Social Work and Occupational Therapy Students volunteering at BHT’s First Base Day Centre, the Archway Project and Shore House, were recognised for their contribution during Student Volunteering Week (20 to 26 February) by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove.
Students volunteering across BHT were thanked for their work when the Mayor of Brighton and Hove received them for tea in the Mayors Parlour.
Having students on placement not only helps them broaden their knowledge and experience, but their contribution and dedication to the essential work of BHT is invaluable. I am extremely grateful for what they bring to staff, clients and tenants of our services.
Nikki Homewood, Director of Services at BHT
Whilst at placement I work closely with clients building professional therapeutic relationships by co-keyworking, providing 1:1 support and interventions that promotes well-being and aids recovery. The placement has offered me a range of opportunities to enhance my experience and skills.
Yasmin Warman, Student Volunteer at BHT
It is an honour to find out in detail what BHT does, and of the high quality knowledge and experience that students of Brighton offer. Students make such a positive impact on what BHT delivers to the most vulnerable in the community.
Cllr Pete West, The Mayor of Brighton and Hove
Beci Callow is running the Brighton Half Marathon for BHT’s First Base Day Centre, which supports people who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in Brighton and Hove to move off the streets.
Last year First Base was open for 288 days and helped 306 people to move off the streets. Every penny that Beci raises will help First Base to provide food, showers, clean clothes and person-centred advice to support people to access accommodation and employment.
To support Beci in raising funds for First Base, donations can be made on her JustGiving page.
Every day when I cycle to work I see people bedded down in shop doorways and anywhere they can get shelter.
Brighton is a town of plenty, so it is especially sad that we have the highest number of rough sleepers anywhere outside London.
I have chosen to run and raise money for BHT’s First Base Day Centre because the centre offers the facilities most of us take for granted, toilets and showers, food, tea and coffee, somewhere warm and dry to go.
But First Base does so much more. Staff help people to move off the streets for good. Last year First Base was open for 288 days and they helped 305 people into accommodation.
Please sponsor me so that I can help raise money to help First Base to stay open and to continue its work.
Beci Callow, Brighton Half Marathon runner for BHT
On Sunday 25 June 2017 cyclists of all ages will take to their pedals at Preston Park Velodrome to cycle as many laps as possible in aid of First Base Day Centre.
The clock for this extraordinary challenge starts at 7am and runs throughout the day, with cyclists aiming to reach the combined target of 66,792 laps, in just 12 hours!
Whether you’re 4 years old or 94, everyone is welcome! This is a family-friendly event, with various slots for children, adults, hand cyclists, and club cyclists.
How many laps can you, your family, your work colleagues or your cycling club pledge? 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 laps? Set yourself a personal challenge!
BHT strongly advises all participants to wear cycling helmets. Cyclists who choose not to, do so at their own risk.
Don’t own a bike? Don’t worry! Why not take the challenge on an exercise bike at your gym? All we need to know is how many kilometres you cycle so that we can add it to our grand total.
Would you like to help?
We are looking for lots of volunteers to help us run the day. We are asking volunteers to commit to two or three hour slots in various roles including stewarding, marshalling, registering participants, recording laps and more general site management.
If you’re able to help please call Sara Peskett on 01273 645425, or:
“Every single person who takes part in the Around the World Cycle challenge will be helping us to make a real difference to the lives of people who need our services. It was with the support of the community that last year we were able to help 306 people to move off the streets.”
Simon Hughes, Operational Manager of First Base