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    It’s always so nice to receive feedback from the projects we’ve supported so we were happy to hear from the 55th Moulsecoomb Scouts group recently. We awarded them £5000 of funding from the Colin Sayers Random Acts of Kindness fund at the end of 2015 to help get their group set up.

    A bit of background to the project – Scouts are the biggest mixed youth organisation in the UK. They aim to change young lives by offering activities, experiences, adventure and the chance to help others to make a positive impact in communities. In 2014, Scouts UK launched a campaign by the name of “Better Prepared” with the aim of bringing the benefits of Scouting to 200 of the most deprived areas of the UK by 2018. Under this banner the Brighton and Hove Scout District decided to create a new group in January 2016 at St Georges Hall in Moulescoomb.

    Scout Groups are managed solely by volunteers, so local adults and parents were asked to help fulfil a number of available volunteer roles. And the group got in touch with us just before Christmas 2015 to see if we could help fund them as they set-up. At the time, David Floud, Regional Development Officer (East Sussex) for The Scout Association said “We believe it will add to the community and provide positive character traits and life skills for the local children. We think Scouting will succeed in the area - Moulsecoomb has a history of scouting and from the array of projects in the area it is clear there is strong support from the community.”

    The Scout movement has been making a difference to childrens’ lives since 1907, as explained on the Scouts UK website; “Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

    “As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.”

    We were very happy to support this group offering activities and skills to girls and boys in the Moulsecoomb area and we allocated £5000 from the Colin Sayers fund to help the group set up. These funds went towards rent, camping and sports equipment, uniforms, and to subsidise membership fees. This last point is particularly important as it means the attendees can be charged a nominal fee to participate, so no-one is excluded should their family be under financial pressure.

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    Just 18 months since the group started there are now 50-60 children from the Moulsecoomb estate attending regularly, with many more expected to join in September. The members have so far attended 3 camps, which volunteer Claire Brewer told us that all the children loved, “they learnt new skills like fire-lighting , shelter-building and putting up tents” she said, “for a lot of these kids it was their first time camping and for some even their first holiday”.

    The group was initially open to Beavers (6 to 8 years) and Cubs (8 to 10½ years) and from summer 2017 accepts older Scouts too.

    The clubs take place at St George’s Hall, Newick Road, Moulsecoomb during term times and are open to girls and boys.  

    • Beavers - Mondays 6pm -7pm – (ages 5 ¾ - 7 ½ )  
    • Cubs  - Mondays 7.15pm - 8.30pm (ages 7 ½  - 10)
    • Scouts - Wednesdays 7pm - 8.30pm (ages 10 -14)

    Claire sent us a few pictures of the scouts at some of their activities and the camps. We’re so glad that East Brighton Trust were able to help so many young people from Moulsecoomb – who now join over 26 million members of the prestigious Scout movement worldwide.  

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

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

    abc Fund


    BD4u Eastern Promise

    Bevendean Community Garden

    East Brighton Bygones Local History Society

    Environment Due East sub group

    Flamenco & Spanish Group

    Friday Friends Community Group

    Kidz Klub Brighton & Hove (registered charity since 2008)

    Little Green Pig Writing Project

    Manor Road Gym Sports Club


    Pots of Talent

    RAW Youth Club (group) / New Life Church (organisation attached to)

    Spectral Arts

    St Mark's CE Primary

    Strike a Light

    Summer Madness

  3. You may not be aware yet, but East Brighton Trust teamed up with The Resource Centre last year to offer support to groups in the East Brighton area.

    The Resource Centre is a charity serving voluntary and community groups across Brighton and Hove. The Centre has been in existence since 1975 and is used by around 1000 different local groups every year, from playgroups to environmental campaigns, residents associations to arts organisations.

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    In addition to having supported them through our small grants scheme in the past, we recognised a need for support specifically for the groups we fund in East Brighton and were happy to set up a provision with the Resource Centre to offer this. The provision can help groups with a number of activities such as filling in grants applications, writing constitutions, examining their accounts and complying with monitoring requirements to us, our partners at Sussex Community Foundation and other grant-giving organisations they may be receiving funds from.

    Between January and June 2017, the Resource Centre supported fourteen different community groups in East Brighton with this funding that we provided. These are all grassroots community groups which are run by and for the local community. Resource Centre support aims to help groups find solutions to issues they are grappling with, and are therefore tailor-made to each group. This supports consisted of a mixture of planned sessions as well as “quick support” – enabling groups to get instant support by phoning in to the centre.

    The groups receiving assistance have expressed how grateful they have been for the support. Moulsecoomb Local Action Team fed back to the Resource Centre that “it’s nice to know that you are there for local groups. Staff are always very friendly and helpful. Very valuable service.” And the local Drama drop-in gave specific feedback on the help they had received: “We were given very thorough guidance on the difference between CIC, Charitable Trusts and community groups and how this would affect our progression for our drama club group. We were enabled to see the pros and cons of each option in relation to taking our work forward. The support was thorough and done in a way that enabled us to understand the implications of following each option. We were also given hand-outs to look at and referred to websites for further information.”

    The Resource Centre provides vital services to communities in our city and last year was selected as one of the Brighton & Hove Mayor’s chosen charities as well as recently celebrating its 40th birthday as you can see in the photo above! You can head to our website find out more details about the East Brighton Trust funded support for the Resource Centre and do get in touch with them to find out how they might be able to help your group.


  4. In early 2017 we were happy to award one of our small grants to New Roots – a community gardening group in Moulsecoomb.

    New Roots, based on the Moulsecoomb allotments, produces healthy organic fruit, veg and herbs for people who would otherwise be unable to afford them.

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    The East Brighton Trust funding went towards the running costs of the community project – for new tools, seeds and rent of the plots. New Roots member Amy told us “The group has been running since 1993 and the grant has helped it keep going when other sources of funding are no longer available”.  

    She went on to tell us more about the group and its members – “The New Roots work not only brings physical and mental health benefits to our members, as well as helping them learn new skills, but it also benefits their families and friends and the wider community as it is open for people to drop in and people also benefit from the organic produce. About 50 people get involved with the allotment every year.

    We are a multi-generational project and have people with a range of experience. We all work together and learn from each other.

    As mostly low wage earners and part-employed/unemployed/families we grow our vegetables and fruit to fulfil dietary needs. It is also an educational project which promotes organic growing techniques to the local community.

    We work cooperatively - we make any big decisions together and have collectively responsibility for the garden. This helps develop people's confidence with growing.”

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    Another New Roots member, Julia, wanted to let us know how the group has helped her through a difficult time - “New Roots means a lot to me. I am almost through my medical treatment for breast cancer - surgery, drugs etc, and New Roots constitutes a vital dimension of my other cancer treatment - my self-treatment. Growing my own food with others, all of us learning from the more experienced and long standing members on the one hand and the land itself on the other, is one of the most exciting experiences of my life so far. Ah, so it's beautiful up here on the hill above Moulescoomb and the people and plants are so inspiring.”

    And on a personal level for her, Amy told us "Being involved with New Roots has been very welcome at stressful times of my life. It has been somewhere to go and do something productive, somewhere quiet and peaceful to escape and somewhere to learn new skills."

    We visited the group in June for a nose around and to hear about how the plot has evolved over the years - we hope you enjoy these photos we took up on their allotment. If you’re keen to get involved with this fantastic community gardening group, New Roots are always keen to hear from people who may want to get involved with the project. Please email newroots@riseup.net to find out more.

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    Brighton’s community pub got local people into the party spirit this weekend as they celebrated 80 years of the pub with a HUGE birthday bash. Staff and volunteers at The Bevy, in Moulsecoomb, worked tirelessly to bring games, activities, dressing up, entertainment, food, drinks and information to around 400 people throughout the day. The event was themed around the Past, Present and Future of the pub.

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    The Bevy, and the team behind it, has much to be proud of. Re-opened in December 2014 after having been closed for a number of years, The Bevy is truly, as their tagline puts it ‘more than just a pub’. A much-needed community venue, providing an important meeting place for local people, The Bevy is the UK’s first community pub on a housing estate and offers something for everyone, from community cookery lessons and a pub choir to the very popular ‘Bevy Bus’ which transports Albion fans to home league games.

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    The Bevy holds a special place in our hearts - as well as owning the property The Bevy is housed in, East Brighton Trust has played a central part in financing the pub since it re-opened. We have also supported many groups and initiatives taking place at The Bevy through our small grants scheme. These include the Bevy Darts team, an apple planting day at the pub and Friday Friends – the weekly lunch club for older residents of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean.  And of course, it’s where we held our party back in March at which we celebrated giving half a million pounds in grants to groups in East Brighton.

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    So it’s no surprise that many of the East Brighton Trust directors were there to celebrate, with great amusement caused when EBT chair Warren Carter was put into the stocks to be pelted with wet sponges – helping raise £150 for charity. You can see more pictures of the event on The Bevy facebook page

    Well done to the Bevy team and let’s raise a pint to the next 80 years. 

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  6. 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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  7. 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.


    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.”

  8. 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


    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

  9. 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 Tantrum and the Moulsecoomb Treasures, 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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