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Fulfilling Lives has launched a national campaign which aims to reduce stigma by increasing awareness and understanding of multiple and complex needs amongst the general public.
An annual ‘Multiple Disadvantage Day’ is on 3rd July, with 2019’s campaign for change being the first step in providing a national voice for the work of the Fulfilling Lives Programme.
This year’s campaign, ‘See the Full Picture’, will focus on 11 case studies exploring the different experiences of those accessing the programme, and why they came to access services. Through telling the full story and highlighting the challenges of navigating a very complex system, it is hoped that the general public will gain more understanding and think before judging.
The campaign has a dedicated website as well as press and social media coverage, and an event organised by each of the Fulfilling Lives projects for Multiple Disadvantage Day on 3rd July. Fulfilling Lives South East is planning to run a ‘Living Library’ event in Brighton at Jubilee Library, with a musical element and active involvement from service users and staff – for more details please see https://www.multipledisadvantageday.org/events/brighton
The Fulfilling Lives South East Partnership, working in East Sussex, is one of 12 projects across England supporting people with complex needs. The project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and led by BHT, with local delivery teams from our partner agencies Equinox and Oasis Project.
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BHT has been awarded Silver Accreditation from the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating our commitment to supporting and empowering clients, tenants, staff and volunteers.
Investors in People is a standard for people management, offering accreditation to organisations that adhere to the Investors in People Standard that focuses on three key areas: leading, supporting and improving. Within these sit nine performance indicators based on the features of organisations that consistently outperform industry norms. It encourages better leadership and better workplaces.
Daniel O’Connell, BHT’s Head of Human Resources & Learning & Development, said:
The Investors in People award challenges organisations to look deeply at how they support and develop people. We put people at the centre of our business, and at the heart of this is creating a psychologically informed work culture and environment where our people can be at their best in work, life and in their health and wellbeing. I would like to thank everyone from our Board and management teams, staff and volunteers for their invaluable commitment and feedback which continues to make BHT an organisation that excels for our clients, tenants and staff.
Areas highlighted in the Investors in People report as particularly strong include BHT’s emphasis on employee wellbeing and support as well as performance, the opportunities to learn and the pride staff felt in working for BHT.
Melanie Davis, the Chair of the Operations and Personnel Committee on BHT’s Board said:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees I would like to congratulate everyone in BHT. The Board is committed to our continuous growth through our people and this award recognises our commitment to be an employer of choice where our work culture, vision and values drive behaviour and inspire change. BHT make an inspiring difference because we support and empower clients, tenants, staff and volunteers to be at their best.
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BHT’s flagship annual event, the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge took place last Sunday, raising over ten thousand pounds for BHT’s First Base Day Centre for rough sleepers, as well as significant funds for other local causes.
Hundreds of people took part in the event, which was organised by BHT and CSS Events, and comprised of a family-friendly challenge around Preston Park Velodrome track and a 60- or 30-mile route across the South Downs.
Participants crossing the finishing line were given a warm welcome and were greeted by The Choir With No Name, a local choir working in partnership with BHT for people who are homeless or who have experienced homelessness. Also joining the choir were The Penny Farthing Club, Brighton & Hove buses and Evans Cycles, who provided free bike mechanical support for participants and spectators.
Lauren Ellis, Fundraising Manager at BHT said:
It was fantastic to see so many local people getting on their bikes and taking on this unique challenge. There was a really positive atmosphere at the Velodrome and it was lovely to see so many families and children taking to the track! The fundraising for BHT will go towards First Base Day Centre, helping rough sleepers in our city to get off the streets and into a place they can call home.
The event was sponsored by KSD Group, a building maintenance and facilities management company based in Brighton, and McLaren Property, a property developer and construction group with several previous and ongoing mixed-use projects in Brighton.
KSD Group’s Managing Director, Peter McDonnell, said:
We are proud sponsors of the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge, which is supporting Brighton Housing Trust. KSD are fully committed to supporting the valuable work that BHT carry out to change the lives of thousands of local people. BHT offers a range of services to help vulnerable and desperate people to reclaim their lives by creating opportunity and promoting change. The Cycle Challenge is an innovative way for individuals to have fun and raise money for worthy causes.”
To donate £3 to BHT text GBCC to 70085.