East Brighton Trust held a party at The Bevy pub on Friday 10th March to celebrate giving half a million pounds in grants to good causes, reached after almost a decade of work in the area. The event was the perfect opportunity to showcase a number of projects we have funded over the years.
The Mayor of Brighton & Hove Councillor Pete West joined Trust directors and staff to meet groups who have benefitted from our grants. Everyone was treated to food from The Bevy kitchen and community chef as well as performances from local dance groups and a headline turn from participants in the Youth Poets vs MCs vs Comedians programme.
Party guests enjoyed dressing up and having their photos taken in the Gladrags community costume photobooth, and had the chance to find out about some of the organisations working in the East Brighton area. These included the Resource Centre, The Bridge Community Education Centre, The Green Centre, The Brighton & Hove Youth Collective, the BACA Bike Club and The Woolly Umbrella - projects that we have regularly funded over the years.
To mark the special occasion, East Brighton Trust directors enjoyed a fish and chip lunch earlier in the day with the Friday Friends - the seniors' lunch club held weekly at The Bevy.
Plus BACA Digital Media students were on hand during the day too - filming volunteers, staff and pub regulars to make a series of short films which we're looking forward to seeing soon.
It was a busy, fun-filled day, with lots of laughter, chatting and merriment. We all enjoyed getting to meet so many of the people who have received grants from us in the past, and hearing about the difference they have made to people and communities.
The Mayor said on his Facebook page “There was a lot of wonderful entertainment and activities laid on for the evening, which was all great fun and also gave a taster of what the money and moreover the hard work and commitment of people in East Brighton has helped achieve.”
And East Brighton Trust director Sean Hambrook said “Our party to celebrate giving £500,000 in grants was an absolute joy! The young, and not quite so young people from projects we've funded all enjoyed a fantastic evening and put on a superb show for everyone at The Bevy to enjoy! From Poets vs MC's to breakdancers everyone had a wonderful evening!"
Head over to our facebook page to see photos of the event, tag yourselves and each other and please do send us any more photos you'd like us to upload.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped make the party such a success - whether you attended, took part, helped us plan it or sent well wishes. However you were involved - we couldn't have done it without you and without all the fantastic organisations that we are very lucky to have funded over the past few years. And as Sean said when he raised a toast on the evening - here's to reaching £1 million!
You’ve heard from us before about the Youth Poets vs MCs, a fantastic project where Young People in Brighton & Hove are coached in the skills of poetry and rap then display their talents at an annual battle of words which takes place as the flagship event of Bfest, the Brighton Youth Arts Festival.
Last year, Youth Poets vs MCs were awarded an East Brighton Trust Partnership grant, a commitment from us to provide funding for 3 years with a focus on growing their reach in the East Brighton area. The grant went towards employing young performers from East Brighton to coach the participants, host events and to hold a number of workshops in East Brighton. The funds also supported the delivery of assemblies at local schools where Moulsecoomb rappers Terrianne Goodwin (Tez) and Harry Trueman plus poet Tommy Sissons of Whitehawk led performances - which were met with rapturous applause - and encouraged students and staff to get involved.
In addition to this, workshops were held at the 67 Centre, Crew Club and Brighton Youth Centre. These workshops featured present and past participants of the programme, along with members of the coaching team and Ceezlin, a local successful hiphop artist. Tez, who has been a participant in the project for 4 years and is now older than the target age-group, was given specific responsibility for organising and promoting one of the events as part of her development.
A number of workshops were dedicated to building the MC and poets teams for the final slam event and Tommy - a previous participant who has gone on to develop a successful career in performance poetry - returned not only as peer mentor but also to coach individual sessions. All of these workshops did a great job of reaching young people in the East Brighton area.
Then in August, Youth Poets vs MCs took to Edinburgh to perform a number of shows as part of the Festival Fringe. This gave poets and rappers from East Brighton the chance to perform in front of brand new audiences, developing their confidence and competence, with many participants from the Youth Team considering it to be a life-changing experience.
Project organiser Michael James Parker said “It was great to see the growth of Tez and other participants from performing in shows last year to hosting assemblies this year, to being more involved in the running of the events, to taking ownership of the stage with lots of experience in Brighton and Edinburgh.”
And Mike Roe, Lead Youth Worker at Brighton Youth Centre said "Each member of the group has successfully dealt with initial fears about performing in front of an audience and moved to actively seeking opportunities to perform and collaborate. The Edinburgh residential accelerated this progress with members working across forms, creating new material and performing it in front of new audiences each day. The quality of performance and mutual support amongst the group grew significantly and has remained since.”
The Youth Poets vs MCs are aiming to build on their work this year, creating an ongoing series of events throughout the year to encourage greater participation, with previous and current participants taking the lead in attracting new participants.
We’re looking forward to more of their events in 2017, and recommend you go and see them if you get the chance. You can stay up date with what they’re doing by following the Youth Poets vs MCS facebook page.
The pictures here show East Brighton superstars Tez and Tommy performing at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as the whole team during their adventure in Scotland.
Every Friday lunchtime at The Bevy, up to 50 senior East Brighton residents can be found enjoying a delicious lunch together. The Friday Friends is a weekly lunch club which has been running for just over a year now and provides a hearty lunch as well as the chance for attendees to socialise and catch up with each other. The club is entirely run by volunteers who go out of their way each week to make sure all the attendees are well looked after, including ringing up every single one of them the evening before to see if they’ll be attending and have any special needs.
In July this year, in the first of our grants' rounds in partnership with Sussex Community Foundation, we awarded them a grant of £500 to enable them to hold a Christmas party including a card and present for everyone, many of whom would otherwise have had no celebration this year.
The party was a huge success with around 40 elderly residents turning up in their Christmas best to fill the pub with merriment, eat a slap-up Christmas dinner and be entertained with a raffle, bingo and the company of the Friday Friends volunteers which included a team of young people from BACA, the local academy.
The Friday Friends invited us along to see how our funding had been spent and we took a few snaps which show what a splendid festive time was had by all. What a lovely afternoon.
We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2017. We’d also like to remind you that with the new year comes a new funding deadline – so do make sure you get your applications in by Friday 13th January if you are applying for our January funding round.
Season’s greetings from the East Brighton Trust directors and staff and we’re looking forward to sharing some exciting news with you in the new year.
In January this year, Racehill community orchard successfully applied for a small grant from us to cover some the costs associated with organising the programme of community events they run.
Racehill Community Orchard launched in January 2013 and is the largest orchard in our city, situated on three acres overlooking Whitehawk and down to the sea. A beautiful place, it boasts two hundred fruit trees and thousands of native hedgerow species of plants - including spear thistle, sycamore, wild parsnip, field scabious, wild basil and wild marjoram - as well as local wildlife. The orchard is managed by Brighton Permaculture Trust in partnership with local residents, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, and the Brighton & Hove City Council.
Regular volunteer days are held where anyone is welcome to come along and get stuck in. And the orchard also offers a programme of walking tours, courses and workshops covering everything from cooking foraged foods to learning to care for the fruit. All of these courses are free for residents of Whitehawk, Manor Farm and Bristol Estate.
A few years ago, we also funded the construction of a set of benches situated on the orchard. This was awarded from our Colin Sayers Random Acts of Kindness fund which allocates money to give an extra helping hand to community groups that need it. Please do go and enjoy the benches on your next visit to the orchard.
You can find out about upcoming events at the Racehill community orchard via their website, or follow them on twitter and facebook to keep up to date with their news and we hope you enjoy the photos, taken when EBT went on one of their community foraging events.
We are happy to let you know that we awarded 17 grants in the extra funding round we ran in October this year. Here is the list of recipients and we'll let you know when we have some feedback from them so you can see how the money was spent.
Every Wednesday afternoon up at the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA), the bike club takes place. Open to all students at the academy, the club offers a basic bike maintenance service and gives young people the chance to develop skills to maintain the academy’s fleet of bikes. Students then have the opportunity to ultimately gain an industry recognised accreditation.
They approached us in Summer 2015 for funding to employ a qualified mechanic to head the BACA Bike Club, look at ways of increasing membership, work with female BACA staff to increase girls joining the club and finding ways of challenging the riders to develop their skills and competencies.
East Brighton Trust were so impressed by what they were doing that we awarded them a partnership grant, guaranteeing to support them with funding for three years.
Bike club members spend their time after school fixing up students’ bikes and learning new bike maintenance skills. In addition to keeping the schools fleet of bikes running smoothly they work on staff and students bikes in order to encourage them to cycle to school.
When the weather is warmer, groups of students from the bike club take regular rides up to Stanmer Park after school every Wednesday. This allows them to improve their fitness, their bike confidence and handling skills and to explore their local area. The bike club are aiming to restart these bike rides in Spring 2017.
Iain, the bike club project manager got in touch to tell us about some of the challenges the bike club faces “Demand for the work I am doing at BACA seems to be growing as I work with new students most weeks I am there. The workshop is now well stocked with tools and the bikes are all maintained to a high standard. I am conscious of the fact that the bikes are reaching such an age that things are going to start wearing out and this will increase the cost of maintaining them. Also, in an ideal world, it would be great if we had a few bigger bikes. Some of the students are six feet tall and all the bikes we have are small. We manage fine with what we have though.”
The photos attached are from an after school bike maintenance session taken in the summer and of the Rewards Day ride from the school to Ditchling Beacon in July.
We wish them the best of luck with the bike club and look forward to hearing about their next steps.
This year, the Sunflower Support Group from Amaze applied to us again to fund their summer outing for children and young people with additional needs and their parents/ carers. This year the group decided to go to Knockhatch Adventure Park, near Eastbourne. A total of 57 people travelled by Big Lemon coach from Moulsecoomb to the adventure park, with the East Brighton Trust grant covering the coach hire and part of the entry to the park. The outing was a great success, with the group able to facilitate a day out for families who might otherwise struggle to organise an outing for the whole family or not be able to afford it. Paolo Boldrini (Amaze Parent Carer Participation and Outreach Worker) told us that the day out was especially beneficial to siblings of children with additional needs who, much of the time, can feel isolated by their experience as young carers. Parents were also able to enjoy the day and meet each other outside the ‘normal’ monthly group setting.
One of the parents also wanted to give us feedback on the trip and said “The day was just perfect. Everyone enjoyed themselves and even the weather was on our side! The park is very children-friendly with lots of green spaces and areas to relax. It was great fun for my children and, I have to say, for us parents too.”
You can read more about the trip in the Amaze October newsletter where you can also find out about their monthly coffee mornings across the city.