Our popular work and learning event is back!

Last week saw the long-awaited return of our ‘Getting Ready for Work’ event, which more than one hundred people attended. It took place at the Friends Meeting House in Brighton and was organised by our Accommodation for Work project, with a guest appearance from the Choir with No Name! The event brings together clients and keyworkers of homeless services with work and learning providers in the city, it has been successfully running for many years but had to be paused during the pandemic. The Accommodation for Work project aims to help homeless people off the streets and into employment, and … Read more

BHT Sussex seeks a new Chief Executive

BHT Sussex is seeking to recruit a new chief executive to succeed Andy Winter, who is to retire in January 2023 after 37 years with the organisation, 20 as its chief executive. BHT Sussex is a dynamic and inclusive organisation with a rich history of inspiring and changing people’s lives spanning 54 years. The organisation is looking for a successful leader, ideally from an organisation of comparable complexity and scale, with experience of working in social housing, charities, the public sector or in mental health services. The Chair of the Board of Trustees, Kelvin MacDonald, said: This is a very … Read more

Win £20 with our quiz for tenants and clients

Do you consider yourself to be more of a book smart person or a street smart person? General knowledge or Geography? History or science? Music or sport? Or just a good all rounder? Whichever you are, the next in our series of monthly BHT Sussex Quizzes will test your knowledge – and give you the chance to win a £20 prize as well! Compiled by our resident quiz expert Joe Ashdown from BHT Sussex’ Housing Services, these ten fun questions will get you scratching your head. Or perhaps you will find them a breeze? Either way, once you have answered … Read more

CWNN perform at Women’s Euro celebrations

This month the Choir with no Name Brighton performed alongside musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the world premiere of a brand-new song written especially for Brighton, in celebration of the Women’s EURO football tournament. The performance took place on Monday 11 July at an official Fan Party in Brighton’s Victoria Gardens. The Choir with no Name Brighton is a choir for people who have experienced homelessness and marginalisation, run in partnership with BHT Sussex. BHT Sussex Chair, Kelvin MacDonald, who attended the event, said: There is always such a buzz when the Choir with No Name Brighton is … Read more

Lighthouse magazine – summer edition out now!

The latest publication from BHT Sussex’s Housing Services is the Summer 2022 edition of Lighthouse Magazine, our quarterly magazine for tenants. The magazine is filled with summer news, information and topical articles. We say a fond farewell to two stalwarts of our Housing Services team, as well as introducing some fantastic new staff members. We announce the winners of the Lighthouse Photography Competition, and share some great environmental tips from tenants. Tenant Kerry is also back with The Lighthouse LGBT+ Corner. As usual the latest Housing Services performance figures are shared, and we have also put together a useful round … Read more

CWNN Brighton performing today at UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 party!

You are warmly invited to join musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Choir with no Name Brighton for the world premiere of a brand-new song written especially for Brighton, in celebration of the Women’s EURO football tournament. The event will take place on Monday 11th July, 16:30-17:00 at Victoria Gardens, 12a Marlborough Pl, Brighton BN1 1WN. It is free to attend. In July 2022, Brighton & Hove Community Stadium is one of ten stadiums in England hosting the Women’s European Football Championship tournament. In the lead up to the tournament, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) have been working … Read more

Clothing, shoes and sleeping bags needed at First Base Day Centre

BHT Sussex is appealing for donations of men’s clothing, sleeping bags, jackets, trainers, underwear and socks, to help people we support in Brighton and Hove. BHT Sussex runs First Base, the largest resource centre for homeless people in Brighton and Hove. Throughout the pandemic we have continued to offer practical essentials such as food and drink, showers and clean dry clothes, alongside in-depth advice and support to move people away from homelessness for good. Guy Hayes, Operational Manager at First Base, said: Things like warm clothes and shoes make such a difference to people facing homelessness, and we are in … Read more

Fulfilling Lives South East project closes after eight years

The below is a message from the team at our Fulfilling Lives South East project which closes today, leaving an incredible legacy behind it.     Thank you and farewell from FLSE Here we are, at the end of the eight year Fulfilling Lives South East Project, and what an incredible journey it’s been. The project has involved many people and we have learned and achieved so much. We have forged new partnerships and connected with like-minded people right across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. We have developed innovative projects, forged a model of co-production that others wish to emulate, … Read more

BHT Sussex welcomes new policy to end release of prisoners on Fridays

We welcome the government’s recent announcement that it will end Friday releases from jail for vulnerable prisoners. Many organisations, including BHT Sussex, have long been calling for this change. Currently one in three prisoners are released from prison on a Friday, leaving them with very limited time to access crucial support services and housing before they close for the weekend. This is particularly difficult for prisoners with multiple complex needs who may be vulnerable to addiction, mental health issues and homelessness. Leading this call locally has been Fulfilling Lives South East, a project operating in Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne, and … Read more

100 walkers take to Brighton streets to raise funds for advice services

Last Wednesday volunteers, members of staff and trustees from three local charities, Citizens Advice, Possibility People and BHT Sussex, were joined by representatives from ten legal firms to raise funds for free, independent advice services in the city. The annual 10km sponsored walk, organised by the London Legal Support Trust, has already raised £5,600 and more support is expected over the next week. The organiser, Bob Nightingale, said: “It is so good to see so many people prepared to go out of their way to raise funds for independent legal advice centres in Brighton. The work of these centres is … Read more

Event to launch Systems Change report – sign up now!

This month we are launching an exciting new report, ‘Ripple Effect: A Guide to Systems Change with Fulfilling Lives South East’ and you can register now to attend a launch webinar on 26 or 28 April. Achieving systems change is at the heart of Fulfilling Lives South East, a programme led by BHT Sussex and supported by a number of partners, which has been running for the past eight years. Join us as we launch our impact report to outline how we have approached putting systems change theory into practice. People with Multiple and Complex Needs (MCN) often face barriers … Read more

New toolkit from Fulfilling Lives released

Fulfilling Lives South East, a programme that is led by BHT Sussex and supported by a number of partners, has published a new toolkit for employers wishing to hire people with lived experience of Multiple Complex Needs (MCN). This is a comprehensive and engaging guide, bringing together the learning from the successful employment programme running throughout the Fulfilling Lives Project. The toolkit illustrates the benefits of employing people with MCN, both to the employer and the employee, and offers direct insight from those who have experienced the Fulfilling Lives employment programme. The toolkit contains helpful ideas and checklists around things … Read more

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