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BHT’s Amazon Wish List Needs Donations

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A small contribution can make a huge difference. BHT’s First Base Day Centre staff are asking people to make a small donation to help its clients prevent sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration this summer.

Summer can bring particular challenges for those in our communities sleeping on the streets. Being out in the blazing heat without adequate clothing and sun protection puts our clients at high risk of sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration. You can help by supporting the First Base Amazon Wish list.

BHT’s First Base Day Centre needs a constant supply of boxers and socks, so that our clients feel the full benefit of the existing shower facilities.

This isn’t the most glamorous or obvious way to help the homeless community, but having a fresh change of underwear after a shower makes a huge difference to an individual’s  wellbeing, not to mention the practical need for such items for job interviews and medical appointments. We also need sun creams and sun hats to adequately equip our clients for the current heat wave.

If you could support our clients by purchasing an item from our wish list they will be one step closer to moving away from homelessness.

Please click here to visit BHT’s Amazon wish list and make a contribution

If you happen to have any spare sun creams lying around at home, you can always drop them in to First Base Day Centre or to our head office at 144 London Road.

Thanks you so much for all your help and support. It truly makes a difference.

BHT’s First Base Day Centre is based in Brighton and offers a range of services to support people sleeping rough in the city. As well as access to on site healthcare and assistance to find housing and work, the service also provides nutritious food and hot showers.


New City Rental Bike Share Team Supports BHT

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Brighton Bike ShareBHT has partnered with the new Brighton Bike Share team to offer an exciting and unique opportunity to ride the very first prototype of the new smart bike.

The bike will be seen and available to ride for the first time at BHT’s Around the World Cycle Challenge on Sun 25 June. The challenge aims to raise £25,000 for First Base Day Centre, which supports people who are rough sleeping in the city.

Brighton’s new Social Bicycles smart bikes will launch in the city in early September and will be available to hire online and via an app. Bikes can be located on the app and picked up from anywhere in the city, or from the 50 docking stations which are being installed across the city over the summer.

Click here to ride the very first Brighton bike share smart bike

We’re looking forward to the new cycle scheme launching across the city before the end of summer and are delighted to see it already supporting a local charity and helping to improve our community.

Gill Mitchell, Lead Member for Environment & Stability at Brighton & Hove City Council

As the operators of the new bike sharing scheme for Brighton & Hove, we’re looking forward to being a part of such an important fundraising event for the community. We are looking forward to supporting Brighton Housing Trust and raising much-needed cash for its First Base Day Centre during this phenomenal cycling event.

Tim Caswell, MD at Hourbike


Mayor Thanks BHT Volunteers During Volunteering Week

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21 volunteers from BHT were thanked for their work by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Mo Marsh, at a reception in the Mayor’s Parlour, Brighton Town Hall, to coincide with Volunteers’ Week, which takes place from 1 to  7 June.

BHT has volunteers across the organisation supporting clients and residents in services including Client and Tenant Involvement, BHT’s First Base Day Centre, Addiction Services, and mental health support projects, Shore House and the Archway Project.

Not including volunteers who helped with fundraising activities, BHT had 102 volunteers last year who provided 7,246 volunteer hours adding value to what our paid staff do.

BHT found me a permanent flat to live in after years of uncertainty of temporary accommodation. When I heard they were looking for volunteers I jumped at the chance.

Over the past three months I have been on several awareness courses and have had the opportunity to express my ideas and thoughts on their new blog. This has helped me gain confidence and knowledge into a field I can hopefully be employed in or simply just involved in.

Anthony Carney, a volunteer at BHT

On the whole our volunteers are drawn from our residents and clients.  This supports BHT’s ethos in people gaining employment.

All of our volunteers are recognised and celebrated for the work they do for BHT in the community.  They bring inspiration, passion and talent to our mission and values as an organisation with our clients and residents.

Daniel O’Connell, Head of HR, Learning and Development at BHT

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