The challenges of the last year mean that wellbeing has never been more important.
Particularly for the members of our Black and minority ethnic community -- who figures show have been disproportionately affected by the recent pandemic. That's why TDC and Active Sussex have been working in partnership to support local people by encouraging greater physical activity.
Initially we surveyed over twenty Black and minority ethnic families to understand how much activity they undertake, what they enjoy doing and the barriers that prevent them from doing more. The project went onto work with local groups to assist in developing ways that can help them become more accessible and resulted in more welcoming groups and developing new opportunities such as football activities, supported walking events, free yoga taster sessions and even a women’s only gardening and social group.
Pleasingly the follow up survey results showed and significant increase in activity and even where it wasn’t possible to engage in a formal activity more people had taken to walking or gentle home exercise – with people reporting that they "feel better for it".
In 2020/21 TDC’s Healthy Neighbourhood Fund gave out over 100 grants, supporting 4,600 people.
We supported local community partners to form panels and make funding decisions, giving support to projects right across the city from Portslade to Bevendean, Whitehawk to Hollingbury, and beneficiaries included art clubs, community gardens, self-defense classes, shopping trollies for food banks, inclusive football clubs and more.
In each area local communities decided how the grants were awarded.
“I found the grant process very interesting and was amazed at how groups had responded creatively to meet the needs of local residents and young people during the pandemic”
Local resident and panel member Gemma
As expected a lot of projects funded were responding to the pandemic. Providing direct support, or making existing projects accessible by going online or supplying PPE. The funding panels also had to change due to Covid-19 restrictions.
“Most of us hadn’t been on an HNF panel before, so we had a lot to learn about how to make funding decisions. It was a good experience even if we had to meet online, and it feels good to be able to fund some of our most valued groups in the neighbourhood during the pandemic.”
Old Boat Community Centre Manager
Action for Bevendean
Friends of Avenue Orchard £400
Planting and maintaining an orchard and other trees on the Avenue to improve experiences.
Bevendean Community Garden £400
Feel-good-Friday sessions with cooking, gardening and peer-to-peer support and wellbeing focus.
Bevendean Foodbank £400
Cooking equipment and shopping trolleys to support recipients of the foodbank to cook healthy meals at home and transport food without needing a car.
Create to Plate £400
Baking packs for families to make food together at home during lockdown.
Fernee Forest Club £400
Equipment, shelter, PPE, snack costs for regular outdoor activities in natural space for families -health walks, forest school sessions for young children and teenagers.
Friends of Bevendean Down £400
Extra equipment to keep volunteers safe during sessions (PPE, gloves), also litter pickers and insurance for regular conservation sessions.
The Very local Food Hubs £400
Outdoors “cooking on a budget sessions” at the community garden with easily accessible food.
Arts and Crafts Group £200
Activity trail for families to find autumnal objects around the neighbourhood
Bevendean Bulletin £200
Leaflet distribution with positive messaging about vaccination.
We had a lot to learn about meeting online this year and are proud that we could still run a Dragon’s Den during lockdown on Zoom to bring people together and collaborate on their projects.
In Bristol Estate, Whitehawk and Manor Farm
Due East Neighbourhood Council
Whitehawk FC £500
Inclusive community football club.
Whitehawk Community Food Project £500
Gardening and food growing project.
Hawks Cafe £500
Community space providing support for young people and families
Salaam FC £500
Community football club supporting young Black, Asian and minority ethnic men
Manor Travelling Farm £500
Environmental learning experience project for young people
Arts Collective £250
Arts and Crafts programme for young people
Making Our Mark £400
Arts workshops to include outdoor art activities
Manor Boccia and lunch Club £400
Weekly Activity games & social session for older people
Manor Arts Club £400
Weekly activity art sessions
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Gardening Project £400
Weekly gardening sessions
Weekly foodbank offering recipes packs to encourage information on cooking on a budget.
Knit 'n Knatter £250
Weekly activity group for NL & Coldean
Social physical activity growing fruit & veg.
Youth Group £500
Healthy eating and building positive peer relationships through shared physical activity
Coldean Corner £500
Intergenerational supper club.
In Craven Vale
Craven Vale Community Association
A running group for children meeting before school in Queen's Park
Friends of Craven Vale £150
Tree labelling project to maintain woodland and promote biodiversity
Wild Life Garden £100
Tending to the wild life garden and lending tools to people who want to improve the communal areas.
50+ Group £200
Healthy snacks, activities and outings for older people.
Juicing/Pickling Project £150
Pickles and juices from allotment surplus.
Young People Activities £150
Materials for activities.
Online learning about bee keeping.
Games Evening £100
A monthly activity to combat social isolation.
Wild Flower Planting £100
Purchasing plugs to plant across the estate and feed the bees.
Knit 'n Knatter £250
Weekly activity group for NL & Coldean
Social physical activity growing fruit & veg.
Youth Group £500
Healthy eating and building positive peer relationships through shared physical activity
Orchard Project £100
Looking after over 80 fruit trees on the estate.
Mushroom Composting £200
Basic equipment to begin growing mushrooms.
Summer fair £200
Activity week and blossom day for the whole community.
In Hangleton and Knoll
The Hangleton and Knoll Project
50+ Tai Chi £183.60
Costs to cover Tai Chi course.
Befriending Group £459.20
A face to face befriending group with Hangleton and Knoll project and Together Co.
Shape Up Exercise Group £400
Online weekly exercise classes.
SEND Youth Project £500
A pilot project for Amaze, HKP and Extratime to help young people with disabilities access youth services.
Weald Community Food Centre £450
Food growing and cooking sessions for Weald Allotments.
I feel more informed about how the grant processes work in terms of decision making and assessing how criteria is met as a group and hearing other people's views.
Old Boat Community Association
5th Patcham Guides £250
Activities and healthy snacks.
Kidz Club Carden £300
Santa bus trip delivering food parcels.
Community Group at Old Boat £150
Creation of a community garden to grow fresh produce and encourage outdoor activities.
5th Patcham Brownies £250
Providing activities with healthy snacks.
Carden PTA £250
Outdoor activities and IT support for primary school children.
B-RIGHT-ON Basketball £280
Basketball equipment and sports hall updating.
Physical and fun activities for people with disabilities.
Old Boat Childminders' Group £120
Regular activities for children under 5.
Hollingdean Development Trust
Music for Healing £498
Healing with music
Open Strings £498
Affordable community music sessions.
Hollingdean Repair Cafe £499.98
Reducing landfill waste and sharing skills.
DIY Kodak Collective £500
Keep calm and carry on organising.
Stanmer Street Community Garden Group £332.36
Sourcing, building and maintaining an edible medicinal hedge.
Growing Hollingdean £430
Gardening for health.
Feminist Fight Club £500
Self defence group.
In Moulsecoomb and Bates Estate
Moulsecoomb Local Action Team
Weekly food and activity sessions for Muslim women and their children.
Friends of Maggie's Corner £250
Improving a playground and surrounding natural space.
Goodwood Way Play Area £250
Improving the play area with gardening, painting and planting.
Moulsecoomb Skate Park Group £300
Promoting skating and campaigning for an outdoor skate park in Moulsecoomb.
Chomp Moulsecoomb £300
Food hygiene course for volunteers running a holiday club.
Chatterboxes at the Bevy £300
Lunch club for older people with dementia friendly activities.
Flamenco and Spanish Group £300
Affordable flamenco classes for the community.
Metamorphosis Art Group £300
Free arts, crafts and yoga classes.
St Andres Fruit and Orchard Garden £300
New community garden to grow food and create an orchard.
Friday Friends £300
Weekly doorstops at lunch club members homes during the pandemic to check on them and deliver dessert.
St George's Hall Resource Centre £150
Community office space and wifi access.
26th Boys Brigade and Girls Association £300
Covid secure activities with healthy food.
In Pankhurst Area
Pankhurst Area Community Association
Pankhurst Planters £500
Funding compost and top soil for a community planter.
Tantrum Dance Group £500
To fund activity packs and hold a celebration event when it is safe to do so.
Pankhurst Pantry Project £500
Pop up cookery workshops for an affordable food project.
Mosaic Project £350
Creating a mosaic based on local children's drawings
Showcase and Celebration £500
A celebration event for all the beneficiaries of the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund.
In Portland Road
West Hove Forum
Hove Beach Croquet Club £500
Access project for Scrabble Down the Croquet group.
The Friends of Hove Lagoon £500
Clean ups, weedathon and planting.
Stoneham Bakehouse £500
Bread baking classes of isolated over 55s.
Secret Garden £500
Planting, growing and improving access.
Purple People Kitchen £500
Food supplies for food bank.
Portslade Bowls Club £500
Launch of a new bowls club.
Portslade District Guides £500
Online projects during lockdown.
Mile Oak Football Club £500
Football for all project.
Valley Road Planters Project £500
To decorate and replant the planters in Valley Road.
In Tarner and Eastern Road
Albion Community Forum
AANF Rejuvination Garden Project £468
White Street Community Garden Sunday Sessions.
AANF Nutrition Isolated Older People £500
A volunteer led survey and cafe based event.
Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group £275
Reducing landfill waste and sharing skills.
Dorset Mews Residents Group £500
A greening project for Dorset Mews and its immediate environment.
Exploring Senses CIC £500
Online art sessions for 7-12 year olds.
Support for people living with Fibromyalgia.
Imaya Ladies and Chidren's Group £500
Mental and physical wellbeing activities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic families.
Lavender House Social Club £440
Gardening and greening of communal shared space.
Leach Court Social Club £500
Christmas cheer for isolated and socially distanced residents.
Patching Lodge £500
A celebratory tea party for residents isolated during lockdown.
Woodingdean Community Association
Woodingdean Wilderness £200
Planting, maintaining and equipment for bat walks.
Woodingdean Youth Club £180
Including boxing as an activity at youth club.
Winter Warmers £200
Taking support group online and making Covid safe measures.
Ravensbourne Court Residents Gardeners £200
Increased planting and seating to encourage residents to enjoy the outdoor space.
Woodingdean Fundraisers £400
Communal planting creating a focus for remembrance.
Woodingdean Tenants and Residents Association £200
Provision and awareness of a defibrillator.
Woodingdean Horticultural Society £150
Planting and purchase of PPE and cleaning materials.
Four Deans Stroke Club £270
Support and social interaction for people recovering from strokes.
We couldn't do what we do without volunteers supporting our work. Today we'd like to take a moment to thank them all. The volunteers who work with TDC and all the volunteers that support our partner organisations and the community groups we work with. They are simply essential to our work.
Like Sarah Griffiths who works with the TDC youth team. On volunteering for TDC, Sarah says
I enjoy volunteering at TDC and the Manor, because it's helping me develop confidence and new skills. I also find there is a lot of support for me. It's helped me to find a sense of purpose.
TDC Youth Work Manager Caroline Vitta adds
Sarah has been volunteering with our youth group at Manor Gym since October 2020. We are especially lucky to have Sarah working with us as she has loads of creative art ideas which she offers to the session each week.
She is a great fit within the team and is really supportive to the young people who come. We send a huge thanks to Sarah for all her work with us and for being a lovely person.
Thank you, Sarah, from all of us at TDC
Amy Allison, one of our Community Development Workers, said this about food bank volunteer, Jane Brown.
I’d like to thank Jane Brown from The Pankhurst Pantry for her hard work over the last year as a volunteer at the Craven/Pankhurst Food bank and then as the lead on the Pankhurst Pantry Project.
This affordable food pilot project has been an outstanding success and much of it is due to Jane’s relentless commitment to helping the local community access good quality affordable food in a friendly, welcoming and safe environment. Jane and the team have now joined forces with BrightStore to continue and develop the project….
Abi Angus also works with our Youth Team. Georgina Grant-Mills, Lead Youth Worker in Moulsecoomb says of working with Abi
I want to thank Abi Angus for being such an amazing help with Look Sussex. She is caring, attentive and a positive force to be around. Abi has been working with marginalised groups of young people and their families for quite some time, she is full of knowledge and a great support for our group.
It has been an absolute delight to work with you.
Thank you Abi, from all of us at TDC
Community Development Worker, Anke Thurm says this about, John, another food bank volunteer.
A big thank you to John for stepping up for your community in Bevendean & Moulsecoomb over the last years, and starting right back where you are needed now that restrictions are lifting.
You have been driving miles and miles for the foodbank this year, will be back running “On your Way” Job Club at the Bevy soon, and also find the time to be part of a focus group for the Libraries consultation.
Thank you John from all of us at TDC.
And these are just a few of the amazing volunteers we work with. Every one of them brings something special and helps support our essential work.
To all our volunteers, and all the volunteers who work across Brighton and Hove, from all of us at TDC.
Today we’re celebrating our volunteer Clare Abdel-Basit. Clare has been working as a volunteer for TDC since January 2021 and her time with us got off to a dramatic starts as Clare, a former midwife, found herself as an advocate supporting a woman to give birth, 12 years after she last worked in a hospital.
Clare says, about the experience:
It was a great form of excitement and curiosity to me to have this opportunity. I was in a privileged position to be an advocate for the lady who was very much out of her comfort zone.
On her role at TDC, Clare says:
I volunteered with TDC as they advocate for the most vulnerable in the community, and I feel very strongly about equal treatment for all. I have learnt how the different sections of TDC support each other in various programmes. I have learnt the importance of community engagement and facilitating smaller vulnerable communities to become stronger and more active together.
The highlight of my volunteer work so far was linking some women together on zoom and discussing activities that they would like to get involved in and arranging these activities one of which involved meeting in a garden allotment.
With lockdown easing, this project has been able to move to face to face activities, including the visits to gardens the women requested. (Pictured above.)
Clare’s medical background also drew her to support some of TDC’s work on vaccine hesitancy, helping to create flyers and deliver them in communities where people are reluctant to get the vaccine.
Clare has been an amazing asset to TDC over the tricky months of the first part of 2021. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank her for all her amazing hard work, making a real difference for marginalised communities in Brighton and Hove.
It's Volunteer's Week and all week TDC will be celebrating the work of volunteers who do so much to support communities in Brighton and Hove.
Over the last 12 months volunteers have been more essential than ever with hundred of new volunteers and mutual aid groups joining forces with local community hubs to develop an ever growing emergency food network and check on their shielding and other isolated and vulnerable residents. Work that has made an incredible difference during the crisis.
You can find out more about our Covid Heroes in these blog posts about some remarkable work in our community during this challenging time, where everyone had to work harder than ever before to support the most vulnerable in our society.
And over the next few days we'll be celebrating our volunteers who work with us here at TDC and in the community groups we work with.
Our communities in Brighton and Hove have done some amazing things to support each other through this extremely challenging year of the Covid-19 pandemic. To showcase some of their amazing achievements TDC has made a series of films with Big Egg Films to investigate how our communities have responded to the ongoing challenges of Covid-19 and lockdown.
A second series of films looks at the ways the organisations who form the Inclusive Communities Partnership have been able to offer support to the marginalised groups who have felt the most acute effects of the poverty and isolation caused by lockdown.
The individual films have been shared on social media over the last month, but if you didn't catch them there, here are the full versions.
Inclusive Communities Partnership
We'd like to give a huge thank you to all the Community Groups who took part in the films. Kate Knight from Mouslecoomb Community Market, Sue Sayers from Ageing Well, Ahmad Yabroudi from Sussex Syrian Support Group, Helen Jones from The Bevy, Dave Clarke from ADHD Aware, Jane Brown from Pankhurst Pantry and Josephina from Healing with Music.
Lockdown has been a real struggle for a lot of people, especially when it comes to financial difficulties. Over the last couple of months, our TDC Youth Team have planned, packed and delivered Food and Warmth Hampers to 59 young people and their families across the city
The team preparing to pack the hampers
Packed hampers ready to go
The hampers included a selection of food, socks, gloves, blankets, and food vouchers which were all packed by the team and delivered (covid-safe) to each family’s doorstep. The TDC Youth Team also designed a Recipe Cookbook with a variety of their favourite meals including “Caroline’s Mixed Bean Chilli’ and “Shamann’s Easy Fajitas” which seemed to go down well.
"Thank you for your hampers and shopping vouchers supplied to the families on St Michaels Way Traveller Site. This will have a positive impact on all the family's life in a challenging time. The Friends, Family and Travellers team would like to express our appreciation"
The TDC Youth Team are delighted with the success of this project and hope to be able to do something else like this in the future.
The Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership (Sussex VRP) is an innovative partnership tackling the root causes of serious violent crime in Sussex to protect young people and make our communities safer. TDC is one of the Partnership Projects for this initiative working with young people.
Our Youth Work Director features in this new film explaining more about the scheme.
“Are you like me? You hear the sound of the letter box and you go to retrieve the mail, hoping there might be something more than the usual junk mail?”
Lockdown has increased loneliness. Two groups that we know have really been feeling the effects, are young people -- who can’t see their friends as easily -- and older people who are often isolated. With the end in sight, but still not quite here, TDC’s Ageing Well project and TDC’s Youth Team have recently got together to try and combat Lockdown’s isolation by creating an Intergenerational Penpals project.
Some of the young people that TDC are supporting are writing letters, producing artwork or sending cards to residents who live at Downlands Court, Peacehaven and Deans Wood, Woodingdean, as well as individuals who live in Woodingdean, East Brighton and Saltdean. They are looking forward to getting interesting replies from the people they are paired up with; discovering what they have in common and learning about each other’s lives.
The young and older people are exchanging communications over 6 weeks, building up a relationship. There are also be small craft tasks set by the project coordinator.
Once covid restrictions ease TDC is hoping to hold an event where all the penpals can meet safely.
As we all got used to being locked down again, TDC's Youth Team got busy with a range of ways that we could stay in touch with young people in Brighton and Hove.
The team are reaching out to young people to just check on how they are doing and offer support if it's needed. This may be a call, text, or online message, whatever the young person has said is okay with them. If additional support needs are identified we can offer this over the phone, through text or online. We may be able to offer a walk and talk session too.
We are also offering online Youth Sessions during the week which include chat, playing games, quizzes, lyric writing, competitions, bingo and anything else that the young people come up with.
Current sessions are: Tuesdays, 5.30-6.30pm: Zoom Youth Session with Evie and Agostina. Contact [email protected] for log in details
Tuesdays and Fridays , 6.30-8pm : Zoom Youth Session with the Woodingdean Youth Team. Contact [email protected] for log in details
Our partners the Saltdean and Rottingdean Youth Project launched Active8 online on Friday 29th January. There will be competitions, wellbeing tips, youth club news and more over the next 8 weeks. And hopefully an interactive online session too. The page is available here
Street Based Work
And of course, our ever resilient Detached Youth Workers from the Brighton Streets Project are out in neighbourhoods and parks around Brighton and Hove doing welfare checks on any young people who are out and about.
We will be wearing masks so might not be so easily recognisable, but we have ID badges on and also our trademark hoodies.
For more information about TDC Youth Work, contact our Director of Youth [email protected]
Just before Christmas our Youth Team and Albion in the Community launched our Youth Action Project in Whitehawk. The project was created with young people in the summer of 2020 and received Youth Led Grant Funding to pay for training, resources and an end of project celebration.
The project offers young people the chance to feel part of the solution to issues in their community and get involved by giving up their time to volunteer to help out with local needs. It is also part of the 5 ways to wellbeing initiative as helping others is a great way of looking after your own wellbeing. Six young people went to an introduction evening and we were able to offer two opportunities for them to get involved with before Christmas.
A couple of young people took on the job of delivering the Due East newsletters in Whitehawk, Manor Farm and on the Bristol Estate. The newsletter contains important information for local residents so having some young volunteers helping to get it delivered was just brilliant. Tony from AITC went out with them to give them support and take the obligatory selfie!
The other opportunity was to support the new Give Street Project with a donation drop off event at the Hanover Community Centre on the last Sunday before Christmas. The project wanted food and clothes donations that would then be distributed to the Vale and Brighton Food Banks, the Hanover Homeless Project and Off the Fence.
Young people helped out with greeting donators and sorting out the goods offered. There was a fantastic response from the community so they were kept busy.
‘They were so helpful on the day and kept everyone’s spirits up with their energy and enthusiasm. They had a great time and are keen to get involved in the next event.’
Caroline, Youth Manager
‘We did well! All them people will be really thankful! Especially the people that need them most! Well done team till next time’.
Lauran, Project Participant
“On our first donation drop-off, we were delighted to welcome and work alongside Randy and Lauran, whose appliance, attitude and organisation were exemplary! We were proud to have them both representing Give Street Project to the general public on such an important occasion for us.”
Darren, Give Street Project
With the current lockdown we are holding back from sending young people out on volunteering opportunities. However, we are looking at offering an intergenerational pen pal project so watch this space
Youth Work Week 2020 took place last week and gave us the chance to celebrate our awesome Youth Team and raise awareness of the phenomenal Youth Work that they deliver.
An initiative of the National Youth Agency, the theme of Youth Work Week 2020 was "Ambitious for Youth Work!".
Our team used this theme to talk about their own careers and ambitions as well as their ambitions for the young people they work with and for the future of Youth Work.
Here is some of what they shared on social media:
On facebook, Caroline answered the question “What exactly does a youth worker do?” and described her ambitions for youth work in the future:
"This week we have been celebrating Youth Work Week. Having been a youth worker for over 20 years now I have been asked many times 'what exactly does a youth worker do?'
Youth workers sometimes run sessions in youth centres - these can include arts, cooking, pool, sports, games and other activities.
However sometimes we work from cafes, parks, on the beach, bus stops, mini buses and schools
We work with groups of young people, individuals giving 1-1 support and we support their families
We organise trips and residentials
We laugh, worry, talk, stay silent, cry.
We empower young people and encourage them to think about the choices they have and make in their lives
We challenge behaviour sometimes
It's one of the best jobs ever and I love it when I meet adults who used to come to youth club years ago and talk about how they were helped or share a funny memory.
My Ambition for Youth Work is that it gets reliable funding in the future, that it evolves with the needs of young people, that it continues to attract amazing youth workers and that it is recognised as an essential service #YWW2020"
Focusing on this year’s theme of “Ambitious” Evie described on facebook how she found a career in Youth Work:
"It's National Youth Work Week! This years theme is ‘Ambitious’ so us Youth Workers at TDC are going to share some of our Youth Work stories online with you guys.
At 18, I had a career change from working as a nanny and play worker. I started volunteering with a charity called The CALMzone at events speaking to young people about the importance of mental health awareness. I realised how much i enjoyed working with teenagers and decided this is what i wanted to do. I booked onto an introduction to Youth Work course and started volunteering at a Youth Centre in Bournemouth. I loved what I was doing and decided that I wanted to take the step to study Youth Work at the University of Brighton in 2018. I was introduced to Adam (now my boss) the director of Youth Work at TDC who gave me the opportunity to volunteer with the charity. Two years down the line I now work for TDC as a Youth Worker whilst studying my Youth Work Degree part time. I absolutely love what I do and I am so glad that I made the decision to follow my dreams. I am so grateful to TDC for giving me an opportunity to achieve my ambitions. We as a Youth Team are here to support you to discover your dreams and goals and help you along the way. Lockdown has just begun for the second time, please do reach out to any of our team for support or perhaps just a chat. - Evie Youth Worker #YYW2020#YouthWorkWeek#Ambitious"
TDC's Director of Youth Work Adam filmed an incredibly moving video about the impact Youth Work has had on him:
As well as these posts by our team, Youth Work Week 2020 was also a great opportunity for us to share some youth work related content, such as the letter which footballer and food poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford wrote to his 10 year-old self in which he talks about how important youth clubs were to him.
We also wanted to remind everyone of this film we released earlier this year about detached youth work in Brighton:
To find out more about our Youth Team, follow them on facebook and check them out on instagram: