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BHT breaks its Christmas Appeal Record

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We are pleased to announce a record Christmas fundraising appeal!

Donations and income from special events raised an impressive £37,490. All of this will support the work of First Base Day Centre, which provides basic services for rough sleepers, as well as comprehensive support to help people off the streets for good. BHT had set an overall target of £35,000 this year.

Nikki Homewood, BHT’s Director of Advice and Support Services, said:

We are incredibly grateful for the amazing support we have received over the Christmas period. Of course, homelessness and rough sleeping isn’t something that happens just at Christmas time. Our services are open throughout the year.

Last year First Base provided services to 1,113 people, 1,089 of whom were rough sleepers. Services included showers, food and drink, clean and dry clothes, and primary health care. Through the support provided by First Base, 222 people were helped to move off the streets and into accommodation.

Particular thanks must go to our friends at Big Egg Films who, once again, made our Christmas Appeal video, donating their time and expertise for nothing. We are so lucky to have great continuing support from them.

While our Christmas Appeal has now closed, those concerned about rough sleeping can continue to support our work, either through a one-off donation or by making a regular donation to our work.  Further details can be found here.


Choir With No Name releases first ever single

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A Brighton choir for people who are homeless joined choir members from across the country to record the single ‘This is Me’, from the Greatest Showman. The single is being released this March to celebrate ten years of the Choir With No Name.

The Choir With No Name is a nationwide charity that runs pop-up choirs for people who have experienced homelessness or marginalisation due to poverty. The Brighton choir has been running in partnership with BHT since August last year.

Members from the Brighton choir sang with members from Liverpool, Birmingham and London. A smaller group of ten singers were trained by Brighton choir director Freya Wynn-Jones to harmonise and provide backing vocals, and three of the choir members recorded solos for the song.

Choir manager Alex Procter said:

We’re absolutely thrilled to take part in such an exciting and landmark event in the story of the Choir with No Name. Our members dedicated themselves week in week out to learning this song, and excelled in the studio, making a fantastic sound. I’m very excited about the finished product, and can’t wait for the public to hear what this amazing group of people is capable of!

To date the Brighton choir has already well and truly made its mark on the Brighton community, with over fifty people joining rehearsals, and wowing audiences with a sold-out show at the Brighton Dome this Christmas, as well as performing at Cadogan Hall in London and at a number of other local Brighton venues.

The Brighton choir is run in partnership with Brighton Housing Trust who employs the choir manager as well as providing members with direct access to their support services. It rehearses on Monday evenings at 6.30pm at One Church in Gloucester Place, Brighton. There is ninety minutes of singing, followed by a hot meal for all members.

Anyone can join and no auditions are required – people can just turn up at One Church.

To find out more about the choir and the work they do, or to get involved or see a gig, follow them on Facebook, or get in contact with choir manager Alex: [email protected]


Getting Ready for Work Event Success

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Over 120 people attended the Getting Ready for Work fair at Friends Meeting House, Ship Street last Thursday morning.

The event, now in its fifth year, brings together local work and learning providers who offer a range of therapeutic, learning and work-related opportunities to BHT clients, tenants and support staff.

Providers at the event offered a wide mix of adult personal interest groups and courses, including gardening and food projects, training in digital, numeracy, literacy, employability and accredited skills, careers, benefits, budgeting and debt advice.

A notable organisation who joined the event were Real Junk Food Project, who cooked up some delicious hot soup, SWIM UK, Varndean Adult Learning and CAP. Other highlights included therapy dogs Daisy and Trumpers and the harmonious Cascade Creative Café Choir.

A huge thank you to all who participated in the event.

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