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.
Kidz Klub are a charity which runs exciting weekly clubs, providing fun activities and help for children and young people, in partnership with local churches. The Moulsecoomb Kidz Klub is run in collaboration with New Life Church and they meet every Tuesday evening during term time at St George’s Hall.
One aspect of their work is to run "Best-behaved kidz" outings to encourage good & co-operative behaviour & respect and "Young helpers" outings as a way of thanking their brilliant young helpers.
They received funding from us in January 2016 to cover costs associated with these outings, mainly entry to places such as Bowlplex, Spring Barn Farm & other local attractions, plus fuel for their minibus.
They were recently in touch to say thanks: “We all had a really great day out - plenty to see and do at the Farm Park, a great way to start the holidays, many many thanks EBT!” and sent us a few pictures from their 'Best Behaved' Trip in July at Spring Barn Farm Park.
Saturday 6th February this year saw the launch of the Bevendean Down arm of the popular parkrun, a weekly timed 5km run for people of all ages and abilities which is free to attend and gives local people the opportunity to exercise and volunteer. parkrun is a worldwide phenomenon and the largest running event in the world with 120,000 runners every week at 700 runs in 12 countries, and 2.3 million registered runners. There are 400 parkruns across the UK, all of which are run by volunteers.
Aimed primarily at residents of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, the Bevendean Down run takes place on a Saturday morning at 9am and consists of two laps of the large open area at the top of Bevendean Crescent followed by coffee and breakfast at The Bevy.
East Brighton Trust were able to support the parkrun team with some funding to help them with the costs of setting up which involved paying for things such as kit (stakes, tape, HiVi vests, cones, signs, laptop, timers, scanners, finish tokens), software (licensing ,website, results and volunteer processing) and training. A new run typically costs £6k to set up and we were happy to contribute £500 to this through our small grants programme.
As well as helping towards the initial set-up costs, our contribution was spent on some extra equipment that was not provided as part of the package from parkrun HQ – a storage shed located at the Bevy so that the volunteers don’t have to transport equipment home every week, a trolley to move the equipment up to the Down, a megaphone, and storage boxes for kit, etc.
The Bevendean Down parkrun has had hundreds of runners take part so far with around 50 runners joining in each week, and the number continuing to grow as word gets out. The parkrun team got in touch to let us know about some of the participants - the runners include a wide range of people, from the 30 year old course record holder (19m14s) to the over 75 lady and her dog with 55 mins. parkrun are keen to encourage more local people particularly those who will walk or jog, and are also keen to find new volunteers.
Amaze is a charity that offers information, advice and support to families of children with special educational needs and disabilities.
They recently launched a monthly coffee morning for parent carers who live in Whitehawk.
The coffee morning is for parents or carers of children with additional needs, or children who are experiencing difficulties at school. It takes place on the last Thursday of each month at the Whitehawk Inn.
The idea of the coffee morning is to provide a place to relax, meet other parents in similar situations, talk to professionals and find out what’s available in Brighton and Hove for parents and carers, for children and for families. The first coffee morning took place on Thursday 25th February.
East Brighton Trust awarded them a small grant to launch the new Coffee Morning with a “Health and Wellbeing event” which was open to Whitehawk families with children with special education needs and disabilities.
Paolo Boldrini, Parent Carer Participation and Outreach Worker at Amaze sent us these pictures of the health and wellbeing event and told us “The event was aimed at parent carers, who very often feel very isolated and rarely take time to look after themselves as they’re too busy looking after their children. We provided information, pampering sessions and a lovely lunch from Dine (a BHT project). Amaze has been supporting parent carers in Brighton and Hove for many years. We want parent carers to become more resilient and informed. We are very happy to be launching the monthly coffee morning in Whitehawk. Parent carers will be able to meet each other and find out what's available in the city.
Naomi, one of the parents who came along, said “'I have been living in Whitehawk for years and felt very isolated. My time is spent organising my disabled child's life. It was good to come along to the event, meet other people and meet Amaze. I'm looking forward to attending the monthly coffee mornings'.
If you’d like to attend the coffee morning it takes place every last Thursday of the month (during term time only) from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Whitehawk Inn.