Lighthouse magazine – Summer edition out now!

The latest publication from Housing Services is the Summer 2024 edition of the Lighthouse newsletter, BHT Sussex’s quarterly magazine for tenants. This edition features updates on the housing services team, and lots of useful information about MyTenancy and the new complaints procedure. There is also a special article written by Ian Fyvie about music and song writing, including some sheet music and lyrics. You are also invited to join the BHT Sussex pride float at this August’s Brighton Pride Parade. As always there is a fantastic crossword by Joe Ashdown and helpful environmental tips from Mary Stevens. We hope you … Read more

We support the #PlanForHousing campaign

It is no secret that the UK is in the middle of a housing crisis, which is why we are supporting the #PlanForHousing campaign run by the National Housing Federation. The #PlanForHousing campaign is calling on the next government to have a pragmatic and thorough plan to solve the housing crisis, no matter who is in power. The campaign has six key asks: End child homelessness. Halve overcrowding. Provide the security of a social home for one million more people. Ensure a warm and decent home for seven million more families. Improve affordability. Boost productivity by ensuring every region has … Read more

Volunteers’ Week celebrated across BHT Sussex

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering in their communities. It is run by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and takes place annually in the first week of June. BHT Sussex volunteers worked 2,252 hours of their time in the year 2023/2024, demonstrating how essential volunteers are to the delivery of many of our projects. Celebrations of this achievement included a reception in Burgess Hill, hosted by Mayor Janice Henwood. Our Chief Executive, David Chaffey, was also in attendance, and presented volunteers from Archway and Pathfinder with certificates, … Read more

Volunteer Sue helped transform Step Down gardens into therapeutic space

In October 2022, we secured £4,700 from the National Lottery Community Fund to help transform the gardens of one of our mental health care homes in Hove. This care home, rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, runs Step-Down, a service which supports people who are clinically ready to leave hospital but require intensive support to do so. The money helped us transform the garden into a therapeutic sensory garden. Shortly after receiving the funding, by pure coincidence, we met Sue or ‘Magpie Sue’, a gardening enthusiast with extensive knowledge who would go on to be integral to the success … Read more

Mental Health Awareness Week marked across BHT Sussex

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual week run by the Mental Health Foundation to get the UK thinking about, discussing and destigmatising mental health. This year’s theme is ‘movement’ and how we can all find more moments for movement. BHT Sussex supports the week every May, and this year we are running a social media campaign talking about how mental health is at the centre of the work we do for our clients. You can follow along with the campaign by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We support Mental Health Awareness Week every year as … Read more

Latest Tenant and Client Annual Snapshot Survey Report available now

We are pleased to present the 2022/2023 BHT Sussex Tenant and Client Annual Snapshot Survey Report. Inside are: Results for both client and tenant services question by question, An analysis of these results, Survey return rates service by service Issues arising for each service from their respective survey results Actions each service intends to take to deal with these identified issues 300 surveys were processed in total, and the data provided and issues arising are already being used to create action plans to ensure the services we provide to our clients and tenants continue to go from strength to strength. Overall … Read more

BHT Sussex expands mental health support in Mid Sussex

BHT Sussex has announced an expansion of our well-established supported housing service in Mid Sussex. We will now provide additional accommodation and personalised mental health support in Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, and East Grinstead. The expansion will see our existing service double in size from the start of April 2024. The Mid Sussex Supported Housing service we run provides accommodation alongside practical and mental health support to vulnerable adults who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Over a period of six months to two years clients are supported to gain confidence, manage their finances and wellbeing, access other … Read more

Lighthouse magazine – Spring edition out now!

The latest publication from Housing Services is the Spring 2024 edition of the Lighthouse newsletter, BHT Sussex’s quarterly magazine for tenants. Articles cover a variety of topics, including the announcement of this year’s BHT Sussex in Bloom Competition. We also invite you to read about recent changes in the benefits system thoroughly prepared by Traci Brooks. Traci also explains her role as Income Recovery Officer. We are on the lookout for Super Tenants who would like to become BHT Sussex Governors, Green Inspectors and Lighthouse magazine creators. There is a very comprehensive update on Housing and Property Services from Housing … Read more

Our Chief Executive David Chaffey responds to the Spring Budget

As an organisation tackling homelessness, BHT Sussex is heavily affected by the social, political and economic environment in which it operates, and the Spring Budget announced this week has implications for our clients, tenants and staff. We were disappointed that no significant investment to eradicate homelessness was announced at a time when homelessness levels are rising dramatically – the government’s latest figures show a 27% increase in rough sleeping levels in England in a year. We would also have welcomed steps to address the funding crisis in local government, which greatly impacts our services. At present the public finances are … Read more

Local woman running Brighton half marathon for BHT Sussex

One of our amazing supporters, Ellie Wall, is running the Brighton half marathon this weekend to raise money for BHT Sussex. The Brighton half is a 13.1 mile race taking place this Sunday 25th February, with a route taking runners past many iconic Brighton landmarks, including the West Pier, the Pavilion and St Peter’s Church. Every year, the event raises vital funds for a huge variety of local and national charities and we are so honoured Ellie picked us to fundraise for. Ellie said, I firmly believe that resources like those provided by BHT should be readily accessible to anyone … Read more

Benefits migrating to Universal Credit – what to do

Be Benefit Wise The following benefits are ending and are being replaced by Universal Credit: Child Tax Credit Working Tax Credit Housing Benefit Income Support Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) This starts in February 2024 for people receiving working and child tax credits and rolls out to other benefits by the end of 2024. Look out for a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) called a Universal Credit Migration Notice explaining what you MUST do, and by when. You won’t be moved automatically, so it’s important to follow the instructions in the … Read more

Thank you to our supporters for making our Christmas appeal a success!

We have beaten our Christmas fundraising target to raise £34,612 for First Base, our day centre we run for people facing homelessness in Brighton and Hove. The money was raised thanks to generous support from individuals, businesses and community partners. First Base provides practical essentials such as hot food, showers and clean dry clothes, alongside in-depth advice and support to move people away from homelessness for good. It acts as a hub for different partners in the city and offers a range of support services, from physical and mental health support to help with securing qualifications and employment. The most … Read more

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