Whitehawk After School Project receives funding boost

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Sussex charity Impact Initiatives has received a grant for their Whitehawk After School Project (more commonly known as WASP) for £5,000 from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund.

Gary Allan and Caroline Ridley joined the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne on Thursday October 9th to accept the grant award and explain how the funding will help reduce crime / improve community safety in Sussex.

Commenting on the funding award Caroline Ridley said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Safer in Sussex Community Fund, which will enable us to continue with this vital care and play service in the area benefiting very young children who need extra support, education and a safe place where they can play and have fun.”

Commending Impact Initiatives on its successful bid Mrs Bourne said: “WASP is a great example of an innovative local project that aims to make our communities safer.”

“Since the Community Fund launched in December 2013 over 150 applications have been submitted and more than £400,000 made available to support local crime reduction and community safety initiatives.

“I am delighted with the response so far, which tells me local organisations and community groups care about – and are committed to – helping keep Sussex safe.

“I look forward to visiting the team at WASP and following the progress of their project over the coming months.” 

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Young, local community artist, Alice Booth has had an eventful year with her project Speaking Volumes. Originally funded last September by the National Lottery’s Awards for All scheme, this storytelling project exploring living with HIV has made an appearance at the House of Commons and is now touring East Sussex.

The Speaking Volumes oral-history project worked with 15 people from Sussex living with HIV to engage them in arts-based workshops and record their experiences of being HIV positive. The stories recorded were very diverse, and included those from gay men aged between 26 and 70, as well as women from a range of countries. The aim of the project was to give a voice to people who are seldom heard, as well as giving the general public a chance to hear what it means to live with HIV in 2014, helping them to gain a greater understanding of the condition and reduce stigma. ‘Having HIV does not stop you from being a mum, does not stop you from having a relationship and does not stop you from working. All you need to do is get the right treatment, care and support and you can live as healthy a life as anyone else. Don’t let HIV define who you are. Take control.’(Angelina Namiba, Project Participant.)

The recorded stories were each hidden inside beautifully made hollowed out books, decorated with portraits by local artist Jake Spicer and words from the storyteller. These books were then displayed on a specially commissioned shelf that can be displayed in libraries and at community events. The project and its website, where the stories can also be heard, was launched in April at a high profile event attended by Brighton and Hove mayor Denise Cobb and MP Caroline Lucas. ‘The stories that are being told at the Jubilee Library are stories of survival and strength. They are inspiring, deeply personal, and stories that should be heard as a call to action towards the eventual eradication of HIV.’(Caroline Lucas, MP.)

The exhibition of stories was on display at the Jubilee Library, Brighton for two months, after which it travelled to Hove and Woodingdean libraries where it gained a greater audience. In July Speaking Volumes was also invited to the House of Commons to be part of an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Committee on HIV. At this event participants from the project were able to speak directly to MPs and policy makers about what it means to live with HIV and the implications of economic and welfare policy on HIV positive people.

Geoffrey Bowden, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Economic Development & Culture Committee commented: “I am glad that the country’s second most used library played host to the Speaking Volumes story telling initiative earlier this year.  The voices of people living with HIV need to be heard.  Their stories challenge prejudice and will inspire those affected by HIV, but who continue to live in the shadows. I really hope as many people as possible get to visit the Speaking Volumes display and listen the personal testimonies while it is on tour in East Sussex libraries.”

In future months the shelf will be touring East Sussex, spending a month in Lewes, Hastings and Eastbourne libraries respectively, and culminating in a World AIDS Day event on December 1st in Eastbourne. Following that it will visit Surrey libraries, and it is hoped that in the future the exhibition will tour schools, where the stories will help support better sexual health and HIV education for young people.

‘It feels like we have been waiting for the chance to share our story for years’. (Lily Rose, Project participant.)

For more information about the Speaking Volumes project and the latest venues please visithttp://www.speakingvolumesproject.org/

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Join the journey through our One Planet City

“10 principles. 10 photographers. 10 venues. 10 months. 1 city.”

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A unique photographic journey around Brighton & Hove gets underway this Sunday (5th October), giving visitors an exciting opportunity to see the city in a new light.

FotoDocument, an arts education organisation, together with Photoworks, has commissioned ten emerging and established photographers to create the One Planet City exhibitions, a series of ten photo essays on the theme of One Planet Living.

Each essay is made up of a series of images and installed in one of Brighton & Hove’s iconic locations: Brighton Railway Station, The Lock Crossing at Shoreham Port, the newly refurbished Open Market in London Road, The Waste House at University of Brighton, Emmaus Brighton & Hove, The American Express Community Football Stadium, Brighton Dome, Hove Promenade, Foredown Tower in Portslade, and the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground. Visitors will be given a map to follow the story trail around the city. Each exhibition is thematically linked with the venue.

One Planet Living is a global initiative based on ten principles which enables people to live, work and do business within the natural limits of the planet. It was developed by internationally award winning charity Bioregional. This sustainability framework is being used all around the world by communities, businesses and local authorities.

Brighton & Hove was declared the world’s first One Planet Living city in 2013. Since then, partners and agencies have been working together to boost the local economy, become more resistant to price hikes in energy, fuel and food, and develop a more equal and healthy city.

One Planet City launches under the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014, an ambitious, bold and innovative festival of international photography. The One Planet City exhibitions continue beyond the Biennial, remaining in situ until August 2015.

The ten photographers taking part are: Thomas Ball, Murray Ballard, Sam Faulkner, Sophie Gerrard, Jonathan Goldberg, Amanda Jackson, Jason Larkin, Valentina Quintano, Syd Shelton and Nick Waplington.

For more go to http://fotodocument.org/project/one-planet-city

Jason Kitcat Leader of Green led Brighton & Hove City Council says: “This latest project by FotoDocument is essential in spreading the word about the One Planet Living approach to sustainability. As Brighton & Hove is the world’s first accredited One Planet City, it’s great to see the work premier at our Photo Biennial. We’re very proud to have it here.”                                                                                

Celia Davies, Director of Photoworks says: “This partnership creates an important programme strand for Brighton Photo Biennial 2014. The project helps us achieve our aim to connect outstanding artists with diverse audiences and enable new work to be made and discovered. The ten prominent locations connecting up the One Planet themes will ensure thousands more city residents and visitors have the opportunity to engage with thought-provoking photography, presented as part of city life for over 10 months. For us the photograph is only half the story, the other half is the subject itself and this project provides an opportunity to explore and where possible address key issues affecting sustainability in our local communities.”

Sue Riddlestone, Chief Executive of Bioregional says: “The FotoDocument exhibition is a real work of art. The images capture incredible scenes and really demonstrate the people power behind sustainable living. This exhibition is a true testament to the ambition and achievement of Brighton & Hove as a One Planet City.“

Nina Emett, Founding Director of FotoDocument says: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to deliver our One Planet City photography project from concept to production through to installation. It has been a truly collaborative process in every sense working with a range of committed partner organisations and individuals who have collectively contributed their resources, ideas, knowledge and skills to bring this ambitious project to fruition. The photo essays have been produced by a group of outstanding photographers who have invested great time and care into producing a high quality product and the results are very exciting.”

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Older People’s Day Awards in Brighton and Hove

For the second year running, The Older People’s awards took place at The Grand Hotel in Brighton yesterday. This great event coincides with the UN’s International Older People’s Day on 1st October. It was held in order to recognise the value of older people in the community who have been proactive in all walks of life.

The awards took place as part of Older People’s week during which a fantastic array of activities for older people have been put on by charity Impact Initiatives. These activities included many things from baking, dancing and music sessions to a more adventurous volleyball session with Yellowave and cycling, singing and IT at the Velo café on The Level, Brighton.

Donna Bailey, Older People’s services manager at Impact Initiatives commented; “Older People’s Week is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the huge variety of activities that older people can and want to do, regardless of how old they are. This week, we have seen older people having a go at playing a stringed instrument, dancing, swimming and even playing volleyball on the beach! Given the right opportunity and a dose of encouragement and support, older people are lifting the age barriers and setting a brilliant example to our younger generations.”

The categories and winners are listed below. The awards were presented by Steve Bustin and are sponsored by Brighton and Hove City Council and  local businesses including, The Argus, Newmans Business Solutions, Gala Bingo, Brighton and Hove Buses, McCarthy and Stone and Active for Life. The Duke of Richmond also lent his name for the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community.

THE WINNERS

  1. The Biggest Contribution to Health and Wellbeing – Awarded to CLIFF AND DOT RAYMAN, sponsored by Brighton and Hove City Council’s Sports Development team and presented by Emma Greenough, the Active for Life Manager at B&H Council. Cliff has been volunteering at Lifelines for over 4 years with his wife Dot he runs a very popular tea dance at Patching Lodge.
  2. The biggest contribution to Community – Awarded to ANN MEHINICK FROM THE PURPLE FOOD BANK, sponsored by McCarthy and Stone. Presented by Kris Townsend, Professional Advisor at McCarthy and Stone. Anne has helped drive the Purple People Kitchen and Foodbank in Portslade.
  3. The biggest contribution to Education – Awarded to SUE OLIVE, sponsored by Newmans Business Solutions presented by David Swainsbury from Newmans. Sue has volunteered a great deal of time for a multicultural women’s group in Brighton. She has helped women with language barriers, talk to each other in English
  4. The biggest contribution to Business – Awarded to CUTHBERT WILLIAMS MBE, sponsored by The Argus presented by Michael Beard, Editor of The Argus. Bert has done amazing work over the years both for Mosaic black and mixed parentage family groups and most extensively for setting up the Brighton Black History Project which he was award an MBE for last year.
  5. The “I Did Something Different” Award – Awarded to JON POLAND, sponsored by Gala Bingo presented by General Manager Steve Taggert. Jon abseiled down the cliffs at Peacehaven and scaled back up them.
  6. The Courage Award – Awarded to BERNARD JORDAN AND SANDRA LANDY, sponsored by Days Out with Brighton and Hove Coaches. Bernard made the papers when he left his care home and took himself to France for the World War 1 D Day celebrations. Sandra shown great Courage with her fight with Dementia and her ability to speak about her condition to others which has given a better understanding of the disease.
  7. The Special Impact Award – Awarded to DORIS HILL, presented by the Chair of Trustees Mr Neil Moscrop. Doris at 95 years old is an inspiration to everyone around her despite her age and health problems she’s a friend to all.
  8. The Duke of Richmond Award – Awarded to BARBARA AND DENNIS TROTT, presented by Peter Bunker. This couple have been very active in their area of Lower Bevendean. They support the local food-bank, community drop in cafe and are always supporting fundraising initiatives locally.

Caroline Ridley, Chief Executive for Impact Initiatives who are driving all of this activity commented; “It has been an amazing week. We have been continually impressed by the achievements and contributions of older people across the City, just when we thought we knew all that went on there would be another surprise. From the more spectacular to the quietly making a difference it has been a fantastic opportunity to highlight the huge amount and variety of activity that older people are leading and taking part in. We have had some amazing pledges to ‘do something different’ which just goes to show we should never underestimate what people may be planning and getting up to regardless of their age.”

Pictured President Peter Bunker with the winners of the Duke of Richmond Award.

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Youth Collective is collecting in your COPPER

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Youth Collective is collecting in your COPPER

A group of 8 youth organisations who are collectively called the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective, this week launch their 3 month fundraising campaign – creatively titled The Copper Collective.

The aim of the campaign is for the city to support young people who are engaging in fundraising by asking all schools, businesses, families and community groups to collect in their 1p and 2p copper coins in time for Christmas. The group will then collect up and count all the donations and set up a youth panel to decide how the money should be best spent.

The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective is an organisation which is made up of eight youth clubs which support young people across Brighton and Hove. They are The Young People’s Centre (YPC), Crew Club, Deans Youth Project, Brighton Youth Centre, Tarner Community Project, Hangleton and Knoll Project, The Trust for Developing Communities and Sussex YMCA. They are all registered charities.

These eight groups who previously worked independently have recently changed their approach and now work together to deliver a more efficient and co-ordinated programme of youth activities across Brighton and Hove. The “Youth Collective” delivers a ‘co-produced’ service with projects and programmes to develop and deliver an innovative, co-ordinated and responsive service to better meet the needs of young people living in the city.

There is a wide range of events and activities happening at any one of these Youth Clubs every night of the week. For example singing and drama at the Deans Youth Project in Woodingdean, skateboarding for girls at Brighton Youth Centre near Edward Street. There’s a young women’s group- focusing on mental health at the Hangleton and Knoll project in the west Hove or you can go to various “Drop In” sessions at the Young People’s Centre in Ship Street to discuss numerous issues.

Lead Services Manager Ben Glazebrook says; “All we are asking is that everyone in Brighton and Hove collects up all their copper coins around the house, office, car, shop or garden shed; bags them up and then hands them into any one of the following places who are already supporting this campaign: Sussex County Cricket Ground, Velo Cafe on  The Level, Dorothy Stringer School, Varndean School and Roedean School plus The Young People’s Centre,  Crew Club,  Deans Youth Project, Brighton Youth Centre, or any of The Collective offices across the city.”

Having launched at ASDA in Brighton Marina on Tuesday, it is hoped that over the next few months the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective will have collected in most of Brighton & Hove’s copper coins. The money can then be put towards the worthwhile activities and services that help support young people across the city. Although the Collective receive central funding, this only provides the basic support. In one day the team collected over £100 by shoppers at ASDA in the Marina.

If you are interested in donating please visit www.brightonandhoveyouthcollective.org.uk. Or if you wish to act as a Collective Collection Point please email: hello@brightonandhoveyouthcollective.org.uk

Photograph Brighton and Hove Youth Collective services team at ASDA on Tuesday launching The Copper Collective

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YPC RAISES OVER £1000 WITH ITS ANNUAL

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YPC RAISES OVER £1000 WITH ITS ANNUAL

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PUB QUIZ FUNDRAISER

YPC (Young People’s Centre) held its third annual pub quiz fundraiser on 21st August at the Hope pub on Queen’s Road, Brighton. 75 people came and so far the event has raised over £1000 and still counting.  It was run by a group of volunteers who came together 3 years ago wanting to find a fun way to raise essential funds for the YPC to help them to increase the confidence and broaden the horizons of the young people that come there.

Tucked away in Ship Street the YPC has been supporting young people for over 30 years. Many of the young people who go there overcome very disadvantageous situations by going to the YPC and meeting the Youth Workers that work tirelessly to support and advise.

During the event a raffle was held with prizes that were kindly donated by local businesses; Cable and Cotton, Hilton, Evolution, Duke of Yorks, Krater at the Komedia, American Apparel, Powder beauty, The Brighton Dive Centre, The Emporium, The Brighton Centre, The Brighton Grand Hotel, The Brighton Wheel, The Royal Pavillion, The Treatment Rooms, The Old Market, Amy Deer Artistic Services, Lazerzone and The Brighton Race Course.

The money raised from these generous donations will all go towards the essential funding needed a raffle with prizes donated by, Cable and Cotten, Hilton, Evolution, Duke of Yorks, Krater at the Komedia, American Apparel, Powder beauty and many many, moreto run the YPC. In a typical year the YPC can expect 700 young people to access their services. Last year the Young People’s Centre ‘Drop-In’ had 2150 visits from nearly 600 young people, attending 149 sessions providing over 500 hours of delivery. Over 400 referrals were made to the counselling service during the year resulting in 90 young people being provided with counselling sessions. Over 100 young people were supported with employment, education and training issues and 110 were supported through focused sexual health and pregnancy work.

Rad Kothari, Youth and Development Manager commented; “The work that this team of volunteers do is fantastic, Family Investments supports their activity through some match funding which adds to the total raised, meaning that we can do even more positive work with young people “

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20 years of supporting young, homeless women; Impact Initiatives now launches Stopover 3

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20 years of supporting young, homeless women; Impact Initiatives now launches Stopover 3

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Stopover is a Brighton based charity for young women in need of a safe place to stay. Running since 1989; this vital service offers these women somewhere they can come to receive help and support so that they can move on to live independently. The primary reason for referral to Stopover is that the women will be insecurely housed or homeless. Additional factors behind this are often domestic violence, mental health issues, misuse of substances or family estrangement. At a time when reports of domestic violence are on the increase this has never been more necessary, as The Independent recently reported a 25% increase in domestic violence during the World Cup.

Stopover works with some of the most vulnerable young women in the city with the most complex and highest needs and do an exceptional job.” Emily Ashmore – Brighton and Hove City Council.

For many years there has been Stopover 1 and Stopover 2 but from 24th July 2014 the new Stopover 3 will be opened. The 3 tier system is in place to help these young women make gradual steps towards independence.

  • Stopover 1 offers 24 hour care and female only housing,
  • Stopover 2 offers support during office hours and
  • Stopover 3 is intended to add a further step towards independence.

Stopover 1 currently has a 9 month waiting list and the addition of Stopover 3 will help to reduce this list by helping those who are ready to move on to the next stage.

Stopover 3 provides five units of accommodation to young women aged eighteen to thirty who are leaving supported accommodation but not quite ready for full independence. It provides them with an opportunity to experience shared accommodation while maintaining education, employment or training. The facilities are shared so enables the young women to experience communal living in a safe environment where there is still a support worker available to call if they need to and who will visit once a week.

Stopover 3 bridges the gap between supported housing and independence ensuring that young women leaving supported accommodation are equipped with not only the skills for but an experience of shared accommodation”   Stevie Graves, Stopover Housing Services Manager, Impact Initiatives

One example of how beneficial Stopover 3 will be to young women comes from a Joanna. She moved to Stopover 2 from an intensive support project in the city managed by an alternative housing provider. She managed the transition to a less supported accommodation well. She has managed to bring some health issues under control, has enrolled at college and has over the past six months had no warnings in respect of behaviour that could impact on her tenancy.

Joanna has the skills necessary to move on to independence however she herself has raised a concern around isolation should she move to fully independent accommodation. As a result Stopover 3 provides an excellent bridge from supported housing to independent living by ensuring that Joanna can live independently while having the knowledge that Impact Initiatives as the managing agent can and will provide support as necessary. Joanna said It feels like a real house, like a home, somewhere that I can invite my friends’.

Stopover 1 2 & 3 is run by Brighton based charity Impact Initiatives. For more information about Stopover please visit http://www.impact-initiatives.org.uk/our_services/stopover.php or contact Stevie Graves on01273 603775 or email stopover@impact-initiatives.org.uk

Image – At the launch today and pictured, Founder Jacke Lythell, Councillor Bill Randall, Councillor and Trustee of Impact Initiatives Andrew Wealls, Helen Burns BHCC, plus sponsor Robin Askwith, Mike Long Trustee and Operations Director Caroline Ridley from Impact Initiatives plus friends.

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tumblr_inline_n84z8lglSQ1sbbmuo THE BIG LEMON SIGNS UP TO THE BRIGHTON LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN Read More
THE BIG LEMON SIGNS UP TO THE BRIGHTON LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN

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THE BIG LEMON SIGNS UP TO THE BRIGHTON LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN

Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce who are leading on the local Living Wage campaign have been very encouraged to receive a new sign up from another Community Interest Company, and social enterprise heroes The Big Lemon.

The Big Lemon bus company was founded in 2007 to develop a new kind of bus service.  In the world of The Big Lemon, bus travel is fun, friendly, affordable and sustainable.  In a nutshell, they have developed a bus service which people enjoy, look forward to, and above all, hopefully choose to use in preference to private motor transport because of its environmental credentials.

Since the launch of the Living Wage in Brighton the team behind the campaign are delighted that another key brand from the Brighton business scene has signed up.

“We have always paid as much as we can afford because we want to improve workers conditions in the city. The Brighton Living Wage campaign has done a great job at raising the awareness of pay across the city and highlighting the wage poverty that currently exists. The benefits of paying a living wage are endless and as an employer it feels good and everyone’s a winner” said Tom Druit – social entrepreneur and Managing Director of The Big Lemon.

Julia Chanteray, president of the Brighton Chamber said “”It’s great that the Big Lemon are signed up to the Living Wage in Brighton and Hove.  I think it’s really important that we know when we’re paying for services that our money is being used in a good way, and that the people who look after us, on the buses, in the shops and in the pub are being paid at a decent level.  I look forward to even more of Brighton businesses taking the example set by The Big Lemon and the other businesses who have agreed to pay their staff at least the Living Wage”

With Brighton and Hove now having 131 local businesses supporting the campaign it is still one of the most proactive cities in the country pushing the message forward, now in its third year of activity.

Latest sign ups include H2Organisation (the first Events company) Cardens Accountants, Futurehealth Brighton, Sackville Medical Centre, Survivors’ Network, Brighton and Sussex Care Ltd, Beeley & Co Solicitors, Neo, Fresh Egg, Eco Sparkle and Foodshed.

The Chamber continues to promote the living wage campaign throughout the city and is looking forward to its next sign up. The challenge is to reach 200 supporters by Living Wage week in November.

For the full list and to watch the new summer promotional campaign film about the Brighton Living Wage go to www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk

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BRIGHTON AND HOVE YOUTH COLLECTIVE LAUNCH WEBSITE Read More
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The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective this week launch their brand new website which has been designed by young people from across the city.

The Youth collective is made up of 8 local youth organisations which include the Brighton & Hove Business Awards finalists – Young People’s Centre (YPC) Crew Club, Deans Youth Project, Brighton Youth Centre, Tarner Community Project, Hangleton and Knoll Project, Trusts for Developing Communities and Sussex Central YMCA.

In the last 18 months “The Collective” has delivered a co-ordinated programme of youth activities across Brighton and Hove in partnership with Brighton and Hove Council’s Youth Service to develop and deliver an innovative, co-ordinated and responsive service to better meet the needs of young people living in the City. The benefit is one vision, created with young people, that addresses inequalities, provides stability and acts as a constant in the lives of those most at risk.  But until now they had no website.

Working with local Brighton based web design company Face Media Group, the young people from The Collective were asked a series of questions concerning the website from colour palettes, fonts, functionality, style and content to make sure it was everything they wanted.

Lisa Seymour, Operations Director Face Media Group commented “We jumped at the opportunity to work with the Young people that form part of the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective. The initial project meeting was engaging, enlightening and fun. Throughout the design and build of the website we encouraged everyone to have their say, so we could deliver something that worked for everyone. We are extremely proud to have been part of this project and wish them every success for the future.”

By using information from a survey held three months prior, the design team knew that digital media was one of the top 3 best ways to communicate with young people. The content they most wanted to know about was; 1) What activities are on offer – 86%, 2) Events they can go to – 76% and 3) Local community activities in their area – 63% – all of which the site now hosts.

A group of young people gathered together to design and test the new website. Ashely Ridley aged 13 who contributed to the website design commented “It was fun and enjoyable, a really great experience to be involved in. My greatest achievement to date and I’m quite proud.” He scored the website 9 out of 10.

Daniel Scott who is a YPC user commented “I love it” and awarded it a score of 10 out of 10.

14 year old Ethan Storey-Davidson who attends Dorothy Stringer School and also helped to create and test the website commented “It was interesting, good fun and a good experience to be part of the learning and I’d love to do it again”.

The new website has lots of information about all of the groups, their location across the city and what they have to offer young people from Brighton and Hove who are aged between 13 and 19 years old.

It will also pin point important youth services on offer which include counselling services, locations where a hot meal can be sourced and advice on sexual health education, training and applying for jobs.

In the weeks to come there will also be more things to do and competitions to win experiences across the city. To launch the website Jamie Oliver’s Café and Cookery school are offering the opportunity for 4 young people to win a cookery class at their premises in Hove.

Ben Glazebrook who leads on the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective activity said “The partnerships we have built through the Collective are now helping us with projects right across the city and the website is a great addition to all our youth work activity.”

For more information and to register as a member or for competitions go towww.brightonandhoveyouthcollective.org.uk


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UNISON HOLDS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS LOCAL LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN Read More
UNISON HOLDS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS LOCAL LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN

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UNISON HOLDS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS LOCAL LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN

Unison held a lunchtime session as part of their national conference in Brighton yesterday to discuss with other union members how to further encourage other cities and businesses across the UK to join the Living Wage and drive forward the campaign message, “it makes sense for people and it makes sense for business”.

Unison and The Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce are working together with other business leaders and sectors to drive the message to those who have yet to join even though the local living wage campaign is now in its third year but also to encourage other members across the UK to deliver similar campaigns.

UNISON took the decision to support the Living Wage campaign at the back of 2013 when they themselves joined.

The session started with Phil Wood, Regional Secretary (SE) of UNISON introducing why it is important for UNISON to be more involved with the campaign. Also as their conference is this year in Brighton he highlighted that “most companies come to the South East for quality of life but it’s is very difficult to have quality of life when you don’t earn enough in wages. We want quality wages for a quality city and this campaign has been very good at making that change happen”.

Other guest speakers included Geraldine Hoban, Chief Operating Officer for the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) who signed up to the campaign in March 2014. CCG is a strong values based organisation with a huge commitment to the city and were very keen to sign up to the Living Wage campaign. “Not only is it about recognising, rewarding and retaining staff but it is also about adding social value to the city” said Geraldine. “Money put into the city reaps its rewards and alleviates demands on the public sector further down the line

This was backed up by Fabia Bates, from Brighton based charity Survivors Network, who spoke about the Third Sector, she commented; A really simple way to make a difference to those living in deprived areas with low paid jobs is to pay them a living wage.” She also made comment that whilst the third sector locally had been one of the highest sectors to respond to the campaign, there is still a massive opportunity for more charity organisations to sign up. This is particularly important as their key function is to help those needing support or who live in deprivation and so they need to demonstrate that they are doing this internally first!  “These organisations need to be paying their own members of staff the living wage and off the back of this other businesses will get the message.” Said Fabia.

One business that has got the message is the brand new Foodshed opening at the Open Market. Foodshed Brighton signed up to the campaign on the morning of the Unison session. Following their registration they tweeted @BHLivingWage @BrightonOpenMkt. “We have just registered to be the 130th living wage business and are over the moon. We love our staff ♡”

As the session closed, political leaders, heads of business from the Private & the Public sector plus local media all agreed that whilst the challenges the campaign had when launched, i.e. we were all in the middle of a recession, we are now in a more positive and growing economy where unemployed numbers are declining, so achieving the living wage will hopefully become more and more achievable and a stigma even to those that aren’t paying it.

Councillor Graham Cox also added how the Conservatives are discussing whether to put the Living Wage into their mandate as the economy has changed since the original launch of the campaign in 2012 when the country was still in recession.

He quotes from his website (18.6.14) Full employment should be a Conservative aim. As that goal comes into sight in our city the case for a Living Wage becomes stronger. The fear was always that paying a Living Wage would hamper job creation. At the height of the recession this argument had some validity, but 2 – 3 years on with the good news on jobs the evidence for that has decreased.

Alex Knutson, Brighton and Hove UNISON Branch Secretary closed the session by saying  “Unison continues to be wholly committed to trying to improve the wages of lower paid individuals all across the city. This is not  a political message it is a welfare issue that affects us all.”

Tracey Allen, Campaign Manager for the Brighton Chamber of Commerce Living Wage Campaign commented; “It was excellent to see so many people of influence in the room and I feel another surge of activity looming as the pace gathers with the living wage message”

The Living Wage campaign is still looking for partners to work with and help deliver the campaign message. If any business or organisation would like to discuss opportunities they should enquire at campaigns@businessinbrighton.org.uk

For more information on the local campaign go to: www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk

For more information about the local UNISON branch please go to: http://brightonandhoveunison.org.uk.

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The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective promo – Things to do, places to go + support for 13 – 19 year olds.

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LORD BASSAM LAUNCHES 30k APPEAL

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LORD BASSAM LAUNCHES 30k APPEAL

This year the YPC (Young People’s Centre) is celebrating 30 years of offering care and advice to disadvantaged young people in Brighton. In line with this, the Daphne de Courcy £30k for 30 years fundraiser was launched on Friday night at the Sussex Awards by guest speaker and Opposition Chief Whip at the House of Lords; Lord Bassam.

First founded in 1984 and with a proven legacy of 30 years, the YPC is a vibrant, multi-agency youth support centre providing a stable, nurturing environment for disadvantaged young people in Brighton and Hove. The demand for this service is just as relevant and necessary today as it was when it first began.

During his speech Lord Bassam referred back to his work in Brighton in the seventies and of a young person he helped to support and re house – and 30 years on the problems really are no different. He said “Young people are getting a raw deal and a hard time at present. Services are being cut or curtailed, so it is vital that the services that are established and do great things are supported by everyone, especially people within the local community and business community. Services like the YPC are essential and early intervention can make a real difference to those in need”.

For example, Aiysha who first used the service in 2008.

Aiysha studies health and social care at City College Brighton. She has a daughter who is 15 months old, and attends drop in sessions at the YPC three times a week. She came to the YPC because she wanted to join a drop in where she wasn’t judged and where she felt safe. She came here when she was 15 and has been coming ever since. “The Young Peoples Centre has helped me with so much. When I moved out they helped me find charities for furniture and I used their computers and phone. When I was pregnant I went there first and talked to Rad. I can talk to any of the staff about everything. All of the staff are friendly and it is confidential. I really enjoy going to the YPC and I don’t intend on leaving any time soon!”

The event at the Brighton Metropole included a charity auction to launch the Daphne de Courcey fund and raised the first £4.000.00

Daphne de Courcy worked in the YPC’s central team as Company Secretary and also provided admin support. Unfortunately her role there had to be cut due to financial constraints. Regardless, Daphne kindly volunteered to cover the work each week; tirelessly supporting the team and the services the YPC delivers. She saw first-hand how much the services there were needed by 100’s of young people each year, and how hard the team worked to provide as much support as possible. Daphne donated a great deal, both of her time and financially, to support the YPC.

Sadly Daphne passed away in 2012 but unexpectedly left a substantial legacy to the YPC.  Through her generosity the YPC was able to do so much more for the young people in need.

‘Daphne was my legal PA for 16 years until my retirement. She then became PA to Impact Initiative’s CEO Chris Peters and subsequently administrator at Impact. She was a very socially- committed and generous person, and I think as an employee with Impact and a volunteer at the YPC she found her niche in life. She would have been delighted to be associated with the continuing service of Impact to the community and particularly its youth work.’  Mike Long; Trustee and Former Chair of YPC. 

In tribute to her name the YPC are aiming to raise £30k in line with the YPC’s 30 year anniversary. The money will be spent on vital costs that will help them to continue to run the various drop in and counselling sessions.

If you would like to donate to the Daphne de Courcy Fund please contact Ben Glazebrook at 69 Ship Street Brighton – email ben.glazebrook@impact-initiatives.org.uk or call 01273 230130

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On Friday 30th May over 300 guests will attend the Sussex Awards at The Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel to celebrate what makes this such a great county to live and work in. There are fourteen awards in total covering all aspects of life in the county including the arts, business and sport.

The YPC (Young People’s Centre) have been chosen as the nominal charity for the Sussex Awards and Lord Bassam will be representing them with a speech on the night.

Back in the 1980’s Steve Bassam who is now Lord Bassam and Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords remembers the work of On The Level and other groups as he was involved in The Resource Centre. When we contacted him he offered full support to the YPC and added;

” Young people are getting a raw deal and a hard time at present. Services are being cut or curtailed, so it is vital that the services that are established and do great things are supported by everyone, especially people within the local community and business community. I would like to Congratulate the YPC and all of its staff on 30 years very good but very hard work. ” Lord Bassam

An auction will be held on the night to help raise funds for the YPC. Community is also a very strong element to the evening and Ben Glazebrook, Centre Service Manager from the Young People’s Centre (YPC) is delighted to have been chosen as the reciprocal charity from the fundraising element on the night.

The YPC is celebrating 30 years of supporting young people this May and so to have an event of this stature to help us celebrate our achievements  is very rewarding. It is also a great platform for us to talk about our work and continue with our 30k fundraiser which will go towards supporting more youth services at the YPC.’ said Ben.

Tucked away in Ship Street the YPC over the years have previously been called ‘Ask Here’ and ‘On The Level.’ Many of the young people who go there overcome very disadvantageous situations by going to the YPC and meeting the Youth Workers that work tirelessly to support and advice.

In a typical year the YPC can expect 700 young people to access their services. Last year the Young People’s Centre ‘Drop-In’ had 2150 visits from nearly 600 young people, attending 149 sessions providing over 500 hours of delivery. Over 400 referrals were made to the counselling service during the year resulting in 90 young people being provided with counselling sessions. Over 100 young people were supported with employment, education and training issues and 110 were supported through focused sexual health and pregnancy work.

The diversity, flexibility, responsiveness and can-do approach of the YPC is what makes their work effective. YPC’s work is not easily categorised; they are not a day centre but fulfil a day centre role, they mentor, but are not a mentoring service, they are not a youth club but do youth work, all carried out in a centre that is a like a house but not a house nor a home.

Cllr Sue Shanks who is the Chair of the Children and Young Peoples committee said ‘: I have visited Ship Street. It provides a very warm, welcoming space for young people and great food. Young people often need a space where they can meet their friends and get advice and guidance from friendly adults, which the Young Peoples Centre provides.’

There are some fantastic recent success stories like Aiysha who first used the service in 2008.

Aiysha studies health and social care at City College Brighton. She has a daughter who is 15 months old, and attends drop in sessions at the YPC three times a week. She came to the YPC because she wanted to join a drop in where she wasn’t judged and where she felt safe. She came here when she was 15 and has been coming ever since. “The Young Peoples Centre has helped me with so much. When I moved out they helped me find charities for furniture and I used their computers and phone. When I was pregnant I went there first and talked to Rad. I can talk to any of the staff about everything. All of the staff are friendly and it is confidential. I really enjoy going to the YPC and I don’t intend on leaving any time soon!”

The awards are being run by Sussex based media company, Media Sound Holdings owners of the group of radio stations which broadcast right across Sussex ; Splash, Bright, Sovereign and Arrow FM.

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Last week the Mayor of Brighton; Councillor Denise Cobb paid a visit to the Whitehawk After School Project (WASP). The children aged between 4 and 11 had great fun spending time with the Mayor especially when she allowed them all to try on her official outfit. The day started off with much curiosity as the children had never seen the Mayor before and enquired whether she was a Pirate or a Princess?!

 ”Didn’t they look great in my robes and hat!  Two of the little girls drew pretty pictures of me which they signed: I will be including them in my Mayoral years’ collection. I have to say I  had a marvellous visit to WASP, the children were keen to involve me in their activities, playing ping pong, a computer test of my mood, which was ‘calm’ and to ask questions. The work by the volunteers and staff at WASP is invaluable to the children in the community.  I believe that it would be advantageous for this facility to be open during the school holidays. said The Mayor.

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WASP is an after school club for children aged between 4 and 11. It provides many subsidised places for families in Whitehawk and is run by Impact Initiatives. It also offers support to families as a whole. The club is registered with Ofsted.

WASP is currently looking for extra funding so that it can carry on its programme after 2014.

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On the eve of the Brighton Festival 2014 The Theatre Royal Brighton this week kindly offered a free theatre workshop to 25 members of the Brighton & Hove Youth Collective on the afternoon of the 30th of April. The tour included an access all areas view of the 207 year old Theatre. The recipients who are a group of young people with a love of drama, singing and theatre, were able to visit areas that are normally out of bounds to regular visitors. Members of the theatre’s team gave a background introduction into life in the theatre. This was followed by a viewing of the highest points and deepest parts of the venue and a backstage view including a visit to the fly floor and half substage. The visitors gained hands on experience with lighting and special effects. The trip culminated in an onstage improvisation session and a peek at the days Dreamboats and Petticoats rehearsal.

The Youth collective is made up of 8 local charities which include Young People’s Centre (YPC) Crew Club, Deans Youth Project, Brighton Youth Centre, Tarner Community Project , Hangleton and Knoll Project, Trusts for Developing Communities and Sussex Central YMCA.

In the last 18 months the Collective has delivered a co-ordinated programme of youth activities across Brighton and Hove in partnership with Brighton and Hove Council’s Youth Service to develop and deliver an innovative, co-ordinated and responsive service to better meet the needs of young people living in the City. The benefit is one vision, created with young people, that addresses inequalities, provides stability and acts as a constant in the lives of those most at risk.

John Baldock General Manager of the Theatre Royal said “We are delighted to be working with the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective. It’s imperative for the future of the industry that an early interest in the Arts is encouraged and nurtured. The team at Theatre Royal Brighton are incredibly keen to share their expertise and maybe inspire someone to pursue a career in theatre. This is a great opportunity to engage with audiences of the future and industry professionals.”

Educational trips such as this one offered by the Theatre Royal are invaluable to these young people. Often disadvantaged in life, they don’t always have the opportunities that others take for granted. With the generosity of organisations such as the Theatre Royal, a real difference can be made to their lives.

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City Care company join Brighton and Hove Living Wage campaign

In October 2013 Citizens UK launched the Social Care Campaign, a new movement to improve every element of social care in this country and achieve a better deal for care recipients and care workers in our communities. Between now and the 2015 General Election there will be a larger than normal voice promoting better social care in the UK, with everyone playing their part to make this happen. An important element of the Social Care Campaign is that everyone in this sector is paid the living wage.

So it is with great encouragement that here in Brighton & Hove we have people like Craig Jones MBE– Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex Care Ltd who is already putting these things into place. As of 1st April 2014 Brighton and Sussex Care Ltd will be the one hundred and twenty second Living Wage employer in Brighton & Hove.

Brighton and Sussex Care is an award winning care service that offers a unique combination of outstanding community support, therapy, support to individuals with learning disabilities and those with enduring mental health needs. The team at Brighton and Sussex Care, plan, co-ordinate and deliver individual support for every person who uses their services; enabling each person to live as independently as possible in their own homes, in a community setting. Their aim is to provide trained and experienced staff to support service users who may have been in long-term care environments to live independently in the community of Brighton and Sussex.  The majority of their service users and tenants have mental health difficulties, learning disabilities, or are recently discharged from hospital.

Craig Jones MBE from Brighton and Sussex Care said “At Brighton and Sussex Care we recognise that paying people fairly isn’t just an option, it’s something we MUST do.  We want to recruit and retain the best team in the field because that will help our service users reach their full potential. People work better when they feel valued by a fair employer.  In an increasingly competitive environment we need our teams to deliver the highest standards of care and one way in which we achieve that is by ensuring that we pay our staff fairly from the moment they arrive at work until the moment that they leave. It’s simply not fair to expect people to meet the enabling costs of employment. Quite simply, the living wage makes good business sense.

All care work is extremely hard as it can be emotionally, physically and mentally demanding. Carers need time and patience but it is a sad reality that it is an extremely low paid sector. Some question how we will ever get good quality care for our loved ones on the back of such poor pay structures. Some care workers are reported to earn less than the minimum wage and most receive no pay for travel or allowances between home visits.

Brighton & Sussex Care is a business with a purpose and a conscience and is proud to have been awarded National and Regional Finalist in the Great British Care Awards 2013, and a Finalist in both the National Learning Disability Awards and Health Investor Awards 2014. The Chamber of Commerce in Brighton and Hove are delighted that they are now living wage employers too.  www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk; it makes sense for business; it makes sense for people.

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YPC “floored” by donation

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On Monday 3 March 2014 at 9 am the Sainsbury’s Local store on Western Road, Brighton re opened its doors after an extensive refurbishment.

Construction company Williams Southern Ltd who work with Sainsbury’s on all of their local store projects were also working together on the “Sainsbury’s Community Donation Initiative” where they invite local charities to benefit from the construction work they implement.
Last month Williams Southern Ltd and Sainsbury’s chose Impact Initiatives “ Young Peoples Centre” (YPC) in Ship Street, Brighton to be recipients of a £1000 donation.

The YPC which celebrates its 30th year in operation this year also sits in one of Brighton’s oldest buildings but funding is always focused on delivering youth services to young people and not on décor and refurbishing this very old property from the 1600’s. So the £1,000 donation of new flooring and carpet for the entrance of their “drop in” centre in Ship Street could not be more appreciated.

The offices in Ship Street which are owned by Impact Initiatives are also shared by Allsorts Youth Project and Co Presidents Shane Elijah- Murray and Lucas Abedecain joined Caroline Ridley Operations Director for Impact Initiatives, Sainsbury staff and William Southern Ltd at the store opening this morning.

“We are delighted to join Sainsbury’s in donating our services to the Young People’s Centre in Brighton as part of Sainsbury’s Community Spirit Initiative. The donation is given in connection with the re-launch at the Sainsbury’s Local store at Western Road, Brighton after completion of their recent refurbishment works and we hope that the new flooring will help towards the centre’s improvements of their premises”. Richard Williams – Operations Director

William Southern Ltd are a construction company who work with Sainsbury’s to construct or redevelop Local stores and petrol filling stations.

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New online counselling service for young people Read More
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New online counselling service for young people

Two Brighton & Hove based youth organisations – Sussex Central YMCA and the Young People’s Centre are proud to announce the official launch of an exciting new online counselling service for young people aged 13-25 in Brighton & Hove.

The ‘E-motion’ online counselling project is a partnership between Sussex Central YMCA Youth Advice Centre, Impact-Initiatives Young People’s Centre, and the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG.)

This new and unique digital service which will offer 13-25 year olds in Brighton & Hove the opportunity to experience counselling by email, compliments their already existing vital face to face counselling services.

“E-motion”  (www.e-motionbh.org.uk ) is open to everyone, however due to the nature of their work and the funding available, the service aims to target young people who, for whatever reason do not chose to access face to face counselling. This can be young men in particular, or young people who have difficulties attending the centres due to location, illness, responsibilities as carers, disability, mental health conditions or other personal circumstances.

It will also be a great help when other services are shut during school holidays or when young individuals can’t travel to a face-to-face appointment or can’t make the same time every week. It will also be very useful tool for those young people who may not want anyone to know they are getting counselling and are desperate for someone to talk to without having to do it t face-to-face.  It may also help those who have never tried counselling before and want to check it out.

To get in touch, individuals send  an email to frankie@e-motionbh.org.uk . They are then invited to give some basic details about themselves. E-motion then tailor the online counselling to make sure it is the right service for the individual. More information can be found on the website  www.e-motionbh.org.uk

Ginny Roads, Counselling Co-ordinator at the Young People’s Counselling Service in Central Brighton saidThis is an exciting new project giving young people the opportunity access an alternative to counselling other than talking to a counsellor face to face. It meets young people where they feel most comfortable, is often more convenient and reflects their growing use of technology and the internet “

At present the service is a pilot project, but all of the ‘e- counsellors’ are experienced in counselling young people, have completed online counselling training and work in accordance with the BACP professional codes and standards. By working with the Brighton and Hove CCG and their GP’s the project will be promoted accordingly to make sure that everyone knows how and where to refer to.

The initiative officially launches tomorrow at 4pm on Wednesday 19th March at The Lighthouse Gallery, on Kensington Street in Brighton. For more info, please email admin@sussexcentralymca.org.uk or contactGinny Roads 01273 711633 Counselling Co-ordinator YPC ginny.roads@impact-initiatives.org.uk , or Jay Tregenza Lead Counsellor & project development at YAC 01273 889292 Jay.Tregenza@sussexcentralymca.org.uk

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‘An Audience with Mo’

A night to remember in the presence of Olympic Legends and Sussex heroes

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Have you ever dreamt of being at dinner with Steve Cram, Mo Farah, Daley Thompson, Eddie Izzard  and Sir Steve Redgrave? Well guess what – now you can.

On Tuesday April 15th , just after a weekend at Virgin Money London Marathon, Steve Cram and Mo Farah will be hosting an event at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington to support the work of the Mo Farah Foundation and Steve Cram’s charity COCO.

The evening, ‘An Audience with Mo’ will be an insight into the lives of two of our finest athletes and you will hear stories about their sporting careers & finally witness how Crammy really feels about Mo taking his 28 year old 1500m record. The evening will be hosted by the formidable  Helen Skelton and other guests include Adam Gemili, Mark Webber, Paula Radcliffe, Jonathan Edwards , Kriss Akabusi, Roger Black, and local heroes Eddie Izzard, Daley Thompson and Karen Pickering.

The evening is black tie with a 3 course dinner and champagne on arrival. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet their sporting heroes all on one night. This is a one off opportunity thanks to the great friendship between Mo Farah and Steve Cram and their own two charities which they work tirelessly to support.

Tickets for An Audience with Mo start from £250 per person and are soon to sell out.  Corporate tables can be purchased from £2000 with a Gold table priced at £3000. Guests on the Gold tables will be joined by one of the celebrity guests, as well as having access to the VIP drinks area, prime table positioning and a half page corporate advert in the souvenir programme.

Steve Cram who has devised the evening through his event company  Extra Mile Media & Events said ” We’re really looking forward to hosting such a special evening only two days after Mo makes his anticipated debut over the Marathon distance on the streets of London. To be able to celebrate within the company of many well known faces will make the evening even more exciting. The ultimate aim though is to raise as much as we can for two charities close to my and Mo’s heart, COCO and the Mo Farah Foundation.

If you would like further information on “An Audience with Mo” go to http://audiencewithmo.com or callAllison Curbishley on 01434 689040 E: Allison@extramileme.com

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PCC for Sussex visits Whitehawk, Brighton

Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner who is responsible for policing and crime in its totality across Sussex was invited by local charity Impact Initiatives yesterday to visit an important local children’s after school club called WASP (Whitehawk After School Project) in a deprived area of Brighton.

WASP is an after school club for 4 to 11 year olds managed by Impact Initiatives. It is based in Whitehawk and is a safe place for children to go after school where they can have fun and learn skills through play. The expert staff also work tirelessly with individual children who may have specific needs or issues. WASP  is  registered with Ofsted and provides many subsidised places for families, and can identify areas of work with other professionals to support families as a whole.

WASP is facing potential funding cuts from April so the visit and the awareness raising is just what the group needed to help them with their fundraising to keep the club running.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “I was delighted to have been invited to this excellent community club. It was a pleasure to meet the very dedicated staff and volunteers who help run WASP, which makes such a positive difference to the lives of the young people and families who use its services. Having somewhere to go and socialise after school and a place where new skills can be learned is a real asset for local communities. I wish WASP all the very best and look forward to visiting them again in the near future.”

Caroline Ridley – Operations Director for Impact Initiatives and WASP said – this After School project  has proved that in Whitehawk by working with children through play that we can raise their aspirations and achievements and by us providing a place they want to go to after school and in the Summer holidays vandalism is significantly reduced.

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After the visit to WASP the PCC visited the WASP Youth Club for young people between the age of 8 and 13 years who have no -where to go. It is already becoming apparent at such a young age these young people need somewhere to go to deter them from other negative influences, which is already starting to happen. said Caroline Ridley

The visit coincides with new budget setting where WASP is at risk of having its funding reduced from April 2014 by £17,000. Impact Initiatives are keen to raise awareness of this funding threat and are putting out a call to local businesses to support a young person in Whitehawk so that they can continue with their after schools work this year.

We have worked out that if 30 small businesses could sponsor 30 small children for a year it would cost them £500 per year. That’s £41.66 per month and the knowledge that the local business sector has made a huge difference to young people in their area” said Caroline.

If you would like to sponsor a WASsp (Whitehawk After School small person) please contact Caroline Ridley on Brighton 01273 322940 or email info@impactinitiatives.org.uk. For more informationwww.impact-initiatives.org.uk

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CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES BRIGHTON MAP OF LIVING WAGE

The living wage campaign in Brighton and Hove has been on quite a journey in the last year and this two year campaign was originally going to come to an end next month. But like many things in Brighton & Hove it has captured the ethical hearts and minds of over 121 businesses that are currently signed up.

To demonstrate this, the campaign team have linked up with Hove based digital media consultancy Digital Tactics Ltd. to launch an interactive living wage business map for the city. It can be viewed athttp://livingwage.businessmapofbritain.co.uk/brighton

The Brighton and Hove Edition is being used as the pilot project showcasing which businesses have signed up across the city and also how businesses can take advantage of it to promote themselves both locally and UK wide through a variety of exciting advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

For users, the Living Wage Map is a fun, sharable, interactive view of companies signed up to the Living Wage campaign; it is interesting to investigate (play with) for both business focussed individuals, schools studying the campaign from a political or citizenship point of view, and the general public. It is accessible on both desktop computers, tablet devices such as iPads and mobile phones, and can also be embedded into other websites, Facebook, news articles and other campaign pages.

Through the map the campaign team aim to encourage and enhance interaction with the Living Wage campaign online; increase awareness and recognition of the campaign through interaction and sharing of the map; to promote discussion of the Living Wage through social media channels; and to recognise and promote both the businesses and localities who have signed up as supporters.

Launched in 2012, the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign aims to encourage local businesses to voluntarily pay all employees a decent hourly rate. Set independently and updated annually the Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and is the amount that allows a person to live, rather than just survive. The current rate is £7.65per hour. As the local living wage campaign continues to grow it invigorates the serious debate that has been going on in the local media about salaries in the city and has been a flagship campaign for Brighton and Hove receiving recognition in the national press.

Due to its success the team behind the campaign have been working to secure another years’ funding supported by Brighton and Hove City Council and led by Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce. Unison has announced that they will be (part) funding the campaign from April and when more funding is secured, a longer term plan will be put in place to drive the message forward up to the general election of 2015 when the living wage will be one of the key topics for all party debate.

Looking back on the campaigns success, it is easy to see why pushing for an extra year’s funding makes sense, namely due to the 120 businesses currently signed up, how it has increased over 800 salaries in the city and created debate and information about living wage, minimum wage and zero hours.

Dr. Tom Smith from OCSI (Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion) who were one of the first 10 companies to support the campaign said “Supporting the living wage was a no-brainer for our intern programme. It shows that we value and respect the whole team, and has definitely helped us bring in skilled & enthusiastic people to the organisation. As we’ve doubled in size since starting the living wage programme, it’s clearly helping us deliver great work for our clients. And it is great to be able to help people gain the experience they need – all of our interns have gone straight on to permanent posts with us or other groups. “

Equally Paula O’Shea from Brighton Journalist works said “We have always paid well over the basic wage and the living wage, so the campaign was always going to be easy for us. We respect all our employees, we want them to be part of the ‘family’ and for them to stay with us, and offering them a wage that is always at the top end is a part of that ‘belonging’. And if our staff  are happy then they will be motivated to ensure our customers are too! We have had the same team of top class lecturers, who are also working journalists, since we started our business seven years ago, and they are the most important part of our business.”

With a new digital business map to boast about, the campaign team are keener than ever to get more “pins on the map”  influencing the change of more of the lowest paid salaries in the city and championing ethical pay and people before profit.

If you would like to invest in the campaigns journey contact the Chamber of Commerce about how you can become a supporter. If you are a business and already paying your staff over £7.65 per an hour it is more important than ever to take 3 minutes and sign up to the local campaign.

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If you would like to know more about the Living Wage Business Map  or other Business Maps of Britain please contact Chris Dean at Digital Tactics Ltd. (www.digitaltactics.co.uk) on 01273 64 64 61 or viachris@digitaltactics.co.uk

www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk – It makes sense for business; It makes sense for people

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The Big Dish Out – is back! Read More
The Big Dish Out – is back!

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The Big Dish Out – is back!

Youth led participatory budgeting in Brighton

Brighton & Hove Youth Collective together with The Trust for Developing Communities is pleased to announce that “The Big Dish Out” is back and applications are now welcome!

This is the third year that this ‘Participatory Budgeting’ scheme has been run on behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council and because the 2012 and 2013 pilots were so hugely successful it is back for 2014.

The Big Dish Out is a youth led funding project where £20,000 is commissioned by Brighton and Hove City Council to a range of youth organisations for youth provision as voted for by young people themselves. This year The Trust for Developing Communities will lead a group of young people from the local area through a process on how this pot of money is to be spent on youth activities in Moulsecoomb, Coldean and Bevendean.

The Crew Club ran the Whitehawk programme in 2013.

It is a fantastic opportunity for small groups needing funding to apply for up to £1,000 and for larger organisations up to £3,000. Decisions on how money is allocated will be entirely up to local young people – voting either online or at a voting event on Saturday April 26th, 11-2pm at the 67 Centre, Moulsecoomb, Brighton.

Adam Muirhead, youth worker on the BDO 2014 Youth Steering Group said this is a great way to engage young people in community activity and learn the principals of money, management and good causes.  It also connects young people directly to what services they want to see delivered – the power is in their hands. The activity is carefully monitored by a team of youth workers.”

The last Big Dish Out event was a huge success with 16 projects presenting and over 60 young people coming to vote. In the end there were eleven large grants awarded and six smaller grants which enabled lots of local youth activities to happen. Successful groups included Safe and Sorted, BMEYPP, Albion in the Community, Active for Life, Rhythmix, Becca, Bevendean Activities Group, RAW New Life Church, Beventeen Bulletin, Bevendean Young Women’s Group and Falmer Girls football.

“I am delighted that we have been able to fund  another year of the exciting participatory budgeting initiative. This is a great chance for young people to get involved in choosing local projects working with young people to receive funding. I look forward to seeing the range of projects the young people of Moulsecomb will choose between.” Sue Shanks, Chair of Children and Young peoples Committee, Brighton and Hove City Council

For information on eligibility and the application process there is a blog at http://bigdishout.wordpress.comand updates on all the developments will appear there or alternatively you can call Adam on 07772 269761 or Claire on 07809 829734 or email thebigdishout@trustdevcom.org.uk

Applications are open for submission from now until 12 o’clock on Monday 24th March.

The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective is made up of eight local youth organisations including the Young People’s Centre(YPC) Crew Club, Deans Youth Project, Brighton Youth Centre, Tarner Community Project, Hangleton and Knoll Project, The Trust for Developing Communities and Sussex Central YMCA all of which are charities.

They have changed their approach in the last year and now work together to deliver a more efficient and co-ordinated programme of youth activities across Brighton and Hove in partnership with Brighton and Hove Council’s Youth Service. The “Youth Collective” deliver a ‘co-produced’ service with projects and programmes to develop and deliver an innovative, co-ordinated and responsive service to better meet the needs of young people living in the City

For more information on the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective go to :www.brightonandhoveyouthcollective.org.uk

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Make it happen and make it count.

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Make it happen and make it count.

SEA PR Consultancy is an ethical and philanthropic PR and events company working with third sector organisations to help them deliver their communications and build their brands. We also work with private and public sector organisations who have a campaign message to deliver or who want to develop their charitable activity within their business and local community.

We help you communicate. Whether it be for a one-off business project, an event, a full media campaign including audio visual or all of the above.

SEA PR Consultancy is about “making it happen and making it count” and our business is made up of four departments.

1. PR and communications – developing and delivering stronger community messaging and information 2. Event management and operations – delivering professional events for commercial companies & charities 3. On line film production  – creating beautiful campaign and promotional videos and online film 4. Consultancy

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Coder Dojo Brighton header Coder Dojo Brighton Searches For More Mentors As It Celebrates its Third Anniversary Read More
Coder Dojo Brighton Searches For More Mentors As It Celebrates its Third Anniversary

  A free club for 6-16 year olds to learn how to be creative with computers, is celebrating its third anniversary this month .Read More

Coder Dojo Brighton Searches For More Mentors As It Celebrates its Third Anniversary

 

A free club for 6-16 year olds to learn how to be creative with computers, is celebrating its third anniversary this month . CoderDojoBrighton is part of a global network of similar clubs all over the world www.coderdojo.com. The initiative is designed to get young people to understand and use computers in a more positive and creative way.

The club runs every 2 weeks at the University of Brighton from 10 a.m. until 1pm and is run by computer programmers who give up their time to help the young people develop their skills. CoderDojo is supported by Brighton University who open their Huxley Building especially for this activity to take place.

Coder Dojo BrightonMore than 500 young people and their parents have attended in the last three years and 30 mentors have given their time, but CoderDojoBrighton is now looking for more Mentors due to its popularity.

This is not structured tuition but a place that young people can become inspired to be in control of what they do on computers and get help with their projects. We encourage them to help each other and work collaboratively but they have to be motivated to come. Many parents also use it to find out more and feel more enabled to speak to their children about computers  after attending.’ The next step now is to recruit more mentors to come forward. The more Mentors we have, the more that we can do” explains CoderDojoBrighton, Founder, Fred Hasson.

“The youngest tend to work with a programme for making animations and games called Scratch (www.scratch.mit.edu) and then the older ones use free 3D software called Unity (www.unity3D.com) – both are free to download. Some ask for help with learning programming which we can also offer depending on which Mentors are there on the day.

 The club also has regular short presentations on 3D printing, robotics, and recently by Brighton’s specialist 3D design company MakeMedia on Virtual Reality, which was a great success. They have more than 400 subscribers, and attendance varies between 35-45 young people each time but has been as high as 64 attendees at one time this year.

Being a Mentor has had positive results for many individuals through the networking that goes on, finding work opportunities, working on each other’s projects, and of course it looks good on a CV.

One of CoderDojoBrighton’s  attendees became a Mentor for 6 months, which then went towards his Duke of Edinburgh award” enthused Fred.

To enquire about becoming a mentor, please email : info@coderdojobrighon.co.uk and for more information go to: www.coderdojobrighton.co.uk

 


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Duncan Kerr CEO Wave leisure welcoming Competitors to the Para Games The 2016 Seahaven Para Games – A Huge Success Read More
The 2016 Seahaven Para Games – A Huge Success

  On Sunday 7th August, Wave Leisure Trust (Wave) hosted the fifth annual Seahaven Para Games at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford. OverRead More

The 2016 Seahaven Para Games – A Huge Success

 

On Sunday 7th August, Wave Leisure Trust (Wave) hosted the fifth annual Seahaven Para Games at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford. Over 25 competitors, from throughout East Sussex participated in the Games which were fully accessible to everyone thanks to a free door-to-door mini-bus service kindly provided by Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA).

 
The competitors took part in an exciting action-packed day which showcased their sporting skills. The challenging activities included Boccia, table tennis, kurling, wheelchair basketball, tennis, table cricket, goal football and the highly competitive Wheelchair Slalom.

 
At the Opening Ceremony, Duncan Kerr, CEO of Wave welcomed everyone to the Games and wished all the competitors the very best of luck. Duncan commented: “The Wave Team is proud to be able to host and deliver the Seahaven Para Games for a fifth year; they are a definite pinnacle in the Wave event calendar. This event continues reinforce our commitment to promoting good health and active lifestyles, bringing inclusive participation and enjoyable activities to all our community.”

Boccia underway

 
Also speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Michael Foster, the High Sherriff for East Sussex also welcomed the competitors and added: “The Seahaven Para Games really showcase the strength and energy that sport and physical activity – and all the related benefits – brings to everyone. I wish each competitor a happy and enjoyable Games and look forward to presenting the medals later today at the Awards Ceremony.”

 
Bill Pierce, the President of the Rotary Club of Seaford also welcomed the competitors and added: “We are extremely pleased that the 2016 Seahaven Para Games are able to take place with the support of the Rotary Club. By contributing to the Games, we are able to offer our community the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide range of different and new sports and activities, make new friendships and reinforce existing partnerships.”

 

Paula Woolven, Community & Communications Manager at CTLA commented: “CTLA is delighted to help ensure the participants of the Games can reach the event by providing free transport for the day.”

 

After a morning of exhilarating competition, everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch which gave the supporters of the Games – Active Sussex, CTLA, the Rotary Club of Seaford, Sainsbury’s Newhaven and Wave – the opportunity to catch-up with the competitors and chat about the different kinds of activities they would like to see at the 2017 Games.

 
The Games’ activity programme ended with the highly competitive and anticipated annual Wheelchair Slalom. Robbie Weston left the competition far behind and won the 2016 title.

 
The day came to a close with an Awards Ceremony, where The High Sherriff for East Sussex, Michael Foster, presented all the worthy competitors with the certificates and medals.

 
The partners have already committed to holding the Seahaven Para Games again in 2017, with a date yet to be confirmed. Anyone wishing to participate, volunteer on the day or sponsor the games should contact Wave Leisure on info@waveleisure.co.uk or call 01323 493061.


#Downs Leisure Centre, #Para Games Seahaven, #wave leisure,

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Yellow Rose volunteer 2 Impetus Talk Loneliness With a Yellow Rose of Friendship Read More
Impetus Talk Loneliness With a Yellow Rose of Friendship

Impetus are a Brighton and Hove charity helping vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mentalRead More

Impetus Talk Loneliness With a Yellow Rose of Friendship

Impetus are a Brighton and Hove charity helping vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health. The charity does this through befriending, advocacy and support services and on Saturday they showed that Brighton & Hove “cares” with the first ever Yellow Rose Campaign.

Coinciding with the UN International Day of Friendship on Saturday 30 July, the local charity created a city-wide celebration focused on “Connecting Friends and Building Communities” using yellow roses as its emblem to represent friendship.

The Yellow Rose symbolises friendship, delight, the promise of a new beginning, Remember Me and “I Care”.
Team of yellow rose volunteers with the Mayor

In a number of places across the city, residents and visitors were handed yellow roses with the aim to raise awareness about loneliness and isolation in the city.

Residents and visitors also got the opportunity to ‘Meet the Mayor’ in a unique aspect of the campaign where The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Pete West spent time speaking to people in the Pavilion Gardens, and had a selfie’s taken in Impetus’ Yellow Rose selfie frame.

Commenting on the Yellow Rose Campaign and his decision to choose Impetus as one of his 27 chosen charities, Mayor West, explained: “I was extremely honoured and proud to be part of such an inspiring event on Saturday. The Yellow Rose campaign is a powerful way to raise awareness of loneliness and isolation in our city and it was fantastic to talk with so many people about their feelings and find out who they were giving their rose to on the International Day of Friendship. As a charity, Impetus have been making a significant impact in our communities by tackling isolation across all different types of people so I was always determined they would be one of my chosen charities. The focus of the Yellow Rose campaign alongside Impetus’ teams of volunteers are an inspiration to all of us to work on Connecting Friends and Building Communities together.”

The Yellow Rose Campaign also received support from a number of local businesses, including the Grand Hotel and Gunns Florists, who sold yellow roses across the city.

Jo Ivens, CEO of Impetus, said: “We’re delighted that the first ever Yellow Rose campaign was a huge success, spreading awareness about the vital impact even a small gesture can make to vulnerable people who are lonely or isolated. Our charity works with a wide range of people who are affected by loneliness and isolation across the city but there is no one method to fix the problem. It was tremendous to see how many people across the city wanted to show they cared and pledged to say “I care” to someone in their communities on International Friendship Day. Just the act of giving a flower as part of the Yellow Rose campaign or making the effort to have a brief chat with a neighbour can have a profound impact for those dealing with loneliness and isolation. It’s inspiring to think of the impact these pledges had to people in our city and we’re excited about making our Yellow Rose Campaign have an even bigger reach next year. In the meantime, we hope that our charity can continue connecting friends, building communities and reducing the dangers of loneliness and isolation.”

The inaugural Yellow Rose Campaign was supported by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Brighton & Hove City Council, Gunns Florist & The Grand Hotel.


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Volunter Anne Robinson with Lord Lieutenant Peter Field and Queens Award Brighton and Hove Impetus Receive Queens Award From Lord Lieutenant Read More
Brighton and Hove Impetus Receive Queens Award From Lord Lieutenant

Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity dedicated to providing befriending, advocacy and support services to vulnerable adults, were presented the prestigious Queen’s Award forRead More

Brighton and Hove Impetus Receive Queens Award From Lord Lieutenant

Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity dedicated to providing befriending, advocacy and support services to vulnerable adults, were presented the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

The presentation to the charity took place in the Sallis Benney theatre and acknowledged their work in the city enabling people to befriend and support their isolated older and disabled neighbours through their Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS). Queens Award - CEO Jo Ivens, volunteer Anne Robinson and Sean Depodesta.

Volunteers and scheme members from the NCS received the award, the highest honour a voluntary group can receive in the UK – equivalent to a group MBE – at a traditional British Garden Party with the Lord Lieutenant and many distinguished guests in attendance.

Commenting at the time, the Lord Lieutenant said “It is always a terrific pleasure for me to present a Queen’s Award on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.  These awards are only made to outstanding voluntary groups who show a terrific commitment to their local community and Impetus are a shining example of how volunteers can make a difference.”

The NCS works with a team of over 240 volunteers who give around 10,500 hours of their time a year to support more than 280 vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health.  In 2015 Impetus hit an all-time record number of new volunteers signing up to its Neighbourhood Care Scheme which is the largest befriending network in Brighton & Hove and one of the largest in the country.

Jo Ivens, CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised with such a prestigious award and we wanted to highlight the incredible impact our volunteers’ work has across the city. Everyone involved with the charity gives their time, energy and expertise so generously, and we all feel enormously proud that the work of our organisation and particularly our volunteers has been given this honour. It’s a tremendous achievement for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme and Impetus as a whole and it was wonderful that the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sherriff and City Mayor Pete West showed their support for our charity and its volunteers at this wonderful event.”

Jo added: “There are 35,692 people over 65 in Brighton and Hove, and 41% of these live on their own. BBC Sussex recently did a survey of 400 local people of all ages, 70% said they’d experienced loneliness in the last 12 months. Referrals to the Neighbourhood Care Scheme have been rising year on year, so we know that our work is more needed than ever.

It costs £8.90 per person, per week, to deliver befriending services in the City. This provides vetted and trained volunteers making weekly visits, phone calls, our newsletter and on-going support from our staff team. Impetus need to raise £20,000 this year to help them meet the increasing demand for befriending in Brighton & Hove. If you would like to donate or volunteer please go to www.bh-impetus.org


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Impetus Yellow Rose Campaign LaunchNatWest T20 BlastAugust 12, Impetus Launch Yellow Rose Campaign Read More
Impetus Launch Yellow Rose Campaign

Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity helping vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental orRead More

Impetus Launch Yellow Rose Campaign

Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity helping vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health through befriending, advocacy and support services has announced a new campaign to raise awareness about the issue in the city.

Research shows that being isolated or lonely has been proven to heighten feelings of depression and anxiety as well as increasing the risk of premature death by roughly 30%.Impetus Yellow Rose Campaign Launch NatWest T20 Blast August 12,

During an event held at the Synergy Centre on Thursday, 23 June, the charity announced its plans for their Yellow Rose campaign. This inspiring new campaign will coincide with the UN International Day of Friendship on Saturday, 30th July 2016, and will be a city-wide campaign to spread awareness about isolation in the city using yellow roses as the emblem to represent friendship.

The event followed the announcement on Thursday, 2 June that local charity Impetus’s Neighbourhood Care Scheme has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Jo Ivens, CEO of Impetus, said: “We hosted this event to celebrate our fantastic volunteers and our Queen’s Award, and to announce our plans for the first ever ‘Yellow Rose Campaign’. We want to spread awareness about the vital impact even a small gesture can make to vulnerable people who are lonely or isolated. Even just the act of giving a flower as part of the Yellow Rose campaign or making the effort to have a brief chat with a neighbour can have a profound impact for/on those dealing with loneliness and isolation.”

Steve Hare, Chair of Trustees at Impetus, said: “As Chair I am immensely proud of the work that the Impetus team do each and every day and humbled that they should be honoured by the Queen. The Yellow Rose campaign is very timely for Impetus and will help to highlight the important issue of loneliness and isolation in Brighton and Hove. I urge everyone to think about someone who may be lonely on International Friendship day and buy a yellow rose to help raise funds and support the work that Impetus do.”

The event is supported by Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Brighton & Hove City Council, Gunns Florist, The Synergy Centre, The Grand Hotel and Brighton & Hove Independent.

To donate or volunteer please go to www.bh-impetus.org/yellowrose

Jo Ivens from Impetus with Mayor of Brighton Cllr Pete West (right) and Impetus chairman Steve Hare at the launch of the Impetus Yellow Rose Campaign  (Photo by Simon Dack / Vervate)
Jo Ivens from Impetus with Mayor of Brighton Cllr Pete West (right) and Impetus chairman Steve Hare at the launch of the Impetus Yellow Rose Campaign
(Photo by Simon Dack / Vervate)

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Sean de Podesta, NCS Manager, and Sheila Wood a volunteer from the care scheme at Buckingham Palace Neighbourhood Care Scheme receive prestigious Queen’s Award for volunteering Read More
Neighbourhood Care Scheme receive prestigious Queen’s Award for volunteering

A service run by Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity dedicated to providing befriending, advocacy and support services to vulnerable adults, has been honouredRead More

Neighbourhood Care Scheme receive prestigious Queen’s Award for volunteering

A service run by Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity dedicated to providing befriending, advocacy and support services to vulnerable adults, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The award has been presented to the charity for their work in the city enabling people to befriend and support their isolated older and disabled neighbours through their Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS).

The NCS works with a team of over 240 volunteers who give around 10,500 hours of their time a year to support more than 280 vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health. In 2015 Impetus hit an all-time record number of new volunteers signing up to its Neighbourhood Care Scheme which is the largest befriending network in Brighton & Hove and one of the largest in the country.

Sean de Podesta, NCS Manager, and Sheila Wood a volunteer from the care scheme attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 19 May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

Sean de Podesta, NCS Manager, and Sheila Wood a volunteer from the care scheme at Buckingham Palace
Sean de Podesta, NCS Manager, and Sheila Wood a volunteer from the care scheme at Buckingham Palace

Jo Ivens, CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised with such a prestigious award. It’s testament to the incredible work our volunteers carry out across the city. Everyone involved with the charity gives their time, energy and expertise so generously, and we all feel enormously proud that the work of our organisation and particularly our volunteers has been given this honour. It’s a tremendous achievement for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme and Impetus as a whole and it was wonderful that one of our long-standing volunteers could attend the Royal Garden Party!”

Impetus’ Neighbourhood Care Scheme is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The NCS was selected for the award by an independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, and the group will receive a signed certificate from Her Majesty The Queen presented in Brighton & Hove by HM Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex – Peter Field.

Jo added: “There are 35,692 people over 65 in Brighton and Hove, and 41% of these live on their own. BBC Sussex recently did a survey of 400 local people from a range of age groups, 70% said they’d experienced loneliness in the last 12 months. Referrals to the Neighbourhood Care Scheme have been rising year on year, so we know that our work is more needed than ever.

It costs £8.90 per person, per week, to deliver our befriending services in the City. This provides vetted and trained volunteers making weekly visits, phone calls, our newsletter and on-going support from our staff team. We need to raise £20,000 this year to help us meet the increasing demand for befriending in Brighton & Hove. To donate or volunteer please go to www.bh-impetus.org.”


#brighton charity, #brighton charity volunteer service, #impetus, #neighbourhood care scheme, #queen's award, #voluntary service, #Volunteer,

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Supporting Parents - Impetus Brighton charity speaks up on support for parents with learning disabilities Read More
Brighton charity speaks up on support for parents with learning disabilities

Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity dedicated to providing befriending, advice and support services for vulnerable adults, has recently submitted a paper to theRead More

Brighton charity speaks up on support for parents with learning disabilities

Impetus, the Brighton and Hove charity dedicated to providing befriending, advice and support services for vulnerable adults, has recently submitted a paper to the Fairness Commission to improve support to parents with learning disabilities working alongside Brighton & Hove City Council.

The recommendations were submitted by Impetus as a radical new approach which could result in more children staying with their parents, as well as potentially saving Brighton & Hove City Council money according to evidence from other UK authorities. Brighton & Hove has 445 looked after children – a figure that is 87% higher than the South East regional average – which is costing the city more than £20 million annually.

Impetus states that, under the law, parents with learning disabilities are entitled to support to be able to fulfil their parenting role and have more opportunity to meet the ‘good enough’ parenting standard.  However, according to the submission, the approach in Brighton & Hove often does not currently provide or enable such support, so the charity took the initiative to collaborate with national experts to look at making some radical changes.

Jo Ivens, CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus, said: “While the safety of the child must always remain of paramount importance, parents with learning disabilities can be great parents. Our experience is that the assessment and support systems in Brighton & Hove are not adjusted to reflect the parents’ learning disabilities and this essentially creates a test they cannot pass, and leads to their child being removed.Jo Ivens, CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus Profile

This is extremely costly and has a devastating impact on the mental health of the parents so we’re very pleased to be working with national experts to bring best practice to Brighton & Hove.”

Impetus’ submission highlights best practice approaches adopted by comparable authorities elsewhere and focuses on how these could be adopted in Brighton & Hove.  For example, Medway Council provides specialist support for parents with learning disabilities, which is designed to understand their parenting strengths and weaknesses. Personalised parenting plans are developed to fill the gaps and this enables many parents to meet the ‘good enough’ standard.  Established experts in the city, Impetus believe that adopting this approach will make a significant impact.

“We want to work with Brighton & Hove City Council to support any changes to the current ways of working,” continued Jo, “research into the best practice adopted by other authorities not only suggests better outcomes for parents and their children, but significant savings for the city.”

Impetus has put forward five key recommendations in its submission:

  • Establish a joint protocol between Adult Services and Children’s Services for referrals and support service for parents with learning disabilities
  • Establish a Specialist Support Service for parents with learning disabilities
  • Extend Shared Lives1 to parents with learning disabilities (currently available in B&H to adults with disabilities including learning disabilities)
  • Ensure all staff are fully aware of how the Care Act 2014 applies to parents with learning disabilities, at all relevant stages
  • Increase advocacy capacity for parents with learning disabilities in Brighton & Hove

“Impetus has the skills and experience to be able to support the council to adjust its approach to working with parents with learning disabilities. The change of approach would be transformational for everyone involved,” added Jo.

Today Impetus also release a film which tells the story of “Holly” whose daughter was placed into care as the courts concluded that there wasn’t the support in place for Holly to be sure that she could keep her child safe. The judge had no option but to take the child into care as the child’s safety was the priority. The film also played a part in the submission to the Brighton and Hove Fairness Commission.

To view Holly’s story, visit http://www.bh-impetus.org/interact


#brighton & hove, #Brighton and Hove City Council, #impetus, #learning disabilities,

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360 studio RadioReverb go 360 for UK broadcast first Read More
RadioReverb go 360 for UK broadcast first

On Friday 20th May RadioReverb will be stretching the boundaries of entertainment once again as it will be capturing three music sessions from IrishRead More

RadioReverb go 360 for UK broadcast first

On Friday 20th May RadioReverb will be stretching the boundaries of entertainment once again as it will be capturing three music sessions from Irish acts Pleasure Beach, Saint Sister and Stephanie Rainey who are coming to the studios to record a session which will be captured in 360 degree video.

As far as RadioReverb are aware, this is the first time this has ever been done on a UK radio station.

The unique sessions will be broadcast on Monday 23rd May after 8pm on 97.2 FM on DAB and online at www.radioreverb.com in the weekly Irish show ‘What’s the Craic’ which currently has over 20,000 listeners on Audioboom and is one of RadioReverb’s most listened to shows.

Ant Martin, presenter of What’s The Craic, said: “I had the idea of recording a 360 degree session in the radio studios a few months ago and reached out to the Virtual Reality community here in Brighton including Heather Iriye and Keisuke Suzuki of University of Sussex,  to see if it would be possible. The response I had was encouraging and really helpful. I met with Sam Watts of make[Real] in Brighton and Tim Fleming of Future Visual who gave a great insight into the technology. The technology to record this special session and to view it has only become mainstream in 2016 so it is the perfect time to push the boundaries and to give people a unique look behind the scenes of our radio station.360 studio

“The video should hopefully put the viewer literally right into the middle of an intimate performance by two amazing acts and for the first time, people will be able to have a proper look around a radio studio and see exactly what goes on. The timing couldn’t be better really as since only last Monday [16th May] people will now be able to view this experience in virtual reality using the built in Google Cardboard function on YouTube either on their Android or iOS device – no expensive VR device is needed to experience RadioReverb in 360.”

What’s The Craic is a weekly Irish radio show with an eclectic mix of Irish music of all genres and a look at relevant news, sports and events of interest to the Irish community here in Brighton & Hove as well as featuring well known Irish guests and is aired at 8pm on Monday and repeated Tuesdays at 3pm and Saturdays at 1am.

The two Irish acts are in Brighton as part of the citywide Great Escape Festival but are thrilled to be taking part in this UK radio broadcast first.

The show will be broadcast on air on 97.2FM, on DAB & online and the 360 degree video will be available to watch via online video at www.radioreverb.com


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William Shaw interviewed for RadioReverb The Write Songs show RadioReverb looks at the songs behind the books by some of Brighton’s most successful authors Read More
RadioReverb looks at the songs behind the books by some of Brighton’s most successful authors

The community run radio station, RadioReverb has launched a new show which looks at the songs behind the books by some of Brighton’s mostRead More

RadioReverb looks at the songs behind the books by some of Brighton’s most successful authors

The community run radio station, RadioReverb has launched a new show which looks at the songs behind the books by some of Brighton’s most successful authors.

The Write Songs is a new series on RadioReverb which is a spin on the Desert Island Discs ‘chat and play’ formula, writer and academic, Gilly Smith explores with her guests the songs that made their books sing.

Gilly explained: “It’s about looking at the process of writing, listening to the songs my guests listen to while they’re writing, the records that get us to smell their streets and feel their characters’ pain. It’s also a great way of talking about books while listening to some fantastic tracks.”

William Shaw interviewed for RadioReverb The Write Songs show
William Shaw interviewed for RadioReverb The Write Songs show

 Each writer chooses eight songs to tell the story of their story. William Shaw, whose new book ‘Birdwatcher’ is riding high in the hardback charts, talks us through the songs that he hears in the gritty streets of his 1960s London in the Breen/Tozer trilogy.  Julia Crouch tells us how PJ Harvey puts the flesh on the bones of Polly in her first book ‘Cuckoo’ and how the passion, darkness and female rivalry in ‘Girl with One Eye’ by Florence and the Machine underscores the relationship between the main protagonists.  Mark Radcliffe takes us back to the 1980s of his book ‘Stranger than Kindness’ with some melancholic Prefab Sprout, and Sally O’Reilly manifests her ‘Dark Aemilia’ on to the big screen with some dark, epic Vaughan Williams. And Rebecca Whitney tells us how she developed the plot for ‘The Liar’s Chair’ while listening to John Talabot’s ‘Destiny.’

Listeners can read the books by visiting the Programme page on RadioReverb www.radioreverb.com

Gilly Smith is a (factual) writer and academic at the University of Brighton.  She facilitates Dreamwriters, a creative writing group which meets in Brighton and Seaford which she describes as ‘Weightwatchers with pens’.  This is her second series for RadioReverb; her first, Jaibli Salaam told the stories of Brighton’s Syrian community through their memories of food and music from the old country.

The first transmission will be from 30th May at 10am, on 97.2FM on DAB, or on line at radioreverb.com Further programmes will be aired on June 6th, 13th, 20th, & the 4th, 11th July Mondays 10 am, each repeated on the following Saturday at 3pm.

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Sarah Delaloye-Dean on her bike at Newhaven Fort Newhaven Fort waves off Wave Leisure staff and Blind Veterans for CycleBeyond Challenge Read More
Newhaven Fort waves off Wave Leisure staff and Blind Veterans for CycleBeyond Challenge

Wave Leisure, the not-for-profit trust which promotes wellbeing, fitness, healthy lifestyles and leisure facilities across Sussex is lending its support to Blind Veterans UKRead More

Newhaven Fort waves off Wave Leisure staff and Blind Veterans for CycleBeyond Challenge

Wave Leisure, the not-for-profit trust which promotes wellbeing, fitness, healthy lifestyles and leisure facilities across Sussex is lending its support to Blind Veterans UK through its Brighton to Paris #CycleBeyond Challenge departing from Newhaven today (Thursday 12 May).

As part of its continued commitment to the local community, causes and likeminded charities – Wave has funded one of its team – Sarah Delaloye-Dean – to take part in the four day, 148 mile bike ride from Ovingdean to the French capital.

The #CycleBeyond Challenge began at The Blind Veterans Headquarters in Ovingdean at 6 am and headed towards Newhaven Port along the coast road with a timely pit stop at Newhaven Fort – Wave’s heritage site and visitor destination – for an early breakfast before catching the ferry across The Channel.  Once in Dieppe, the ride will restart and, for the next four consecutive days, cyclists will ride through France before finishing at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Sarah Delaloye-Dean on her bike at Newhaven Fort
Sarah Delaloye-Dean on her bike at Newhaven Fort

Sarah Delaloye-Dean, 49, has worked at Wave Leisure Trust Ltd. for over 16 years and she jumped at the chance to support Blind Veterans UK and live up to her belief that it’s good for people to challenge themselves and broaden their horizons.

Sarah said: “At Wave Leisure we really believe in putting something back into the community and our new CEO Duncan Kerr is very passionate about raising money for local charities too. I’m a bit worried about being on a saddle for long periods, I’ve never cycled this far in my life!”

Community backing means Sarah has already raised 138% of her target, please visit Sarah’s JustGiving Page to lend your support:  https://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Delaloye-Dean

Sarah works with a number of different groups through Wave Leisure’s community programme including aerobics, swimming and a strength and balance class for older people with a risk of falling over. She also manages the Brighton to Seaford area of the Tumble Tots franchise, the UK’s leading Active Physical Play programme for children from six months to seven years, which was recently purchased by Wave Leisure.

Duncan Kerr, CEO of Wave Leisure, added: “Wave and all its Team believe very strongly that sport, physical activity and being active has a huge impact on the mind, body and soul. Through our programmes, we help many people overcome challenging situations, including older people and those suffering from a range of health issues. Our involvement in the #CycleBeyond Challenge highlights our continued commitment and support to creating social value and contributing to the overall wellbeing of the local community.”

CEO Duncan Kerr with Blind Veterans and mayors of Newhaven Seaford Peacehaven and T Cliffs
CEO Duncan Kerr with Blind Veterans and mayors of Newhaven Seaford Peacehaven and T Cliffs

Blind Veterans UK is the charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women and three blind veterans will be taking part in the cycle challenge on a tandem alongside Sarah and the hundreds of other cyclists. So far the #CycleBeyond challenge has raised a total of £25,000.

For more information about Wave Leisure Trust go to www.waveleisure.co.uk


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Group image  - Gender Free World Tackling gender issues, fashion stigma and abuse with a magic button Read More
Tackling gender issues, fashion stigma and abuse with a magic button

Gender neutral fashion is slowly making its mark in the industry with new lines from Zara and Levi’s in the first months of 2016Read More

Tackling gender issues, fashion stigma and abuse with a magic button

Gender neutral fashion is slowly making its mark in the industry with new lines from Zara and Levi’s in the first months of 2016 alone, however only one fashion range is using its gender neutral line to tackle issues such as body shaming, identity issues and even sexual harassment, Gender Free World.

Gender Free World (GFW) launched their first fashion line earlier this year designed for all people and all body types who are keen to wear non-gender specific clothing which is stylish, fits their form and ensures that their fashion choices are free from prejudice. With their first line of shirts, GFW have broken new ground in the fashion world by providing 21 unique variants within the range to ensure that no matter what your gender or body shape, you can find a shirt you like, in a style you want that actually fits you. This attention to detail in creating unique fashion design has proved to be one of the key successes for the brand.

Nel Margerison, Creative Director at GFW, said: “When we first started discussing shirts here at Gender Free World I was uncharacteristically committed to my long standing statement: ‘I don’t wear shirts’. The reason? Well to put it simply, tits, knockers, boobs, breasts, jugs… oh and really bloody big ones at that. By the age of 14, I was sporting an impressive G cup on a dinky size 8 frame.”

Unique hidden button on Gender Free World shirt
Unique hidden button on Gender Free World shirt

The issue surrounding shirts for women has been a long process for Gender Free World’s core team as they had such varying experience with shirts provided by the high street. Some people found the frilly designs or classically feminine colours ostracised them from shirts while others found the cut of mainstream female shirts catered to a very specific body shape. However one of the most important issues for the team was how to tackle the issue of shirts gaping around breasts which for some led to uncomfortable fits, embarrassing exposure or more nefariously, unwanted roaming eyes.

Nel continued: “I noticed that often on women with larger breasts that shirts could really gape around the bust so you lose the fit or expose your boobs to everyone , so, we came up with the hidden-reverse button to stop that from happening. The button is a bespoke design which sits behind the splackett (the bit with all the buttons on), and is fastened from the inside preventing the dreaded gape but without generating any stretching or pulling of the material from elsewhere in the shirt. We’ve had such a positive response to this so far, it was obviously an issue for a lot of people and we’re proud to be the ones to do something about it!”

The clothing line has already been a huge success with fashion industry representatives, designers and customers alike and award-winning gender fluid writer Jack Monroe promoted the shirts on Instagram saying “when I find something this good I wanna tell you”.

The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive with individuals of different genders, sexualities and diverse body types and Nel believes this comes down to the fact that GFW are filling huge gaps in the fashion market. By listening to the issues of people who aren’t catered to by the mainstream fashion industry they are able to address situations which can lead to sexual harassment, body shaming and other identity issues through fashion and image stigma.

Despite all the work she did designing the shirts and creating the ‘hidden reverse button’, Nel still thought of the shirts as fashion for people keen to wear non-gender specific clothing, not for herself.

Nel explained: “I’d never seen myself benefitting and stitching up (literally) my tattered relationship with shirts. It wasn’t until about a week after our shirts actually arrived and I buttoned up the shirt to demonstrate for my family and one of my children turned to me and said, “Mum that really suits you!” Suddenly, it started to fall in to place. When our customers started sharing their own stories it dawned on me that I was one of the ignored people on the high streets that we are designing for. My marred history with shirts was something others had suffered through too and we could now join together and wear shirts with pride. It may sound silly but it’s truly exciting to know that we’re providing something which is genuinely making a difference to people. I’ve already spoken to people online who are as excited as I am about our new Billie range designed specifically for people with big busts and the more people let us know their joy at finding something that fits, I realise that I was part of the story all along.”Group image  - Gender Free World


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CEO Duncan Kerr with Blind Veterans and mayors of Newhaven Seaford Peacehaven and T Cliffs Wave Leisure go beyond fitness for Blind Veterans challenge Read More
Wave Leisure go beyond fitness for Blind Veterans challenge

Wave Leisure, the not-for-profit trust which promotes wellbeing, fitness, healthy lifestyles and leisure facilities across Sussex is lending its support to Blind Veterans UKRead More

Wave Leisure go beyond fitness for Blind Veterans challenge

Wave Leisure, the not-for-profit trust which promotes wellbeing, fitness, healthy lifestyles and leisure facilities across Sussex is lending its support to Blind Veterans UK through its Brighton to Paris #CycleBeyond Challenge later this month.

As part of its continued commitment to the local community, causes and likeminded charities – Wave has funded one of its team – Sarah Delaloye-Dean – to take part in the four day, 148 mile bike ride from Ovingdean to the French capital.

The #CycleBeyond Challenge begins at The Blind Veterans Headquarters in Ovingdean and will head to Newhaven Port along the coast road. The team will make a pit stop at Newhaven Fort – Wave’s military museum and visitor destination – for an early breakfast before heading to the port to catch the ferry across The Channel.  Once in Dieppe, the ride will restart and, for the next four consecutive days, cyclists will ride through France before finishing at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Sarah Delaloye-Dean, 49, has worked at Wave Leisure Trust Ltd. for over 16 years and she jumped at the chance to support Blind Veterans UK and live up to her belief that it’s good for people to challenge themselves and broaden their horizons.

Sarah said: “At Wave Leisure we really believe in putting something back into the community and our new CEO Duncan Kerr is very passionate about raising money for local charities too. I’m a bit worried about being on a saddle for long periods, I’ve never cycled this far in my life!”

Community backing means Sarah has already raised 50% of her target, please visit Sarah’s JustGiving Page to lend your support:  https://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Delaloye-Dean

Sarah works with a number of different communities through Wave Leisure’s community programme including aerobics, swimming and a strength and balance class for older people with a risk of falling over. She also manages the Sussex branch of Tumble Tots, the UK’s leading Active Physical Play programme for children from six months to seven years, which was recently purchased by Wave Leisure.

CEO Duncan Kerr with Blind Veterans and mayors of Newhaven Seaford Peacehaven and T Cliffs
CEO Duncan Kerr with Blind Veterans and mayors of Newhaven Seaford Peacehaven and T Cliffs

Duncan Kerr, CEO of Wave Leisure, added: “Wave and all its team believe very strongly that sport has a huge impact on the mind, body and soul. Through our programmes, we help many people overcome challenging situations, including older people and those suffering from a range of health issues. Our involvement in the #CycleBeyond Challenge highlights our continued commitment and support to creating social value and contributing to the overall wellbeing of the local community.”

Blind Veterans UK is the charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women and three blind veterans will be taking part in the cycle challenge on a tandem alongside Sarah and the hundreds of other cyclists.

For more information about Wave Leisure Trust go to www.waveleisure.co.uk


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woman-1222804_1920 Giving Times’ Tips for Charities Using Social Media Read More
Giving Times’ Tips for Charities Using Social Media

Here at Giving Times, our social media manager Skye, talks about how charities need to engage more with the new phenomenon of social andRead More

Giving Times’ Tips for Charities Using Social Media

Here at Giving Times, our social media manager Skye, talks about how charities need to engage more with the new phenomenon of social and digital media

It was revealed recently by Charity Digital News that social media campaigns aren’t always successful for charities but is that down to the platform or the approach? In the last two months, here at Giving Times, we’ve noticed charities aren’t taking enough advantage of social media and we believe this needs to change.

At Giving Times, we love sharing our news stories about what third sector organisations are up to and it would be great to see more interaction and sharing from those organisations to further their own reach. We know not every charity has a social media manager so a lot of them are managing their own social networking themselves. So, to help, we’ve put together 10 tips which we hope will help your organisation make the most of social media.

IT’S ALL ABOUT IMAGE

Make sure you have a strong business image and show this via the artwork and wording across your social media profiles. Most graphic designers and design software will allow you to simply create images in the correct dimensions for cover photos and profile pictures. Make sure you put obvious links to your social media pages on your website so people can follow you and keep up to date with what you’re doing.

FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW

Are you following everyone you work with? Everyone you would like to work with? Are you following your local news sources where your stories might feature? Following other people is a great way to get on people’s radar and to keep up with news which may be relevant to you, so don’t be shy, get following!

SHARING’S CARING

If you’re tagged in something relevant or featured somewhere don’t just look at it. Like it, Retweet it and Share it. This means that everybody following you who wants to keep up with your news will have the chance of seeing it. Some social media networks control the reach of a post depending on how much it is interacted with so every like and share counts.

HELP PEOPLE FIND YOU

Use hashtags to interact with your target audience, these have been proven to be particularly useful on Twitter and Instagram. Do some research to find out the most used and applicable to your posts (think about relevant areas and sectors) and use them regularly so you stay on top of the pile.

GET TRENDING

Keep up with what is trending each day and try to take part when you can, this is a great way of gaining new followers and building brand awareness.

…and while you’re at it

Make sure you’re taking part in #CharityIs hour and other third sector and applicable ‘Tweet Chats’ that allow you to tell everyone who you are, and what it is you do.

COMMUNICATE AND INTERACTiphone-410311_1280

Support other appropriate accounts and they are more likely to do the same for you. Interacting with your audience makes them feel like they are part of your world and in turn they want to support it and see it thrive. Also, if people missed a post the first time round, your interaction will bring it back to the foreground and improve your visibility too.

LET THE TRAFFIC FLOW

Use social media to share and drive traffic towards your website, share links daily so people can simply click to find out more about you.

A PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS

The stats speak for themselves on this one, pictures are MUCH more likely to be viewed, interacted with and shared than words alone. It’s also a great way to include more words on social media networks with a word limit. Have a go at making your own and include a logo watermark so that shares can be easily recognised as coming from you.

GET PERSONAL BUT STAY PROFESSIONAL

Social media is a great way to tell the world about the wonderful people behind your charity, this will be more or less possible depending on your branding. Feel free to be conversational but ensure you maintain some professionalism by ensuring spelling is correct, not using ‘text speak’ or getting involved in arguments with ‘trolls’. Maintain a strong ‘voice’ and presence by regularly updating using similar wording and personality in your posts.

OUT OF OFFICE

Use a tweet loading app to schedule tweets for when you’re not in the office but others are likely to be surfing the web.

And Finally…

Don’t – Get into arguments online.

Don’t – Share before checking your facts, dates and spelling.

Don’t – Air your frustrations or grievances

We hope this helps, here at SEA PR we’re developing our social media support services so if you would like us to manage your social media for a specific event or longer term – call us on 01273 608455 today and ask to speak to Skye.

Good luck and enjoy!

SKYE

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Gender Free World - Model wearing GFW’s Charlie Range Gender Free ‘clothing without labels’ a hit with LGBTQ market Read More
Gender Free ‘clothing without labels’ a hit with LGBTQ market

UK based fashion start-up Gender Free World (GFW) are on a mission to dispel the outdated tradition of gender identity by providing clothing withoutRead More

Gender Free ‘clothing without labels’ a hit with LGBTQ market

UK based fashion start-up Gender Free World (GFW) are on a mission to dispel the outdated tradition of gender identity by providing clothing without labels for individuals regardless of their sex and so far they have received high praise from progressive LGBTQ fashion communities across the globe.

The new range of shirts has been heralded by celebrities, fashion bloggers, marginalised models and LGBT customers as a necessary addition for all people and all body shapes who are keen to wear non-gender specific clothing which is stylish, fits their form and ensures that their fashion choices are free from prejudice.

One of the company’s first customers was award-winning gender fluid campaigner and columnist Jack Monroe, who described the Penguin shirt in ‘Charlie’ cut by Gender Free World Clothing as being an excellent shirt with an excellent cut and with excellent customer service.

Gender Free World - Model wearing GFW’s Charlie Range
Gender Free World – Model wearing GFW’s Charlie Range

Discussing the inherent issues of shopping on the high street for someone who identifies as trans, queer or gender fluid, Jack added: “I know shopping outside of the gender binary can be a frickin’ nightmare so when I find something this good [GFW’s shirt] I wanna tell you.”

Gender Free World’s clothes are unique in that they are devised, designed, and manufactured in the UK with the consortium working hard to ensure that their products aren’t defined by gender and allow everyone to buy what they want regardless.

The launch event held in Brighton, England last month saw a high number of LGBTQ entrepreneurs and leading fashion and culture industry professionals including comedian Zoe Lyons and radio presenter Kathy Caton.

Brighton-based LGBT comedian Zoe Lyons was also enthusiastic about the GFW shirt she purchased which not only fitted her body but was in a style she wanted after years of searching both the women’s and men’s sections in shops in vain.

Zoe explained: “At last, someone who understands the market which doesn’t want to squeeze itself into a gender specific style. I can now stop having to look in both sections to find something I like. It will be a shirt for life!”

The award-winning radio host Kathy Caton, of RadioReverb’s LGBT show ‘OUT IN Brighton’, also praised the uniqueness of the shirts for their stylish appearance and the thought which had gone into creating something which fitted so many different people regardless of their sex or gender.

GFW’s shirts have also been selected by the new ‘Label Fashion Show’, a new event aiming to bring marginalised identities into the fashion industry spotlight with a body positive fashion show, thanks to a special call from transsexual models to include GFW’s range at the unique event.

Zoe Lyons Comedian
Zoe Lyons Comedian

Jo Boon, Founder and CEO of Label Fashion Show, explained: “Most fashion is designed to be exclusive but we wanted our show to be inclusive and Gender Free World absolutely represented what we wanted to talk about and the message of our show. All of our models love their stuff, we have a number of gender fluid and new-gender models in our show and they have said how they feel so much more comfortable in GFW’s designs than any other brand.”

The new range of shirts, designed by GFW to promote fashion which portrays who individuals are through what they wear, were positively received by fashion industry executives, models and audiences alike on the catwalk at the renowned college.

Lisa Honan, Co-founder and Director of Gender Free World, said: “We set out to design shirts for those overlooked by the high street, we never specifically targeted LGBT communities but it’s definitely rewarding to know that our shirts are so popular with marginalised communities and that we’re succeeding in filling a gap for so many people around the world. We spoke with a huge cross-section of people in our initial surveys, including lesbians, gay men, transsexuals, heterosexuals and non-binary people, but we never realised the demand would be so strong in the LGBTQ community. Our numbers showed that of the 173 people we talked to, over 80 per cent felt that they would welcome stylish, fitted shirts which suited them regardless of sex or gender. We’re really happy to be providing people of all sexualities and genders with clothes which fit their personal choice regardless.”

The world is slowly waking up to the fact that not everybody feels comfortable being identified with society’s social constructs surrounding gender so GFW are set to meet this demand for the large group of people who are offered a very limited range of clothing by major high street clothing brands. GFW are passionate about a world where people’s choices are not restricted by their gender, increasing personal choices and changing social conventions but they don’t believe that the discussion is as confusing as some people would have you think.

Lisa explained: “At Gender Free World we’re not trying to tell people what they should call themselves or which box they should tick, we’re just trying to ensure that stylish, fashionable clothes are available to buy for everyone regardless of their gender, sexuality or body type. We’re keeping it simple. We are not saying we want a world without gender only that it is unfair that gender or sexuality can limit and restrict your choices which is why we’ve created our gender neutral fashion range.”

To order any of the Gender Free World’s ranges, find more information about sizing and body shapes or for terms and conditions, visit www.genderfreeworld.comGender Free World Group Image


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Gender Free World – A model wearing GFW’s Penguin Print Long Sleeve Shirt on the Label Fashion Show Runway Unique St Andrews fashion show launches with gender neutral shirts Read More
Unique St Andrews fashion show launches with gender neutral shirts

Gender Free World (GFW), a Brighton-based start-up providing clothing and products for individuals regardless of their gender, have been praised by clothing designers andRead More

Unique St Andrews fashion show launches with gender neutral shirts

Gender Free World (GFW), a Brighton-based start-up providing clothing and products for individuals regardless of their gender, have been praised by clothing designers and models at a unique new fashion show in Fife, Scotland.

‘Label Fashion Show’, a new event aiming to bring marginalised identities into the fashion industry spotlight with a body positive fashion show, featured GFW’s gender neutral shirts in their inaugural runway show in St Andrews last night.

Gender Free World – A model wearing GFW’s Penguin Print Long Sleeve Shirt on the Label Fashion Show Runway
Gender Free World – A model wearing GFW’s Penguin Print Long Sleeve Shirt on the Label Fashion Show Runway

The new range of shirts, designed by GFW to promote fashion which portrays who individuals are through what they wear, were positively received by fashion industry executives, models and audiences alike.

Jo Boon, Founder and CEO of Label Fashion Show, explained: “Most fashion is designed to be exclusive but we wanted our show to be inclusive and Gender Free World absolutely represented what we wanted to talk about and the message of our show. All of our models love their stuff, we have a number of gender fluid and new-gender models in our show and they have said how they feel so much more comfortable in GFW’s designs than any other brand.”

Inspiration for the Label Fashion show has been drawn from a rich array of situations and people, from friends and experiences at university to the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador actress Emma Watson, and fashion designer Stella McCartney to activist David Ikard.

Lisa Honan, Co-founder and Director of Gender Free World, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with such a progressive fashion show who, like us, promote clothing and style regardless of sex or gender. An overwhelming amount of the feedback we receive from customers showed that whether they were slim, short, tall, busty or petite, regardless of sex they struggled to find clothes that fitted their personal choice and so we’re delighted that the models at Label felt our range of shirts didn’t pigeon-hole them like this.”

Gender Free World - Model wearing GFW’s Charlie Range
Gender Free World – Model wearing GFW’s Charlie Range

The Label show came from Jo Boon’s experiences at University which prompted her to create a platform where she could speak out and reclaim her own body. The original concept was promote gender identity and to encourage people to be positive about their bodies and who they are, while providing an opportunity for individuals not to feel marginalised. Models were selected through an open call, based not on their looks but why they wanted to be involved and the show will feature models with disabilities, mental health issues, survivors of sexual violence and many others who have felt excluded in life. The show is being hailed as a response to fashion culture’s barrage of negative imagery and body shaming tactics.

Jo added: “We saw so many amazing people and the show has already been so positive to everyone involved in terms of counterbalancing the negative messaging the fashion industry currently push on people. I’m amazingly proud of what we’ve achieved with Label Fashion Show giving people chance to really embrace their bodies and support one another, and it really feels that to an extent we’ve already succeeded. Working with brands like Gender Free World we’re creating a new community to support individuality, give people a platform to support themselves and we hope to be able to shape each show going forward and continue making a difference.”

The shirts are available to buy online and in order to make sizing simple for all body types GFW have created an easy to use sizing chart customers can use and will send out a bespoke tape measure with every order. The company have big plans for the future with new ranges coming soon and plans to branch out into children’s clothing, toys and more over the coming year.
To pre-order any of the new range, find more information about sizing and body shapes or for terms and conditions, visit www.genderfreeworld.com


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Luciana Berger, Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, and JoAnne Welsh, Director of Brighton Oasis Project Shadow Cabinet Minister visits Brighton Oasis Project to talk about Mental Health Read More
Shadow Cabinet Minister visits Brighton Oasis Project to talk about Mental Health

The drug and alcohol misuse service Brighton Oasis Project hosted the Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger on Thursday morning to discussRead More

Shadow Cabinet Minister visits Brighton Oasis Project to talk about Mental Health

The drug and alcohol misuse service Brighton Oasis Project hosted the Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger on Thursday morning to discuss the issues around mental health, and alcohol and substance misuse.

The shadow cabinet minister met with CEO Jo-Anne Welsh and sat with a group of women attending some of the groups available where they discussed how alcohol and substance misuse had affected their lives and the lives of their families and children.

Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) is a substance misuse service for women and families in the heart of Brighton and they have worked closely with local MPs such as Caroline Lucas, who has spoken at their conferences, and Peter Kyle who arranged the meeting with Luciana Berger yesterday.

Luciana Berger, Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, and JoAnne Welsh, Director of Brighton Oasis Project
Luciana Berger, Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, and JoAnne Welsh, Director of Brighton Oasis Project

After the one hour visit Luciana Berger said: “I’m here today in Brighton & Hove as part of my Mental Health Matters tour, every week I’m going to somewhere else across the country to see first-hand some really excellent projects like here at Brighton Oasis Project, to ensure I’m doing my very best as Shadow Cabinet Minister to hold the government to account but also to think about what the opposition and the Labour Party should be doing differently.

“Mental health has come out of the shadows. I’ve seen a change since I first took on mental health back in 2013, it’s definitely getting more airtime and attention, but what we desperately need to do is ensure the strong rhetoric and warm words are actually met with action. Part of the challenge is that when I travel across the country and speak to the people who are affected by addiction and mental health as well as the professionals supporting them, too many places are seeing services cut, massive changes in services, waiting times increase and thresholds increase, which makes it very difficult for people to access services. There is still a stigma when it comes to mental health and addiction but we’re starting to see those walls broken down – but we’ve still got some way to go. I believe it’s really important that I do as many visits as possible, sharing my experience online with social media and listening to people right across the country. We’re seeing more people getting involved in activity and we’re seeing more people in the public eye talking about their own [mental health] experiences but we do have some more work to do.”

Brighton Oasis Project provide a range of services supporting over 400 women and 175 children a year directly.  Services include structured treatment services for those looking to stop using drugs and alcohol, a crèche for very young children and a support service for children affected by family drug/alcohol use, an outreach project for sex workers, and parenting classes allowing adults in the community whose lives are affected by alcohol and substance misuse to form more positive relationships with their children.

Jo-Anne Welsh, Director for Brighton Oasis Project, explained: We’re really pleased that Peter Kyle MP and Luciana have chosen to focus on the work we do and the impact our services have on mental health issues in the city. It’s fantastic to have such support from our local MPs and other ministers. There’s a lot of work to be done around mental health, substance misuse and support for families, so it’s important that there is more attention and awareness given. We’re keen to discuss funding and our position for the next couple of years, we know Luciana is campaigning around mental health issues at the moment so she’ll want to know what it’s like being on the front line and how funding will effect this in the future. We do a lot of good work with women and families affected by alcohol and substance misuse every year in the local community but we could definitely support more women if we had more funding.”

Stacey, a Brighton Oasis Project service user who was advised to attend BOP by social services to ensure she could maintain custody of her son by addressing her drug use, discussed how the groups have changed her as a person and ensured that she is now totally free from all drugs. She mentioned how more funding is needed for projects like Oasis to ensure that more people receive the vital support the charity provides in the city

She said: “Before I joined I used to be a really angry person but the project supported me in the right places and allowed me to learn new skills, I did the POCAR programme and completed Phase 2 and now I do peer support groups here. If more funding was provided more people would have chances to keep their children and not fall back into trouble, some people get support but once they leave Oasis they have no support and they’re right back to square one again.”

A spokesperson for Peter Kyle present at the event on Thursday said the Hove MP views charities like BOP as the backbone of the city and that Luciana and he are keen to work with groups like this over the next four years to be able to get to grips with the issues faced in communities across the country every day.

Peter’s spokesperson, added: “The services which Brighton Oasis Project provide are vital to the region and I am proud to support an organisation which has such a positive effect on the lives of residents impacted by drugs and alcohol misuse in the city. Oasis provide the information we need to ensure we can make a difference in the city.”

The visit to Brighton & Hove forms part of Luciana Berger’s Mental Health Matters tour which saw her visit Brighton Oasis Project, Sussex Oakley and BHASVIC today.

For more information about Brighton Oasis Project go to www.oasisproject.org.uk


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Tent on the Bed BBC Panorama reveals residents ‘too poor to stay warm’ in Brighton & Hove Read More
BBC Panorama reveals residents ‘too poor to stay warm’ in Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative Ltd (BHESCo) are a unique energy services provider in Brighton & Hove who are giving a voice toRead More

BBC Panorama reveals residents ‘too poor to stay warm’ in Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative Ltd (BHESCo) are a unique energy services provider in Brighton & Hove who are giving a voice to local communities in the wider conversation about energy, fuel poverty and the future. In a shocking investigation into fuel poverty on Monday night’s BBC Panorama, it was revealed that approximately 20 per cent of the UK population are officially living in fuel poverty.

BHESCo have been working tirelessly for the last four years to combat the effects of fuel poverty in Brighton & Hove and recently advised the Panorama team on the situation in the city. The BHESCo staff were disgusted by the revelations across the UK shown in the BBC’s report by Datshiane Navanayagam.

Kayla Ente, Co-Founder and Director of BHESCo, explained: “Even with my experience of working with people living in fuel poverty it’s still heart-breaking to see the horrific situations that people are living with across the UK everyday.”

Rita Newman, a 71-year-old widow living in poor conditions who was helped by BHESCo in 2015
Rita Newman, a 71-year-old widow living in poor conditions who was helped by BHESCo in 2015

The programme, titled ‘Too Poor to Stay Warm’, focused on the growing issue of fuel poverty in the UK where a reported five million people live in fuel poverty today and new figures show approximately 9,000 people died as a direct consequence of cold homes last year.

Kayla said: “We can’t continue to tolerate almost 80 people dying every single day due to cold homes. The UK currently has twice as many ‘excess winter deaths’ than in Finland despite it being drastically colder there.  It’s criminal to think that the majority of these deaths in our cities are preventable.”

BHESCo worked with the Panorama team to highlight the growing fuel poverty issue in Brighton & Hove by putting the production team in contact with two city residents, who like Hayley Brooker, who works at the University of Brighton, BHESCo have visited their homes in the past.

Hayley lives in Brighton with her partner Dan and three children and they have been plagued with severe cold and damp issues due to fuel poverty. In the BBC special, Hayley’s daughter discussed how she didn’t want to grow up being cold all the time and how she would like to move to a house that doesn’t have mould everywhere.

Hayley’s daughter said: “I don’t like it in the winter when it’s freezing cold at night and it feels like someone’s still rubbing ice on my nose.”

The report also focused on Hayley and Dan’s newly born son who has already had a number of chest infections and been rushed to hospital due to the cold and damp conditions in their house.

Kayla said: “Looking at Hayley’s situation it’s extremely distressing that their home is causing health problems for their young children.  Unfortunately this is an issue shared by many families in Brighton & Hove. Cold is a killer and we see a lot of concerns rising from damp problems in the city too. Just by looking at the footage from last night’s Panorama you can see how severe the damp is in that property. It is a crime that with technology as it is today, people are still forced to live in these horrible conditions.”

Tent on the Bed
Tent on the Bed

The ‘Too Poor to Stay Warm’ special reported that fuel poverty costs the NHS an estimated £1.3billion a year and that there is a definite link between cold homes and ill health. As with Hayley’s children respiratory diseases can arise due to damp conditions.  There can also be increased chance of heart attacks and strokes when living sold and damp living conditions. In a shocking discovery by BHESCo last year, they found one Brighton resident had resorted to sleeping inside a tent erected on her bed in an attempt to raise the temperature by a fraction when sleeping in her bedroom.   She also had a respiratory condition from the mould growing on the walls of her rental accommodation.

Kayla said: “The tent on the bed is always seen as shocking.   When you’re living in such conditions you’ll try anything to get a little bit more warmth and our Energy Assessment Services aim to help by offering more long term solutions to staying warm. We always tell people about how, if the temperature in your home regularly drops below 17 degrees, your health is likely to suffer and that always comes as such a shock to people. Unfortunately as the program showed, these people aren’t living in cold and damp through choice, and a lot of the blame does fall on UK Energy companies who are charging their customers too much and forcing some of the poorest people in our society to pay the most for energy. We’ve worked with people who are living in terrible conditions and paying extortionate energy bills and we’ve been able to offer a lifeline to people out of this crippling situation just by advising them on switching energy supplier.”

Panorama highlighted a campaign by the Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, which was set to eradicate fuel poverty by law before 2016. However despite £2.8 billion already having been spent installing energy efficiency measures and a target for energy companies to make one million homes warmer by 2020, the target still hasn’t been met.

BHESCo believes that their unique approach to keeping people warm is the only way forward at this time as the government continue to change the goalposts and there are now far more people in fuel poverty than when government promised to eradicate it.

Kayla explained: “Due to how the government measure fuel poverty it looks like changes are happening.  In reality the number of people living in dangerous conditions has doubled. We have to tackle this in our own communities and take the power to stop people dying in this way in our cities. At BHESCo we provide a number of solutions for people living with fuel poverty as well as our Energy Assessment Service that has helped people in the most appalling conditions to save money and to heat their homes by those all-important few degrees for good health.

“We are also working with the council and a number of other initiatives to give the power back to the people who are paying for energy and just want to be able to keep their homes and families warm and damp free in the city. We want to stop excess winter deaths, we want to eradicate fuel poverty and we want to help our communities to save money, save energy and save lives!”

As a key social enterprise in Brighton & Hove, BHESCo’s social action initiative is to provide Energy Assessments for homes and businesses in the city, helping consumers lower their energy costs by empowering them to take more control of their energy supply. #yourpowertosave


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Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary with his Oscar RadioReverb interviews Oscar winner Benjamin Cleary Read More
RadioReverb interviews Oscar winner Benjamin Cleary

RadioReverb’s weekly Irish radio show for the Brighton & Hove community will be playing host to an Oscar winning filmmaker this April for anRead More

RadioReverb interviews Oscar winner Benjamin Cleary

RadioReverb’s weekly Irish radio show for the Brighton & Hove community will be playing host to an Oscar winning filmmaker this April for an in-depth interview following his international success at this year’s ceremony.

Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary, who won this year’s Best Short Film Live Action Oscar for his short titled ‘Stutterer’, will be interviewed on next week’s ‘What’s The Craic’ show by RadioReverb presenter and fellow Irishman, Anthony Martin.

The interview will be broadcast live on Monday, 4 April 2016 at 8pm on 97.2 FM on DAB and online at www.radioreverb.com and will focus on Cleary’s nerves leading up to the awards show, how he celebrated, where his Oscar is now and what his business card says now post Oscar win.

What’s The Craic presenter Antony Martin, said: “I’m really looking forward to chatting to Benjamin Cleary about how he got started in filmmaking and what gave him the idea for his short film, it should be a really interesting show.”

Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary with his Oscar
Academy Award winner Benjamin Cleary with his Oscar

What’s The Craic is a weekly Irish radio show with an eclectic mix of Irish music of all genres and a look at relevant news, sports and events of interest to the Irish community here in Brighton & Hove and is aired live at 8pm on Monday and repeated Tuesdays at 3pm and Saturdays at 1am.

RadioReverb is run entirely by volunteers and RadioReverb is the 24 hour community run radio station for Brighton and Hove and all shows they produce are open for sponsorship from local businesses. If you are a local enterprise who wishes to support RadioReverb then please contact the station at http://www.radioreverb.com/


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Gender Free World Group Image New gender neutral shirt company a perfect fit with VIP guests Read More
New gender neutral shirt company a perfect fit with VIP guests

Gender Free World (GFW), a Brighton-based start-up providing clothing and products for individuals regardless of their sex, revealed their new brand of ‘clothing withoutRead More

New gender neutral shirt company a perfect fit with VIP guests

Gender Free World (GFW), a Brighton-based start-up providing clothing and products for individuals regardless of their sex, revealed their new brand of ‘clothing without labels’ at an exclusive event in the city last night.

The new range of shirts has been heralded by its designers as a necessary addition for all people and all body shapes who are keen to wear non-gender specific clothing which is stylish, fits their form and ensures that their fashion choices are free from prejudice.

The launch event held at Brighton Werks on the Wednesday 16th March saw comedian Zoe Lyons, radio presenter Kathy Caton and representatives from Brighton’s contemporary tailor and designer Gresham Blake support the launch.

Local comedian Zoe Lyons attended the event wearing one of the new designs and was enthusiastic about the products after years of searching both the women’s and men’s sections in shops to find a shirt she liked which fitted her body.

Zoe Lyons Comedian
Zoe Lyons Comedian

Zoe explained: “At last, someone who understands the market which doesn’t want to squeeze itself into a gender specific style. I can now stop having to look in both sections to find something I like. It will be a shirt for life!”

The award-winning radio host Kathy Caton from RadioReverb LGBT show OUT IN Brighton also attended the event and praised the uniqueness of the shirts for their stylish appearance and the thought which had gone into creating something which fitted so many different people regardless of their sex or gender.

The new range of shirts have been designed by GFW to promote fashion which portrays who individuals are through what they wear and the company have big plans for the future to branch out into children’s clothing, toys and more.

Lisa Honan, Co-founder and Director of Gender Free World, said: “We are designing shirts for those overlooked by the high street. For women who prefer a less fitted or overtly feminine style, it is not as simple as shopping in the men’s section.  Men typically have wider shoulders and narrower hips so shirts designed for men may not fit many female bodies with the arms being too long and not enough room at the hips. We know there is a huge demand from the survey we did which showed that of the 173 people we talked to, over 80 per cent felt that they would welcome stylish, fitted shirts which suited them regardless of sex or gender.  An overwhelming amount of the feedback we received showed that whether they were slim, short, tall, busty or petite, regardless of sex the people we surveyed struggled to find clothes that fitted their personal choice.”

The shirts are available to buy online and in order to make sizing simple for all body types GFW have created an easy to use sizing chart customers can use and will send out a bespoke tape measure with every order.

To help customers who may not be too comfortable with gender-specific sizes in various regions around the world the tape measure and sizing guide will ensure that everyone who buys from GFW will find stylish shirts in the colours they want and fitted to whatever body shape they desire.

To pre-order any of the new ranges, find more information about sizing and body shapes or for terms and conditions, visit www.genderfreeworld.com

At the end of the evening Co Founder and Investor in Gender Free World Paul Dickinson said, “something has started, I don’t know what it is, but it feels good.”

VIP Launch GFW Senior Team (L-R Investor Paul Dickinson, Founder Lisa Honan, Investor Sally Russell OBE and Director Nel Margerison)
VIP Launch GFW Senior Team (L-R Investor Paul Dickinson, Founder Lisa Honan, Investor Sally Russell OBE and Director Nel Margerison)

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Rebecca Newman, Parenting Practitioner at Brighton Oasis Project An Oasis of hope for women and families affected by drugs and alcohol Read More
An Oasis of hope for women and families affected by drugs and alcohol

  The Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) launched their new Mellow Parenting service today (Tuesday, 15th March) to help support the parents in our communityRead More

An Oasis of hope for women and families affected by drugs and alcohol

 

The Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) launched their new Mellow Parenting service today (Tuesday, 15th March) to help support the parents in our community whose lives are affected by drugs and alcohol form more positive relationships with their children.

David Cameron has recently announced a wish for more parents to have access to parenting programs and more support with this most challenging of roles. In 2014-15, BOP provided care co-ordination for 195 women and 91per cent of the women they worked with who had alcohol problems left treatment successfully. During the same year, 57 children attended the crèche that BOP provide through Young Oasis Project and 79 different children accessed therapy too. BOP is hoping that the new Mellow Parenting program is going to provide additional support for some of the most vulnerable families in our city, setting these families up for success.

The new initiative is an early intervention parenting group working with mums and babies to help form a strong bond between parent and child and create a safe environment so the parent can grow and improve their coping skills for how to form a stronger relationship with their child at this crucial stage.

Rebecca Newman, Parenting Practitioner at Brighton Oasis Project, said: “It’s important that we separate the classes to different age groups to cater to different needs at that early stage of parenting and also to allow the mums and children to interact and work with peers at a similar time in their lives. Mellow Parenting is empowering and strength based, it’s working with what the mothers already have and showing them what they can do rather than criticising them and saying what they’re doing is wrong. The parents in the Mellow Parenting classes will work together to encourage their own strengths and unique attributes and prove to themselves how they can make a difference to their lives and the lives of their children.”

Rebecca Newman, Parenting Practitioner at Brighton Oasis Project
Rebecca Newman, Parenting Practitioner at Brighton Oasis Project

Mellow Parenting is an evidence based parenting intervention developed to support parents and their children in making good relationships with programs designed for mums, dads, pregnant women and dad’s to be as well as a program adapted to support parents with learning difficulties.

Thanks to a recent three year funding grant from the charitable trust, Trusthouse, Oasis has been able to train two parenting practitioners, in mellow parenting, to carry out this much needed work which will work with children from 0 to four-years-old and their parents.

Rebecca, one of the practitioners who received the training explained: “We’re so lucky to have received that grant so we can provide this service which will be invaluable to a lot of parents in the local area. There is a real need in the city for this service, we launched on 15th March with our first group of mums and babies but I’ve already had a huge amount of referrals from workers across Brighton & Hove for additional classes from 0 to four months. There is a real need to help the young families across the city.”

Rebecca added: “BOP realised there was a significant need to support clients with young children and to get in as fast as possible and help set them up for success. A lot of the parents we work with haven’t had great role models or positive interaction with parent figures themselves so they will really benefit from this unique and bonding approach.”

The Mellow Parenting group at BOP will work with alcohol and substance misusers of all kinds in Brighton & Hove helping a wide variety of women, some recently out of treatment and some who have been in recovery for quite a few years, become closer to their babies.

For mothers accessing treatment at BOP currently, the service offers a Crèche as part of the recovery programme which allows the mothers to have one less worry that could prevent them from accessing the treatment. The Mellow Parenting group will be unique by breaking the day up into sections some of which will be with their children and others will be solely with the mothers.

Rebecca explained: “We will actually have the children in the group for the first part of the Mellow Parenting Day and will use fun, interactive activities so that the mums can work on bonding with their children and practice attachment strategies. It will also allow them to come to terms with any potential issues they face in a safe and encouraging environment. We’re so lucky to have the resources we do and the brilliant crèche at Young Oasis Project because without it the parents could grow even further from their children, now with Mellow Parenting and Young Oasis crèche they have such a better chance.”Brighton Oasis Project -Logo

With certain TV portrayals and media coverage the women we work with can be stigmatised as being neglectful or having caused their babies to be addicted to drugs and this is something BOP are keen to re-educate. “Mellow parenting is all about breaking the cycle of drug dependency being handed down and putting a stop to the stigma surrounding substance and alcohol misusers and their children.” Rebecca said. “It’s not easy. It’s one of the most challenging jobs someone can ever have but the treatment is all about empowering them to know that they can form a really special attachment with their children and know that their children will grow up in a more stable and nurtured environment than they might have done.

“It’s really important to be able to stop disadvantage at an early stage and Mellow Parenting is a preventative form of therapy so it’s not about telling them they’ve done something wrong, it’s a brilliant opportunity to help mums and change the lives of children.”

BOP hope to be able to branch out to provide the service to fathers in the future too ensuring that there is a focus on that bond which the charity feel is just as valuable and important a relationship for a child.

Jo-Anne Welsh, Director of Brighton Oasis Project, said: “The Mellow Parenting program is all about providing a strong bond that can provide stability for the children and the parents allowing them all to break the cycle and create a better future together and we feel it’s just as important to nurture that relationship with the children as well as the mums.”

The first 14 week group kicked off this March supporting mums with babies aged 0-18 month.  The project will be externally evaluated and will add to the research being carried out by Mellow Parenting, in Glasgow.

Explaining why Oasis are at the forefront of this positive approach in addressing the current situation in Brighton and Hove, Rebecca explained: “I’m so proud to work at such a unique and valuable service in the city, it truly is an Oasis!”

For more information about Brighton Oasis Project go to www.oasisproject.org.uk


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BHESCO icon BHESCo launch event to celebrate Earth Day Read More
BHESCo launch event to celebrate Earth Day

  The Brighton & Hove Energy Service Co-operative (BHESCo) is hosting a free film screening and Question Time style debate to celebrate International EarthRead More

BHESCo launch event to celebrate Earth Day

 

The Brighton & Hove Energy Service Co-operative (BHESCo) is hosting a free film screening and Question Time style debate to celebrate International Earth Day which this year is on Friday 22 April 2016.

Earth Day event image

The free event will include a screening of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, followed by a Question Time style panel discussion about “What does a healthy and sustainable community look like?” The panel will consist of local experts from finance, energy, housing, environment, and food.

The critically acclaimed documentary has been chosen by BHESCo to tie in with their desire to create a healthy and happy community in the city and spark debate about what the biggest challenges are to achieve this in the panel.

The debate will be hosted by Duncan Blinkhorn from Brighton Climate Action Network and Founder of Bike Train will discuss the question of how companies, communities and individuals can create a local Brighton & Hove with audience questions, social media participation and more.

The local entrepreneurs who will be taking part in the Question Time style panel are; Mick Taylor, Co-Founder and Director of local CIC Good Money; Bill Randall, former Mayor and Trustee of Brighton Housing Trust; Tony Whitbread, Chairman of Sussex Wildlife Trust; Kayla Ente, Founder and CEO of BHESCo; Adam Buckingham, from the Real Junk Food Project;

Kayla Ente, Director and Co-Founder of BHESCoKayla Ente, Founder and CEO of BHESCo, explained: “We’re so lucky to live in a city where there are so many organisations who are keen to promote change and work towards a better standard of living for everyone. It’s no coincidence that Brighton & Hove lead the way with campaigns like the Living Wage, LGBT rights and still have the first Green Party MP. We want to continue this tradition of social change in our community. In 2016 BHESCo is pushing a range of new services, such as our Energy Assessment Service and our proposed self-sufficient waste project, which are all designed to help everyone in our communities, and allow Brighton & Hove to take a more active role in shaping its own future. We’re very proud to be working with groups like Real Junk Food Project and BCAN to work towards our goal of creating a healthy and happy sustainable Brighton and Hove.”

Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.
BHESCo are keen to expand the diverse range of businesses and communities in the city who are working towards a more sustainable economy so their Earth Day event is supported by the Real Junk Food Project, Brighton Climate Action Network.

LogoThe event has been designed to produce a blueprint for how Brighton & Hove can localise its economy and create more opportunities for the future through an insightful, thought- provoking and entertaining evening.

Attendees will not only get a chance to watch the renowned documentary and hear from the esteemed panel of local entrepreneurs, there will also be a bespoke menu created for the evening by the Real Junk Food Project.

The event will be held on Earth Day, Friday 22 April 2016, at One Church from 6:00 – 9:00pm.

For more information go to BHESCo 

To book click here

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Gender Free World Website Clothing Without Labels Read More
Clothing Without Labels

Brighton based start-up Gender Free World (GFW) are on a mission to dispel the outdated tradition of gender identity by providing clothing without labelsRead More

Clothing Without Labels

Brighton based start-up Gender Free World (GFW) are on a mission to dispel the outdated tradition of gender identity by providing clothing without labels for individuals regardless of their sex.

GFW will be revealing their new brand of clothing without labels in March with an event designed to promote fashion which portrays who individuals are through what they wear. The new range of shirts has been heralded by its designers as a necessary addition for all people and all body types who are keen to wear non-gender specific clothing which is stylish, fits their form and ensures that their fashion choices are free from prejudice.

Lisa Honan, Co-founder and Director of Gender Free World, said: We are designing shirts for those overlooked by the high street. For women who like a particular more masculine or boyish style, it is not as simple as shopping in the men’s section.  Men typically have wider shoulders and narrower hips so shirts designed for men may not fit many female bodies with the arms being too long and not enough room at the hips. We know there is a huge demand from the survey we did which showed that of the 173 people we talked to, over 80 per cent felt that they would welcome stylish, fitted shirts which suited them regardless of sex or gender.  An overwhelming amount of the feedback we received showed that whether they were slim, short, tall, busty or petite, regardless of sex the people we surveyed struggled to find clothes that fitted their personal choice.”

The shirts GFW are launching are about celebrating femininity and masculinity regardless of someone’s sex but they also want to ensure they are inclusive to all including those who don’t identify with male or female genders. The survey highlighted issues such as shirts from high street shops for the female form are often too feminine and also that a lot of those surveyed had issues with shirts fitting poorly and gaping around the breasts. To counter this, GFW have created a ‘Hidden Reverse Button’ which has been designed to ensure that shirts are fitted better around breasts without gaping. All shirts are manufactured in the UK.

Lisa Honan
Lisa Honan, Co-Founder and Director of Gender Free World

Lisa added: “We want to communicate with all of our potential customers and ensure that GFW Clothing grows and adapts to ensure that we cater to everybody’s personal choices We want our customers and the people who aren’t catered to by the high street brands to work with us to adapt how we talk about our clothing preferences and what styles of fashion are missing. Ideally we hope to work together to create a world where everyone is free to express their own style and taste regardless of what is considered traditional men’s or women’s clothes.”

Based on the feedback from the survey and to ensure that their products cater to the needs of the large group of people who are tired of having their fashion choices dictated by assumptions, GFW have created their own Gender Neutral values:

  1. To be seen as an individual regardless of physical or sexual characteristics.
  2. To be free of the dominant societal norms which restrict choice such as assuming that a woman likes pink things!
  3. To be free to love who you like regardless of their biology or gender.
  4. Celebrating masculinity and femininity across its spectrum in the spirit of free expression.

Discussing their plans after launching, Lisa continued, “Our first three ranges: Alex, Billie and Charlie are designed with female body shapes in mind but with a gender neutral appreciation, ideal for those who like a boyish or tomboy style – the Charlie range will fit some men depending on their body shape. Going forward we intend to launch a range which will fit further variations in the male frame in mid-2016 called Drew, before branching into our gender neutral kids clothes and manual workwear for  body shapes other than the ‘one size fits all ‘standard large male currently on offer in DIY retailers . We will also sell gender neutral toys and other goods as appropriate.”Shirt for SEA PR Website

The world is slowly waking up to the fact that not everybody feels comfortable being identified with society’s social constructs surrounding gender so GFW are set to meet this demand for the large group of people who are offered a very limited range of clothing by major high street clothing brands. A lot of noise has been made recently about the ‘dangerous’ and ‘absurd’ questionnaire planned by Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield OBE, which sought to give children more choice over how they identify themselves with regards to gender. GFW are passionate about a world where people’s choices are not restricted by their gender, increasing personal choices and changing social conventions but they don’t believe that the discussion is as confusing as some people would have you think.

Lisa explained: “I find it so bizarre that a lot of people are so outraged at the idea of personal choice in how they identify themselves. We are aware that the term ‘gender’ can be interpreted in different ways and can be controversial. 

“A lot of this has to do with the fact that the media can sometimes make it sound more confusing than it is. At Gender Free World we’re not trying to tell people what they should call themselves or which box they should tick, we’re just trying to ensure that stylish, fashionable clothes are available to buy for everyone regardless of their gender or body type. We’re keeping it simple. We are not saying we want a world without gender only that it is unfair that gender can limit and restrict your choices which is why we’ve created our gender neutral fashion range.”

GFW are revealing their first three new ranges of shirts on Wednesday 16th of March 2016 and in order to make sizing simple for all body types they have created an easy to use sizing chart customers can use and will send out a bespoke tape measure with every order. To help customers who may not be too comfortable with gender-specific sizes in various regions around the world the tape measure and sizing guide will ensure that everyone who buys from GFW will find stylish shirts in the colours they want and fitted to whatever body shape they desire. To pre-order any of the new ranges, find more information about sizing and body shapes or for terms and conditions, visit www.genderfreeworld.com


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Jo Anne Welsh- CEO Brighton Oasis Project Substance misuse event focuses on children for safeguarding day Read More
Substance misuse event focuses on children for safeguarding day

The drug and alcohol misuse service Brighton Oasis Project hosted an important event to highlight the vital services needed for young people in theRead More

Substance misuse event focuses on children for safeguarding day

The drug and alcohol misuse service Brighton Oasis Project hosted an important event to highlight the vital services needed for young people in the region and promote their key messages for the future last Friday. The event coincides with National Safeguarding Day on the 29 February which is the one day this year where organisations Stop what Jo Anne Welsh- CEO Brighton Oasis Projectthey are doing, Look at their safeguarding practices, Listen to young people and take action.

On Friday delegates from the local community, attended the event which saw a number of Brighton Oasis Project service users describe their situations, their drug and alcohol dependency and the impact the service has had on their lives and the lives of their children.

Peter Kyle, MP for Hove, is a champion for youth services and making a difference to young people’s lives through his work with youth unemployment charity ‘Working for Youth’. Speaking prior to the event on Friday he said: “I am determined to ensure that at this crucial time, we do everything we can to support the next generation. National Safeguarding Day is a fantastic initiative and it’s important that we focus on all areas where our children are being affected from alcohol and substance misuse to unemployment. The services which Brighton Oasis Project provide are vital to the region and I am proud to support an organisation which has such a positive effect on the lives of children impacted by drugs and alcohol misuse in the city.”

Brighton Oasis Project provide a range of services which all contribute to safeguarding children in the city, giving care and support to around 175 children a year directly, with many more safeguarded indirectly as a result of their services for adults. In a recent report for Channel 4 during ‘Children of Alcoholics Week’ it was revealed that 2.6 million children, roughly one in five, live with a hazardous drinker. Two young children from Brighton Oasis Project’s ‘Young Oasis’ service who lived with a parents with an alcohol problem were interviewed for the report and said their lives “were without question better now” having attended the service.

Brighton Oasis Project -LogoJo-Anne Welsh, Director for Brighton Oasis Project, explained: “Brighton Oasis Project has been working with women with drug and alcohol problems for 19 years and since our inception we have provide a crèche. The links between substance misuse and risks to children are well known and we know that women are unable to access treatment without child care and that children affected by substance misuse are vulnerable.”

Brighton Oasis Project services which focus on safeguarding children includes;
• The Parenting Our Children , Addressing Risk (POCAR) Programme working with parents whose children have social work involvement as a result of their parents substance misuse
• A crèche caring for children from birth while their parents engage in treatment and recovery activities
• A therapeutic service for children affected by parental substance misuse working with those aged 5-18
• A Young Women’s Alcohol Worker focusing on 14-25 year olds
• Inclusive Holiday Art activities for children
• Evidence based parenting programmes

Councillor Alex Phillips from the Green Party, representing Caroline Lucas MP at the event, gave an impassioned speech about how impressed and inspired she was by the work that Brighton Oasis Project do in the city. She explained how inspiring it was to see the project allowing women to have confidence in the face of addiction and how they’re using evidence based research such as POCAR to tackle the growing issue of children living with parents with an alcohol problem.

Jo-Anne added: “We’re very grateful to everyone that attended our event to hear staff along with current and former clients talk about our services and the impact they have on children’s safety and wellbeing. We want to increase the visibility and give a voice to children affected by substance misuse in the family and let local businesses know about our evaluation of the POCAR service which highlights the social value created by the POCAR programme.”

National Safeguarding Day is organised by the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS), and they urge organisations to pledge to spend some time on 29 February 2016 reviewing their safeguarding policy and/or practice, run safeguarding sessions with young people on the 29 February and more.

For more information about Brighton Oasis Project go to www.oasisproject.org.uk


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hove_grown_logo_final_sm[1] for Website Hove Grown festival steps into the spotlight Read More
Hove Grown festival steps into the spotlight

Hove Grown, a new performing arts festival for writers and performers within the city of Brighton & Hove, is set to reshape the liveRead More

Hove Grown festival steps into the spotlight

Hove Grown, a new performing arts festival for writers and performers within the city of Brighton & Hove, is set to reshape the live performance landscape of the city when it launches on Friday 18th to Sunday 27th March 2016.

The festival is a joint venture between ZLS Theatre, Brighton’s only social enterprise theatre company, and Sweet Venues, who manage the Award Winning Dukebox Theatre. Hove Grown will feature around 30 shows in its first year with some truly unique writing and performances being showcased.hove_grown_logo_final_sm[1]

With the city building up for Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe in May, Hove Grown aims to be an affordable precursor for local talent leading up to the other established festivals. The Hove Grown festival will cover theatre, comedy, improv, spoken word and a variety of workshops with a tailored section catering for fun and educational Family-friendly shows. Every show in the programme will be £10 or under, with some shows just £3.

Guy Wah, founder of ZLS Theatre and Hove Grown, explained: “We wanted an affordable festival that draws attention to the huge variety of fantastic new writing and performance in Brighton & Hove and more importantly we wanted to give these new works an opportunity to be performed. We’re thrilled to have so much support in our first year, particularly from Brighton Fringe, as we always set out to be a forerunner for local writing and performance leading up to the fantastic line-ups at The Fringe and other festivals.”

One of the key aims of the festival is to showcase the numerous venues in Hove situated outside the city centre of Brighton, ranging from large spaces like The Brunswick to smaller, more intimate spaces such as The Dukebox Theatre or Artista Studios.

Sarah Johnson, Assistant Venue Manager for Sweet Venues says “Sweet Venues is very keen to shine a spotlight on some of the brilliant venues across Hove ahead of their participation in Brighton Fringe in May. We hope by being loud and proud about our love for Hove, we will raise awareness of the hub of creative activity that has developed in the Western Road area and in time we believe this will drive new footfall and spending to the venues and surrounding local businesses.”

The Hove Grown festival has a huge selection of sensational shows this year including local LGBT theatrical duo Behind the Lines performing an acclaimed cabaret show about “a significant piece of lesbian history”, the award winning Sussex performance group Bard & Troubadour previewing new material before their anticipated run at this year’s Brighton Fringe, Hove comedian Aidan Goatley debuting his new show with a special evening in his hometown, and many, many more. (For more information about these shows please see below this press release or contact hello@sea-pr.com)

All the Nice Girls
All the Nice Girls

As artistic director of ZLS Theatre, Guy Wah is pleased to see Hove Grown coming to life: “Brighton & Hove has a wealth of creative talent, and now we have an outlet designed to celebrate that. This is a great opportunity to see new work in some wonderful venues that don’t always receive the attention that they deserve. We’re also really proud that all of our writers and performers have embraced the affordability idea and kept ticket prices under £10. All of the shows are fantastic and we want as many people to see them as possible.”

The Hove Grown festival will be hosting a launch party at The DukeBox in Hove on March 17th to celebrate its first year and also establish their plans for the future.

“We are thrilled to be partnered with ZLS Theatre in the creation of (Brighton &) Hove Grown“, said JD Henshaw, Artistic Director of Sweet Venues. “That we can build a festival that focuses solely on new work across multiple genres is a testament to the quantity of highly creative people living and working in our city, as well as the large number of exciting and supportive venues in and around the Western Road area of Hove. We are committed to presenting this festival for the next three years and believe that it will become a fixture in the Brighton & Hove festival calendar, one that we can carry on far beyond our initial three year plan.”

For more information on all the events and to buy tickets go www.hovegrown.org.uk


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Sounds of Diversity logo - Reverbathon Reverbathon 2016: Sounds of Diversity Read More
Reverbathon 2016: Sounds of Diversity

For the ninth year in a row, independent radio station RadioReverb launches REVERBATHON 2016 – “Sounds of Diversity” their annual fundraiser which, for oneRead More

Reverbathon 2016: Sounds of Diversity

For the ninth year in a row, independent radio station RadioReverb launches REVERBATHON 2016 – “Sounds of Diversity” their annual fundraiser which, for one day only, helps this purely volunteer led community radio station stay on air for another year but also deliver a very strong social action schedule of programs for the Brighton and Hove community.
Reverb poster FINALThe 24 hour fundraiser runs from 8 am on Saturday 5th March to 8am on Sunday 6th March 2016. The Reverbathon will not only raise money for the radio station, enabling it to remain playlist and advert free, but it will also celebrate the diversity (Sounds of Diversity is its theme for this year) of its presenters, show topics and Brighton and Hove listeners. At the start of each hour a different presenter will take to the airwaves promoting their different style of shows, and other presenters,  live guests and bands will be dropping in for short sessions and chats making it a totally unique local radio experience and endorsing its strapline – #soveryBrighton.

Already scheduled from 8am on Saturday 5th March are IN BRIGHTON with Jeff Hemmings, HIV Happy Hour, the award winning OUT in Brighton, the unique intergenerational son and mum show Ruben and Sharon. Frockabilly – Brighton’s only rockabilly radio show, (and Europe’s only female-fronted rockabilly show on FM radio) will be adding some variety and in its usual slot will be Albion Roar making sure regular listeners are kept up to date with what’s happening with the local team.  Long running show Slipstreem with its worldwide beats will bring some global grooves from everywhere on the planet, with more shows being added all the time.

Station Manager Euan McAleece said – “We can’t wait for Reverbathon 2016. The planning part has been very exciting and all of our volunteer presenters are giving up their Saturday through to Sunday morning to do a stint. We will also have a much larger presence on social media this year – which we hope will attract new listeners and possibly even more donations. The variety of programmes and shows means there will be something for everyone and we are asking listeners, local businesses and anyone passing the door to come and support.”

Euan McAleece - RR Station Manager
Euan McAleece – RR Station Manager

RadioReverb is run entirely by volunteers and all the money raised goes directly back into the running of the station, upgrading equipment and giving an opportunity to bring in new shows and opportunities for new local voices. It also has a very strong successful social action programming commitment with award winning shows supporting the LGBT community plus refugees, the disabled, and those diagnosed with HIV.

To donate please go to www.radioreverb.com.

Radio Reverb is based in Brighton and can be found on 97.2FM on DAB and online www.radioreverb.com


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Impetus Logo Cracking line-up for Impetus at final Charity Chuckle Read More
Cracking line-up for Impetus at final Charity Chuckle

The local charity, Brighton & Hove Impetus were thrilled to have been nominated as the last chosen charity of choice for the final CharityRead More

Cracking line-up for Impetus at final Charity Chuckle

The local charity, Brighton & Hove Impetus were thrilled to have been nominated as the last chosen charity of choice for the final Charity Chuckle on Tuesday February 9th at Komedia. As Brighton’s first and best charitable comedy night, Charity Chuckle has been supporting local organisations since 2009 and went out with a real belly laugh on Tuesday with super star headliners Zoe Lyons (who is also a volunteer for Impetus) and surprise guest, local comedian turned national TV personality Sean Walsh.zoe lyons_044b_photo by steve ullathorne

The local charity, Brighton & Hove Impetus are one of the leading organisations working to reduce isolation and improve the wellbeing of people in Brighton and Hove.

Brighton & Hove Impetus were so proud to have been chosen for the last laugh with Charity Chuckle which has been such a defining part of the third sector in the city for the last six years.

Jo Ivens, CEO at Brighton & Hove Impetus, explained: “We had a superb night, especially as local comedian Zoe Lyons is one of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme volunteers. Charity Chuckle has raised a fantastic amount of money for local organisations and we were delighted and a bit sad to be the last organisation to be chosen. The impact that being involved in events such as these makes a huge difference to our staff, volunteers and our clients so we are extremely grateful for their support.”

Impetus support some of the city’s most marginalised people including older people, adults with physical and learning disabilities and people with mental health problems by providing opportunities to connect to the local community through befriending, social groups, volunteering, and advocacy.

One of Impetus’s 68-year-old clients said: “Someone of my own age to chat to in my own home makes my house feel lived in. I look forward to her visits and If I’m feeling low she always cheers me up. She is better than just a friend, more like a loving relation.”

Charity Chuckle has raised over £18,000 in the last 6 years for local charities.

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BHESCO icon Energy Co-op launch new service to stay warm as temperature drops Read More
Energy Co-op launch new service to stay warm as temperature drops

This week, to coincide with the launch of their new Energy Assessment service, Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative Ltd (BHESCo) have also justRead More

Energy Co-op launch new service to stay warm as temperature drops

This week, to coincide with the launch of their new Energy Assessment service, Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative Ltd (BHESCo) have also just released a helpful list of tips to stay warm, dry and save money during this winter cold snap.

The new Energy Assessment service is available for homes and businesses from January 2016 to everyone in Brighton and Hove and the surrounding areas with BHESCo also offering FREE assessments to any new members this month. It is especially useful for those struggling to heat their homes and looking to lower their energy costs due to lack of income. BHESCo Book Now

It is a sad fact that in 2016, cold weather is still a killer. With more than 20,000 people dying as a result of cold weather every year in the UK, staying warm and reducing heating costs is a national issue which simply cannot be ignored. In Brighton & Hove, 12% of households (15,000) are living in fuel poverty, which is above average for the South-East. Due to the poor quality of its housing stock, the UK currently has twice as many ‘excess winter deaths’ than in Finland despite it being drastically colder there. Worryingly, it only takes a sudden cold snap to put the lives of so many at further risk. The situation is only likely to get worse as the number of households that receive energy efficiency improvements will reduce from 4.5million down to merely 1 million in the next five years.

BHESCo Energy Advisors
BHESCo Energy Advisors

So it is thanks to co-operatives like BHESCo who are launching home and business energy initiatives as well as developing alternative energy programmes and funding streams to help everyone in their community to stay warm, save money and save time. It is of particular importance to those in fuel poverty, especially if they have young children or older relatives.

Kayla Ente, Founder and Director of BHESCo, explained: “We are delighted to be launching our new energy assessment service from today which will empower and inform people on how to stay warm and save money.  We have worked hard to ensure our service will be affordable and impartial, enabling everyone to receive a complete energy assessment tailored to their circumstances.”

BHESCo’s TOP TEN TIPS FOR KEEPING WARM

Staying Warm:

  1. Use a hot water bottle to keep out the chill.
  2. Close internal doors and turn off radiators in unused rooms. 
  3. Invest in proper draught-proofing products for the doors and windows. 
  4. Seal your skirting boards with silicone sealant, and fit a chimney balloon or umbrella.
  5. Top off your loft insulation to 250mm. 
  6. Secondary glazing film is inexpensive and an effective way to keep out draughts. 
  7. Draw the curtains at dusk to keep the heat in to prevent losing heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, maybe up a chimney or two, and a whole host of other little holes around the house.

Saving Money:

  1. Try turning your room thermostat down by one degree, every degree that you turn it down could save you around £65 a year on your heating bill. 
  2. Turn the heat down a couple of degrees if you are going to be away from home for a longer period of time.
  3. Turn everything off! Turning off lights and appliances will save energy and a family could save between £50 and £90 a year just by remembering to turn things off.

4. BHESCo Bulb DesignThese handy top tips have been created as a way of helping people in the Brighton & Hove community and to encourage residents to realise they have the power to keep warm, save money and in the long term, save the planet.

BHESCo is a social enterprise created to help consumers lower their energy costs by empowering individuals to take more control of their energy supply. #Yourpowertosave

The co-op are also running a special offer throughout January 2016, any new members who join BHESCo will receive a free energy assessment for their home or business.

To book your Energy Assessment or find out more about becoming a member go to www.bhesco.co.uk/energy-assessment-service or freephone 0800 9996671 (01273 766671).


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Jaibli Salaam - St Lukes kids RadioReverb to broadcast unique Refugee Stories Read More
RadioReverb to broadcast unique Refugee Stories

21 December 2015 Brighton’s local community radio station, RadioReverb is to broadcast a new series about Brighton’s refugee community. JAIBLI SALAAM, an Arabic welcomeRead More

RadioReverb to broadcast unique Refugee Stories

21 December 2015

Brighton’s local community radio station, RadioReverb is to broadcast a new series about Brighton’s refugee community. JAIBLI SALAAM, an Arabic welcome salutation, is presented and produced by Gilly Smith and explores ideas of home, identity, food and music from Brighton’s migrant communities.

The first episode will be broadcast on Christmas Day, and kicks the series off with the story of The School Bus Project, an example of the extraordinary outpouring of generosity from the city towards the refugees. Kate McAllister, founder of the project takes us aboard her yellow double decker bus, the result of a successful crowdfunding initiative, which she is converting into a pop up classroom to take to the Jungle camp in Calais.

Jaibli Salaam - St Lukes kids
Jaibli Salaam – St Lukes students read stories for refugees

Presenter, Gilly Smith is creative producer at hexology, a Brighton-based new media company which sponsors the series, as well as a radio lecturer at the University of Brighton. She invited her students to record children from St Lukes’ Primary School reading popular children’s stories for the first episode. The recordings were then embedded by hexology into the barcodes of the books which will be transported to the Jungle camp in Calais at the end of January.

The following episodes take us into the homes of Brighton’s Syrian community. “I wanted to show the faces behind the word ‘refugee’”, said Smith. “And there’s nowhere better to paint a picture than radio. The welcome I’ve had from the Syrian community here in Brighton has been overwhelming. All we do in each episode is cook and chat about food, music and memories from the old country, but the stories say so much more about the humanity and warmth of the Syrian people.”

Emergency Lab Technology Officer at UNHCR Innovation John Warnes who is working with hexology on other applications of the technology in transit camps said: “Real tales of what life is like in destination countries is really valuable for the refugees.”

The series is supported by the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton which is a partnership between Brighton’s digital community, Wired Sussex and The University of Brighton.

To hear JAIBLI SALAAM, tune into RadioReverb 97.2 FM on Christmas Day between 5pm – 6pm, repeated again 10pm – 11pm and on Boxing Day between 9am – 10am with the remaining 5 shows scheduled across January 2016.

You can also hear RadioReverb on DAB or by logging on to www.radioreverb.com

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Time2Give 500 hours of volunteering raised by unique Time2Give ball Read More
500 hours of volunteering raised by unique Time2Give ball

On Wednesday December 9th, over 500 hours of volunteering was given to local charities via a new charity event launched in Brighton in 2014Read More

500 hours of volunteering raised by unique Time2Give ball

On Wednesday December 9th, over 500 hours of volunteering was given to local charities via a new charity event launched in Brighton in 2014 – the Time2Give Christmas Ball.

Time2Give Ball - Gail Bainbridge, Sophie Corbett, Carol Lewis
Time2Give Ball – Gail Bainbridge, Sophie Corbett, Carol Lewis

The event now in its second year is the brain child of Gail Bainbridge co-owner of Brighton based accountancy practice Bainbridge Lewis and all started off the back of a Leadership inspired project.

Time2Give Ball - Presenters Sophie Corbett and Guy Lloyd
Time2Give Ball – Presenters Sophie Corbett and Guy Lloyd

Gail explained: “I was asked to design a non-profit project that would bring together two communities that were important to me, as a small business owner and a charity trustee myself it was a clear choice. I’ve been volunteering for a few years now and I know that I have got as much, if not more, out of it than I have put in and I’ve met some amazing people. So the Time 2Give Ball made perfect sense.”

The event held at The Grand in Brighton and hosted by Guy Lloyd and Sophie Corbett supported 12 charities from across the city and included the ‘Auction with a difference’ where guests are invited to bid for some really wonderful prizes with their TIME rather than their CASH. Donated time will be matched up to the 12 not-for-profit organisations already looking for professional support. As it was pointed out on the evening by Nathan Roberts from A Band of Brothers: “Who helps the helpers? Well the Time2Give ball certainly does. The event really endorsed the fact that time is the new money!”

The event was supported by Business in the Community, Clark Brownscombe, Community Works and Giving Times.

For more information go to www.time2give.org.uk.


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RETT UK ‘To know her is to love her’ video receives celebrity support as RETT UK marks 30th Anniversary Read More
‘To know her is to love her’ video receives celebrity support as RETT UK marks 30th Anniversary

The charity RETT UK, who has its headquarters in Luton, this week release a new film called ‘To Know Her is To Love Her’Read More

‘To know her is to love her’ video receives celebrity support as RETT UK marks 30th Anniversary

The charity RETT UK, who has its headquarters in Luton, this week release a new film called ‘To Know Her is To Love Her’ to celebrate their 30th anniversary and promote the work they are doing for families across the UK. The video has been praised by Coleen Rooney, whose family was supported by Rett UK, and the charity’s new CEO, Becky Jenner, has big plans for their future with raising awareness top of the list.

CEO, Becky Jenner, has a daughter Rosie who was diagnosed with Rett syndrome when she was 17 months old and the organisation Becky turned to for help was Rett UK; the national charity that provides support, information and advice for families affected by Rett syndrome.

Rosie Jenner
Rosie Jenner

Rett UK were founded in 1985 round a kitchen table by Yvonne Milne MBE and are now the leading provider of information to not only families but also medical professionals new to the world of Rett syndrome. The charity have played a huge party in Becky Jenner’s life ever since she read an article about Angela Lane’s daughter Cherry which described Rosie’s symptoms perfectly.

As part of Rett UK’s 30th Anniversary Year the charity have released a powerful new video to highlight their ‘To Know Her Is To Love Her’ appeal launched this year. The appeal is supported by Coleen Rooney whose sister, Rosie, sadly died of Rett syndrome in 2013.

Coleen Rooney, explained: “The #ToKnowHerIsToLoveHer campaign is a beautiful way to describe my sister, Rosie, and other people I’ve met suffering with Rett syndrome and the new video brings this to life perfectly. Please support Rett UK and make a difference especially as they don’t receive any public funding. Therefore they need your support and help with fundraising so that they can help families living with this.”

Families who worked with Rett UK on the campaign, feel that the film really captures the essence of their girls and that despite all their difficulties and challenges, the person they love and care for is always there loving them back.

Now as CEO, Becky is raising awareness of the amazing work the charity does, Rett UK are a small team working on a national level and receive no government funding and rely entirely on donations and grants to fund their work.  The 30th Anniversary of Rett UK marks a key opportunity for them to raise awareness about the syndrome, the people affected by it and also the work they are doing for the families who are living with the daily challenges it presents.

Becky, CEO of Rett UK, explained, Rett UK’s 30th Anniversary marks 30 years of providing professional family support to people affected by this devastating disorder. In those 30 years we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge about how the disorder develops as the founding families are still involved today; given that it did not appear in the medical journals in the UK till the 1980’s we are in a unique position to be able to share that information and advice at every stage of the Rett syndrome journey. Becky Jenner

“The film is a celebration of everything that Rett UK has achieved in those 30 years but also a call to action to attract new support. We are a small community that needs to widen its reach enabling us to continue this vital work until the blue sky day arrives when we are no longer needed. When a parent hears the words ‘I am sorry your child has Rett syndrome’ the bottom drops out of their world but with your help we will be there for them. With your help we can give a brighter to future to those affected by Rett syndrome.”

Started by families over 30 years ago, Rett UK is still parent led and the only UK charity providing professional family support. Rett syndrome affects about 1:10000 girls, rarely boys, and whilst it is present at birth it does not show itself until around the age of a year or eighteen months when after a period of regression the disability starts to become apparent. Sufferers often require 24/7 lifelong care because of the complexity and severity of the disorder; breathing dysfunction, epilepsy, scoliosis (curved spine), severe learning and physical disabilities are a feature of the disorder.

For more information or to donate to Rett UK go to www.rettuk.org


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Survivors_Network_2015-7 Survivors’ Network Break the Silence and mark 25 years of support Read More
Survivors’ Network Break the Silence and mark 25 years of support

This week local charity Survivors’ Network mark 25 years of working in Sussex and as the Rape Crisis Centre for the entire county supporting victimsRead More

Survivors’ Network Break the Silence and mark 25 years of support

This week local charity Survivors’ Network mark 25 years of working in Sussex and as the Rape Crisis Centre for the entire county supporting victims of sexual violence from their office in Brighton.

Commenting, Fabia Bates CEO of Survivors’ Network says: “With approximately 3,000 assaults a year, sexual violence is one of the most pervasive crimes in Sussex and is also one of the most devastating violations anyone can experience. It can have profound consequences to physical and psychological health. One of the most dangerous elements of sexual violence is its taboo nature in society. Abuse thrives on secrecy and so victims often have to suffer alone. Survivors’ Network provides a wide range of services for those who have survived any form of sexual violence and we believe the best way to fight abuse is to open up the channels of discussion and be part of our Break The Silence campaign.”

Last week, Survivors’ Network held its first Open Space Conference to kick off its Break The Silence campaign in Brighton with over a 100 guests attending a free open session to discuss and debate ways of working over the next 25 years.

Representatives from health professionals, teachers, journalists, police, supporters and anyone with a passion to be part of this change, including survivors’ themselves – came together to help address the issue. As a result of informative and encouraging exchanges Survivors’ Network has been able to identify short, medium and long-term objectives for its work over the next 25 years. These are:

  1. A continued focus on effective and age-appropriate sex education in schools
  2. Open dialogue and improved information for both users and providers of internet dating websites
  3. Addressing media reporting, language and representation of sexual violence and abuse
  4. Challenging the wall of silence that exists in society that prevents survivors from speaking out
  5. Ensuring that there are more successful prosecutions in Sussex
Caroline Lucas
Caroline Lucas MP attending the #BreaktheSilence conference

Speaking at the end of the meeting, Brighton Pavilion MP, Caroline Lucas MP said:

“The issue you’ve been discussing, Break The Silence, is such a vital one in the campaign to eradicate violence against women and girls.  I’m very pleased that so many of you have highlighted the importance of mandatory PSHE in schools.  My Private Members Bill to achieve exactly that is due for its second reading early next year, and I will continue to do all I can to press Ministers to support it, and to take action against the wall of silence that still exists around sexual violence.”

On Saturday, also as part of the celebrations, Survivors’ Network then held a fundraising Firewalk event where 50 supporters and survivors ran over hot coals as part of the #BREAK THE SILENCE campaign. A minutes silence was held before the Firewalk and then broken by an eclectic choir led by Kirsty Martin, musical director of Hullabaloo Choir, who sang Still I Rise an adaptation of a poem by Maya Angelou.

Firewalkers
Staff and survivors at the #BreaktheSilence firewalk in Jubilee Square

 

Supporting the Firewalk were representatives from the Women’s Equality Party (Brighton), which has ending violence against women and girls as one of its six campaign objectives since it launched nationally in April and in Brighton last month.

Sophie Walker, the Leader of Women’s Equality Party (WEP), sent a message of support: “On behalf of the Women’s Equality Party, I’d like to congratulate the Survivors’ Network on reaching 25 years, and thank all those involved for their invaluable work. Women cannot be equal unless they are safe, and that’s why we have prioritised ending violence against women as one of our party’s core objectives, and why we oppose any cuts to survivor support services. Together, we can achieve a safe, fair and equal society.”  

Mayor Linda Hyde at the Firewalk event
Mayor Linda Hyde at the Firewalk event

Asked what Survivors’ Network has done for her, Emily, a survivor who has worked with the charity, said:  

“I think they’re an amazing organisation. I did some supervision work for their helpline and drop-in and I’ve always really valued what they stand for. The impact they have is immeasurable, in this day and age we’re quite into statistics and measuring people’s recovery but the ways people come into contact with organisations can be difficult to measure. All I know is that their integrity inspires hope and brings survivors together.

“Peer support is an amazing and powerful thing and a sense of quality compassion and a shared humanity is a philosophy that is at the core of what Survivors’ Network do. I don’t think people have to have an experience of abuse or sexual violence to be able to connect deeply. Most of us can relate to some idea of trauma or abuse that can disrupt our development, but the sense of being met, known and accepted, for who and where you are with what you’re going through, are the kind of things Survivors Network do really well.”

The issue of rape and consent has been pushed into the public consciousness by the hard work of charities such as Survivors’ Network and brave people like Emily who understand the need for discussion and education. High profile cases have taken over the media in the last couple of years and videos such as Robin Thicke’s hit ‘Blurred Lines’ or Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You” have exposed the many issues, impacts and stigmas around sexual violence.

In the past there was a belief that the victim was somehow to blame, whether it was their dress sense, their level of drunkenness or their behaviour and this bred a damaging stigma in the media. (see poem).

The issue is still around and police departments in Brighton and across the UK have been criticised for their rape campaigns focusing on what the “victim” can do to prevent being abused, instead of how the rapist should be educated or prevented.

Weeping tree ribbons
Purple ribbons in Pavilion Gardens

Survivors’ Network has certainly come up with many ways that in the future we can re-educate the whole community and BREAK THE SILENCE further.

In wrapping up the two day event Fabia Bates CEO of Survivors’ Network said “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who came to help us Break the Silence over both days, for raising awareness of the issue and raising vital funds to support our work going forward so that we can continue our fight to reduce sexual violence and its impact over the next 25 years.”

Survivors Network raised £5,000 marking their 25 years. Hopefully a few more pennies will be raised with the next event supporting their work – The Charity Chuckle at Komedia on Tuesday 8th December, from 8pm.

 


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Survivor's Network Open Space Event - Break the Silence ‘Break the Silence’ – 25 years of Survivors’ Network Read More
‘Break the Silence’ – 25 years of Survivors’ Network

Monday, 12 October 2015 Survivors’ Network are hosting two exciting events in November to celebrate their 25th Anniversary and promote their ‘Break the Silence’Read More

‘Break the Silence’ – 25 years of Survivors’ Network

Monday, 12 October 2015

Survivors’ Network are hosting two exciting events in November to celebrate their 25th Anniversary and promote their ‘Break the Silence’ campaign. The Sussex charity was established to support adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and over the past 25 years has grown and developed and now provides a wide range of services for those who have survived any form of sexual violence including a drop-in and helpline, counselling, and an independent advocacy service.Survivor's Network Open Space Event - Break the Silence

With approximately 3,000 assaults a year sexual violence is one of the most pervasive crimes in Sussex. It is also one of the most devastating violations anyone can experience and can have profound consequences to physical and psychological health. Despite this, misplaced taboo and stigma mean that it remains hidden and misunderstood. Moving forward Survivors’ Network want to tackle this most dangerous element of sexual violence, silence.

Fabia Bates, Director of Survivors’ Network, explained; “Abuse thrives on secrecy – the more that we talk about sexual violence the harder it becomes to keep it hidden. This includes everything from talking about consent to children and young people and challenging the myths and stereotypes that exist, to making sure that everyone feels confident that they can speak out about their experiences and will be listened to and believed. If we open up the channels for discussion then we can reduce both the prevalence of sexual violence and its impact on the lives of survivors. One of the most important ways that you can support our work is to talk about it.”Survivor's Network Firewalk - Break the Silence

To mark their 25 year anniversary, Survivors’ Network invite you to participate in the following events and support survivors of sexual violence;
1) Survivor’s Network Open Space conference at The Basement – Friday 20 November 2015
2) Survivor’s Network 25th Birthday Fire-Walking event at Jubilee Square – Saturday 21 November 2015

The first event will be an Open Space conference – a forum for survivors, health professionals, teachers, journalists, police, supporters and anyone with a passion to be part of this change – to come together and help us address the issue. The Open Space format will put participants in the driving seat, letting them take control, collaborate and answer the question ‘How do we address
sexual violence in the next 25 years?’ For more information please contact admin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk

The second event is a community celebration for all the vital work which Survivors’ Network have done over the past 25 years. The 25th Anniversary will be held in Jubilee Square and feature a sponsored firewalk with 100 participants, a trio of local choirs, a photography exhibition on the ‘Breaking the Silence’ theme and an interactive craft stall to create a special, celebratory mural. For more information and to find out about how you can get involved, follow @Survivorsnetbtn or contact admin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk

Rape and sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status. If you have experienced sexual violence at any point in your life then you can contact Survivors’ Network on 01273 203380, via email on admin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk or see www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk for details of their text, voice and email helpline.
If you would like someone to talk to outside of these hours, this information sheet provided by Survivors’ Network has details of all the other relevant helplines across the country.


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Focus Logo 2 Sussex fitness company rebrand to make sports nutrition accessible to all Read More
Sussex fitness company rebrand to make sports nutrition accessible to all

Monday 12th October 2015 A Sussex based fitness company have rebranded their company website and successful range of nutrition products to better reflect theirRead More

Sussex fitness company rebrand to make sports nutrition accessible to all

Monday 12th October 2015

A Sussex based fitness company have rebranded their company website and successful range of nutrition products to better reflect their new, unique health properties which have never been used in the UK before. Focus Performance, a family run company from Seaford who specialise in health and fitness products, have recently relaunched their entire brand to focus more on health and well-being alongside body image. Their new approach has a very simple goal at its heart, they want to ensure that sports and fitness products can also be used by people who are insulin resistant, recovering from illness or those with other health complications – as well as athletes. The rebranding comes at a crucial time following last week’s announcement that Brighton & Hove is hosting the first city-wide initiative in the UK to become a Sugar Smart City and help to reduce obesity.Grass Fed and Hemp Pro

Fitness has become a global phenomenon. With more of us spending our days in front of a computer it’s vital for people of all ages to ensure they’re getting the right amount of exercise and nutrition in their daily lifestyle. Gyms, running apps and personal trainers are hugely popular and now vitamin supplements have become a familiar sight in shops and in magazine advertising, but what is actually inside these products?

Cousins Martin Hayman and Scott Reid, who own Focus Performance, were intrigued about what was actually contained in the fitness products they had experienced and so set out on a mission of discovery. They found that there were very few nutrition supplements which catered specifically for special dietary needs like vegans, people who are insulin resistant or lactose intolerant and very few products that didn’t contain refined sugars or artificial flavourings. Scott, 38, of Hailsham, who won Britain’s Strongest Man two years in a row, is extremely excited about the health benefits that Focus Performance products can offer people across the whole organic foods spectrum.Focus LogoScott explained, “We are really keen for people to try our ground-breaking new products and start a dialogue across the sporting world about how Focus Performance can achieve great fitness alongside healthy living and a healthy diet. There are so many myths surrounding nutrition and a lot of the products on the market might be great for either fitness or health but we’re really proud that ours are beneficial for both. As an athlete, I know that a lot of the sporting world is focused towards people already in great physical health. What we at Focus Performance want to do, is provide health and fitness products, advice and supplements which will be appropriate for people with food allergies, intolerance or those recovering from an illness. Sports and fitness should be available to everyone and this is our way of bringing that one step closer!”

In line with the rebrand, Focus Performance will also be rolling out revolutionary new sugar-free range of supplements in line with their aim to provide nutrition to everyone. The company’s new flagship product is Hemp Pro, an organic protein drink which contains no refined sugar. It is the only product of its kind in the UK and is especially good for vegans, vegetarians or people suffering from dairy intolerance due to the high quality bio available protein used in it. The second product, Grass Fed Whey, is a hormone free, grass fed whey drink designed to be used by people who are insulin resistant and people recovering from illness as well as athletes. The protein drink is also unique in that it contains zero added sugars which helps in achieving better physical fitness without having to fight against the adverse effects of refined sugar.

The number of people living with diabetes has soared by nearly 60% in the past decade and more and more people are having to amend their diet either voluntarily or due to health complications. Whether someone is trying to reduce the risk of cancer, cutting down their calories or trying out the Paleo diet – the new Focus Performance will be there to support people and provide products, advice and events which reflect the entire spectrum of people interested in fitness and improving their health.

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Giving Times Smaller G Youtube Cover2 ON-LINE NEWS PLATFORM LAUNCHES TO SUPPORT THIRD SECTOR ACROSS SOUTH EAST Read More
ON-LINE NEWS PLATFORM LAUNCHES TO SUPPORT THIRD SECTOR ACROSS SOUTH EAST

A bespoke on-line news platform for third sector organisations and ethical organisations launches this month across the South East of England. The publication, GivingRead More

ON-LINE NEWS PLATFORM LAUNCHES TO SUPPORT THIRD SECTOR ACROSS SOUTH EAST

A bespoke on-line news platform for third sector organisations and ethical organisations launches this month across the South East of England. The publication, Giving Times, will be an integrated media hub with the aim to make media and digital technology the drivers of social change through news. The website will be a medium for pushing bulletins into the public domain but it will be so much more than just a press hub.

It’s no secret that charities, public sector groups and grassroots organisations have been hit hard financially over the last few years. But in a report from Spencer Dubois published last week the charity sector was also informed that despite having the greatest potential for customer engagement it remains ‘digitally stagnant’, due to lack of digital skills investment. So, this month, Brighton based PR Company SEA PR, launch Giving Times, ‘A Voice or Everyone’. This new creative digital platform will give editorial space and a new audience to those organisations who wouldn’t normally have access to it.

As well as third sector news stories, Giving Times will report events, activities and jobs plus cover any third sector video and TV campaigns that needs streaming. Businesses will be given the opportunity to use Giving Times to promote their ongoing CSR and social action activity as the team feel strongly that in 2015 business should build on best practice and take further action to help tackle social problems in the community they work.

Image 1 - Giving Times Logo

“Giving Times will provide a great platform for organisations to provide an insight as to how they are tackling social and environmental issues across the region. Despite the changing environment in which they operate employers have continued to recognise the importance of engaging with their local community, this platform will help to share those ideas and best practice”, said Christine Medlock, Business Engagement Manager, Business in the Community.

The news will be on-line, with bite size weekly updates sent out for free to subscribers, and the use of Twitter, Linked In, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook will be integral. The platform will also provide contacts for media workshops, bespoke training and campaign support to third sector organisations keen to get more out of the media and business sectors.

“Giving Times is a fantastic new resource for everyone working in and for charities and the third sector. I am sure that we will soon wonder how we ever did without this great new platform”, said Geoffrey Bowden, Chairman of Kemptown Carnival Association and new Member of Giving Times

Giving Times is already gaining vital support from respected companies across the region. So far, Brighton and Hove Independent, Juice FM, Latest TV, Brighton & Hove News and RadioReverb have all joined as Giving Times media partners alongside strategic partners, LoveLocalJobs (who will be providing a specialist jobs board for the third sector) and Business in The Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network who will support with up to date news about businesses working to create a fairer society and more sustainable future.

Gary Peters, Chief Executive of Love Local Jobs, explained,LoveLocalJobs.com really are proud to be supporting Giving Times, we think it’s great! There is so much amazing work going on in the city at the moment but so much of it goes unheard. How fantastic to now have a platform where so many more stories and projects will get the recognition they rightly deserve! We’re also delighted to announce that we can now advertise all local volunteering positions at no charge. We believe this is essential in such a financially challenged sector and we hope it helps generate the volunteering hero’s that we all need. Keep up the good work all!”

SEA PR has grown a lot over the first three years and their aim, with Giving Times is, to provide a template that shows charities and social enterprises the value and results of good communication and campaigning.

Tracey Allen, Director of SEA PR and Founder of Giving Times, said, “It’s time to start using digital technology and the media to engage with a changing audience, new generations of donors and supporters with very different behaviours and attitudes. Driving this initiative forward will not only support communication strategies for the sector regionally, but it will also help deliver analytics, audience profiles and user habits, as well as introducing a new audience, possibly a younger audience to charity brands, increasing customers and funding. People can’t give to what they’re not aware of.”


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Image 1 - Martin Hayman and his mum Liz Reid Sussex family get Fit4Life to commemorate Mum Read More
Sussex family get Fit4Life to commemorate Mum

A local family have launched a brand new festival to support a new cancer centre in Sussex following the tragic loss of their motherRead More

Sussex family get Fit4Life to commemorate Mum

Image 1 - Martin Hayman and his mum Liz Reid
Martin Hayman and his mum Liz Reid

A local family have launched a brand new festival to support a new cancer centre in Sussex following the tragic loss of their mother to cancer. Liz Reid lost her battle with cancer in 2013 and her son Martin, a fitness and nutrition expert, was keen to find out more about the dietary and nutritional advice she received. After investigating and working with a number of cancer charities he was surprised to find out that the correct nutrition and a healthy diet can have a positive effect on certain types of cancer. Despite the tragic circumstances, Martin, his sister Eleanor and cousin Scott have decided to help others by promoting the information and helping others in the future.

2012 was a difficult time for the family in which they lost three close relatives within the space of a year. Following this, Martin’s mother Liz Reid, received a late diagnosis of severe cervical cancer and after a painful series of chemotherapy, she passed away in January 2013 just two months before her grandson was born. It was a terrible year and would have left some families in tatters but Martin, Scott, Eleanor and their family and friends knew they had to pull together to keep fighting for their mum. Straightaway they went to work, Eleanor set up a raffle at her mum’s wake in the local community pub raising over £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a support service who Mrs Reid was very fond of during her treatment. While Martin and Scott pushed forward with their idea of a fitness festival to raise awareness about a healthy diet and healthy living.

The Fit4Life Festival one-day event will be held at the Salts Recreation Ground in Seaford, East Sussex on Saturday 19th September. It is a fun charity day for all ages, focused around promoting active sports and healthy living, as well as raising money for The Macmillan Horizon Centre. The festival is being run by Martin’s company Focus Performance, an online sports nutrition provider, and being supported by Friday Ad.

Martin said, “The Fit4Life Festival is our way of doing something very positive for the people in our community after the loss of our mum. Raising the awareness of healthy living, nutrition and active sports to keep healthy for longer is also key to the message of Focus Performance who is sponsoring the event. Through fun and play we hope to educate all ages as well as raising money for the MacMillan Horizon Centre.”

With Focus Performance, Martin and Scott were already well versed in the world of nutrition and fitness and they wanted to raise awareness that poor diet can have just as dangerous long term effects as smoking.

Martin said, “Some cancer cells feed on sugar so diet is clearly important, not just for the fight against cancer but for the prevention of heart disease and diabetes too. One of the things that sticks in my mind about Mum’s treatment is that she received no dietary advice and I think this needs to change and people need to be advised better to its importance. The nutritional advice is out there but our goal is to make sure people know about it before being diagnosed.”

Image 2 - Fit4Life Festival PosterSome research has shown that being overweight and not eating enough fruit and vegetables could also increase your risk of cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support say research is being done to find out how food may affect the risk of cancer developing but there is still a lot of research to be done before anything conclusive is known for sure. Macmillan recommend speaking to a doctor or nurse for referral to a dietitian, who can advise about any changes needed in line with your treatment as different strains of cancer will all have different preventative needs. Macmillan have provided their own Oncology Dietician with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust since 2011. The service provides expert dietary and nutritional advice to patients with head and neck and upper gastrointestinal cancers. In addition to this the Macmillan Oncology Dietician works with a Nutrition and Dietetics team, providing expert support, guidance and supervision for patients with all types of cancer to improve the quality of life for people across Sussex.

Sarah Coxhill, Senior Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Sussex, explained,

“Nutrition, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle can make a huge difference to the prevention and or journey through cancer. Macmillan endeavour to ensure that no one faces cancer alone and that those families affected by cancer receive the full range of support and services they need. Eating a balanced diet is one of the best choices you can make for your overall health and it can also reduce the risk of new cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

We’re really excited about the Fit4Life Festival and very grateful to Martin and Focus Performance for creating such a positive event in aid of our new Macmillan Horizon Centre. The centre has been designed with direct input from people, like Martin, who have been affected by cancer and is set to open in Spring 2016 next to the Royal County Hospital.  With support from the community and events like Fit4Life Macmillan can continue to provide vital services to anyone affected by cancer in Sussex. We couldn’t do it without you.”

Diabetes UK has warned that the number of people living with diabetes has soared by nearly 60% in the past decade, so it’s clear that it’s not just cancer which is the issue. Should even more emphasis be put on healthy lifestyle or what to and what not to eat when we are diagnosed with an illness? Chemotherapy and tumour removal surgery are what spring to mind when we talk about cancer prevention but should we place more holistic health requirements in the discussion around stopping cancer? Fruits and vegetables contain a wide variety of different nutrients with properties that could make it more difficult for cancer to develop, reduce inflammations and improve the immune system which is why a better understanding of the ‘5 A Day Live Well’ programme is essential. With a better understanding of nutrition, would things have been different for the Hayman and Reid family and hundreds of other families across the world?

To be part of the Fit4Life Festival then head to http://www.fit4lifefestival.org/, share on social media and head down on Saturday, 19 September to learn more about healthy living and support the new Macmillan Horizon Centre for Sussex.

ENDS


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Tracey Allen Presenting (Workshops) SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER – THIRD SECTOR MEDIA TRAINING & CHARITY CAMPAIGN VIDEOS Read More
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER – THIRD SECTOR MEDIA TRAINING & CHARITY CAMPAIGN VIDEOS

  Our September Newsletter is out! To book a place on our Third Sector Media Training Days, find out more about SeeThat charity campaignRead More

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER – THIRD SECTOR MEDIA TRAINING & CHARITY CAMPAIGN VIDEOS

 

Our September Newsletter is out!
To book a place on our Third Sector Media Training Days, find out more about SeeThat charity campaign videos or to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, please email hello@sea-pr.com

 

September Newsletter 2

September Newsletter 3


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Geoffrey Bowden [L] - Communication Industry Expert SEA PR launch Third Sector Media Training days Read More
SEA PR launch Third Sector Media Training days

Sussex-based PR company, SEA PR are proud to announce the launch of their Third Sector Media Training Days. The intensive 8 hour sessions willRead More

SEA PR launch Third Sector Media Training days

Sussex-based PR company, SEA PR are proud to announce the launch of their Third Sector Media Training Days. The intensive 8 hour sessions will prepare key representatives from charities and social enterprises to deal confidently with journalists, be they from broadcast or print media. They will not only help to enhance an organisation’s reputation with donors and service commissioners, but will also help support fundraising and empower staff and volunteers who take part in the training. The courses will be run by Geoffrey Bowden, a communications industry expert with over 30 years’ experience, and will include practical broadcast interview sessions, detailed playback analysis and a thorough list of points for improvement.

The first SEA PR Media Training day will be held on Thursday 29th October 2015, 10 am – 5pm, at The Friends Centre in the heart of Brighton – 3 minutes’ walk from the Brighton Railway station.
The course costs £199 per person and will include course materials, your own performance video, confidential feedback, refreshments and lunch.

The areas to be covered will include:

  • Understanding the media’s agenda
  • Developing and illustrating your key messages
  • Avoiding the interview bear traps
  • Interview preparation – Print, Radio and TV
  • Developing techniques to keep interview on track
  • Controlling your performance
  • Body language and eye line
  • Dealing with aggressive questioning
  • What to do when it all goes wrong – dealing with a crisis

SEA PR are pleased to be able to offer a 15 % discount when booking one or more persons from the same organisation onto the same day course.

For more information, to discuss your needs or to book a place, please call 01273 608455 or email hello@sea-pr.com


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Well-Being at Work Event Banner 2015 ‘Join the Conversation’ about well-being at work Read More
‘Join the Conversation’ about well-being at work

Businesses have weathered a great deal in the last 10 years from global recessions, unstable governments and a significant shift towards social media andRead More

‘Join the Conversation’ about well-being at work

Well-Being at Work Event Banner 2015Businesses have weathered a great deal in the last 10 years from global recessions, unstable governments and a significant shift towards social media and smartphones. An average company with 250 employees loses approximately £250,000 annually due to sickness absenteeism, with over 40% of days lost from work-related illness being attributed to stress and mental health issues. In recent weeks, there have been a number of high profile cases highlighting the issues around employee well-being with trade unions quick to link physical and mental illnesses to situations at work. Global communications and technologies are changing the world of work and employers are continuing to ask more of their employees, so how can companies ensure they provide the most productive place to work?

The Well-being at Work Event is a new one-day conference in central London for HR professionals, business owners and consultants to change the workplace environment through Physical, Mental, Spiritual & Emotional Well-being. Statistics show that work related illnesses are on the increase with stress being one of the top five reasons for long term absence, whereas a highly engaged workforce could reduce staff turnover by 87%.  Through investing in the health and well-being of employees, this event can help you tackle both of these issues for your staff and your company. Through a programme of 20 influential speakers, debating panels, workshops and networking sessions, the event will focus on enhancing individual and organisational performance in companies across the UK and Europe.

The well-being revolution has had a huge impact on the workplace, with employers recognising that an engaged workforce can make a significant contribution to business performance. The Well-being At Work Event 2015 is an unrivalled opportunity for HR Directors and business managers to ‘Join the Conversation’, hear and learn from the experts, participate in well-being discussions and take away the tools to implement change within their own organisations.

Speaker Raj Kaur-Hooper - HR Engagement Manager, Twinings
Speaker Raj Kaur-Hooper – HR Engagement Manager, Twinings

Speakers at the event include 20 leading well-being experts and industry pioneers from major UK and international businesses: including British Gas, NHS, Capital One, Twinings, Huffington Post, British Council and Aviva.  The Programme also includes presentations from experienced well-being practitioners who have facilitated change within organisations across Europe, panel debates, workshops and networking sessions.

Event Organiser, Chris Cummings who devised the event explained his reasons Work-place well-being and employee engagement are critical elements of a successful organisation from SME’s through to the FTSE 100 and it is something that I am personally passionate about. The Well-being at Work event brings together the leading experts and professionals who have implemented significant change in their organisation who will share their successes and failures. It is certainly an event not to be missed if you are a HR professional or business owner.”

Well-being At Work Event 2015 – invites HR professionals and business consultants across the UK to a one-day conference on Thursday 15th October at The Cavendish Conference Centre (just behind the BBC), 22 Duchess Mews, London W1:

        • 20 Speakers
        • 2 Workshops
        • Networking drinks
        • Central London venue

Tickets for the event can be booked via the website.


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Kathy Caton – ‘Out In Brighton’ presenter and trainer at RadioReverb RadioReverb host shortlisted for National Diversity award Read More
RadioReverb host shortlisted for National Diversity award

Kathy Caton, presenter and trainer at RadioReverb, has been shortlisted for the ‘Positive Role Model – LGBT’ award at the National Diversity Awards 2015.Read More

RadioReverb host shortlisted for National Diversity award

Kathy Caton, presenter and trainer at RadioReverb, has been shortlisted for the ‘Positive Role Model – LGBT’ award at the National Diversity Awards 2015. RadioReverb, Brighton’s community radio station, are proud that one of their best loved hosts will join charities and role models from across the country for the UK’ Largest Diversity Awards.Kathy Caton – ‘Out In Brighton’ presenter and trainer at RadioReverb

Kathy, who hosts ‘Out in Brighton’ – Brighton’s only dedicated LGBTQ show, was shortlisted from over 20,000 nominations and votes this year for her work profiling key LGBT figures and highlighting the work of emerging LGBT musicians and artists in the city. She explained, “I’m so proud to be recognised for this award and am humbled at the idea of being a role model for a category which means so much to me. I’m so grateful to RadioReverb for being so supportive of LGBTQ shows and giving me the platform to promote the diverse nature of the city and the wonderful communities across the area.”

The National Diversity Awards culminate in a prestigious black tie event, hosted by TV personality Brian Dowling, which provides recognition for excellence regardless of race, faith, religion, gender, identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

Microsoft will be just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent alongside Barclays, The Army, Financial Ombudsman Service, Liverpool City Council, Penna, Mouchel, MI5, PwC, ThoughtWorks, Transport for London and The Open University.

Kathy Caton Head Shot - Kathy Caton – Award winning radio presenter at RadioReverbDesigned to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the National Diversity Awards are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed, Adam Hills and Ade Adepitan amongst many.

Comedian and actor Stephen Fry said, “Four years on and The National Diversity Awards are continuing to have a positive impact across the whole of the UK. The awards have grown, and with it, so has the vast array of unsung diversity heroes being recognised nationwide. 

“It is crucial that we challenge discrimination head on, and the NDA’s unite those that dedicate their lives to the cause. Long may this continue.”

To view a full list of nominees please visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/2015-shortlist


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Image 2 - High Tea & High Heels High Tea in High Heels all in aid of charity Read More
High Tea in High Heels all in aid of charity

National charity Rett UK is celebrating 30 years of incredible support for families living with Rett Syndrome, and as part of their celebrations theyRead More

High Tea in High Heels all in aid of charity

National charity Rett UK is celebrating 30 years of incredible support for families living with Rett Syndrome, and as part of their celebrations they are hosting a charity vintage tea party at The Grand Hotel in Brighton.

Rosie Jenner
Rosie Jenner

The ‘High Tea & High Heels’ event on Friday, 31 July 2015 is set to be a glamourous girls and guys afternoon out with champagne, live music, fantastic auction prizes and – of course – a high tea! A limited number of tickets are available for lads and ladies who love the opportunity to get their posh frocks on, join the party but this time they can also support an organisation who give vital support to these families.

Local parent, Becky Jenner has a daughter Rosie, who was diagnosed with Rett syndrome when she was 17 months old. The organisation Becky turned to for help was Rett UK; the national charity that provides support, information and advice for families dealing with Rett syndrome.

Becky, CEO of Rett UK, explained, “ Imagine being told the toddler you thought was healthy, albeit a bit slow to develop, in fact had a rare, complex disability that would leave them needing lifelong 24/7 support .. that is the reality for parents when they get a diagnosis of Rett syndrome. With your help, Rett UK can be there from the beginning.”

After Rosie’s diagnosis, Becky went on to do a business degree and then started the charity, ‘extratime’ in Brighton with another parent, Marian Tipler, whose son also has a complex disability. Together, they developed extratime which still continues to provide after school clubs, holiday play schemes clubs and youth projects. However when the opportunity arose last year to become the CEO of Rett UK, Becky applied, as this was a unique opportunity to give something back to the charity that had saved Rosie’s life and supported her and her family many times for nearly 20 years.

Now as CEO, Becky is raising awareness of the amazing work the charity does and the ‘High Tea & High Heels’ event is part of their 30th year activity. The event will feature a silent auction with prizes donated by The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa and other luxury brands as well as live entertainment from Brighton singer, Dean Wheedon and it looks to be a very a ‘grand’ afternoon for all involved.

Rett syndrome affects about 1:12000 girls, rarely boys, and whilst it is present at birth it does not show itself until around the age of a year or eighteen months when after a period of regression the disability starts to become apparent. Sufferers often require 24/7 lifelong care because of the complexity and severity of the disorder; breathing dysfunction, epilepsy, scoliosis (curved spine), severe learning and physical disabilities are a feature of the disorder.

To enjoy a rare afternoon out in the comfortable surroundings of The Grand – and raise money for this worthwhile cause go to EventBrite, www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/high-tea-high-heels-tickets-17063717037 for tickets or call 01582 798910. Tickets are priced at £35 per person and all proceeds go to supporting the work of Rett UK.

Image 2 - High Tea & High Heels

 


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SEA PR 2015 logo for web (2) SEA PR shortlisted for leading, international award Read More
SEA PR shortlisted for leading, international award

The Brighton based PR company, SEA PR, have been shortlisted for this year’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards. The awards areRead More

SEA PR shortlisted for leading, international award

The Brighton based PR company, SEA PR, have been shortlisted for this year’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards. The awards are a celebration of exceptional talent and a reflection of public relations best practice in an aim to recognise and reward outstanding work across the UK.

Tracey Allen - Director at SEA PR
Tracey Allen – Director at SEA PR

SEA PR agency was launched by local entrepreneur Tracey Allen in 2012 with the sole aim of ‘giving a voice to those working for the greater good’. Despite being in the middle of a global recession, they use their PR expertise and wealth of experience in the media and third sector to work with a variety of organisations on important issues such as the living wage, suicide prevention, combating loneliness and isolation in older people, disability awareness, youth engagement and much, much more.

SEA PR has grown a lot over the first three years but they hope to continue growing and make a difference to local charities and social enterprises as well as expanding to more national and international charities, public sector groups and ethical organisations. The announcement of being shortlisted for CIPR’s ‘Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy’ highlights their position as an industry leader in the region and is proof that their focus on social action is being recognised in the South East.

Going forward Tracey and her team aim to provide a template that shows charities& social enterprises the value of good communication and campaigning to help raise brand awareness, build reputations, deliver reputations and get the critical message out, which was, and still is key, especially with the increased media complexity of the digital boom.

Tracey Allen, Director of SEA PR, said;

“The work we do is about making a difference and making it count and being nominated for this award is testament to the good work that is being dene across the area. We have always aimed to use our years of experience, skills and contacts to highlight the positive impact the sector makes. The focus of our work is to make things happen and make things count and ensure those working on social action initiatives are given the media coverage they need to continue their vital roles in our communities.”

Tracey continued, “We feel passionate about media being used properly and given space to be used as a tool for social change, and giving those that work for the greater good the platform to do it. We make it happen, we make it count!”

ENDS


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ProudToSupport_Suicide_Safer_rgb April Blog – A Passion for Promoting the Positives Read More
April Blog – A Passion for Promoting the Positives

We hope you enjoyed our blog on Travel from March, it was great to have such a key focus across varied projects we had beenRead More

April Blog – A Passion for Promoting the Positives

We hope you enjoyed our blog on Travel from March, it was great to have such a key focus across varied projects we had been working on. Due to the nature of SEA PR and our passion for charities, third sector and community involvement we cover a wide spectrum of clients so every month is different.

We pride ourselves on our ability to tailor campaigns, workshops, press releases and events for each individual client – whether they’re helping elderly people, promoting youth groups, raising funds for community projects or helping to reduce serious issues like suicide – and this month has been no exception.

We also launched our SEA PR workshops this month. The third sector is in an uncertain position going into 2015. Funding is unclear and services are being cut so it’s more important than ever to get your message out to a wider community.

SEA PR work closely with your organisation in devising workshops which are tailored to your specific charity alongside bespoke training for your team. We will fully research your organisation and create bespoke training to enhance your social impact and stakeholder engagement as well as help to develop targeted plans to build your public profile and effective social action campaigns for your organisation. For more information or to discuss a bespoke workshop for your organisation contact hello@sea-pr.com

Grassroots Suicide Prevention

Grassroots Suicide Prevention Team - (L to R) Tiffany Ansari, Alex Harvey, Chris Brown, Miranda Frost and Gus Campbell
Grassroots Suicide Prevention Team – (L to R) Tiffany Ansari, Alex Harvey, Chris Brown, Miranda Frost and Gus Campbell

SEA PR were approached by Grassroots Suicide Prevention for some guidance and expertise on PR, marketing and how best to showcase their integral work in the Brighton & Hove community.

We devised two workshop sessions with all the staff at Grassroots to understand all their different initiatives and advise them on how best to approach each campaign. These took the form of breaking down their work into clear and focused messages, discussing the various options they have to promote, how to highlight the work they are doing and imparting our knowledge and contacts in the local area. Chris and her team were extremely pleased with the insights we presented to them and worked hard to complete the key tasks we advised.

Following the second session, we worked on a press release to showcase the information we had given them which we then rolled out to our media contacts in the South East. The story has seen a boost in engagement with Grassroots Suicide Prevention, an increase in companies taking their pledge and a much needed opening of conversations about suicide in Brighton and Hove. The story has been covered in the following media;

BBC South East, BBC Sussex, BBC News (UK), The Argus, Brighton & Hove Independent, Brighton & Hove News, Latest Magazine & Latest TV.

Chris Brown, Director at Grassroots Suicide Prevention, said,

“We are very grateful to SEA PR for helping our campaign achieve such a high profile; ultimately we hope this piece of work will save lives in our city.”

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Recently, we also promoted the Reverbathon at RadioReverb with stories in digital and print media across the city. The 52 hour live fundraising weekend resulted in over £3,500 raised to keep the station ad-free and giving an opportunity to bring in new shows and new local voices in 2015.

Melita Dennett, Chair of RadioReverb, said,

“These are challenging times for community radio, but RadioReverb continues to thrive because we are all about Brighton and Hove, and listeners and sponsors know that. Our volunteers are also committed, highly professional and great ambassadors for a radio station that holds Brighton and Hove at the very heart of what we do.”

To keep up with all the info on RadioReverb head to; www.radioreverb.com. RadioReverb is based in Brighton and can be found on 97.2FM.


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‘Groundbreaking’ community day centre needs public support

Sussex charity Impact Initiatives and Henfield Community Partnership are implementing an exciting new community project this summer but they need the public’s help toRead More

‘Groundbreaking’ community day centre needs public support

Sussex charity Impact Initiatives and Henfield Community Partnership are implementing an exciting new community project this summer but they need the public’s help to get additional funding. The Henfield Day Centre for people with dementia was faced with closure but thanks to this partnership it has been saved and is now being transformed to be used by over 200 older people, including those with dementia, each week. There is however one last hurdle they need to overcome to make this happen which is provision of reliable transport. In light of this, they have applied for an Aviva Community Fund launching on Friday May 1 which means, if they get enough votes from the public before the end of May, they could secure up to £10,000.20141001 United Nations Older People's Day

Caroline Ridley, CEO at Impact Initiatives, explained,

“It is so important that Impact Initiatives provides a community bus for this new Older Peoples (50 plus) project in Henfield as transport is a key issue when tacking loneliness and isolation.”

The partnership have researched different options for transport and having their own bus and driver is the best solution. Impact Initiatives have applied for the Aviva Community Fund of £10,000 to provide them with enough money to purchase a second hand minibus with all the necessary modifications for its users. The bus will help reduce isolation and loneliness for people with longer term and complex needs including people with dementia and physical and sensory impairments. The way the grants work means that the more votes a project gets, the more chance it has of being chosen to receive the money – so Henfield Community Partnership and Impact Initiatives need the people of Sussex to vote for this essential new project at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/1731.

St JohnsThrough extensive research, it was found that there is a high population of people with dementia in Henfield alone many of who are cared for by a relative. The minibus would offer flexibility and security especially for people with dementia who sometimes become anxious and need a bit extra time to get onto a bus. Having their own bus also eases the stress on carers and ensures they will have the ability to provide a variety of different services and trips.

Caroline, added

“We now need the minibus to help those particularly isolated with no other means of getting out and about to get to the centre and enjoy trips out with friends to places they love but can no longer get to. We really hope that all our friends and supporters take time to cast their vote and help us be in with a chance of winning this national grant.”20141001 United Nations Older People's Day

The Aviva Community Fund will finance over 362 entries across four different fund levels and four categories, spreading awards to communities throughout the UK. The main aims of the Aviva Community Fund are to make a positive impact to local communities, help a charity raise funds for a project which will be completed before December 2015 and provide money to community projects which can ideally be completed with the requested funding alone.

Impact Initiatives would welcome this grant not only to provide the best care for its users but also to ensure that carers have the breaks and support they need. The partnership has already been approached by other organisations and groups who are keen to use the services and centre, so purchasing a bus is essential to help every older demographic in the community.  The ability to interact with other people, maintain relationships and have these facilities is essential for health and mental wellbeing and will also help towards reducing loneliness and isolation.


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20150423_CityCollectives22 Creative film project breaks down age barriers Read More
Creative film project breaks down age barriers

The bombing of the Grand Hotel, Brighton in 1984 still runs deep in the lives of people who lived through it but what ofRead More

Creative film project breaks down age barriers

The bombing of the Grand Hotel, Brighton in 1984 still runs deep in the lives of people who lived through it but what of the young people who have only seen it in pictures? Sussex based charities Impact Initiatives and Photoworks are collaborating with St John’s Centre and BHASVIC students to create a film about the city, its history, identity and the community that lived here over the last 30 years.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but what is a picture without the words of those who experienced it to make sense of the whole story? The collaborative project, titled ‘City Collectives’ has worked with intergenerational groups of young people and older people to make a short film about community, conflict, growth and change in Brighton and Hove. 20150423_CityCollectives22

‘City Collectives’ was made by running workshops at St John’s Centre and café which open seven days a week to provide community based groups with trips, activities and social opportunities for people 50 plus. The aim of the centre, run by Impact Initiatives, is to improve wellbeing and help people learn new skills and enjoy good food and company.

20150423_CityCollectives53The film takes a famous photograph of hotel staff lining the Victorian balconies, shot the day after the 1984 bombing of the Grand Hotel, as its starting point for the stories. The final piece has taken ideas and input from all the participants of each age group to create a group portrait of city residents’ shifting thoughts and their feelings about conflict, both personal and political.
The response from all the participants young and old was overwhelmingly positive. Mary, 50 years old, said that she’d really enjoyed the opportunity and it had been quite emotional. Josh, 74, said that being part of the project had given him “freedom to talk about himself” while Tony, 77, found it emotional as they had “focused on issues from the past”.
Lin Hastings, Team Leader at St John’s Centre, said,
“We were delighted to be invited, once again, to work with Photoworks, this time on an intergenerational creative film making project.
“Those who took part from the St John`s Centre and Café, found it both emotive and rewarding to be able to share their personal memories of Brighton.”

The film will be presented as an installation in a gallery at Regency Town House as part of Brighton Festival in May, it is one of three projects with Impact Initiatives and House Festival 2015. The project has been a collaboration between many organisations across the city to engage Brighton residents young and old. To find out more, please visit http://www.housefestival.org/house-artistcity-collective

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Grace Eyre Travel Buddy Project Relaunches for 2015 March Blog – “To travel is to live” Read More
March Blog – “To travel is to live”

Did anyone see March? I think we must have missed it. It has been an astonishingly busy month here at SEA PR with impactfulRead More

March Blog – “To travel is to live”

Did anyone see March? I think we must have missed it. It has been an astonishingly busy month here at SEA PR with impactful stories, media events and one very special day where we didn’t need to have the heating on! There’s lots to talk about and some very exciting projects lined up for the future (Shhh – we have to keep that quiet for the time being) so follow us on Twitter for the latest news but for now let’s find out what happened in March…

At SEA PR we deliver public relations and events for charities and social enterprises and work with a wide range of clients from elderly people to youth services or from Brighton specific campaigns to global causes. Hans Christian Anderson said, “To travel is to live” and this month we have seen a number of charities we work with focus on the importance of travel and mobility.

Travel is vital for trade and business but we can sometimes forget how important it is for our health and wellbeing. For some, travelling to far off countries as part of a gap year or on a weekend break has become easier and easier with budget airlines and a UK passport. The ability to visit loved ones or have the freedom to go to the shops when you want is something a lot of us take for granted. However, for others, day to day travel in their home town can become increasingly difficult as a result of illness, disability or situation.

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An employee at B&H Bus Company experiences the impact of ageing

 

The national charity Friends of the Elderly bought their knowledge and expertise to Brighton and Hove Bus Company and Metro Bus to help staff understand the difficulties of coping with ageing.

Buses and public transport are a vital part of life to a lot of elderly people, keeping them active and mobile in their later years. The ability to interact with other people, maintain relationships and most of all retain their independence is essential for health and mental well-being and can also help towards reducing loneliness and isolation. Whilst there is a focus to ensure there are good public transport facilities for older people there is sometimes a lack of understanding on the specific needs of these passengers.

The training involved a great deal of discussion as well as the use of learning tools and aides to experience the impact of sensory, mobility and dexterity loss, experiencing glaucoma, molecular degeneration, hearing loss, arthritis, mobility issues, blindness, tinnitus and limb limitation. It’s easy to forget how different a seemingly simple bus journey can be for someone in a situation different to our own so it’s important for companies and charities to focus on raising awareness of these issues.

Martin Harris, Managing Director of Brighton and Hove Bus Company, said,

“Brighton & Hove Bus Company is on a big learning curve at the moment. We are working hard to up our game when it comes to accessibility for all, and there is tremendous enthusiasm amongst our staff to do so. But we need that input from people with the experience of the issues and who have learnt and understand how best to address those issues. We want to learn from the experts in each field. That’s where working with Friends of the Elderly comes in.”

To find out more about the work Friends of the Elderly carry out and to get involved with their Be a Friend Campaign head to www.fote.org.uk.

Travel means different things to everyone. Some people moan about their daily commute to London, struggling to find a seat, the consistently late 7.29 train from Brighton or the prospect of leaves on the line outside Three Bridges. Others may have their own modes of transport to get to the shops or take a trip to Devil’s Dyke and so forget the vital part which public transport plays for those with disabilities. When it comes to improving public transport, it’s not all about accessibility. For some people crowded buses, changing timetables or purchasing a ticket can be daunting let alone abusive passengers or drunken revellers. Grace Eyre’s Travel Buddy is a fantastic travel training programme in Brighton and Hove which helps adults with learning disabilities gain the skills and confidence to travel safely by bus or by foot in the city.

Achieving full independence is not a realistic goal for everyone but there are many other benefits to taking part in Travel Buddy, including building self-esteem.  Even small steps towards independence, like walking home from the bus stop, or travelling a few stops on your own are a significant achievement.

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Grace Eyre Travel Buddy – Pictured Betty Vincent (Grace eyre’s service user)

The project re-launches with a goal of signing up 30 new users over the next year to ‘Catch the bus, Meet friends, Be safe, Get to where you want to go!’ At the launch, Brighton and Hove Bus Company provided a ‘Drama on the Bus’ session for adults with learning disabilities. The sessions offered Grace Eyre users the chance to act out real life scenarios and discuss any concerns they may have about travelling on the bus.  Scenarios include situations like ‘You have missed your stop: Stop the bus at the next stop and find out from the driver how to get back to where you want to go’ or You have been bullied by other passengers on the bus: ask for the driver’s help and get an information ticket from him’.

SEA PR coordinated the launch with reporters from Latest TV, ITV Meridian News and Brighton Togs which was a massive success. This was followed up by radio interviews and coverage in a variety of print media including Enable Magazine, ‘the UK’s favourite disability magazine’. We received positive feedback across the board but most importantly the Grace Eyre users had a fantastic day out and were so excited about being on television to promote their scheme.

Jamie, a Grace Eyre Travel Buddy service user, explained,

“I’ve learnt how to travel with a volunteer on the bus and how to keep safe. I wanted to do Travel Buddy because it’s very important and if anyone can’t travel by themselves it’s a good learning opportunity.

The journey I’d most like to do is to take the 27 to Saltdean because my Grandma and Grandpa live in Saltdean.”    

To find out more about Travel Buddy call the Grace Eyre Active Lives team on 01273 201909 or email travelbuddy@grace-eyre.org.

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We Need To Talk About Suicide

Grassroots Suicide Prevention charity are launching a new campaign to tackle the concerning situation with suicide rates in Brighton and Hove. The city, sometimesRead More

We Need To Talk About Suicide

Grassroots Suicide Prevention charity are launching a new campaign to tackle the concerning situation with suicide rates in Brighton and Hove. The city, sometimes referred to as ‘London-By-The-Sea’, is famously liberal, the LGBT capital of the UK and the number one location for a weekend away. It has also been named as one of the best cities in the UK to live on numerous occasions and was listed as one of the best cities to visit in Europe this month. What is not so well known however, is that Brighton and Hove’s suicide rate is far higher than the average for the South East and England as a whole.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention are a Brighton charity who work on a whole community approach to ensure that suicide is not just prevented at the time but the means are in place to ensure that the future is safer too. They have a solution to open up the channels of communication around suicide and help to reduce these worrying statistics in Brighton and Hove, around the UK and the entire planet. The plan includes training for businesses in Brighton and Hove so that their staff are given the skills to prevent suicide and most importantly are prepared to talk about it.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention Team - (L to R) Tiffany Ansari, Alex Harvey, Chris Brown, Miranda Frost and Gus Campbell
Grassroots Suicide Prevention Team – (L to R) Tiffany Ansari, Alex Harvey, Chris Brown, Miranda Frost and Gus Campbell

 

The charity have perfected training for businesses. It is a unique scheme which will help employees who are thinking about suicide, colleagues who are worried about someone and employers who want to provide the best working environment for their staff. They have developed a pledge for Brighton and Hove businesses to sign to show their support for the campaign and are also compiling data about how suicide in the workplace is handled currently. So far the survey has shown that over 30% of businesses in Brighton and Hove have been impacted by suicide and are aware that 20-40% of their employees are their employees experiencing mental health problems in the workplace (e.g. depression, anxiety, psychosis). Their goal is to have 100 businesses signed up to their pledge by World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. This campaign is part of Grassroots’ ground-breaking initiative to develop Brighton & Hove as an internationally recognised ‘suicide safer city.

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Chris Brown, director of Grassroots Suicide Prevention, said,

“Brighton & Hove has a very high suicide rate and we want to work with local businesses to change that.  Businesses are uniquely placed to reach out to their staff and colleagues who might be thinking of suicide.  Most people who die by suicide are of working age and many will be in employment. 

By signing up to this pledge companies can be more aware of the needs of colleagues who might be struggling with difficult feelings and be able to offer some support and information about where to go for help.  1 in 20 of us consider suicide in a 2 week period and business people are no different.  Together we can help make our city safer from suicide.”

Tackling suicide is a huge problem everywhere, with well over 6,000 registered suicides in people older than 15 this year so far. In the last few years Brighton and Hove has seen local suicide rates go back up to nearly double the average for the rest of England. The average number of registered suicides of people over 15 in Brighton and Hove was 105 deaths in 2013. This is 12.9% of deaths per 100,000 people and far higher than the UK average which is 8.8%. (The statistics for suicides take years to collate due to the nature of Coroner’s Courts so any data Grassroots Suicide Prevention have to work with is always two years behind.)  For a small city such as Brighton and Hove to be considerably higher than Manchester, Birmingham or London is a worrying situation and the first step to changing this is to open up the channels of discussion.

 

UK Infographic StatsMartin Harris, Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Bus Company, said,

“The work carried out by Grassroots Suicide Prevention is vital in helping challenge stigma attached to suicide and to help raise awareness of mental health issues that can affect anyone at anytime. Grassroots makes a valuable contribution in helping our community and we look to support this work in whichever ways we can.”

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50 with 78% of all suicides being committed by men. We spend on average 50 hours a week at work so, whether we like it or not, our occupation is a significant part of our lives. This is not to say that an employer is the cause of a potential suicide but that it is an ideal opportunity to reach out and be trained to deal with preventing suicide. Stopping someone attempting suicide conjures up images of talking someone down from a ledge or a heroic last minute save like we see in Hollywood but in reality it’s mostly very different.

If you are worried about someone or feel that your business could benefit from this training then take the pledge, sign up for the free suicide alertness training or fill out the survey. To find out more about suicide prevention visit, http://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/.


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Grace Eyre Travel Buddy project – Latest TV Feature

A news feature by Mhairi Beveridige for Latest TV on the Grace Eyre Travel Buddy project re-launch for 2015.

Grace Eyre Travel Buddy project – Latest TV Feature

A news feature by Mhairi Beveridige for Latest TV on the Grace Eyre Travel Buddy project re-launch for 2015.


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3. Grace Eyre Travel Buddy - Pictured  Thomas Hannam (Grace eyre's service user) Grace Eyre re-launch the Travel Buddy Project in 2015 Read More
Grace Eyre re-launch the Travel Buddy Project in 2015

The unique charity Grace Eyre is re-launching its celebrated Travel Buddy project for 2015 with a ‘dramatic’ day on Tuesday, March 17. Travel BuddyRead More

Grace Eyre re-launch the Travel Buddy Project in 2015

The unique charity Grace Eyre is re-launching its celebrated Travel Buddy project for 2015 with a ‘dramatic’ day on Tuesday, March 17. Travel Buddy is a fantastic travel training programme in Brighton and Hove which helps adults with learning disabilities gain the skills and confidence to travel safely by bus or by foot in the city.

The project re-launches with a goal of signing up 30 new users over the next year toCatch the bus, Meet friends, Be safe, Get to where you want to go!’ At the launch, Brighton and Hove Bus Company provided a ‘Drama on the Bus’ session for adults with learning disabilities. The sessions offer Grace Eyre users the chance to act out real life scenarios and discuss any concerns they may have about travelling on the bus.  Scenarios include situations like ‘You have missed your stop: Stop the bus at the next stop and find out from the driver how to get back to where you want to go’ or You have been bullied by other passengers on the bus: ask for the driver’s help and get an information ticket from him’.

Grace Eyre Travel Buddy Project Relaunches for 2015
Grace Eyre Travel Buddy Project Relaunches for 2015

Victoria Garcia, Customer Liaison Officer at Brighton & Hove Bus Company, said,

“We are very pleased about the re-launch of the Travel Buddy scheme. Grace Eyre do incredible work supporting people in the community with learning disabilities and the Travel Buddy scheme is one of the fantastic initiatives that they have in place. 

“We will of course continue to support this event and look forward to our continued partnership with Grace Eyre. My heart always lifts when I see all the guys and I always leave with a big smile on my face, they are a fabulous bunch.”

The Travel Buddy Project has been funded by the Big Lottery for the last 2 years and in that time the project has helped many adults across the county gain the freedom and confidence to travel more independently.  Some people who take part in Travel Training then start to travel journeys by themselves for the first time.  There is also the opportunity for service users to become volunteer buddies themselves sharing the skills they have learnt with their peers.

Brighton & Hove Bus Company Staff with Grace Eyre Service Users
Brighton & Hove Bus Company Staff with Grace Eyre Service Users

Ben Gardiner, Senior Project Worker for Travel Buddy Project, said,

“It is clear to me how keen many people with learning disabilities are to have a bit more freedom and independence within their lives.  Imagine always having to rely on other people to go out anywhere.  To be able to work within a project that aims to develop people’s confidence in what they can do for themselves is incredibly rewarding – you can see it in people’s faces how exciting it can be to have a bit more freedom.”

Achieving full independence is not a realistic goal for everyone but there are many other benefits to taking part in Travel Buddy, including building self-esteem.  Even small steps towards independence, like walking home from the bus stop, or travelling a few stops on your own are a significant achievement. Jamie Larcombe and Jonny Schachter have both used the service and it has given them new confidence to work towards more independent futures.

 Drama on The Bus - Kim Williams (Bus driver) and Jonny Schachter (Grace eyre's service user)
Drama on The Bus – Kim Williams (Bus driver) and Jonny Schachter (Grace eyre’s service user)

Jamie Larcombe, a Grace Eyre Travel Buddy service user, explained,

“I’ve learnt how to travel with a volunteer on the bus and how to keep safe. I wanted to do Travel Buddy because it’s very important and if anyone can’t travel by themselves it’s a good learning opportunity.

The journey I’d most like to do is to take the 27 to Saltdean because my Grandma and Grandpa live in Saltdean.”    

Grace Eyre are also hoping to gain the support of local businesses and increase the awareness of this excellent initiative around the city.  Travel Buddy aims to match the wonderful people who access the services of Grace Eyre with equally wonderful volunteers and promote independence for people with learning disabilities.  Whether it is to meet friends, visit Grace Eyre, or learn a new journey, users will feel confident and safe after Travel Buddy.

Grace Eyre Travel Buddy - Pictured  Betty Vincent (Grace eyre's service user)
Grace Eyre Travel Buddy – Pictured Betty Vincent (Grace eyre’s service user)

Keith Baldock, Head of Road Safety Team at Brighton and Hove City Council, said,

“The aims and support of the Travel Buddy scheme are excellent and something we love to support. All road users should be aware of each other’s needs, particularly those who require more time or support than others, and I would encourage those who require additional support in sharing the roads in Brighton to access the free travel training provided by Grace Eyre and the Travel Buddy scheme.”

To find out more about Travel Buddy call the Grace Eyre Active Lives team on 01273 201909 or email travelbuddy@grace-eyre.org.

Grace Eyre Travel Buddy - Thomas Hannam (Grace Eyre service user)
Grace Eyre Travel Buddy – Thomas Hannam (Grace Eyre service user)

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Springtime in the third sector…

February 2015 is the third year anniversary of SEAPR and has bought with it a whole host of new projects, social change andexciting opportunities.Read More

Springtime in the third sector…

February 2015 is the third year anniversary of SEAPR and has bought with it a whole host of new projects, social change andexciting opportunities. In a year which will see the General Election, local elections and all matter of change around the UK, it’s is going to be an interesting year. In this blog we will look at the work SEA PR are doing each month, the impacts on the third sector and more. So as the first crocuses start to bloom, let’s see what other shoots have been budding in the first two months of 2015…

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This month has been a great chance for Tracey Allen to use her passion for charities, her expertise in PR and her communication skills to benefit others.

This month has been a great chance for Tracey Allen to use her passion for charities, her expertise in PR and her communication skills to benefit others. Firstly we worked with Grass Roots Suicide Prevention, delivering a presentation on the benefits of PR and how it can be used to promote a campaign. It was a really exciting morning with both companies learning a lot from each other with the hope of working together in the future. Tracey also gave a successful presentation at the Impact Initiative Staff Conference 2015 on why PR can help visibility of a brand, build relationships with a community and help connect with an audience. Finally Tracey attended the APPG on Social Enterprise at the Palace of Westminster in February to discuss the future of social enterprise and social value.

In other news Jonathan Taylor has started at SEA PR as Account Manager, bringing with him a wealth of journalism knowledge, writing ability and fresh new ideas. He is passionate about youth work and the voluntary sector and has had success with a number of press releases so far as well as improving social media reach for clients and SEA PR alike.

Working from our offices in New England House in central Brighton we have been quietly expanding our reach while maintaining the excellent relationships we have with our existing clients. So far this year we have provided focused coverage for our clients in a variety of media both locally and nationally, including;

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Be a Friend – Surviving the Cold Campaign

This project was a series of useful tips to help elderly people in your area during the winter months. We promoted this piece through traditional and social media during the coldest days and nights of the year so far.

Friends of the Elderly – Training with Brighton & Hove Bus Company and Metro Bus

Following an amazingly successful training session to provide travel staff with the tools and knowledge they need to support elderly passengers we went out to local media and transport publications. The focus of the piece was on corporate social responsibility, community services and support for the elderly.

BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground Cuppa meets return in partnership with Friends of the Elderly

To highlight the return of the successful County Ground Cuppa meetings at Sussex Cricket Club we released a report to local and county media.

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Brighton and Hove Youth Collective

February has been a really successful month with the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective with both Tracey and Jonathan working with members of the Collective to get excellent press coverage and promote the amazing work being done every day by all the teams involved.

Support Youth Work Update

In the face of cuts from the council it’s been an uncertain time for youth services but the press we’ve provided for the Collective has focused more on what they do rather than overtly political scaremongering. This piece was a celebratory article highlighting the unexpected extension of funds to the group and was featured in The Argus, the Indy, Latest and more.

Teenage volunteer commended by David Cameron in face of cuts to Youth Services

Following a letter of commendation to a youth volunteer at Trust for Developing Communities we felt it would be a great opportunity to highlight the work being done by volunteers. After interviewing Riziki we had her story told in The Argus and an opportunity for a live interview for Latest TV/Radio to promote the benefits of youth work and joys of volunteering.

What Creates A Positive Future for Young People?

David Cameron chose Brighton & Hove to announce his plans for young people in the future after the General Election so we decided to use this opportunity to promote the importance of youth work without siding with politics. Jonathan wrote a piece which focuses on what youth work can for young people and how that benefits their future with insights from workers at The Collective.

Ongoing promotion of Brighton and Hove Youth Collective videos & website

With an excellent website which has received acclaim from other youth charities for its content, it was essential that we drive more people to engage with it. Jonathan created a video page showing all 25 of the Youth Collective’s videos with a featured video each day to promote via social media which has seen loads of retweets and engagement every day. We’ve also been adding blog pieces on their website to drive more traffic and awareness to the site. We have raised the Collective’s profile via social media, increasing their followers and improving the reach of any online call to action through Twitter.

Unique youth manifesto a success in Sussex Blog Piece

This was an informative story which the group wanted to tell so we decided to use the platform of their website to promote the piece. The main source of promotion here was through a successful roll out on social media which has seen followers and non followers alike retweet the piece and drive traffic to the website.

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Radio Reverb Announce They are Curating a Stage at Pride 2015

To announce the news that RadioReverb would be curating a stage at this year’s 25th Anniversary of Pride we promoted the volunteer aspect of the station as well as it’s fantastic range of LGBT shows. With quotes and detailed information about RadioReverb we were also able to promote their year round charity work with LGBT communities in Sussex. This was promoted heavily to local news channels as well as a variety of LGBT publications.

RadioReverb celebrate its 8th Birthday with an all live marathon weekend

Another massive piece of news for Reverb which we promoted heavily in local media was their fundraiser birthday event, The Reverbathon. We focused mainly on the community radio aspect of RadioReverb.

What’s next at SEA PR?

As we move forward into Spring and the Brighton & Hove city calendar starts to fill up with festivals, events and exhibitions, SEA PR will be exceedingly busy too. We have a number of projects ready to launch in March and some exciting new possibilities using digital platforms and new technologies to enhance the campaigns we will be working on. We will also be unveiling our new website to celebrate our third birthday so be sure to check that out for all manner of exciting content and news. Thanks for reading, enjoy the warmer weather and see you again soon,

Tracey & Jonathan

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tumblr_inline_nkdobjDyhn1sbbmuo REVERBATHON IS BACK RadioReverb celebrates its 8th Birthday with an all live marathon weekend Read More
REVERBATHON IS BACK RadioReverb celebrates its 8th Birthday with an all live marathon weekend

RadioReverb is Brighton & Hove’s community radiostation for the city and turns eight this March, which is no mean achievement for an organisation runRead More

REVERBATHON IS BACK RadioReverb celebrates its 8th Birthday with an all live marathon weekend

RadioReverb is Brighton & Hove’s community radiostation for the city and turns eight this March, which is no mean achievement for an organisation run entirely by volunteers. To celebrate, the station will be broadcasting a Reverbathon live from the evening of Friday, 6 March to midnight of Sunday, 8 March 2015 on 97.2FM or online at http://www.radioreverb.com/.

The Reverbathon is RadioReverb’s annual fundraiser and allows the station to produce special one-off programmes, either from regular presenters, or for new producers. As well as featuring live music sessions from local bands, reporters will be out making location features and studio guests will provide lively conversation about local events and matters. Other regular favourites will be Frockabilly, the UK’s only female-fronted rockabilly show, kindly sponsored by the Rockabilly Rave; Out In Brighton, the city’s award-winning LGBT show, The Comedy Social, a lively hour of comedy guests, music and sketches, and Time 4 T, the UK’s only Transgender show on FM.

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Some of the presenters will pair up to create a new show that brings together the best of their regular shows, and new programmes include a pilot for a monthly food programme, featuring the best in local food and drink.

Melita Dennett, Chair of RadioReverb, said,

“The Reverbathon gives us an opportunity to engage with listeners and sponsors in a different way, all being part of a rolling fundraiser. Last year we raised £2,000 in 36 hours and this year we plan to smash that. All money raised goes directly back into the running of the station, upgrading equipment and giving an opportunity to bring in new shows and new local voices.”

As well as celebrating eight years, Sunday 8th March is also International Women’s Day so from 8am to midnight it will be 100% female presenters in a Women’s Takeover Day. In these challenging times for community radio, RadioReverb continues to thrive because they hold Brighton and Hove at the very heart of what they do and its listeners and sponsors know that.

“Nobody is paid to work on RadioReverb – we’re all volunteers and we do it because we have a passion for radio, and we love Brighton and Hove and believe the city deserves a radio station that really reflects its character, communities and interests.” added Melita.

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As well as the music there will be an opportunity to become an ‘Official Supporter’ of Radio Reverb as they are launching their initiative to create 100 supporters over the weekend. Names and recognition will be added to the website as financial support enables the station to operate throughout the year. To qualify, listeners and supporters are asked to donate anything between £20 and £500 via the DONATE button on the home page of the website www.radioreverb.com.

The Reverbathon starts broadcasting live on Friday evening 6th March. If your business would like to be part of the 2015 Reverbathon, please get in touch now at http://www.radioreverb.com.

Twitter: @radioreverb #Reverbathon

Facebook: RadioReverb’s Facebook Page

 


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Local bus companies trained to Be a Friend to elderly passengers

How difficult is it to get about in your senior years? How much harder does getting to the shops become for the elderly? LastRead More

Local bus companies trained to Be a Friend to elderly passengers

How difficult is it to get about in your senior years? How much harder does getting to the shops become for the elderly?

Last week in Hove, the national charity Friends of the Elderly bought their knowledge and expertise to Brighton and Hove Bus Company and Metro Bus to help their staff understand the difficulties of coping with ageing.

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Buses and public transport are a vital part of life to a lot of elderly people, keeping them active and mobile in their later years. The ability to interact with other people, maintain relationships and most of all retain their independence is essential for health and mental wellbeing and can also help towards reducing loneliness and isolation. Whilst there is a focus to ensure there are good public transport facilities for older people there is sometimes a lack of understanding on the specific needs of these passengers.

Tying in directly with their promises of corporate social responsibility, Brighton and Hove Bus Company and Metro Bus are spearheading the movement of focusing on the community they provide for. By ensuring their staff are trained to provide the best service for everyone using their buses they are improving the wider community. If elderly people are trapped without the support they need from public transport then community services won’t be used to their fullest.

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Martin Harris, Managing Director of Brighton and Hove Bus Company, said,

“Brighton & Hove Bus Company is on a big learning curve at the moment. We are working hard to up our game when it comes to accessibility for all, and there is tremendous enthusiasm amongst our staff to do so. But we need that input from people with the experience of the issues and who have learnt and understand how best to address those issues. We want to learn from the experts in each field. That’s where working with Friends of the Elderly comes in.

“They ran a brilliantly informative session for a wide cross section of our team – customer service staff, supervisors and managers – to mention just a few. The input from Friends of the Elderly is being used to enrich our staff training and improve understanding throughout the organisation about the ways in which we can be of most help to our elderly customers.”

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The training from Friends of the Elderly focuses on experiencing the impact of ageing, understanding and responding to the needs of older people and utilising the training effectively within the workplace. The training allows the staff to experience some of the physical impacts of ageing such as hearing loss, sight difficulties and mobility. The course also highlighted the invisible issues elderly people face on a daily basis. Topics discussed in the sessions ranged from loss of self-worth and agoraphobia to regrets and loss of loved ones.

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Jenny Russell, Head of volunteering and community engagement at Friends of the Elderly, said,

“To work with such an inspired group, who encounter the elderly every day in their workplace, was very encouraging as their roles are pivotal in making a difference to older people by offering them empathy, understanding, support and time. The group already possessed the essential skills but were further enlightened into how both emotional and physical aspects greatly affect older people. Friends of the Elderly are grateful for Brighton and Hove Buses support to the Be a Friend Campaign.”

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There is a lot of discussion in government and local councils at the moment concerning pension benefits and the importance of maintaining support for the elderly in care and at home. Politicians from all political parties are highlighting the issues faced in later life and it’s important that the companies which provide vital services to help maintain independence have the best tools and training to deliver the right support. It’s essential that companies like Brighton & Hove Bus Company and Metro Bus are aware of their corporate social responsibility by focusing on ensuring their customers who are elderly are understood and getting the support and services they need.

A member of staff from Brighton and Hove Bus Company said,

“It really made me realise how challenging it is to be older. It enhanced my empathy and made me recognise signs when an older person needs help.”

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Twitter: @FriendsElderly

Facebook: FriendsElderly


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Unique youth manifesto a success in Sussex

They say the simplest things in life are the best and that’s definitely the case with the Hangleton & Knoll Project’s Youth Manifesto. What soundsRead More

Unique youth manifesto a success in Sussex

They say the simplest things in life are the best and that’s definitely the case with the Hangleton & Knoll Project’s Youth Manifesto. What sounds like such a simple idea is actually relatively unique in the youth services but in its first two years it has been a massive success for the local community.

The manifesto was developed in 2013 by a group of young people in Hangleton and Knoll who went out to 300 peers to find out what the main issues were in their community and what actions they could take to improve things. What started as a list became a focused community action plan for younger people who were more aware of certain problems in the area and were now in a position to do something about it.

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The group found that there were a number of issues like health, crime and negative thinking in the area and they ran workshops around these topics to see what could be done.

Helen Bartlett, Youth Work Co-Ordinator at The Hangleton & Knoll Project, said,

“It’s a unique document, certainly in Brighton & Hove. We wanted to collect young people’s views around specific areas, identified by themselves, and what actions they would like to be carried out. We consult with young people on how they think something can be improved and then they are involved in creating community change around these issues. Young people lead the whole process from the initial ideas through debating, consulting, researching and completing the work.”

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Since launching the manifesto in 2013 The Hangleton & Knoll Project have worked with the initial group of young people and an ever-growing selection of people from the surrounding area. More locals felt the appeal as they saw their peers getting involved in pro-active and exciting projects which were making a difference to their community. Young people are involved in the whole process from the initial ideas through debating, consulting, researching and completing the work which is why this manifesto is so distinctive in its approach. The project has been commended by politicians across all political parties and some have met with the team to find out more about how it has been so effective.

The nature of the manifesto is exciting for those involved because it’s an evolving document. Each year they can promote successes, review their achievements and prioritise the things which matter most to the community going forward. The first two years have resulted in a number of successes including the work they undertook on a notorious shelter in Hangleton Park. Following reported drug use and anti-social behaviour the group and the youth team held work days with young people to repaint the shelter which resulted in increased ownership of a positive area for local young people to use. The impact of this partnership has been a significant reduction in reports of drug use and anti-social behaviour therefore reducing the need for other service intervention.

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The Hangleton & Knoll Project are also a part of The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective, an organisation which brings together a number of youth services across the city to provide the best platform for young people to get a positive start in their lives.

Helen Bartlett, said,

“I think working closely with a range of organisations and being able to share resources and best practices is vital and The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective has certainly built up those links. If you look across the city there are now so many ways we can benefit each other to support young people as a whole.

“We’d like to link-up the manifesto and make it transferable across The Collective so everyone can see what is important to young people in each area. We think there will be common priorities across different areas and we can support young people to work on these priorities together to achieve change”.

At the moment The Hangleton & Knoll Project are planning more events and focusing on how to achieve more from what they’ve learnt from past successes.

They have recently held a fundraiser for an event in to be held in Hangleton Park in May 2015 to highlight health issues. It will be for all ages and will feature sports, activities and opportunities to learn more about health, wellbeing, sexual health and healthy eating for teenagers and young people. To find out more about the manifesto and any events it has lined up for the future take a look at their website here http://www.hkym.co.uk/.

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The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective What creates a positive future for young people? Read More
What creates a positive future for young people?

Young people will be forced to work for their benefits if David Cameron’s Conservative party achieve power in the General Election this May. TheRead More

What creates a positive future for young people?

Young people will be forced to work for their benefits if David Cameron’s Conservative party achieve power in the General Election this May. The Prime Minister, in a direct message at Blatchington Mill School, Hove this week, outlined his party’s plans for young people in the uncertain future of the United Kingdom. No matter which party gets into power in 2015 the lives of young people will be governed by major changes, but what could be the best outcome for the young people of today?

David Cameron said,

“(Our reforms) are not just about saving money. They are about changing lives and making this a country that rewards work and gives everyone the chance of a better future.

“That is why we are taking further steps to help young people make something of their lives. Our goal in the next parliament is effectively to abolish long-term youth unemployment. We want to get rid of that well-worn path from the school gate, down to the jobcentre, and on to a life on benefits.”

Cameron’s comments this week may have sparked outrage with certain constituents but the focus should really be on what the impact will be for young people. Providing support for youth unemployment is only a fraction of the work carried out by the services in the city. In Brighton and Hove alone there are thousands of young people who rely on youth services to secure their future. The future of these services is currently uncertain as the budget for Brighton and Hove City Council is due to be debated later this month.

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The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective is an organisation which brings together a number of youth services across the city to provide the best platform for young people to get a positive start in their lives.

The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective is an organisation which brings together a number of youth services across the city to provide the best platform for young people to get a positive start in their lives. The Collective is made up of eight well known youth organisations across the city which have been focused on the wellbeing of young people on their own for some time. They are Brighton Youth Centre, The Crew Club, The Deans Youth Project, Hangleton & Knoll Project, Tarner Community Project, The Trust for Developing Communities, Sussex Central YMCA and the Young People’s Centre (YPC). However, in October 2012 these groups changed their approach and whilst they still deliver the same youth work, they now do it collectively sharing all their best practices and being more resourceful. The benefits of the last two years collaborative work at The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective are being highlighted more and more at this time as their resources embed themselves further in the city’s communities. So how do they feel about the proposed plans for unemployed young people?

Emma Jacquest, chief executive of Tarner Community Project, said,

“I think it could be really positive as long as it is packaged right. It can’t be something that people feel is a punishment for not getting a job, something they have to do because they have done something wrong.

“It’s absolutely essential if we are to tackle youth unemployment in the city that we keep our youth services.”

The Collective are funded by Brighton and Hove City Council and work alongside the Brighton and Hove City Council Youth Service. This is a “one stop shop” for everything young people need to know about what to do across Brighton and Hove. For young people aged between 13 and 19-years-old looking for events, clubs, advice or counselling the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective provide all this and more. The eight organisations provide support, engagement and opportunities for young people to become accustomed to responsibility, adulthood and self-reliance. For the youth workers at The Collective it’s clear that the Conservative’s focus should be on young people but the typical view of teenagers and young people as lazy and disengaged needs to change.

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The Collective are funded by Brighton and Hove City Council and work alongside the Brighton and Hove City Council Youth Service.

Helen Bartlett, of Hangelton & Knoll Project, said,

“The statement by David Cameron is really interesting because young people are crying out to engage with their communities and we’ve had no shortage of people wanting to volunteer.

“Loads of young people are incredibly active in their communities, they help out already so if it becomes a form of punishment it would take away the impact community work has on them as people.”

Youth unemployment is a major issue so it’s positive to hear that steps are being taken by the government to address the growing problem. The focus on educating young people is key for all youth workers but it’s also important that the wider establishment understands the importance of youth services. In a city like Brighton and Hove with large educational establishments which aren’t always accessible to young people, it’s essential that youth workers bridge that gap for young people who need support in their lives.

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In a city like Brighton and Hove with large educational establishments which aren’t always accessible to young people.

Mark Price, Assistant Head of School at University of Brighton, said,

“As a university we reach out to the local youth work community to ensure that our training reflects local needs – our students have worked with each and every one of the member organisations of the Youth Collective. In this way we work hard to be part of a seamless youth work fabric across the city.

“Youth workers have tended to engage more with young people whose life circumstances have meant they’ve often faced additional barriers to success at school and in life. In this way, youth work reaches the parts that formal education often cannot reach – the vulnerable, disadvantaged and disengaged. For these young people, the time, support and commitment youth workers are able to provide is invaluable.”

The future for youth services across the city may be uncertain but with the government and council focusing more and more on young people there is definitely a lot of hope going forward. The key to any changes made to Youth Services is to ensure that the people who are closest to young people in our communities are consulted and used for the knowledge they have. Organisations like The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective are making a difference in ensuring that young people are prepared for what life brings and the young people are responding to this positively. Politics are important for young people and many want to be engaged but they need to feel that they are equipped to be involved and that they have a voice in their own future.


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Brighton and Hove Youth Collective Teenage Volunteer commended by David Cameron in face of cuts to Youth Services Read More
Teenage Volunteer commended by David Cameron in face of cuts to Youth Services

A teenager from Bevendean is blazing a trail in the charity sector with her volunteering work in local communities. Riziki Millanzi is only 17Read More

Teenage Volunteer commended by David Cameron in face of cuts to Youth Services

A teenager from Bevendean is blazing a trail in the charity sector with her volunteering work in local communities. Riziki Millanzi is only 17 years old but she has already been volunteering in Brighton for nine years with a number of groups within the local community and she sits in on important meetings as part of her role on the Brighton and Hove Youth Council. However the youth services in Brighton and the surrounding areas are facing serious cuts so the work Riziki and other volunteers are doing is under threat.

It is no surprise to those that know her that she has just received a letter from the Prime Minister commending her for her efforts.

Miss Milanzi said, “It was amazing! I got home from work and opened the letter but I just didn’t believe it. I thought someone was playing a prank on me. The letter from Mr. Cameron really made me want to continue to do what I love to do. The Trust for Developing Communities totally makes you feel like you’re making a difference. You feel like, if I hadn’t done that maybe that person’s life would be different or if someone hadn’t found a particular group they wouldn’t be where they are today.”

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Despite her school studies Riziki is still continuing to work with Bevendean Activity Group.

The letter from David Cameron praised Riziki for her contribution to volunteering saying that the country really needs people to band together to do this kind of community work. She has recently become a Trustee of the Trust for Developing Communities (TDC) while maintaining her work with Bevendean Activity Group and Brighton & Hove Youth Collective on top of all her schoolwork.

The Bevendean Activity Group provides activities for disadvantaged young people in the area to experience things they wouldn’t normally get the chance to do. The group organises trips, subsidised activities and more for those in difficult situations. Riziki has been working with this group since she was a girl and has recently received the recognition she deserves.

Riziki said, “I want to continue doing it because it makes such a difference and you are playing a part in potentially changing a young person’s life. It’s not one specific interaction, it’s all so rewarding. Every time someone says thank you, knowing that you’ve made such an impact on them and seeing how much it means to everyone is amazing.”

Despite her school studies Riziki is still continuing to work with Bevendean Activity Group and is excited about the new prospects of being a trustee for the TDC. She will mainly be working with the TDC alongside the whole of Brighton & Hove Youth Collective which is a new working collaboration for youth groups in the area. The Collective is made up of 8 well known youth organisations across the city who work together sharing all their best practices and resources.

Riziki said, “Becoming a trustee is the next big thing. We all cover different areas, we all have niche groups but through the Youth Collective we can help everyone and help each other.

“With The Collective I’m beginning to see how much is going in with all the different groups across the city and it’s inspiring. It’s not just the youth work in one area, Bevendean have had a choir for a while but with multiple choirs it opens up the possibility for so many more ideas in the future.”

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At only 17 years old her views are incredibly mature as she is beginning to understand the wider scope of the Brighton & Hove Youth Collective.

Riziki has an exciting future ahead after all her hard work but she is worried about the proposed cuts to youth services in the city. At only 17 years old her views are incredibly mature as she is beginning to understand the wider scope of the Brighton & Hove Youth Collective, how difficult it is to secure the funding and how much harder it will be in the future.

She said, “If our groups have to stop then the knock on affect will be really upsetting because the things that were helping teenagers and young adults will be lost.

“I’m starting to see how much all the different groups with the Brighton & Hove Youth Collective do and if they weren’t there then teenagers and young adults will lose places to go and that will just increase the need for funding elsewhere. I also don’t like the thought that disadvantaged young people will be saying ‘I never had that experience’ or missing out on activities and relationships which could change their life.”

The Brighton & Hove Youth Collective are waiting for a decision from Brighton and Hove City Council about cuts to youth services which is due at the end of the February. At this time the future of the collective and the organisations within it are uncertain but its services, volunteers and the young people who need it are hoping to continue working with local communities for many years to come.

Councillor Sue Shanks , Chair of Children and Young People Committee, ​said, “Riziki always makes very valuable comments and asks relevant questions at the Children and Young People Committee of which she is a valued and listened to member. We always think she should be managing our services as she has such a good grasp of matters.”

In the shadow of cuts to youth services it is hoped that people like Riziki continue to be a voice for young people in the city as she represents quite clearly how the Community and Voluntary sector integrates with the Public sector. In the longer term Riziki will be a critical voice speaking up for the future of Youth Work in the city but beyond September it is a future which remains uncertain.


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Ten ways you can Be a Friend this winter Be a Friend and help older people stay warm and well Read More
Be a Friend and help older people stay warm and well

As the temperature keeps dropping, Friends of the Elderly is calling on everyone to Be a Friend and help make sure older neighbours, friendsRead More

Be a Friend and help older people stay warm and well

Ten ways you can Be a Friend this winter
As the temperature keeps dropping, Friends of the Elderly is calling on everyone to Be a Friend and help make sure older neighbours, friends and relatives stay warm and well.

As the temperature keeps dropping, Friends of the Elderly is calling on everyone to Be a Friend and help make sure older neighbours, friends and relatives stay warm and well.

Looking after ourselves during the colder weather is important, especially for older people. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to get to know the people living around them and look out for each other where they can. From offering to help clear an older neighbour’s path of snow or ice, to swapping warming recipes and making extra to share, there are lots of ways people can make a difference, whatever their age.

Ten ways you can Be a Friend this winter

Ten ways you can Be a Friend this winter

Tips on Staying warm and well

Staying warm during the colder weather is important, especially for older people, Friends for the Elderly have provided a series of handy tips to help this winter.

Tips on Staying warm and well

Supporting Friends

And finally the fantastic Supporting Friends grants service from Friends of the Elderly provides financial support to those most in need. This can help relieve the stress and worry of heating costs experienced by those living on a low income. For many who benefit from the service this gives them the peace of mind to know they can keep warm without having to sacrifice other necessities.

Steve Allen, CEO at Friends of the Elderly said,

“Making sure our older friends and neighbours stay warm at this time of year is very important for their welfare and this is where the Be a Friend campaign comes into its own. Little things such as checking in on an older neighbour can make all the difference. It is also important that heating costs don’t become an issue and our Supporting Friends grants have helped many people over the years to overcome financial challenges so they can stay warm. However it is also down to all of us to look out for each other whilst this cold snap continues.”

Please, if you can, make a donation today to help Friends of the Elderly meet the increasing number of older people who need support – especially during the coldest months, Donate online today www.fote.org.uk/support-us/appeals/winter-warmth


#Be A Friend, #Cold Weather, #Elderly, #FOTE, #Friends of the Elderly, #Helping Neighbours,

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Young People’s Centre Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

On Thursday the 4th December, Brighton’s YPC will be celebrating their 30 year service with tea and cake at an open afternoon at theRead More

Young People’s Centre Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

On Thursday the 4th December, Brighton’s YPC will be celebrating their 30 year service with tea and cake at an open afternoon at the centre on Ship Street.

The YPC started off its life as Ask Here created by PACT in May 1984. It then progressed and became On The Level in 1991 until funding was re aligned and in 1999 opened its doors as the Young People’s Centre in Ship Street Brighton where it has been for the last 14 years supporting hundreds vulnerable young people each year – we believe that nearly 10,000 young people have passed through the door in those 14 years, accessing a number of different projects that have been delivered there.

This has been a great year for the centre having recently been awarded £10,000 funding from the Pebble Trust and also winning the award for Greatest Contribution to the Community at the BAHBA’s in July this year.

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, who dropped in said:  “The Centre is central to the community and its 30th birthday is a brilliant milestone to celebrate all the fantastic work that’s been done. Thousands of local young people have benefited from the YPC. It’s a hugely inspiring, crucial local service and it was great to visit again, see the team and get the young people’s take on why it matters, and what it means to them.”

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Kindness of communities needed to end critical issue of loneliness Read More
Kindness of communities needed to end critical issue of loneliness

Kindness of communities needed to end critical issue of loneliness. From this week, charity Friends of the Elderly (FotE) will be engaging residents, businesses,Read More

Kindness of communities needed to end critical issue of loneliness

Kindness of communities needed to end critical issue of loneliness.

From this week, charity Friends of the Elderly (FotE) will be engaging residents, businesses, support groups and other charities in Sussex to help drive a change in culture that they hope will end the critical issue of loneliness in older people.

There is no doubt that preventing our ageing society from becoming lonelier will be a challenge. But Friends of the Elderly see potential for a new generation to experience a better connected life as they grow older and they have chosen Sussex to deliver a unique pilot.

Earlier this year, the charity released a new report that shows over five million older people in the UK are affected by loneliness, with more than a million (1 in 10 older people) saying they often feel lonely. The Future of Loneliness report further predicts that, through demographic change alone, these numbers will increase by around 40 per cent over the next 15 years. Unless we act now. The report also found;

  • From 2017 the 75+ population will grow rapidly. Demographic change alone will drive up the number of lonely older people in the UK by 40 per cent by 2030
  • There is a strong connection between low contact with family members and loneliness – contact with children is especially important
  • There is a strong link between having low levels of income and being lonely – older people in poverty suffer lower frequency of social contact
  • Technology has the potential to make a positive impact on loneliness, but by 2030, 703,000 (10 per cent) of older people will still not have a mobile phone or use the internet

Small things, big difference
Through experience and the findings of the report, Friends of the Elderly knows that simply having everyday interactions with other people can help combat loneliness. However, a survey revealed that almost over a third (38 per cent) of people in the South East have little or no contact with older people, and almost 40 per cent don’t know their neighbours well enough to have a conversation with. The good news is that almost 60 per cent of the region said they would like to do more to support older people where they live. The charity has already started to engage with businesses in the area, including Sussex County Cricket Club.

Tim Shutt, Head of Cricket in the Community said; Our Community Scheme vision is based around using cricket as a tool towards building better futures and stronger communities, importantly, irrespective of age. Cricket is a sport that has many elderly spectators, players, volunteers and followers, so given the degree of synergy, we felt this could be a very mutually beneficial partnership. We are very much looking forward to developing new initiatives as part of the Be a Friend campaign”.

Steve Allen, Chief Executive of Friends of the Elderly, said: Our Be a Friend campaign is a fundamental part of Friends of the Elderly’s long-term aim of combatting loneliness and isolation amongst older people. We already know that loneliness is a critical issue, but the Future of Loneliness report shows just how vital it is for us to take action now. We believe loneliness can be overcome with relatively simple interventions and by encouraging everyone to connect with their older neighbours, we can empower young and old to connect better within their communities. With the support of the people of Sussex and further afield we believe we can make a real and lasting change. A change that will mean no older person is lonely. I am asking everyone to take the first step today by making a promise to Be a Friend on our campaign websitewww.beafriendtoday.org.uk. Together, I know we can change the future of loneliness.”

Ten ways that YOU can Be a Friend

If we all do something small we can reverse the trend of increasing loneliness. Whenever asked, the majority of people say they would like to do more to help older people in their community but don’t know how. That’s why part of the Be a Friend campaign is about helping everyone find a way to get to know the other people that live around them, in a way that feels right for them. Here are 10 ways you could Be a Friend:

  1. Stop and chat with a passing older person at least once a week – on the train at the supermarket, in your street.
  2. Offer to drive an older person somewhere they need to go.
  3. Get to know the names of at least two older neighbours or members of your community.
  4. Ask an older neighbour to share their seasonal recipes – then make extra and share with them.
  5. Offer to clear an older neighbour’s path, drains or doorstep of fallen leaves.
  6. Ask an older neighbour to take in parcels when you’re at work.
  7. Offer to take an older neighbour’s bins to the curb on collection day.
  8. Ask an older neighbour if they’d like to join you for a dog walk.
  9. Invite an older neighbour to join you and your family for a day out.
  10. Ask an older neighbour to join you for a cup of tea at your local café.

To make your promise to Be a Friend and to find out more visit the campaign website;www.beafriendtoday.org.uk.

By supporting this campaign and spreading the #beafriend message, you can help to drive the culture change in Sussex.  Together we can make sure everyone has the opportunity to lead a happy and fulfilled life, whatever their age.

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Children In Need Helping the Brighton Community Read More
Children In Need Helping the Brighton Community

WASP (Whitehawk After School Project) run by Brighton charity Impact Initiatives have received much needed funding from Children in Need – without which they couldRead More

Children In Need Helping the Brighton Community

WASP (Whitehawk After School Project) run by Brighton charity Impact Initiatives have received much needed funding from Children in Need – without which they could face closure.

The project is relied on heavily by members of the Whitehawk community and if forced to close would leave a huge gap. The club provides a lively and fun atmosphere where children can learn new skills and socialise in a safe environment. Watch here to see Latest TV’s coverage.

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Brighton and Hove celebrates Youth Work Week

Now in its 21st year, Youth Work Week provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements andRead More

Brighton and Hove celebrates Youth Work Week

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Now in its 21st year, Youth Work Week provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work.

For the third time and in association with the Commonwealth Secretariat Youth Work Week ( November 3rd to 9th) a truly international celebration is taking place. It brings together 54 countries across six continents. Last year saw more than a hundred events take place including youth forums, employment workshops, conferences, awards ceremonies and community events.

In Brighton, Youth Work Week was celebrated with a conference put together with the combined efforts of the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective, University of Brighton and Brighton and Hove City Councils Youth Services team.

This year, the aims were to highlight the role of youth work in supporting young people to develop but also to take the opportunity to bring staff together to review and assess Youth Services in Brighton and Hove today. There is a real need for shared learning about what is effecting the sector. The aims were to get everyone to think about how today’s world is impacting our young people emotionally and digitally and two workshops looked at this in depth.

Chris Parfitt Service Manager Youth & Communities at Brighton & HoveCity Council said Youth Work isn’t teaching and it isn’t social work but it is very important that young people have a relationship with older people which is a non-power relationship but where they can receive guidance in a physical and emotional space to explore and work on what is going on in that young person’s life. Over the last 30 years Youth Work has changed a lot but its principals are the same, and as Youth Workers we need to make sure we are adapting too.”

The day’s workshops explored the use of Digital Media with young people and how it affected their day. Whilst wholly integral and important to embrace as a form of communication it was also recognised it can be a cause of anxiety and stress in numerous ways, in particular bullying, permanent connection and fear of losing touch or being left out. With this in mind is was discussed & understood that emotional space needs to be used in Youth work to keep the balance, and that activities such as Mindfulness are of high value.

Ben Glazebrook – Lead Manager for Brighton and Hove Youth Collective said:The two workshops on emotional space and digital space were very interesting because they came from completely different angles. We understand that both are important but it seems that having access to safe emotional space where young people can reflect and make new decisions is very important.”

In conclusion Youth Work Week is a time to look at what is going on in the city. With limited resources, often the best results are being achieved through collaboration between all parties.

For more information about the work of youth workers in the city go to:http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/youth-service

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Whitehawk After School Project receives funding boost

Sussex charity Impact Initiatives has received a grant for their Whitehawk After School Project (more commonly known as WASP) for £5,000 from the PoliceRead More

Whitehawk After School Project receives funding boost

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Sussex charity Impact Initiatives has received a grant for their Whitehawk After School Project (more commonly known as WASP) for £5,000 from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund.

Gary Allan and Caroline Ridley joined the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne on Thursday October 9th to accept the grant award and explain how the funding will help reduce crime / improve community safety in Sussex.

Commenting on the funding award Caroline Ridley said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Safer in Sussex Community Fund, which will enable us to continue with this vital care and play service in the area benefiting very young children who need extra support, education and a safe place where they can play and have fun.”

Commending Impact Initiatives on its successful bid Mrs Bourne said: “WASP is a great example of an innovative local project that aims to make our communities safer.”

“Since the Community Fund launched in December 2013 over 150 applications have been submitted and more than £400,000 made available to support local crime reduction and community safety initiatives.

“I am delighted with the response so far, which tells me local organisations and community groups care about – and are committed to – helping keep Sussex safe.

“I look forward to visiting the team at WASP and following the progress of their project over the coming months.” 

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SPEAKING VOLUMES

Young, local community artist, Alice Booth has had an eventful year with her project Speaking Volumes. Originally funded last September by the National Lottery’sRead More

SPEAKING VOLUMES

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Young, local community artist, Alice Booth has had an eventful year with her project Speaking Volumes. Originally funded last September by the National Lottery’s Awards for All scheme, this storytelling project exploring living with HIV has made an appearance at the House of Commons and is now touring East Sussex.

The Speaking Volumes oral-history project worked with 15 people from Sussex living with HIV to engage them in arts-based workshops and record their experiences of being HIV positive. The stories recorded were very diverse, and included those from gay men aged between 26 and 70, as well as women from a range of countries. The aim of the project was to give a voice to people who are seldom heard, as well as giving the general public a chance to hear what it means to live with HIV in 2014, helping them to gain a greater understanding of the condition and reduce stigma. ‘Having HIV does not stop you from being a mum, does not stop you from having a relationship and does not stop you from working. All you need to do is get the right treatment, care and support and you can live as healthy a life as anyone else. Don’t let HIV define who you are. Take control.’(Angelina Namiba, Project Participant.)

The recorded stories were each hidden inside beautifully made hollowed out books, decorated with portraits by local artist Jake Spicer and words from the storyteller. These books were then displayed on a specially commissioned shelf that can be displayed in libraries and at community events. The project and its website, where the stories can also be heard, was launched in April at a high profile event attended by Brighton and Hove mayor Denise Cobb and MP Caroline Lucas. ‘The stories that are being told at the Jubilee Library are stories of survival and strength. They are inspiring, deeply personal, and stories that should be heard as a call to action towards the eventual eradication of HIV.’(Caroline Lucas, MP.)

The exhibition of stories was on display at the Jubilee Library, Brighton for two months, after which it travelled to Hove and Woodingdean libraries where it gained a greater audience. In July Speaking Volumes was also invited to the House of Commons to be part of an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Committee on HIV. At this event participants from the project were able to speak directly to MPs and policy makers about what it means to live with HIV and the implications of economic and welfare policy on HIV positive people.

Geoffrey Bowden, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Economic Development & Culture Committee commented: “I am glad that the country’s second most used library played host to the Speaking Volumes story telling initiative earlier this year.  The voices of people living with HIV need to be heard.  Their stories challenge prejudice and will inspire those affected by HIV, but who continue to live in the shadows. I really hope as many people as possible get to visit the Speaking Volumes display and listen the personal testimonies while it is on tour in East Sussex libraries.”

In future months the shelf will be touring East Sussex, spending a month in Lewes, Hastings and Eastbourne libraries respectively, and culminating in a World AIDS Day event on December 1st in Eastbourne. Following that it will visit Surrey libraries, and it is hoped that in the future the exhibition will tour schools, where the stories will help support better sexual health and HIV education for young people.

‘It feels like we have been waiting for the chance to share our story for years’. (Lily Rose, Project participant.)

For more information about the Speaking Volumes project and the latest venues please visithttp://www.speakingvolumesproject.org/

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Join the journey through our One Planet City

“10 principles. 10 photographers. 10 venues. 10 months. 1 city.” A unique photographic journey around Brighton & Hove gets underway this Sunday (5th October),Read More

Join the journey through our One Planet City

“10 principles. 10 photographers. 10 venues. 10 months. 1 city.”

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A unique photographic journey around Brighton & Hove gets underway this Sunday (5th October), giving visitors an exciting opportunity to see the city in a new light.

FotoDocument, an arts education organisation, together with Photoworks, has commissioned ten emerging and established photographers to create the One Planet City exhibitions, a series of ten photo essays on the theme of One Planet Living.

Each essay is made up of a series of images and installed in one of Brighton & Hove’s iconic locations: Brighton Railway Station, The Lock Crossing at Shoreham Port, the newly refurbished Open Market in London Road, The Waste House at University of Brighton, Emmaus Brighton & Hove, The American Express Community Football Stadium, Brighton Dome, Hove Promenade, Foredown Tower in Portslade, and the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground. Visitors will be given a map to follow the story trail around the city. Each exhibition is thematically linked with the venue.

One Planet Living is a global initiative based on ten principles which enables people to live, work and do business within the natural limits of the planet. It was developed by internationally award winning charity Bioregional. This sustainability framework is being used all around the world by communities, businesses and local authorities.

Brighton & Hove was declared the world’s first One Planet Living city in 2013. Since then, partners and agencies have been working together to boost the local economy, become more resistant to price hikes in energy, fuel and food, and develop a more equal and healthy city.

One Planet City launches under the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014, an ambitious, bold and innovative festival of international photography. The One Planet City exhibitions continue beyond the Biennial, remaining in situ until August 2015.

The ten photographers taking part are: Thomas Ball, Murray Ballard, Sam Faulkner, Sophie Gerrard, Jonathan Goldberg, Amanda Jackson, Jason Larkin, Valentina Quintano, Syd Shelton and Nick Waplington.

For more go to http://fotodocument.org/project/one-planet-city

Jason Kitcat Leader of Green led Brighton & Hove City Council says: “This latest project by FotoDocument is essential in spreading the word about the One Planet Living approach to sustainability. As Brighton & Hove is the world’s first accredited One Planet City, it’s great to see the work premier at our Photo Biennial. We’re very proud to have it here.”                                                                                

Celia Davies, Director of Photoworks says: “This partnership creates an important programme strand for Brighton Photo Biennial 2014. The project helps us achieve our aim to connect outstanding artists with diverse audiences and enable new work to be made and discovered. The ten prominent locations connecting up the One Planet themes will ensure thousands more city residents and visitors have the opportunity to engage with thought-provoking photography, presented as part of city life for over 10 months. For us the photograph is only half the story, the other half is the subject itself and this project provides an opportunity to explore and where possible address key issues affecting sustainability in our local communities.”

Sue Riddlestone, Chief Executive of Bioregional says: “The FotoDocument exhibition is a real work of art. The images capture incredible scenes and really demonstrate the people power behind sustainable living. This exhibition is a true testament to the ambition and achievement of Brighton & Hove as a One Planet City.“

Nina Emett, Founding Director of FotoDocument says: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to deliver our One Planet City photography project from concept to production through to installation. It has been a truly collaborative process in every sense working with a range of committed partner organisations and individuals who have collectively contributed their resources, ideas, knowledge and skills to bring this ambitious project to fruition. The photo essays have been produced by a group of outstanding photographers who have invested great time and care into producing a high quality product and the results are very exciting.”

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Older People’s Day Awards in Brighton and Hove Read More
Older People’s Day Awards in Brighton and Hove

For the second year running, The Older People’s awards took place at The Grand Hotel in Brighton yesterday. This great event coincides with theRead More

Older People’s Day Awards in Brighton and Hove

For the second year running, The Older People’s awards took place at The Grand Hotel in Brighton yesterday. This great event coincides with the UN’s International Older People’s Day on 1st October. It was held in order to recognise the value of older people in the community who have been proactive in all walks of life.

The awards took place as part of Older People’s week during which a fantastic array of activities for older people have been put on by charity Impact Initiatives. These activities included many things from baking, dancing and music sessions to a more adventurous volleyball session with Yellowave and cycling, singing and IT at the Velo café on The Level, Brighton.

Donna Bailey, Older People’s services manager at Impact Initiatives commented; “Older People’s Week is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the huge variety of activities that older people can and want to do, regardless of how old they are. This week, we have seen older people having a go at playing a stringed instrument, dancing, swimming and even playing volleyball on the beach! Given the right opportunity and a dose of encouragement and support, older people are lifting the age barriers and setting a brilliant example to our younger generations.”

The categories and winners are listed below. The awards were presented by Steve Bustin and are sponsored by Brighton and Hove City Council and  local businesses including, The Argus, Newmans Business Solutions, Gala Bingo, Brighton and Hove Buses, McCarthy and Stone and Active for Life. The Duke of Richmond also lent his name for the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community.

THE WINNERS

  1. The Biggest Contribution to Health and Wellbeing – Awarded to CLIFF AND DOT RAYMAN, sponsored by Brighton and Hove City Council’s Sports Development team and presented by Emma Greenough, the Active for Life Manager at B&H Council. Cliff has been volunteering at Lifelines for over 4 years with his wife Dot he runs a very popular tea dance at Patching Lodge.
  2. The biggest contribution to Community – Awarded to ANN MEHINICK FROM THE PURPLE FOOD BANK, sponsored by McCarthy and Stone. Presented by Kris Townsend, Professional Advisor at McCarthy and Stone. Anne has helped drive the Purple People Kitchen and Foodbank in Portslade.
  3. The biggest contribution to Education – Awarded to SUE OLIVE, sponsored by Newmans Business Solutions presented by David Swainsbury from Newmans. Sue has volunteered a great deal of time for a multicultural women’s group in Brighton. She has helped women with language barriers, talk to each other in English
  4. The biggest contribution to Business – Awarded to CUTHBERT WILLIAMS MBE, sponsored by The Argus presented by Michael Beard, Editor of The Argus. Bert has done amazing work over the years both for Mosaic black and mixed parentage family groups and most extensively for setting up the Brighton Black History Project which he was award an MBE for last year.
  5. The “I Did Something Different” Award – Awarded to JON POLAND, sponsored by Gala Bingo presented by General Manager Steve Taggert. Jon abseiled down the cliffs at Peacehaven and scaled back up them.
  6. The Courage Award – Awarded to BERNARD JORDAN AND SANDRA LANDY, sponsored by Days Out with Brighton and Hove Coaches. Bernard made the papers when he left his care home and took himself to France for the World War 1 D Day celebrations. Sandra shown great Courage with her fight with Dementia and her ability to speak about her condition to others which has given a better understanding of the disease.
  7. The Special Impact Award – Awarded to DORIS HILL, presented by the Chair of Trustees Mr Neil Moscrop. Doris at 95 years old is an inspiration to everyone around her despite her age and health problems she’s a friend to all.
  8. The Duke of Richmond Award – Awarded to BARBARA AND DENNIS TROTT, presented by Peter Bunker. This couple have been very active in their area of Lower Bevendean. They support the local food-bank, community drop in cafe and are always supporting fundraising initiatives locally.

Caroline Ridley, Chief Executive for Impact Initiatives who are driving all of this activity commented; “It has been an amazing week. We have been continually impressed by the achievements and contributions of older people across the City, just when we thought we knew all that went on there would be another surprise. From the more spectacular to the quietly making a difference it has been a fantastic opportunity to highlight the huge amount and variety of activity that older people are leading and taking part in. We have had some amazing pledges to ‘do something different’ which just goes to show we should never underestimate what people may be planning and getting up to regardless of their age.”

Pictured President Peter Bunker with the winners of the Duke of Richmond Award.

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Youth Collective is collecting in your COPPER Read More
Youth Collective is collecting in your COPPER

A group of 8 youth organisations who are collectively called the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective, this week launch their 3 month fundraising campaignRead More

Youth Collective is collecting in your COPPER

A group of 8 youth organisations who are collectively called the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective, this week launch their 3 month fundraising campaign – creatively titled The Copper Collective.

The aim of the campaign is for the city to support young people who are engaging in fundraising by asking all schools, businesses, families and community groups to collect in their 1p and 2p copper coins in time for Christmas. The group will then collect up and count all the donations and set up a youth panel to decide how the money should be best spent.

The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective is an organisation which is made up of eight youth clubs which support young people across Brighton and Hove. They are The Young People’s Centre (YPC), Crew Club, Deans Youth Project, Brighton Youth Centre, Tarner Community Project, Hangleton and Knoll Project, The Trust for Developing Communities and Sussex YMCA. They are all registered charities.

These eight groups who previously worked independently have recently changed their approach and now work together to deliver a more efficient and co-ordinated programme of youth activities across Brighton and Hove. The “Youth Collective” delivers a ‘co-produced’ service with projects and programmes to develop and deliver an innovative, co-ordinated and responsive service to better meet the needs of young people living in the city.

There is a wide range of events and activities happening at any one of these Youth Clubs every night of the week. For example singing and drama at the Deans Youth Project in Woodingdean, skateboarding for girls at Brighton Youth Centre near Edward Street. There’s a young women’s group- focusing on mental health at the Hangleton and Knoll project in the west Hove or you can go to various “Drop In” sessions at the Young People’s Centre in Ship Street to discuss numerous issues.

Lead Services Manager Ben Glazebrook says; “All we are asking is that everyone in Brighton and Hove collects up all their copper coins around the house, office, car, shop or garden shed; bags them up and then hands them into any one of the following places who are already supporting this campaign: Sussex County Cricket Ground, Velo Cafe on  The Level, Dorothy Stringer School, Varndean School and Roedean School plus The Young People’s Centre,  Crew Club,  Deans Youth Project, Brighton Youth Centre, or any of The Collective offices across the city.”

Having launched at ASDA in Brighton Marina on Tuesday, it is hoped that over the next few months the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective will have collected in most of Brighton & Hove’s copper coins. The money can then be put towards the worthwhile activities and services that help support young people across the city. Although the Collective receive central funding, this only provides the basic support. In one day the team collected over £100 by shoppers at ASDA in the Marina.

If you are interested in donating please visit www.brightonandhoveyouthcollective.org.uk. Or if you wish to act as a Collective Collection Point please email: hello@brightonandhoveyouthcollective.org.uk

Photograph Brighton and Hove Youth Collective services team at ASDA on Tuesday launching The Copper Collective

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YPC RAISES OVER £1000 WITH ITS ANNUAL

PUB QUIZ FUNDRAISER YPC (Young People’s Centre) held its third annual pub quiz fundraiser on 21st August at the Hope pub on Queen’s Road,Read More

YPC RAISES OVER £1000 WITH ITS ANNUAL

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PUB QUIZ FUNDRAISER

YPC (Young People’s Centre) held its third annual pub quiz fundraiser on 21st August at the Hope pub on Queen’s Road, Brighton. 75 people came and so far the event has raised over £1000 and still counting.  It was run by a group of volunteers who came together 3 years ago wanting to find a fun way to raise essential funds for the YPC to help them to increase the confidence and broaden the horizons of the young people that come there.

Tucked away in Ship Street the YPC has been supporting young people for over 30 years. Many of the young people who go there overcome very disadvantageous situations by going to the YPC and meeting the Youth Workers that work tirelessly to support and advise.

During the event a raffle was held with prizes that were kindly donated by local businesses; Cable and Cotton, Hilton, Evolution, Duke of Yorks, Krater at the Komedia, American Apparel, Powder beauty, The Brighton Dive Centre, The Emporium, The Brighton Centre, The Brighton Grand Hotel, The Brighton Wheel, The Royal Pavillion, The Treatment Rooms, The Old Market, Amy Deer Artistic Services, Lazerzone and The Brighton Race Course.

The money raised from these generous donations will all go towards the essential funding needed a raffle with prizes donated by, Cable and Cotten, Hilton, Evolution, Duke of Yorks, Krater at the Komedia, American Apparel, Powder beauty and many many, moreto run the YPC. In a typical year the YPC can expect 700 young people to access their services. Last year the Young People’s Centre ‘Drop-In’ had 2150 visits from nearly 600 young people, attending 149 sessions providing over 500 hours of delivery. Over 400 referrals were made to the counselling service during the year resulting in 90 young people being provided with counselling sessions. Over 100 young people were supported with employment, education and training issues and 110 were supported through focused sexual health and pregnancy work.

Rad Kothari, Youth and Development Manager commented; “The work that this team of volunteers do is fantastic, Family Investments supports their activity through some match funding which adds to the total raised, meaning that we can do even more positive work with young people “

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tumblr_inline_n987hswSOu1sbbmuo (1) 20 years of supporting young, homeless women; Impact Initiatives now launches Stopover 3 Read More
20 years of supporting young, homeless women; Impact Initiatives now launches Stopover 3

Stopover is a Brighton based charity for young women in need of a safe place to stay. Running since 1989; this vital service offersRead More

20 years of supporting young, homeless women; Impact Initiatives now launches Stopover 3

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Stopover is a Brighton based charity for young women in need of a safe place to stay. Running since 1989; this vital service offers these women somewhere they can come to receive help and support so that they can move on to live independently. The primary reason for referral to Stopover is that the women will be insecurely housed or homeless. Additional factors behind this are often domestic violence, mental health issues, misuse of substances or family estrangement. At a time when reports of domestic violence are on the increase this has never been more necessary, as The Independent recently reported a 25% increase in domestic violence during the World Cup.

Stopover works with some of the most vulnerable young women in the city with the most complex and highest needs and do an exceptional job.” Emily Ashmore – Brighton and Hove City Council.

For many years there has been Stopover 1 and Stopover 2 but from 24th July 2014 the new Stopover 3 will be opened. The 3 tier system is in place to help these young women make gradual steps towards independence.

  • Stopover 1 offers 24 hour care and female only housing,
  • Stopover 2 offers support during office hours and
  • Stopover 3 is intended to add a further step towards independence.

Stopover 1 currently has a 9 month waiting list and the addition of Stopover 3 will help to reduce this list by helping those who are ready to move on to the next stage.

Stopover 3 provides five units of accommodation to young women aged eighteen to thirty who are leaving supported accommodation but not quite ready for full independence. It provides them with an opportunity to experience shared accommodation while maintaining education, employment or training. The facilities are shared so enables the young women to experience communal living in a safe environment where there is still a support worker available to call if they need to and who will visit once a week.

Stopover 3 bridges the gap between supported housing and independence ensuring that young women leaving supported accommodation are equipped with not only the skills for but an experience of shared accommodation”   Stevie Graves, Stopover Housing Services Manager, Impact Initiatives

One example of how beneficial Stopover 3 will be to young women comes from a Joanna. She moved to Stopover 2 from an intensive support project in the city managed by an alternative housing provider. She managed the transition to a less supported accommodation well. She has managed to bring some health issues under control, has enrolled at college and has over the past six months had no warnings in respect of behaviour that could impact on her tenancy.

Joanna has the skills necessary to move on to independence however she herself has raised a concern around isolation should she move to fully independent accommodation. As a result Stopover 3 provides an excellent bridge from supported housing to independent living by ensuring that Joanna can live independently while having the knowledge that Impact Initiatives as the managing agent can and will provide support as necessary. Joanna said It feels like a real house, like a home, somewhere that I can invite my friends’.

Stopover 1 2 & 3 is run by Brighton based charity Impact Initiatives. For more information about Stopover please visit http://www.impact-initiatives.org.uk/our_services/stopover.php or contact Stevie Graves on01273 603775 or email stopover@impact-initiatives.org.uk

Image – At the launch today and pictured, Founder Jacke Lythell, Councillor Bill Randall, Councillor and Trustee of Impact Initiatives Andrew Wealls, Helen Burns BHCC, plus sponsor Robin Askwith, Mike Long Trustee and Operations Director Caroline Ridley from Impact Initiatives plus friends.

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THE BIG LEMON SIGNS UP TO THE BRIGHTON LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN

Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce who are leading on the local Living Wage campaign have been very encouraged to receive a new signRead More

THE BIG LEMON SIGNS UP TO THE BRIGHTON LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN

Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce who are leading on the local Living Wage campaign have been very encouraged to receive a new sign up from another Community Interest Company, and social enterprise heroes The Big Lemon.

The Big Lemon bus company was founded in 2007 to develop a new kind of bus service.  In the world of The Big Lemon, bus travel is fun, friendly, affordable and sustainable.  In a nutshell, they have developed a bus service which people enjoy, look forward to, and above all, hopefully choose to use in preference to private motor transport because of its environmental credentials.

Since the launch of the Living Wage in Brighton the team behind the campaign are delighted that another key brand from the Brighton business scene has signed up.

“We have always paid as much as we can afford because we want to improve workers conditions in the city. The Brighton Living Wage campaign has done a great job at raising the awareness of pay across the city and highlighting the wage poverty that currently exists. The benefits of paying a living wage are endless and as an employer it feels good and everyone’s a winner” said Tom Druit – social entrepreneur and Managing Director of The Big Lemon.

Julia Chanteray, president of the Brighton Chamber said “”It’s great that the Big Lemon are signed up to the Living Wage in Brighton and Hove.  I think it’s really important that we know when we’re paying for services that our money is being used in a good way, and that the people who look after us, on the buses, in the shops and in the pub are being paid at a decent level.  I look forward to even more of Brighton businesses taking the example set by The Big Lemon and the other businesses who have agreed to pay their staff at least the Living Wage”

With Brighton and Hove now having 131 local businesses supporting the campaign it is still one of the most proactive cities in the country pushing the message forward, now in its third year of activity.

Latest sign ups include H2Organisation (the first Events company) Cardens Accountants, Futurehealth Brighton, Sackville Medical Centre, Survivors’ Network, Brighton and Sussex Care Ltd, Beeley & Co Solicitors, Neo, Fresh Egg, Eco Sparkle and Foodshed.

The Chamber continues to promote the living wage campaign throughout the city and is looking forward to its next sign up. The challenge is to reach 200 supporters by Living Wage week in November.

For the full list and to watch the new summer promotional campaign film about the Brighton Living Wage go to www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk

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Living Wage Brighton – summer campaign film Read More
Living Wage Brighton – summer campaign film

Living Wage Brighton – summer campaign film. With thanks to Laura Evans and the Brighton Chamber of Commerce.

Living Wage Brighton – summer campaign film

Living Wage Brighton – summer campaign film. With thanks to Laura Evans and the Brighton Chamber of Commerce.

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BRIGHTON AND HOVE YOUTH COLLECTIVE LAUNCH WEBSITE Read More
BRIGHTON AND HOVE YOUTH COLLECTIVE LAUNCH WEBSITE

The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective this week launch their brand new website which has been designed by young people from across the city.Read More

BRIGHTON AND HOVE YOUTH COLLECTIVE LAUNCH WEBSITE

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The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective this week launch their brand new website which has been designed by young people from across the city.

The Youth collective is made up of 8 local youth organisations which include the Brighton & Hove Business Awards finalists – Young People’s Centre (YPC) Crew Club, Deans Youth Project, Brighton Youth Centre, Tarner Community Project, Hangleton and Knoll Project, Trusts for Developing Communities and Sussex Central YMCA.

In the last 18 months “The Collective” has delivered a co-ordinated programme of youth activities across Brighton and Hove in partnership with Brighton and Hove Council’s Youth Service to develop and deliver an innovative, co-ordinated and responsive service to better meet the needs of young people living in the City. The benefit is one vision, created with young people, that addresses inequalities, provides stability and acts as a constant in the lives of those most at risk.  But until now they had no website.

Working with local Brighton based web design company Face Media Group, the young people from The Collective were asked a series of questions concerning the website from colour palettes, fonts, functionality, style and content to make sure it was everything they wanted.

Lisa Seymour, Operations Director Face Media Group commented “We jumped at the opportunity to work with the Young people that form part of the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective. The initial project meeting was engaging, enlightening and fun. Throughout the design and build of the website we encouraged everyone to have their say, so we could deliver something that worked for everyone. We are extremely proud to have been part of this project and wish them every success for the future.”

By using information from a survey held three months prior, the design team knew that digital media was one of the top 3 best ways to communicate with young people. The content they most wanted to know about was; 1) What activities are on offer – 86%, 2) Events they can go to – 76% and 3) Local community activities in their area – 63% – all of which the site now hosts.

A group of young people gathered together to design and test the new website. Ashely Ridley aged 13 who contributed to the website design commented “It was fun and enjoyable, a really great experience to be involved in. My greatest achievement to date and I’m quite proud.” He scored the website 9 out of 10.

Daniel Scott who is a YPC user commented “I love it” and awarded it a score of 10 out of 10.

14 year old Ethan Storey-Davidson who attends Dorothy Stringer School and also helped to create and test the website commented “It was interesting, good fun and a good experience to be part of the learning and I’d love to do it again”.

The new website has lots of information about all of the groups, their location across the city and what they have to offer young people from Brighton and Hove who are aged between 13 and 19 years old.

It will also pin point important youth services on offer which include counselling services, locations where a hot meal can be sourced and advice on sexual health education, training and applying for jobs.

In the weeks to come there will also be more things to do and competitions to win experiences across the city. To launch the website Jamie Oliver’s Café and Cookery school are offering the opportunity for 4 young people to win a cookery class at their premises in Hove.

Ben Glazebrook who leads on the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective activity said “The partnerships we have built through the Collective are now helping us with projects right across the city and the website is a great addition to all our youth work activity.”

For more information and to register as a member or for competitions go towww.brightonandhoveyouthcollective.org.uk


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UNISON HOLDS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS LOCAL LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN Read More
UNISON HOLDS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS LOCAL LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN

Unison held a lunchtime session as part of their national conference in Brighton yesterday to discuss with other union members how to further encourageRead More

UNISON HOLDS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS LOCAL LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN

Unison held a lunchtime session as part of their national conference in Brighton yesterday to discuss with other union members how to further encourage other cities and businesses across the UK to join the Living Wage and drive forward the campaign message, “it makes sense for people and it makes sense for business”.

Unison and The Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce are working together with other business leaders and sectors to drive the message to those who have yet to join even though the local living wage campaign is now in its third year but also to encourage other members across the UK to deliver similar campaigns.

UNISON took the decision to support the Living Wage campaign at the back of 2013 when they themselves joined.

The session started with Phil Wood, Regional Secretary (SE) of UNISON introducing why it is important for UNISON to be more involved with the campaign. Also as their conference is this year in Brighton he highlighted that “most companies come to the South East for quality of life but it’s is very difficult to have quality of life when you don’t earn enough in wages. We want quality wages for a quality city and this campaign has been very good at making that change happen”.

Other guest speakers included Geraldine Hoban, Chief Operating Officer for the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) who signed up to the campaign in March 2014. CCG is a strong values based organisation with a huge commitment to the city and were very keen to sign up to the Living Wage campaign. “Not only is it about recognising, rewarding and retaining staff but it is also about adding social value to the city” said Geraldine. “Money put into the city reaps its rewards and alleviates demands on the public sector further down the line

This was backed up by Fabia Bates, from Brighton based charity Survivors Network, who spoke about the Third Sector, she commented; A really simple way to make a difference to those living in deprived areas with low paid jobs is to pay them a living wage.” She also made comment that whilst the third sector locally had been one of the highest sectors to respond to the campaign, there is still a massive opportunity for more charity organisations to sign up. This is particularly important as their key function is to help those needing support or who live in deprivation and so they need to demonstrate that they are doing this internally first!  “These organisations need to be paying their own members of staff the living wage and off the back of this other businesses will get the message.” Said Fabia.

One business that has got the message is the brand new Foodshed opening at the Open Market. Foodshed Brighton signed up to the campaign on the morning of the Unison session. Following their registration they tweeted @BHLivingWage @BrightonOpenMkt. “We have just registered to be the 130th living wage business and are over the moon. We love our staff ♡”

As the session closed, political leaders, heads of business from the Private & the Public sector plus local media all agreed that whilst the challenges the campaign had when launched, i.e. we were all in the middle of a recession, we are now in a more positive and growing economy where unemployed numbers are declining, so achieving the living wage will hopefully become more and more achievable and a stigma even to those that aren’t paying it.

Councillor Graham Cox also added how the Conservatives are discussing whether to put the Living Wage into their mandate as the economy has changed since the original launch of the campaign in 2012 when the country was still in recession.

He quotes from his website (18.6.14) Full employment should be a Conservative aim. As that goal comes into sight in our city the case for a Living Wage becomes stronger. The fear was always that paying a Living Wage would hamper job creation. At the height of the recession this argument had some validity, but 2 – 3 years on with the good news on jobs the evidence for that has decreased.

Alex Knutson, Brighton and Hove UNISON Branch Secretary closed the session by saying  “Unison continues to be wholly committed to trying to improve the wages of lower paid individuals all across the city. This is not  a political message it is a welfare issue that affects us all.”

Tracey Allen, Campaign Manager for the Brighton Chamber of Commerce Living Wage Campaign commented; “It was excellent to see so many people of influence in the room and I feel another surge of activity looming as the pace gathers with the living wage message”

The Living Wage campaign is still looking for partners to work with and help deliver the campaign message. If any business or organisation would like to discuss opportunities they should enquire at campaigns@businessinbrighton.org.uk

For more information on the local campaign go to: www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk

For more information about the local UNISON branch please go to: http://brightonandhoveunison.org.uk.

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Youth Collective Promo Read More
Youth Collective Promo

The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective promo – Things to do, places to go + support for 13 – 19 year olds.

Youth Collective Promo

The Brighton and Hove Youth Collective promo – Things to do, places to go + support for 13 – 19 year olds.

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LORD BASSAM LAUNCHES 30k APPEAL

This year the YPC (Young People’s Centre) is celebrating 30 years of offering care and advice to disadvantaged young people in Brighton. In lineRead More

LORD BASSAM LAUNCHES 30k APPEAL

This year the YPC (Young People’s Centre) is celebrating 30 years of offering care and advice to disadvantaged young people in Brighton. In line with this, the Daphne de Courcy £30k for 30 years fundraiser was launched on Friday night at the Sussex Awards by guest speaker and Opposition Chief Whip at the House of Lords; Lord Bassam.

First founded in 1984 and with a proven legacy of 30 years, the YPC is a vibrant, multi-agency youth support centre providing a stable, nurturing environment for disadvantaged young people in Brighton and Hove. The demand for this service is just as relevant and necessary today as it was when it first began.

During his speech Lord Bassam referred back to his work in Brighton in the seventies and of a young person he helped to support and re house – and 30 years on the problems really are no different. He said “Young people are getting a raw deal and a hard time at present. Services are being cut or curtailed, so it is vital that the services that are established and do great things are supported by everyone, especially people within the local community and business community. Services like the YPC are essential and early intervention can make a real difference to those in need”.

For example, Aiysha who first used the service in 2008.

Aiysha studies health and social care at City College Brighton. She has a daughter who is 15 months old, and attends drop in sessions at the YPC three times a week. She came to the YPC because she wanted to join a drop in where she wasn’t judged and where she felt safe. She came here when she was 15 and has been coming ever since. “The Young Peoples Centre has helped me with so much. When I moved out they helped me find charities for furniture and I used their computers and phone. When I was pregnant I went there first and talked to Rad. I can talk to any of the staff about everything. All of the staff are friendly and it is confidential. I really enjoy going to the YPC and I don’t intend on leaving any time soon!”

The event at the Brighton Metropole included a charity auction to launch the Daphne de Courcey fund and raised the first £4.000.00

Daphne de Courcy worked in the YPC’s central team as Company Secretary and also provided admin support. Unfortunately her role there had to be cut due to financial constraints. Regardless, Daphne kindly volunteered to cover the work each week; tirelessly supporting the team and the services the YPC delivers. She saw first-hand how much the services there were needed by 100’s of young people each year, and how hard the team worked to provide as much support as possible. Daphne donated a great deal, both of her time and financially, to support the YPC.

Sadly Daphne passed away in 2012 but unexpectedly left a substantial legacy to the YPC.  Through her generosity the YPC was able to do so much more for the young people in need.

‘Daphne was my legal PA for 16 years until my retirement. She then became PA to Impact Initiative’s CEO Chris Peters and subsequently administrator at Impact. She was a very socially- committed and generous person, and I think as an employee with Impact and a volunteer at the YPC she found her niche in life. She would have been delighted to be associated with the continuing service of Impact to the community and particularly its youth work.’  Mike Long; Trustee and Former Chair of YPC. 

In tribute to her name the YPC are aiming to raise £30k in line with the YPC’s 30 year anniversary. The money will be spent on vital costs that will help them to continue to run the various drop in and counselling sessions.

If you would like to donate to the Daphne de Courcy Fund please contact Ben Glazebrook at 69 Ship Street Brighton – email ben.glazebrook@impact-initiatives.org.uk or call 01273 230130

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LORD BASSAM SPEAKS AT SUSSEX AWARDS

On Friday 30th May over 300 guests will attend the Sussex Awards at The Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel to celebrate what makes this suchRead More

LORD BASSAM SPEAKS AT SUSSEX AWARDS

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On Friday 30th May over 300 guests will attend the Sussex Awards at The Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel to celebrate what makes this such a great county to live and work in. There are fourteen awards in total covering all aspects of life in the county including the arts, business and sport.

The YPC (Young People’s Centre) have been chosen as the nominal charity for the Sussex Awards and Lord Bassam will be representing them with a speech on the night.

Back in the 1980’s Steve Bassam who is now Lord Bassam and Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords remembers the work of On The Level and other groups as he was involved in The Resource Centre. When we contacted him he offered full support to the YPC and added;

” Young people are getting a raw deal and a hard time at present. Services are being cut or curtailed, so it is vital that the services that are established and do great things are supported by everyone, especially people within the local community and business community. I would like to Congratulate the YPC and all of its staff on 30 years very good but very hard work. ” Lord Bassam

An auction will be held on the night to help raise funds for the YPC. Community is also a very strong element to the evening and Ben Glazebrook, Centre Service Manager from the Young People’s Centre (YPC) is delighted to have been chosen as the reciprocal charity from the fundraising element on the night.

The YPC is celebrating 30 years of supporting young people this May and so to have an event of this stature to help us celebrate our achievements  is very rewarding. It is also a great platform for us to talk about our work and continue with our 30k fundraiser which will go towards supporting more youth services at the YPC.’ said Ben.

Tucked away in Ship Street the YPC over the years have previously been called ‘Ask Here’ and ‘On The Level.’ Many of the young people who go there overcome very disadvantageous situations by going to the YPC and meeting the Youth Workers that work tirelessly to support and advice.

In a typical year the YPC can expect 700 young people to access their services. Last year the Young People’s Centre ‘Drop-In’ had 2150 visits from nearly 600 young people, attending 149 sessions providing over 500 hours of delivery. Over 400 referrals were made to the counselling service during the year resulting in 90 young people being provided with counselling sessions. Over 100 young people were supported with employment, education and training issues and 110 were supported through focused sexual health and pregnancy work.

The diversity, flexibility, responsiveness and can-do approach of the YPC is what makes their work effective. YPC’s work is not easily categorised; they are not a day centre but fulfil a day centre role, they mentor, but are not a mentoring service, they are not a youth club but do youth work, all carried out in a centre that is a like a house but not a house nor a home.

Cllr Sue Shanks who is the Chair of the Children and Young Peoples committee said ‘: I have visited Ship Street. It provides a very warm, welcoming space for young people and great food. Young people often need a space where they can meet their friends and get advice and guidance from friendly adults, which the Young Peoples Centre provides.’

There are some fantastic recent success stories like Aiysha who first used the service in 2008.

Aiysha studies health and social care at City College Brighton. She has a daughter who is 15 months old, and attends drop in sessions at the YPC three times a week. She came to the YPC because she wanted to join a drop in where she wasn’t judged and where she felt safe. She came here when she was 15 and has been coming ever since. “The Young Peoples Centre has helped me with so much. When I moved out they helped me find charities for furniture and I used their computers and phone. When I was pregnant I went there first and talked to Rad. I can talk to any of the staff about everything. All of the staff are friendly and it is confidential. I really enjoy going to the YPC and I don’t intend on leaving any time soon!”

The awards are being run by Sussex based media company, Media Sound Holdings owners of the group of radio stations which broadcast right across Sussex ; Splash, Bright, Sovereign and Arrow FM.

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IS IT A PIRATE? – IS IT A PRINCESS? – NO! IT’S THE MAYOR OF BRIGHTON

Last week the Mayor of Brighton; Councillor Denise Cobb paid a visit to the Whitehawk After School Project (WASP). The children aged between 4Read More

IS IT A PIRATE? – IS IT A PRINCESS? – NO! IT’S THE MAYOR OF BRIGHTON

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Last week the Mayor of Brighton; Councillor Denise Cobb paid a visit to the Whitehawk After School Project (WASP). The children aged between 4 and 11 had great fun spending time with the Mayor especially when she allowed them all to try on her official outfit. The day started off with much curiosity as the children had never seen the Mayor before and enquired whether she was a Pirate or a Princess?!

 ”Didn’t they look great in my robes and hat!  Two of the little girls drew pretty pictures of me which they signed: I will be including them in my Mayoral years’ collection. I have to say I  had a marvellous visit to WASP, the children were keen to involve me in their activities, playing ping pong, a computer test of my mood, which was ‘calm’ and to ask questions. The work by the volunteers and staff at WASP is invaluable to the children in the community.  I believe that it would be advantageous for this facility to be open during the school holidays. said The Mayor.

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WASP is an after school club for children aged between 4 and 11. It provides many subsidised places for families in Whitehawk and is run by Impact Initiatives. It also offers support to families as a whole. The club is registered with Ofsted.

WASP is currently looking for extra funding so that it can carry on its programme after 2014.

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Theatre Royal tour for kids on eve of Festival

On the eve of the Brighton Festival 2014 The Theatre Royal Brighton this week kindly offered a free theatre workshop to 25 members ofRead More

Theatre Royal tour for kids on eve of Festival

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On the eve of the Brighton Festival 2014 The Theatre Royal Brighton this week kindly offered a free theatre workshop to 25 members of the Brighton & Hove Youth Collective on the afternoon of the 30th of April. The tour included an access all areas view of the 207 year old Theatre. The recipients who are a group of young people with a love of drama, singing and theatre, were able to visit areas that are normally out of bounds to regular visitors. Members of the theatre’s team gave a background introduction into life in the theatre. This was followed by a viewing of the highest points and deepest parts of the venue and a backstage view including a visit to the fly floor and half substage. The visitors gained hands on experience with lighting and special effects. The trip culminated in an onstage improvisation session and a peek at the days Dreamboats and Petticoats rehearsal.

The Youth collective is made up of 8 local charities which include Young People’s Centre (YPC) Crew Club, Deans Youth Project, Brighton Youth Centre, Tarner Community Project , Hangleton and Knoll Project, Trusts for Developing Communities and Sussex Central YMCA.

In the last 18 months the Collective has delivered a co-ordinated programme of youth activities across Brighton and Hove in partnership with Brighton and Hove Council’s Youth Service to develop and deliver an innovative, co-ordinated and responsive service to better meet the needs of young people living in the City. The benefit is one vision, created with young people, that addresses inequalities, provides stability and acts as a constant in the lives of those most at risk.

John Baldock General Manager of the Theatre Royal said “We are delighted to be working with the Brighton and Hove Youth Collective. It’s imperative for the future of the industry that an early interest in the Arts is encouraged and nurtured. The team at Theatre Royal Brighton are incredibly keen to share their expertise and maybe inspire someone to pursue a career in theatre. This is a great opportunity to engage with audiences of the future and industry professionals.”

Educational trips such as this one offered by the Theatre Royal are invaluable to these young people. Often disadvantaged in life, they don’t always have the opportunities that others take for granted. With the generosity of organisations such as the Theatre Royal, a real difference can be made to their lives.

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City Care company join Brighton and Hove Living Wage campaign Read More
City Care company join Brighton and Hove Living Wage campaign

In October 2013 Citizens UK launched the Social Care Campaign, a new movement to improve every element of social care in this country andRead More

City Care company join Brighton and Hove Living Wage campaign

In October 2013 Citizens UK launched the Social Care Campaign, a new movement to improve every element of social care in this country and achieve a better deal for care recipients and care workers in our communities. Between now and the 2015 General Election there will be a larger than normal voice promoting better social care in the UK, with everyone playing their part to make this happen. An important element of the Social Care Campaign is that everyone in this sector is paid the living wage.

So it is with great encouragement that here in Brighton & Hove we have people like Craig Jones MBE– Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex Care Ltd who is already putting these things into place. As of 1st April 2014 Brighton and Sussex Care Ltd will be the one hundred and twenty second Living Wage employer in Brighton & Hove.

Brighton and Sussex Care is an award winning care service that offers a unique combination of outstanding community support, therapy, support to individuals with learning disabilities and those with enduring mental health needs. The team at Brighton and Sussex Care, plan, co-ordinate and deliver individual support for every person who uses their services; enabling each person to live as independently as possible in their own homes, in a community setting. Their aim is to provide trained and experienced staff to support service users who may have been in long-term care environments to live independently in the community of Brighton and Sussex.  The majority of their service users and tenants have mental health difficulties, learning disabilities, or are recently discharged from hospital.

Craig Jones MBE from Brighton and Sussex Care said “At Brighton and Sussex Care we recognise that paying people fairly isn’t just an option, it’s something we MUST do.  We want to recruit and retain the best team in the field because that will help our service users reach their full potential. People work better when they feel valued by a fair employer.  In an increasingly competitive environment we need our teams to deliver the highest standards of care and one way in which we achieve that is by ensuring that we pay our staff fairly from the moment they arrive at work until the moment that they leave. It’s simply not fair to expect people to meet the enabling costs of employment. Quite simply, the living wage makes good business sense.

All care work is extremely hard as it can be emotionally, physically and mentally demanding. Carers need time and patience but it is a sad reality that it is an extremely low paid sector. Some question how we will ever get good quality care for our loved ones on the back of such poor pay structures. Some care workers are reported to earn less than the minimum wage and most receive no pay for travel or allowances between home visits.

Brighton & Sussex Care is a business with a purpose and a conscience and is proud to have been awarded National and Regional Finalist in the Great British Care Awards 2013, and a Finalist in both the National Learning Disability Awards and Health Investor Awards 2014. The Chamber of Commerce in Brighton and Hove are delighted that they are now living wage employers too.  www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk; it makes sense for business; it makes sense for people.

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YPC “floored” by donation

On Monday 3 March 2014 at 9 am the Sainsbury’s Local store on Western Road, Brighton re opened its doors after an extensive refurbishment.Read More

YPC “floored” by donation

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On Monday 3 March 2014 at 9 am the Sainsbury’s Local store on Western Road, Brighton re opened its doors after an extensive refurbishment.

Construction company Williams Southern Ltd who work with Sainsbury’s on all of their local store projects were also working together on the “Sainsbury’s Community Donation Initiative” where they invite local charities to benefit from the construction work they implement.
Last month Williams Southern Ltd and Sainsbury’s chose Impact Initiatives “ Young Peoples Centre” (YPC) in Ship Street, Brighton to be recipients of a £1000 donation.

The YPC which celebrates its 30th year in operation this year also sits in one of Brighton’s oldest buildings but funding is always focused on delivering youth services to young people and not on décor and refurbishing this very old property from the 1600’s. So the £1,000 donation of new flooring and carpet for the entrance of their “drop in” centre in Ship Street could not be more appreciated.

The offices in Ship Street which are owned by Impact Initiatives are also shared by Allsorts Youth Project and Co Presidents Shane Elijah- Murray and Lucas Abedecain joined Caroline Ridley Operations Director for Impact Initiatives, Sainsbury staff and William Southern Ltd at the store opening this morning.

“We are delighted to join Sainsbury’s in donating our services to the Young People’s Centre in Brighton as part of Sainsbury’s Community Spirit Initiative. The donation is given in connection with the re-launch at the Sainsbury’s Local store at Western Road, Brighton after completion of their recent refurbishment works and we hope that the new flooring will help towards the centre’s improvements of their premises”. Richard Williams – Operations Director

William Southern Ltd are a construction company who work with Sainsbury’s to construct or redevelop Local stores and petrol filling stations.

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New online counselling service for young people Read More
New online counselling service for young people

Two Brighton & Hove based youth organisations – Sussex Central YMCA and the Young People’s Centre are proud to announce the official launch ofRead More

New online counselling service for young people

Two Brighton & Hove based youth organisations – Sussex Central YMCA and the Young People’s Centre are proud to announce the official launch of an exciting new online counselling service for young people aged 13-25 in Brighton & Hove.

The ‘E-motion’ online counselling project is a partnership between Sussex Central YMCA Youth Advice Centre, Impact-Initiatives Young People’s Centre, and the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG.)

This new and unique digital service which will offer 13-25 year olds in Brighton & Hove the opportunity to experience counselling by email, compliments their already existing vital face to face counselling services.

“E-motion”  (www.e-motionbh.org.uk ) is open to everyone, however due to the nature of their work and the funding available, the service aims to target young people who, for whatever reason do not chose to access face to face counselling. This can be young men in particular, or young people who have difficulties attending the centres due to location, illness, responsibilities as carers, disability, mental health conditions or other personal circumstances.

It will also be a great help when other services are shut during school holidays or when young individuals can’t travel to a face-to-face appointment or can’t make the same time every week. It will also be very useful tool for those young people who may not want anyone to know they are getting counselling and are desperate for someone to talk to without having to do it t face-to-face.  It may also help those who have never tried counselling before and want to check it out.

To get in touch, individuals send  an email to frankie@e-motionbh.org.uk . They are then invited to give some basic details about themselves. E-motion then tailor the online counselling to make sure it is the right service for the individual. More information can be found on the website  www.e-motionbh.org.uk

Ginny Roads, Counselling Co-ordinator at the Young People’s Counselling Service in Central Brighton saidThis is an exciting new project giving young people the opportunity access an alternative to counselling other than talking to a counsellor face to face. It meets young people where they feel most comfortable, is often more convenient and reflects their growing use of technology and the internet “

At present the service is a pilot project, but all of the ‘e- counsellors’ are experienced in counselling young people, have completed online counselling training and work in accordance with the BACP professional codes and standards. By working with the Brighton and Hove CCG and their GP’s the project will be promoted accordingly to make sure that everyone knows how and where to refer to.

The initiative officially launches tomorrow at 4pm on Wednesday 19th March at The Lighthouse Gallery, on Kensington Street in Brighton. For more info, please email admin@sussexcentralymca.org.uk or contactGinny Roads 01273 711633 Counselling Co-ordinator YPC ginny.roads@impact-initiatives.org.uk , or Jay Tregenza Lead Counsellor & project development at YAC 01273 889292 Jay.Tregenza@sussexcentralymca.org.uk

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‘An Audience with Mo’ Read More
‘An Audience with Mo’

A night to remember in the presence of Olympic Legends and Sussex heroes Have you ever dreamt of being at dinner with Steve Cram, MoRead More

‘An Audience with Mo’

A night to remember in the presence of Olympic Legends and Sussex heroes

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Have you ever dreamt of being at dinner with Steve Cram, Mo Farah, Daley Thompson, Eddie Izzard  and Sir Steve Redgrave? Well guess what – now you can.

On Tuesday April 15th , just after a weekend at Virgin Money London Marathon, Steve Cram and Mo Farah will be hosting an event at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington to support the work of the Mo Farah Foundation and Steve Cram’s charity COCO.

The evening, ‘An Audience with Mo’ will be an insight into the lives of two of our finest athletes and you will hear stories about their sporting careers & finally witness how Crammy really feels about Mo taking his 28 year old 1500m record. The evening will be hosted by the formidable  Helen Skelton and other guests include Adam Gemili, Mark Webber, Paula Radcliffe, Jonathan Edwards , Kriss Akabusi, Roger Black, and local heroes Eddie Izzard, Daley Thompson and Karen Pickering.

The evening is black tie with a 3 course dinner and champagne on arrival. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet their sporting heroes all on one night. This is a one off opportunity thanks to the great friendship between Mo Farah and Steve Cram and their own two charities which they work tirelessly to support.

Tickets for An Audience with Mo start from £250 per person and are soon to sell out.  Corporate tables can be purchased from £2000 with a Gold table priced at £3000. Guests on the Gold tables will be joined by one of the celebrity guests, as well as having access to the VIP drinks area, prime table positioning and a half page corporate advert in the souvenir programme.

Steve Cram who has devised the evening through his event company  Extra Mile Media & Events said ” We’re really looking forward to hosting such a special evening only two days after Mo makes his anticipated debut over the Marathon distance on the streets of London. To be able to celebrate within the company of many well known faces will make the evening even more exciting. The ultimate aim though is to raise as much as we can for two charities close to my and Mo’s heart, COCO and the Mo Farah Foundation.

If you would like further information on “An Audience with Mo” go to http://audiencewithmo.com or callAllison Curbishley on 01434 689040 E: Allison@extramileme.com

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tumblr_inline_n2dd72VPI51sbbmuo PCC for Sussex visits Whitehawk, Brighton Read More
PCC for Sussex visits Whitehawk, Brighton

Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner who is responsible for policing and crime in its totality across Sussex was invited by localRead More

PCC for Sussex visits Whitehawk, Brighton

Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner who is responsible for policing and crime in its totality across Sussex was invited by local charity Impact Initiatives yesterday to visit an important local children’s after school club called WASP (Whitehawk After School Project) in a deprived area of Brighton.

WASP is an after school club for 4 to 11 year olds managed by Impact Initiatives. It is based in Whitehawk and is a safe place for children to go after school where they can have fun and learn skills through play. The expert staff also work tirelessly with individual children who may have specific needs or issues. WASP  is  registered with Ofsted and provides many subsidised places for families, and can identify areas of work with other professionals to support families as a whole.

WASP is facing potential funding cuts from April so the visit and the awareness raising is just what the group needed to help them with their fundraising to keep the club running.

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “I was delighted to have been invited to this excellent community club. It was a pleasure to meet the very dedicated staff and volunteers who help run WASP, which makes such a positive difference to the lives of the young people and families who use its services. Having somewhere to go and socialise after school and a place where new skills can be learned is a real asset for local communities. I wish WASP all the very best and look forward to visiting them again in the near future.”

Caroline Ridley – Operations Director for Impact Initiatives and WASP said – this After School project  has proved that in Whitehawk by working with children through play that we can raise their aspirations and achievements and by us providing a place they want to go to after school and in the Summer holidays vandalism is significantly reduced.

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After the visit to WASP the PCC visited the WASP Youth Club for young people between the age of 8 and 13 years who have no -where to go. It is already becoming apparent at such a young age these young people need somewhere to go to deter them from other negative influences, which is already starting to happen. said Caroline Ridley

The visit coincides with new budget setting where WASP is at risk of having its funding reduced from April 2014 by £17,000. Impact Initiatives are keen to raise awareness of this funding threat and are putting out a call to local businesses to support a young person in Whitehawk so that they can continue with their after schools work this year.

We have worked out that if 30 small businesses could sponsor 30 small children for a year it would cost them £500 per year. That’s £41.66 per month and the knowledge that the local business sector has made a huge difference to young people in their area” said Caroline.

If you would like to sponsor a WASsp (Whitehawk After School small person) please contact Caroline Ridley on Brighton 01273 322940 or email info@impactinitiatives.org.uk. For more informationwww.impact-initiatives.org.uk

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Living Wage Brighton and Hove Logo CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES BRIGHTON MAP OF LIVING WAGE Read More
CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES BRIGHTON MAP OF LIVING WAGE

The living wage campaign in Brighton and Hove has been on quite a journey in the last year and this two year campaign wasRead More

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES BRIGHTON MAP OF LIVING WAGE

The living wage campaign in Brighton and Hove has been on quite a journey in the last year and this two year campaign was originally going to come to an end next month. But like many things in Brighton & Hove it has captured the ethical hearts and minds of over 121 businesses that are currently signed up.

To demonstrate this, the campaign team have linked up with Hove based digital media consultancy Digital Tactics Ltd. to launch an interactive living wage business map for the city. It can be viewed athttp://livingwage.businessmapofbritain.co.uk/brighton

The Brighton and Hove Edition is being used as the pilot project showcasing which businesses have signed up across the city and also how businesses can take advantage of it to promote themselves both locally and UK wide through a variety of exciting advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

For users, the Living Wage Map is a fun, sharable, interactive view of companies signed up to the Living Wage campaign; it is interesting to investigate (play with) for both business focussed individuals, schools studying the campaign from a political or citizenship point of view, and the general public. It is accessible on both desktop computers, tablet devices such as iPads and mobile phones, and can also be embedded into other websites, Facebook, news articles and other campaign pages.

Through the map the campaign team aim to encourage and enhance interaction with the Living Wage campaign online; increase awareness and recognition of the campaign through interaction and sharing of the map; to promote discussion of the Living Wage through social media channels; and to recognise and promote both the businesses and localities who have signed up as supporters.

Launched in 2012, the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign aims to encourage local businesses to voluntarily pay all employees a decent hourly rate. Set independently and updated annually the Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and is the amount that allows a person to live, rather than just survive. The current rate is £7.65per hour. As the local living wage campaign continues to grow it invigorates the serious debate that has been going on in the local media about salaries in the city and has been a flagship campaign for Brighton and Hove receiving recognition in the national press.

Due to its success the team behind the campaign have been working to secure another years’ funding supported by Brighton and Hove City Council and led by Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce. Unison has announced that they will be (part) funding the campaign from April and when more funding is secured, a longer term plan will be put in place to drive the message forward up to the general election of 2015 when the living wage will be one of the key topics for all party debate.

Looking back on the campaigns success, it is easy to see why pushing for an extra year’s funding makes sense, namely due to the 120 businesses currently signed up, how it has increased over 800 salaries in the city and created debate and information about living wage, minimum wage and zero hours.

Dr. Tom Smith from OCSI (Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion) who were one of the first 10 companies to support the campaign said “Supporting the living wage was a no-brainer for our intern programme. It shows that we value and respect the whole team, and has definitely helped us bring in skilled & enthusiastic people to the organisation. As we’ve doubled in size since starting the living wage programme, it’s clearly helping us deliver great work for our clients. And it is great to be able to help people gain the experience they need – all of our interns have gone straight on to permanent posts with us or other groups. “

Equally Paula O’Shea from Brighton Journalist works said “We have always paid well over the basic wage and the living wage, so the campaign was always going to be easy for us. We respect all our employees, we want them to be part of the ‘family’ and for them to stay with us, and offering them a wage that is always at the top end is a part of that ‘belonging’. And if our staff  are happy then they will be motivated to ensure our customers are too! We have had the same team of top class lecturers, who are also working journalists, since we started our business seven years ago, and they are the most important part of our business.”

With a new digital business map to boast about, the campaign team are keener than ever to get more “pins on the map”  influencing the change of more of the lowest paid salaries in the city and championing ethical pay and people before profit.

If you would like to invest in the campaigns journey contact the Chamber of Commerce about how you can become a supporter. If you are a business and already paying your staff over £7.65 per an hour it is more important than ever to take 3 minutes and sign up to the local campaign.

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If you would like to know more about the Living Wage Business Map  or other Business Maps of Britain please contact Chris Dean at Digital Tactics Ltd. (www.digitaltactics.co.uk) on 01273 64 64 61 or viachris@digitaltactics.co.uk

www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk – It makes sense for business; It makes sense for people

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The Big Dish Out – is back! Read More
The Big Dish Out – is back!

Youth led participatory budgeting in Brighton Brighton & Hove Youth Collective together with The Trust for Developing Communities is pleased to announce that “TheRead More

The Big Dish Out – is back!

Youth led participatory budgeting in Brighton

Brighton & Hove Youth Collective together with The Trust for Developing Communities is pleased to announce that “The Big Dish Out” is back and applications are now welcome!

This is the third year that this ‘Participatory Budgeting’ scheme has been run on behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council and because the 2012 and 2013 pilots were so hugely successful it is back for 2014.

The Big Dish Out is a youth led funding project where £20,000 is commissioned by Brighton and Hove City Council to a range of youth organisations for youth provision as voted for by young people themselves. This year The Trust for Developing Communities will lead a group of young people from the local area through a process on how this pot of money is to be spent on youth activities in Moulsecoomb, Coldean and Bevendean.

The Crew Club ran the Whitehawk programme in 2013.

It is a fantastic opportunity for small groups needing funding to apply for up to £1,000 and for larger organisations up to £3,000. Decisions on how money is allocated will be entirely up to local young people – voting either online or at a voting event on Saturday April 26th, 11-2pm at the 67 Centre, Moulsecoomb, Brighton.

Adam Muirhead, youth worker on the BDO 2014 Youth Steering Group said this is a great way to engage young people in community activity and learn the principals of money, management and good causes.  It also connects young people directly to what services they want to see delivered – the power is in their hands. The activity is carefully monitored by a team of youth workers.”

The last Big Dish Out event was a huge success with 16 projects presenting and over 60 young people coming to vote. In the end there were eleven large grants awarded and six smaller grants which enabled lots of local youth activities to happen. Successful groups included Safe and Sorted, BMEYPP, Albion in the Community, Active for Life, Rhythmix, Becca, Bevendean Activities Group, RAW New Life Church, Beventeen Bulletin, Bevendean Young Women’s Group and Falmer Girls football.

“I am delighted that we have been able to fund  another year of the exciting participatory budgeting initiative. This is a great chance for young people to get involved in choosing local projects working with young people to receive funding. I look forward to seeing the range of projects the young people of Moulsecomb will choose between.” Sue Shanks, Chair of Children and Young peoples Committee, Brighton and Hove City Council

For information on eligibility and the application process there is a blog at http://bigdishout.wordpress.comand updates on all the developments will appear there or alternatively you can call Adam on 07772 269761 or Claire on 07809 829734 or email thebigdishout@trustdevcom.org.uk

Applications are open for submission from now