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Providers who were at the Getting Ready for Work Event on 6 July 2017:

BHT Access to WorkBHT Internship ProgrammeBHT Whitehawk InnBridge Community Education CentreBrighton & Hove Food PartnershipBrighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College Brighton and Hove)Brighton Metropolitan College – Opening DoorsBrighton Unemployed Families CentreClock Tower SanctuaryCommunity Works Volunteer CentreDigital Brighton and Hove / Citizens OnlineDWP Jobcentre Plus / Work CoachesDWP Jobcentre Plus / Social Justice ChampionsFriends Centre (FC)(FC) Community Learning(FC) Get Socially Active(FC) Careers Information, Advice and GuidanceGeorge William Mews / LAZER Life SkillsKennedy Scott / Help to WorkMoneyworks / CABPavilions – Peer MentoringPossibility People

BHT Access to Work

Supports people living in supported accommodation or who receive a floating homeless support service who are motivated to increase their employability skills to get ready for work. It includes a valuable opportunity to gain experience working with a business.

Judith Bradshaw, Access to Work Project Facilitator, 144 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4PH

01273 645432

BHT Internship Programme

An employability training programme which includes up to a six month work placement; providing you with the training, skills and experience that will help you to become more employable.

Murray Begg, Intern Coordinator, 144 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4PH

01273 645444

BHT Whitehawk Inn

A friendly community centre providing a range of courses, services and support.

Whitehawk Rd, Brighton BN2 5NS

01273 682222

Routes Internship Programme – a local project offering free, personal support for anyone needing some help on their journey into employment

Contact: Louise Hinman

Adult Education – If you want to learn a new skill or start a hobby, we offer a variety of courses to suit different tastes: from art courses, to languages to IT skills. We also offer a selection of free drop-in clubs and groups including Drama, Games and Knitting. We can organise free or low-cost childcare and help with course costs and travel fees.

Contact: Reception

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) – About learning, volunteering and work, as well as a range of support activities for adults. Qualified careers advisors can work holistically to identify work and learning goals; find the information needed to plan and support next steps. As part of the Moneyworks project, we offer free one-to-one appointments with our Advisor to discuss ways to save and manage your money. This includes budgeting and online banking. Our advisor can also arrange appointments with specialist agencies for further expert advice

Contact: Helen Charles, Julie Campbell, Jenny Draycott

Bridge Community Education Centre

Delivers practical and leisure courses and workshops, some of which are subsidised to benefit the surrounding community and those on benefits. Also offers learning and job related advice, as well as practical one-to-one sessions dealing with key issues such as adult literacy and money management

Tony Marshall, Learning and Participation Adviser, Lucraft Road, Moulescoomb, Brighton, BN2 4PN

01273 687053

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Participating or volunteering outdoors, learning new skills, meeting new and like-minded people, doing physical activity, and contributing towards the community and the environment.

Jo Glazebrook, Volunteer Coordinator, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

01273 431716

Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College Brighton and Hove)

Offers a comprehensive range of qualifications, full and part time courses for adults, apprenticeships, professional qualifications and university degrees. The MET operates across five campuses in Brighton, Shoreham and Worthing.

Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA

01273 667788

Brighton Metropolitan College – Opening Doors

Each Opening Doors programme is tailored to pinpoint and develop your employability skills, whilst positively impacting job outcomes and entry-level qualifications for aged 19+, unemployed, currently seeking work and claiming benefits.

Matt Bennett, Curriculum Leader, Commercial and Adult Education, Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA

01273 667788 (ext. 451)

Brighton Unemployed Families Centre

Provides practical support, education, advice and much more to the unemployed and those in poor living conditions, benefit claimants, the unwaged, pensioners, families and those on low incomes.

Joy Rigby, Learning and Engagement Coordinator, 6 Tilbury Place, Brighton, BN2 0GY

01273 601211

CGL Peer Mentoring

A unique Mentor Service to clients who are in treatment at St Thomas Fund, as well as to people who are in the Homeless Pathway in Brighton and Hove. Mentors have all completed accredited training and the service offers placements at St Thomas Fund, facilitates drop-ins at local hostels, and offers a matching service to clients in need of value added support.

Vicky McFarlane, CGL Brighton and Hove Mentor Coordinator, 43 St Andrew’s Road, Portslade, East Sussex, BN41 1DB

07810 522 923

Clock Tower Sanctuary

The Clock Tower Sanctuary is the only drop-in service providing all-round information, advice and support to homeless young people (aged 16-25) in Brighton & Hove.

The centre is open six days a week and provides a friendly, bright, centrally-located, safe space for young people to engage with their peers and other visiting agencies without the worry of having to share a service with older people who can be intimidating.

Kirstie Maginn, Youth Engagement Coordinator, Wenlock House, 41-43 North St, Brighton BN1 1RH

01273 722353

Community Works Volunteer Centre

Promotes a huge range of local volunteering opportunities on behalf of those looking for volunteers. There are about 200 opportunities at any one time.

Zora McDonald, 3rd Floor, Community Base, 113 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1

01273 234860

Digital Brighton and Hove / Citizens Online

A local partnership of Brighton & Hove City Council, BT and a network of public, private and community sector organisations including Job Centre Plus and the NHS.

The partnership recruits trains and supports Digital Champions to help people in Brighton and Hove to develop their digital skills. The Brighton & Hove team will focuses on supporting people who have difficulties with using online public services and accessing the social and economic benefits of the internet, including people looking for work and those affected by recent benefits changes.

Judith Field, Local Project Manager

07471 351969

DWP Jobcentre Plus / Work Coaches

Help to prepare for, find and stay in work, including:

  • training, guidance and work placement programmes
  • work experience, volunteering and job trialling schemes
  • help with starting your own business
  • help combining work with looking after children or caring responsibilities
  • extra help for specific problems

Angela Windsor, 30-35 Edward St, Brighton BN2 0LN

01273 647498

DWP Jobcentre Plus / Social Justice Champions

Since the introduction of the Social Vulnerability Marker (SVM) pilot over two years ago, Social Justice Champions (SJCs) at Brighton and Hove Jobcentres have been liaising with hostel staff to prevent undue benefit sanctions to vulnerable homeless people.


Caroline Windsor, 30-35 Edward St, Brighton BN2 0LN

01273 647502


Lesley Courtneidge, 87A Boundary Rd, Hove BN3 7GA

Friends Centre (FC)

Friends Centre is the only dedicated adult and community learning centre in Brighton & Hove that provides quality learning programmes for adults to develop their knowledge, skills understanding and creativity in a supportive environment.

Brighton Junction, 1A Isetta Square, 35 New England Street, Brighton BN1 4GQ

01273 810210

(FC) Step by Step

Aims to improve access to English, maths and language training for homeless people in Brighton and Hove. Can also provide an introduction to IT Skills. Offers one-to-one support for homeless people, along with confidence building and support for progression into further learning. The project works in close partnership with all supported housing, education and training providers within the city.

Chris Delahunt or Mark Newman

01273 810216

01273 810217

(FC) Community Learning

The Community Learning team provides short informal courses and advice for people aged 19 years and over living in Brighton & Hove who are not currently in work or those who have less than a Level 2 qualification (GCSE or NVQ level 1). Our courses are free and some even lead to qualifications. Courses include: Food Safety, First Aid for Babies and Children and Confidence Building.

Christina Mendez

01273 810213 / 0779 533 6412

(FC) Get Socially Active

A free and friendly one to one coaching support service, for you if you are thinking about or feeling pressured into finding work or entering into learning, but need help to do it. If you are unemployed or not working for reasons such as carer responsibilities, managing a disability or long term illness and are aged 19 to 50+.


Oonagh O’Brien

01273 810207


Christine Hollywood

01273 862053

(FC) Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Offers a comprehensive career development programme for adults, who are seeking:

  • Employment – New job
  • Career change – New beginning
  • Education and training – New skills

Eileen Campbell

01273 810219

George William Mews / LAZER Life Skills

George Williams Mews housing provider has a skills centre offering a range of free courses:

  • The Life Skills Course –An accredited Learning Education and Progression (LEAP) Certificate
  • A range of two day Learning, Employment And Progression (LEAP) Awards

Will Vaughan, Life Skills Programme Coordinator, George Williams Centre, 8 George Williams Mews, Portslade, Brighton BN41 2AF

01273 647498

Kennedy Scott / Help to Work

Help to Work is a voluntary employment project that gives you personalised support to help you reach your career goals and achieve your potential. The project is for anyone who is currently unemployed. You don’t have to be on benefits to join, but you must be aged 16 or over and a legal resident with the right to work in the UK.

Taz Oliver, 95 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XE

01273 734014

Moneyworks /CAB

To help Brighton & Hove residents save money, make money and manage their money better. The services are for anyone who is struggling to make ends meet.

Moneyworks Advice Line:

01273 809288 / 0800 988 7037

Pavilions – Peer Mentoring

The purpose is to support service users to develop and pursue their recovery aspirations, expand opportunities and build confidence. The scheme uses a model, whereby the Mentor uses their lived experience of recovery to inspire and assist others seeking recovery

David Obermeyer, Peer Mentor Coordinator, 9 The Drive, Hove, BN3 3JE

07920 546678

Possibility People

Whether you, a family member, friend or someone who you know is disabled or has a long term health condition or impairment, our information is for you. Includes benefits advice, employment support and employability training.

01273 894044

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