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  1. Dottie's café is the new community café in East Brighton Park staffed almost entirely by Deaf people. Since opening in September 2016, Dottie's has been serving delicious refreshments for visitors to the park as well as providing a community space for local people to come together.

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    Traditional fare such as fried breakfasts and roast dinners is on offer plus tea, coffee, cakes and ice creams.  Vegan & gluten-free options are available and the cosy café is filled with polka dot décor and crockery. Customers can order in British Sign Language and a range of drop-in sessions will be held for the Deaf.

    Finding jobs and accessing services can be difficult for Deaf people and Dottie’s is aiming to help by providing a Job Club, English and Maths tutoring to functional skills level, driving theory practice, plus a range of British Sign Language courses. They also host English and Maths tutoring for refugees, drop in café evenings for the homeless, and group maths, English and science tutoring sessions for children who are home educated/outside of the education system.

    Community groups are encouraged to use the space for meet ups and get-togethers and well-behaved dogs are welcome inside. Dotties sees itself as a community hub for all people - not just Deaf people.

    East Brighton Trust supported Dottie’s in January 2017 with funding to contribute towards renovation work to one of the spaces in the café building to create a private workshop/study/meeting space for the sessions they run.

    With a packed schedule of events coming up, you can follow Dotties on facebook for updates and see the below video from Latest TV which was made just before the café officially opened. We’re looking forward to attending their community barbecue this summer, but in the meantime we popped by for one of their tasty fry-ups one Sunday morning. 

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  2. The East Brighton Bygones are a friendly social group who enjoy sharing the history of Brighton and its surrounding area with a particular focus on Whitehawk.

    Over the years, East Brighton Trust has supported the group through our small grants programme. The funding awarded has been used to pay for speakers to come and talk at their meeting, outings and Christmas parties for members as well as for maintenance of their website.

    We felt very privileged in March this year to be able to use some of the Bygones collection of archive photos to display around The Bevy at our party celebrating £500,000 in grants to groups in the East Brighton area.

    This picture shows Swanborough Drive in Whitehawk and can be found on the East Brighton Bygones website.

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    Marion Brooke of the Bygones told us a bit more about the project “Most of our members lived in Whitehawk during their childhood so have many stories to tell and share. We have a variety of speakers, on many different subjects, but we also have informal meetings where members can discuss and share their own personal experiences.”

    Here is Marion showing us some of their vast collection of archive photos (If you look closely you can see a picture at the bottom of when an elephant visited Whitehawk!).

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    The Bygones would like to extend an invitation to new members of the groups with Marion saying “New members are always welcome and I am sure will find many friends within our group. We meet at the Valley Social Centre on the 2nd Wednesday of each month between 2 and 4pm.”

  3. Thank you for everyone who applied for a small grant in our January funding round that we ran in partnership with the Sussex Community Foundation. 

    We are thrilled to have awarded grants to the following groups and look forward to sharing their news with you as and when we hear from them:

    Albion in the Community

    New Roots

    ZIWAN

    Environment Due East sub group

    Right Here

    Warm Welcome Club

    Whitehawk ABC

    Robert Lodge Pensioner Club

    15th Brighton scout group

    Brighton Early Music Festival

    Trust for Developing Communities

    Oromo Community in Brighton and Hove

    Craven Vale Community Association

    Golden Oldies Exercise Group

    Broadfields Tenants Association

    Brighton Dolphins Walking Football Club

    St Cuthman's Whitehawk

    225 (Brighton No1) Squadron Air Training Corps

    Bevendean Community Garden

    Men in Sheds, Good News Brighton

    Quiet Down There CIC

    Dotties Cafe

    Friends of Bevfest

    Moulsecoomb Treasures

    Space Mates

    Brighton City Table Tennis club

    Crew Club

    Bates Estate Tenants & Residents Association

    Safety Net

    Saunders Park Rise Tenants and Residents Association

    Sapling Woodchips

  4. Thank you to all the news organisations and other groups who mentioned our £500K party over the past few weeks. 

    We're so proud of this huge milestone, here is what people have been saying about it 

     
    And in case you missed it... there are loads of images of the party on facebook and the write up on our own website
     
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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.  

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    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. 

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    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. 

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    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. 

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    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!"

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    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! 

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  6. 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.

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    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.

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    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.  

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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  9. 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. 

    Moulsecoomb Forest Garden

    The Crew Club

    FareShare

    The Bevy

    Kemp town gardening group

    Nurture through nature

    St Marks

    Bevendean activities

    Mindful movement

    Manor Rd gym

    New life Church

    Aqua seniors

    Queen’s Park Dance group

    MPS Football club

    East Brighton football club

    The Bridge

    PCC of St Mary’s Church Kemp Town

  10. 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.

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    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.

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    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.