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20Sep

Churchill Square Team Swap Shopping For Shovels

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The management team at Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Brighton spent the day transforming a garden from BHT’s Housing Services.

The team from Churchill Square planted flowers, trimmed trees and got involved in painting.

Two of the retailers at Churchill Square also contributed to the effort, with Next and Debenhams donating a number of decorative items for the garden, including solar panels, candles and lanterns. Homebase in Hove also joined in by providing all of the plants and compost.

BHT  thanks everyone who was involved in the garden makeover. Our tenants are so impressed by all the hard work and generosity. The garden has turned into a relaxing and enjoyable space full of colour.

Shane Hofton, BHT’s Housing Support Worker.

18Sep

Immigration Legal Service Receives Rating of Excellence

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BHT’s Immigration Legal Service has received an ‘Excellent’ rating from their latest Peer Review, an audit carried out by the Legal Aid Agency every three years.

The Immigration Legal Service provides support within Brighton and Hove and the surrounding area offering advice and representation under the Legal Help scheme, with particular emphasis on immigration and asylum law, unlawful detention and in the European Court of Human Rights.

Advice and representation is provided by specialist solicitors and caseworkers to those who are financially eligible for Legal Aid.

Solicitors and caseworkers represent clients at all stages of the asylum process, and in bail, trafficking or domestic violence cases, from the initial application to appeals before the first tier and the upper tribunal. They also represent clients in applications for judicial review in the upper tribunal and administrative court in all areas of asylum and immigration law.

The service is only able to assist people whose cases fulfil the criteria for legal help under the Legal Aid Agency contract.

I am extremely proud of the team’s achievements.  This gives the team valued recognition for all their invaluable work to the local community.

Suzanne Hennell, BHT Senior Manager, Advice Services
 

 

18Sep

BHT Seeks New Board Members

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As part of its Board member succession planning process, BHT is seeking applications from people who have a background in finance and/or housing to succeed two existing members who will be stepping down at the end of 2018.

An open evening for potential Board members is planned for Wednesday 11 October, with the closing date for expressions of interest 18 October.

Are you interested in applying to become a Board member?

You should contact BHT’s Company Secretary, Catherine Bridger, on 01273 645431. Alternatively:

Please click here to email Catherine directly

Please click here for further information about this exciting opportunity

Our Board members have an important part to play in the life of the organisation and in steering its future.  It is an exciting time to be on the Board as we are in a relatively strong position with ambitious plans for the future.

While being a Board member is a non-executive appointment, Board members have many opportunities to learn about the work of our wonderful projects, meet our inspiring staff teams, and meet some of the people who live in our homes and who use our services.

We do need all Board members to make a minimum commitment of preparing for and attending four Board meetings and four committee meetings each year, as well as strategic planning days.

Joan Mortimer, Chair of the BHT Board of Management

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