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BHT Highlights: September 2015

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BHT prides itself on the quality and diversity of its services, and this diversity often produces more news stories than we can usually fit on our website.

Read on for a round-up of BHT news highlights from September that would often slip beneath the radar:

andy_winter_30th_W220BHT’s Chief Executive Andy Winter hit his 30 year work anniversary this month.

Andy has worked in various roles within BHT, including that of Hostel Worker, Hostel’s Coordinator, Senior Manager and since 2003 Chief Executive.

fulfilling-lives-logo_W220Forty delegates from a range of local organisations attended the Fulfilling Lives learning event in Eastbourne.

The Fulfilling Lives team undertook a presentation on partnership working and ran workshops looking at systems change.

theatre-royal-brighton_W220The Theatre Royal Brighton offered free tickets to clients, Intern and staff to watch the musical ‘Crush’.

Staff and residents of BHT’s Accommodation for Work and Move On projects took up the generous offer and had a fantastic evening. People fed back it was “amazing, really funny, and great singing”.


Over 70 people braved the weather to take part in the 10k Legal Walk.

BHT’s Hastings Advice Centre and other services operating at the Community Hub including HARC (Hastings Advice and Representative Centre) and Citizens Advice are raising money to continue to provide advice on housing, debts and benefits.

BHT’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Service hosted a stand at an event organised by local charity Grassroots, to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and to celebrate suicide prevention activities.

The gathering was joined by Juliet Smith, the High Sheriff of East Sussex, to celebrate Brighton & Hove’s progress towards becoming a safer suicide community.


Six clients from BHT’s First Base project did a second fundraising carwash with their corporate partners ROCC Computers to raise money for First Base.

Staff from SRC Tax Consultants, Uniglobe Travel and Plus Accounting all got involved.

BHT Advice CentreTracy Ball, our housing solicitor in East Sussex, won a challenging case which the team has been fighting for six months.

As a result a client is no longer street homeless as the Council has accepted that they owe their client a main housing duty.

Together the People logoBHT was chosen as the charity partner for the Together The People music festival which took place in Brighton.

Andy Winter was on the ‘Question Time’ panel, looking at the future of Brighton and Hove along with MP Caroline Lucas and local property developer Ed Allison-Wright. Later Andy had to make a speech from the main stage, following straight after his warm up act, Billy Bragg, and right before The Levellers.

BHT’s First Base Day Centre completed another Emergency Assessment Centre (EAC) with Sussex Police, Brighton and Hove Housing Officers and St Mungo’s Broadway.

A group of clients met with Andy Winter to discuss their ideas for a new BHT client and tenant website which is being designed.

Clients are on the lookout for news articles, artwork and poetry. For more information, click here to contact David Foley, BHT’s Client Involvement Coordinator for more information.

whitehawk_inn_logo_W300BHT’s Whitehawk Inn project held an event to mark the achievement of learners over the last year and to celebrate the start of the first full learning year following the merger with BHT.

Over 100 guests attended including learners, staff and local Councillors.

dine-logoRGB_W220Dine, First Base’s social enterprise catering company, provided the catering for the Whitehawk Inn event.

If you would like great tasting food at any work or private event please contact Sandra Cotty on 01273 326844.

A Volunteering and Training information session was held by BHT’s Move-On project for residents in Move-on and clients of Addiction Services.

A variety of providers including: the National Careers Service, CRI peer mentor program, BHT’s Intern Programme, BHT’s Detox Support project, Pavilions Peer mentor and volunteering opportunities and Swim UK, gave informative presentations about the support they offer to people who wish to access work and learning in the city.

route_one_walk2015_W300BHT’s Route One project enjoyed their bi-monthly countryside walk organised by one of their clients.

They walked seven miles from Woodingdean to Rottingdean, with the last leg of the walk being the undercliff walk from Rottingdean to the Brighton Marina. The day ended with tea and cake at the Roedean café.

BHT Heritage logoAs part of the national Heritage Open Days event, clients from the BHT’s Heritage Project enjoyed tours of the i360 site and Theatre Royal, and attended a talk at the Regency Town House regarding plaster ornament in Regency buildings.

Two clients also completed Presentation Skills training in preparation for co-delivering a heritage trail for the public which explores the history of First Base.

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