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19Jun

An Asset To The Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge

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BHT has secured a new corporate sponsor for its Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge fundraiser on Sunday 1 July at Preston Park Velodrome.  The company, GRE Assets, specialise in residential development and regeneration in strategic locations across the UK and Spain.

This year BHT has teamed up with The Living Coast to create the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge comprising three exciting cycling experiences. The event is principally being held to raise money for BHT’s homeless day centre, First Base, but ride participants can choose to attract sponsorship donations for any charity of their choice. (The ride registration fee will go to First Base).

To support homeless people to move off the streets please register for the challenge by visiting www.bht.org.uk/about-the-greater-brighton-cycle-challenge/ .  Or, if you are a local business that can support in anyway please email shelley.reed@bht.org.uk

We are delighted to sponsor BHT’s cycle event. GRE Assets is committed to supporting the communities we are involved in and believe that homelessness is a key issue in Brighton. BHT’s First Base Day Centre is a fantastic scheme and offers invaluable support to people who are homeless in the City, we are thrilled to be able to support it.

Michael El Kassir, from GRE Assets

We are thrilled that GRE Assets have joined our growing list of business sponsors. Their support enables us to provide vital services to some of the most vulnerable people in the city; those who are sleeping rough on our streets. GRE Assets are a new BHT sponsor and we hope this is the start of a long and mutually beneficial partnership.

Shelley Reed, Event Co-ordinator at BHT

11Jun

Interested in joining BHT’s Board of Trustees?

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We are currently looking for two people with lived experience as a BHT tenant or client (within the last three years) to join the Board of Trustees.

It’s a great developmental opportunity for a tenant or client to bring their ideas to the table, share with other tenants/clients how the board is working for them and to be involved in decisions the board makes about BHT’s services. We are looking for someone with integrity, a willingness to speak their mind, an ability to think creatively, good independent judgement, an ability to work effectively as part of a team and who is able to commit to attending ten meetings a year.

Full training will be given and a mentor assigned to help the representatives learn about board policies and protocol. Out of pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed.

We are holding an open evening on Monday 30th July 5.30-7.30pm at our office – 144 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4PH.

If you are interested in finding out more and booking your place at the open evening please contact Juliet at Juliet.obrien@bht.org.uk  or on 01273 645443.
Interviews will be held in July/August with the role starting in September.

7Jun

Community Day Improves St Leonards Property

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The garden and environment of a block of flats has undergone a facelift thanks to a joint effort by its tenants, the landlord, contractors and a grounds maintenance company.

Baird House in Chapel Park Road, St Leonards, has had the undergrowth cleared, new fences erected, and measures taken to reduce anti-social behaviour.  Baird House is owned by BHT  having formerly been run by Hastings Community Housing Association before the two organisations merged in 2008.

Grounds maintenance contractors, Groundscapes, cut back undergrowth where drinkers had begun to congregate, and BHT staff working with its contractors GMS erected a fence to stop access from a neighbouring derelict property.

Housing management staff from BHT organised the event to encourage tenants to engage in the clean-up day, meet staff and spend time with their neighbours with around half of the 28 tenants doing so.  BHT plans further community days at the 83 homes they own in Hastings and St Leonards.

It was wonderful to have so many tenants join my colleagues and me to make the day so successful. We achieved so much and have come up with ideas for future activities and improvements.

BHT’s Hastings Housing Officer, Carey-Ann Burt

We aim to achieve the highest standards of service to our tenants and we invest large sums of money each year to maintain and improve our homes.

BHT’s Director of Housing and Property Services, David Chaffey

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