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Councillor Alex Phillips has become the youngest-ever Mayor of Brighton and Hove. Alex was first elected in a by-election in July 2009 and then re-elected at the following three local elections.
The Mayoralty in Brighton and Hove is ceremonial and politically neutral unlike, for example, the Mayor of London which is an executive position with financial, operational and policy responsibilities.
Alex is familiar with the work of BHT as a former member of the BHT Board, and we are delighted that she has chosen our women’s counselling service, Threshold, as one of the charities she will be supporting during her year as Mayor.
To find out more about Threshold click here.
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We are pleased to present the report of the annual tenants’ and clients’ snapshot survey.
Overall satisfaction with our services has remained strong at 83%, and it was great to see improvements from last year’s survey in areas such as communication, complaints handling and opportunities for clients and tenants to be involved in the organisation.
We are also pleased to have significantly increased the response rate to the survey as compared to last year, particularly for BHT clients, with an increase from 55% to 70% of all clients.
Each BHT service has now received their snapshot survey results summary and will be producing an action plan based on the issues identified. Clients and tenants will be consulted about areas of concern with dedicated focus groups, ensuring that our services across the organisation continue to go from strength to strength.
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A powerful video and performance exhibition created by members of Brighton’s homeless community premieres at the ONCA Gallery in Brighton from 23-26 May 2019.
The exhibition, entitled ‘I Get Up’, was created collaboratively by three local organisations; BHT’s First Base Day Centre, RAPT Theatre and RBD Design. Its title originated from a collective poem written by participants.
At the heart of the exhibition is a series of films, writing and photography focused on a small group of Brighton-based people, all with experience of homelessness, which explores their lives in the city. The group share their stories and thoughts about the world on camera, resulting in a series of films which are fragmentary, honest and revealing.
The four-day exhibition will share this unique footage alongside the group’s writing, and information about the current housing situation in Brighton and Hove.
Taking part in ‘I Get Up’ proved a highly rewarding experience for many of the participants. One of these participants, Alex said,
I found working with the RAPT Theatre team a really positive experience whilst I have been going through a difficult time in my life. After each session I felt I had achieved something, and I got good insight into other peoples’ experiences and their thoughts.
Kate Porter, an occupational health therapist at First Base said,
The films were powerful, well made and helped marginalised people to have a voice. Most importantly, the participants seem to be really enjoying it, with people joining and returning each week. One regular participant told me it was the highlight of his week.
The exhibition will be running from 23-26 May 2019 at the ONCA Gallery at 14 St George’s Place, in Brighton.