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9Nov

Annual Client and Tenant Surveys Launched

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BHT has launched its annual client and tenant snapshot surveys this week, with paper versions currently being distributed around BHT’s many projects.

A bespoke online version is also available, providing the widest variety of feedback platforms for our clients and tenants.

The resulting opinions and feedback will help BHT to constantly improve the service that we provide. All BHT clients and tenants who complete the survey and chose to leave their details will be entered into a free prize draw with the chance of winning one of five prizes of £20 Sainsbury’s or Tesco’s vouchers or one of two prizes of £50 for tenants.

Support workers, volunteers and staff will also be on-hand to help clients and tenants complete the survey if needed.

The deadline for completion is Friday 1 December

To fill out the online survey for your project

Please click the relevant link below:

Tenant Snapshot Survey

Archway

Accommodation for Work

Detox Support Project

First Base Day Centre

Hastings Young People’s Service (HYPS)

Mental Health & Wellbeing Service

Move On

Phase One

Recovery Project

Route One

Shore House

Whitehawk Inn

2Nov

The Shocking Truth of Women and Homelessness

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A shocking report, written by Cathy Bunker and published this week by Brighton Housing Trust, reveals the experience of homelessness amongst women and what they do to survive.

The BHT Impact Report for 2017 identifies that the number of people recognised as rough sleeping, currently around 145 per night, falls short of the true figure because it excludes the unknown number of hidden homeless women.

Cathy interviewed 15 women who were, or had previously been homeless in Brighton and Hove in order to understand the daily issues they faced.

Please click here to download and view a digital version of BHT’s ‘Women and Homelessness’ Report (PDF, 2,662kb)

Alternatively, a printed full colour version can be requested by calling 01273 645400 or collected from our head office at 144 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4PH

 

You don’t ever sleep on your own. That’s too dangerous… that’s why we stay in groups with the women, we stay together like two or three of us so its better.

Sleeping next to a friend has the added benefit of being warmer, a source of comfort and two of you to find resources: food, drink, cardboard for insulation and somewhere safe to sleep.

Bianca, Report contributor

Women manage their homelessness in ways that are different to men. Many homeless women engage in informal strategies that keep them invisible. For example, they sofa surf, hide, form or stay in relationships to keep a roof over their head.

When they sleep on the street they are creative in finding hidden places to sleep and strategies for personal safety.

I was moved by their stories, inspired by their resourcefulness and feel privileged to have met them all.

Cathy Bunker, Author of ‘Women and Homelessness’

The challenge to us is what can we do as individuals and organisations? As organisations we can look at how we work with street homeless women and make changes demanded by this report. BHT will do this.

As individuals, we can support one or more of those services in Brighton and Hove that work with homeless women, including BHT itself.

Andy Winter, BHT Chief Executive

30Oct

Siren Benefit Gig for Threshold Women’s Counselling

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Siren are a 1980s feminist new wave punk band who are holding a benefit gig in support of BHT’s Threshold Women’s Counselling service.

The gig takes place on Tuesday 21 November from 7.30pm at Sallis Benney, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton. Tickets are £10 or £5 concessions.

Siren’s songs reflect the politics of the 80s, still relevant today, with visual images of time. Come along for a blast of nostalgia, great politics and foot-tapping music.

All proceeds will go towards BHT’s Threshold Women’s Counselling service, which provides support to women with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, post-traumatic stress, chronic low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, parenting issues, birth trauma and perinatal depression.

Click here or to your right to download and print out a poster for the gig

Click here to buy tickets for the Siren Benefit Gig

Feedback from women who have previously accessed Threshold:

…it’s been a safe environment to acknowledge my feelings, to cry and not feel overwhelmed. To embrace who I am and find a different way to react in different situations in front of and towards my children…

Such dedicated non-judgemental, patient support. Thank you for holding the therapeutic space when it’s been dark and frightening. The service is brilliant and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to start my new journey in such a safe space. Thank you.

…has helped me to help myself and grow in self confidence. In turn, I have been able to support one daughter through depression and the other to deal with health and anxiety…

I was too scared to leave the house. I hadn’t left in years. My wildest expectations have been met… I’m alive!

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