We love getting feedback from the organisations that we’ve been able to help, especially when the feedback is in the form of a beautiful hand-written letter, such a rare treat in this digital age.
Broadfields is a sheltered housing scheme in Moulsecoomb, comprising 15 supported flats and bungalows for the over 50s. This July we were able to help them fund a summer garden party for tenants, friends, families and neighbours and to support their ongoing maintenance of the garden areas which tenants so much enjoy.
Thanks to Walter for the lovely letter where he tells us that he was “happy to see all the residents enjoying themselves. Everybody who came said they had a nice time and looked forward to the next time.”
At 6.30 pm on 24th May 2014, the doors opened for BITE2, the Brighton and Hove Youth Poets v MCs Slam, as part of the Brighton Fringe festival. It was the second time that the young poets and MC's of Brighton, Hove and the surrounding areas had battled it out in the art of poetry.
The programme consisted of young writers and performers being coached in hip hop skills and poetic formulation throughout April and May by some of Brighton's most talented poets and rappers, before they formed into two teams to do battle at the final event at Brighton Youth Centre on Saturday May 24th.
This is the first project of its kind in the UK. Funded by the Arts Council England, and East Brighton Trust, the project helps to break down stereotypes of rappers and poets and helps the build confidence and skills of emerging talent, with last year’s champions becoming peer mentors to this year's participants. The financial support we were able to give them was spent on coaches and poetry workshops plus training the peer mentors. Organiser Michael Parker tells us “The project went brilliantly and the grant was really important in involving young people from the East Brighton area. It paid for coaches to run workshops and assemblies at two of the schools that serve the area, BACA and Patcham High, and paid Terrianne Goodwin, a young rapper, resident of Moulsecoomb, to be peer mentor to this year’s participants”.
Keep up to date by following the BITE facebook page and keep an eye out in next year’s Fringe programme for next year’s event. It looks ace, and we’ll definitely be getting tickets.
We recently awarded a grant to the ABC fund to take 25 children and carers from Whitehawk on a bushcraft day out in Laughton Woods.
The ABC fund are a registered children’s charity based in Sussex who, since 1991, have been raising money in order to fund trips and treats for disadvantaged children and their families. Their objective is to relieve poverty, hardship and distress among children, young people and their families or carers, particularly those with disabilities or special needs. You can find out more about their work on the ABC fund facebook page.
Trustee and founder Anne Bickmore got in touch to tell us about the day and sent us a few snaps to show us what they got up to…
"We had a great day out thanks to East Brighton Trust who sponsored the Whitehawk After School Project (WASP) woodland day out. A coach brought the children and their carers to Vert Wood, Whitesmith, nr. Lewes. We were greeted by Gary from Wild Adventure and then had a mile walk to the campsite as the coach couldn't negotiate the path.
So we arrived in the deep dark wood and were greeted by Robert Fallon, owner of the business. We introduced ourselves and then played a game of bats and moths surrounded by a circle of "trees". The bats were blindfolded and had to call out "bat" whilst the moths had to shout back "moth" and try and avoid the bats. The rest of the group were the trees shouting "trees" preventing bats and moths from escaping.
The party was then split into three groups. They were taught how to light a fire without matches, how to build a shelter and how to look around the woodland floor to see what they could find to make a clay model using sticks and seeds for decoration.
The day ended sitting in a circle once more saying goodbye and telling everyone which was the best bit. Just a brilliant day. Our thanks to Wild Adventure, East Brighton Trust and Ace Travel".
Last month we awarded a small grant to the Moulsecoomb toddler group & nursery which funded a trip to Tilgate Park in Crawley. The funding provided transport there and back for 79 people including children, parents & carers, as well as an activity pack which included a treasure hunt, pens, bubbles & balloon.
Jenny Hawke, Toddler group leader & Mandy Hodge, Nursery Teacher got in touch to tell us about the day: “We had fun looking at the animals, enjoyed a picnic together followed by games by the lake. On return we made a class book & made collages with our treasure hunt finds & the children still talk about it. We thank you for your kind generosity, it would not have gone ahead without it & it enabled families to enjoy a day out who would not normally have done so.”
On 19th July, the 2014 Whitehawk Festival took place, a chance for the people of Whitehawk to get together, celebrate and find out about what's going on in their part of the city.
Despite the severe weather warnings, nobody was bothered by what turned out to be a bit of drizzle and the festival took place across three locations: St Cuthmann's Church, The Crew Club and Whitehawk Library, each location showcasing a number of organisations doing good things around Whitehawk.
Everyone was there...from the air cadets to local parliamentary candidates, from the Race hill Community Orchard team to the Crew Club dancers, it truly was the place to be seen.
Visitors could get involved with community budgeting, reading about a number of local initiatives and deciding which they feel were most important to invest in. Local residents could express their votes using tokens which they could then put into boxes reperesenting the different initiatives.
Entertainment was provided by local bands and dance groups who got everyone bopping and dancing to the music.
Here you can see the fabulous wall hanging handmade by the Be Crafty team.
There were lots of activities to get involved in; local children could design their own sun hat, there was a fabulous smoothie-making bicycle and the Booth museum had a selection of creepy crawlies for braver residents to peek at through the microscopes.
There was plenty of opportunity to get crafty too, the Be Crafty team were there showing people how to knit and crochet and creating "yarnbombs" as well as demonstrating how the spinning wheel works and letting people try it for themselves.
We had a fantastic time at the festival and were delighted to see and talk to so many of the projects we support. We're looking forward to continuing to see them develop and grow in the future and seeing them at next year's festival.
Did you go to the Whitehawk Festival this year? What was your favourite part?
This week saw Moulsecoomb School hold their fantastic Heritage and Environmental Fair in the school grounds.
There was plenty to see, do and learn, with pupils and their parents getting involved in all sorts of natural and historical themed activities... learning how to find bugs, weaving, making clay figures or daisy wreaths and hunting bison.
The East Brighton Trust are proud to have a long standing relationship with the school, having helped them out in the past to fund a new minibus for pupil trips and outings, helping them mend their shed as well as providing funding for a number of parents' groups - the Dads Aloud project, Four Seasons Art Group and the school community choir.
Thanks to the Moulsecoomb School for inviting us along!
Since 2008, East Brighton Trust has given out over £284,000 helping fund everything from school minibuses to local festivals, OAP trips, gardening groups, children’s playgroups and sports clubs.
If you are involved in a group in Moulsecoomb, Bates Estate, Saunders Park, Manor Farm, Whitehawk or Higher Bevendean and could use a grant of up to £500 to purchase new materials or run an event please get in touch.
The deadline for our small-grant applications is 30th June.
Concordia International Volunteers is a charity which offers affordable volunteering opportunities worldwide to young people, with the admirable mission of “Fostering cross-cultural understanding and friendship by providing young people with quality opportunities for international volunteering, work experience, education and training”.
Last year, Concordia received an East Brighton Trust grant to fund a 2 week residential project making improvements to Moulsecoomb School.
Concordia's Francesca elaborates:
"We have been working with Moulsecoomb School for around 5 years now providing international volunteers to help at the school and also Moulsecoomb Forest Garden. Volunteers have helped to improve the school grounds, help out in the classrooms and spend two days a week with the local community at the forest garden. This is really important for the school as it gives an international flavour for two weeks and allows the children to meet other people from around the world and learn about different cultures which is really encouraged. Especially as many of the children may never have been abroad etc.
We placed 10 international volunteers this year from Russia, Korea, Canada, Germany, Spain, Vietnam, Poland and Italy. The East Brighton Trust grant helps to support the volunteers and covers the cost of the volunteers food while they are on the project. The school really enjoy having the group around and broadening the horizons of young people and the local community and without the grant the volunteers would not be able to spend time at the school."
From the look of these photos, it looks like the volunteers had a fantastic time!
East Brighton's Wellesley FC was set up back in July 2012 when Wellesley Wealth Advisory teamed up with Albion in the Community, Brighton and Hove Albion’s charity arm, to sponsor the creation and development of 2 football teams, which play in the Sussex Sunday Youth league.
Also, known as East Brighton Community Football Club, the project enables over 60 young men in Whitehawk to play competitive football and offers them access to coaching and support with qualified coaches as well as a minibus which takes them to away fixtures.
The club consists of an under-16 and under-18 team, and is one of only 4 community teams nationwide run by clubs in the football league. It marks the first time that Albion in the Community has been directly involved in running a competitive side.
Richard Rochford, director of Wellesley Wealth Advisory, said of the boys in the Argus last year " It has been fascinating to watch how the discipline of sport has had a positive effect on their behaviour both on and off the field."
This year, East Brighton Trust were delighted to be able to help them out with a grant to pay for the team to take a trip all the way up for a match at Anfield!
Check out these snaps of the team on the pitch and in the changing rooms, and if you're interested in finding out more or getting involved, look them up on the Wellesley Football Club Facebook Page.
East Brighton Trust is a Community Interest Company registered in England and Wales No. 4260488
Our Registered Office is Unit 5, Westergate Business Centre, Westergate Road, Brighton, BN2 4QN