REBOOT Newsletter

The REBOOT early intervention project for 11-17 year olds, launched in Sussex in Spring 2019 thanks to support from the Sussex PCC.

REBOOT is a personalised, one-to-one package offering support to vulnerable young people to prevent them being exploited into criminal behaviour. We are working alongside three other partner organisations (YMCA DLG, AudioActive and the Hangleton & Knoll Project) to deliver the REBOOT programme across Sussex.

In December, the REBOOT team at the Sussex PCC produced their first newsletter, which included a comment from Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne alongside information about the project and feedback from some of the first participants. You can read the newsletter by clicking here, and to find out more about REBOOT, the PCC has summarised the programme in numbers on the Sussex PCC YouTube channel. 

At the end of each year, we ask our team for their highlights of the year, and TDC’s REBOOT Youth Coach Adam Welton told us about his:

“Enabling a young person who was refusing school to make a really positive change in his education. Communication between the pupil, his parents and the school had broken down. In my role as REBOOT Youth Coach I was able to listen to the young person’s needs and concerns about school and advocate on his behalf. Subsequently the school offered him a placement in a third sector school inclusion project. After his initial reluctance and anxiety I supported him to meet with and attend the project. He has now started attending regularly and it was lovely to hear him talk about his educational achievements there and hear him proudly recount that he had been called ‘smart’. Something undoubtedly true but also something he had not heard from anyone for many years and that he had forgotten about himself.”

You can read more about REBOOT on our website and blog and for more information about our work with young people, head to our Youth Team page

Join us at our AGM this February

Please join us at our AGM on Thursday 20th February from 6pm at Brighthelm Community Centre. You will have the chance to learn about TDC’s work across Brighton & Hove and to get involved in shaping our plans for the future. For information prior to the AGM, please refer to our 2018/19 accounts → 

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected]

Comment from the new Chair of the Board of Trustees

In November we welcomed a new Chair, Jan Chmiel, to our Board of Trustees. Here are a few words from Jan by way of introduction: 

“After a number of successful leadership roles in international business the second half of my career has been focused largely on leading ‘not for profit’ organisations in areas of sustainable energy, environment, health and safety and most recently supporting social enterprises working in the local community.

The breadth of my leadership experience has shown me the importance of maintaining a culture of openness, integrity and trust to delivering on organisational goals. This is particularly important in charities which are focused on improving lives through values based objectives. In that respect TDC represents, through its approach of supporting community-led solutions to tackling inequality, the very best example of such an organisation.

Strong and diverse communities are the foundational fabric of any healthy and thriving society. They can also be the solution to many of our current maladies; from loneliness and mental health, to addressing inequality, effective local services and sustainability. I believe the work of the Trust is ‘in the right place at the right time’ to play a major part in delivering on this most critical mission of our times.

I look forward to working with the other TDC Trustees, the wonderfully committed staff and many valuable volunteers in continuing this important work of supporting the communities across Brighton and Hove to strengthen and grow. Longer term I look forward to championing this model of support for communities as an example for other parts of the country, to showcase the power of positive bottom-up societal change.”

Jan Chmiel

16th December 2019

All aboard the Santa Bus

 

This year, TDC is honoured to have been chosen by Brighton & Hove Buses as one of the official Santa Bus charities. Since November, the Santa Bus has been travelling to different neighbourhoods in the city bringing festive joy and fundraising for Martletts Hospice and 10 other local charities: 

  • The MND Association provides care, support and equipment to people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and their families and carers. MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.  There is no treatment and no cure.  
  • Say Aphasia is a charity which provides supportive drop in groups for people with aphasia. These groups help to improve the welfare of people with this condition.
  • Amaze is a charity, and a community which helps families with disabled children and young people to tackle some of the problems they face. 
  • YMCA DownsLink Group (YMCA DLG) is a charity that provides services for vulnerable young people across Sussex and Surrey.
  • Chestnut Tree House cares for around 300 children and young people with life-shortening conditions across Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex, and South East Hampshire; as well as around 200 bereaved families.
  • Take Shelter is a dedicated volunteer community group who runs the only school air raid shelter open to the public in the UK located under the playground at Downs Junior School in Brighton.
  • Moulsecoomb Forest Garden is a small charity working primarily with young people struggling in the classroom and adults with learning disabilities offering everyone an outdoor education on their community allotments.
  • East Sussex Credit Union Foundation is a charity that aims to improve financial resilience and well-being for individuals and the local community. This includes promoting financial education and encouraging family and individual financial planning. 
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, enable families to maintain a degree of normal life while their child in undergoing medical treatment in partnered specialist children’s hospitals across the UK.
  • And last but not least – at TDC (Trust for Developing Communities) we deliver community-led solutions to tackling inequality. Our work involves community development, youth work, research and training. We believe that strong communities are the key to health and happiness and that community-led solutions produce longer lasting and more meaningful change.

This Friday it’s our turn to hop aboard and we are thrilled to be accompanying Santa to Woodingdean. You can see Santa’s GPS tracker and download a route map here.

Please come out and say hi if you’re in the area and if you’re unable to get there in person, please donate to the fund (which will be split between us and the other 9 charities listed above) online here: 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/santa-bus-2019

Our team highlights 2019

It’s been a busy year at TDC, with so much activity within the communities we work with and lots of new projects to get stuck into. We asked our team for their highlights of the year and this is what they said…

Then, after you’ve heard from our team, please scroll to the bottom of this post for an end-of-year message from our Chief Executive, Athol Hallé. 

 

Our Youth Team 

“In July we held a mini prom to mark the closing of our Young Women’s Group in Moulsecoomb. It was so lovely to be a part of what had become such a supportive community and to see how much the girls had flourished as individuals. We threw a party and all came together as a celebration.”

Evie, Youth Worker

The Moulsecoomb Young Women’s group Prom

“Enabling a young person who was refusing school to make a really positive change in his education. Communication between the pupil, his parents and the school had broken down. In my role as REBOOT Youth Coach I was able to listen to the young person’s needs and concerns about school and advocate on his behalf.  Subsequently the school offered him a placement in a third sector school inclusion project.  After his initial reluctance and anxiety I supported him to meet with and attend the project.  He has now started attending regularly and it was lovely to hear him talk about his educational achievements there and hear him proudly recount that he had been called ‘smart’. Something undoubtedly true but also something he had not heard from anyone for many years and that he had forgotten about himself.

Another highlight has been starting work at TDC – I’ve had a number of employers over the years, many of them good but none as good, supportive and generally all round lovely as TDC.”

Adam W, REBOOT Youth coach 

“This year has been a busy one for the Youth Team at TDC. As I reflect on this year I am really proud of the hard work the new East Youth team has done in Whitehawk,  Woodingdean and supporting the volunteer led Friday Saltdean Youth Club. We have started to embed ourselves in the local community, develop new and existing youth sessions and have continued supporting lots of young people.

A moment that stands out in particular was getting some lovely feedback after a substance awareness session at the Saltdean Youth Club: ‘We love you coming here as we learn so much from you. We have learnt more from you about drugs tonight than we have in 5 weeks at school’.”

Caroline, Youth Manager (East)

Caroline and members of the Saltdean Youth Club
“The skate ramp building project was my highlight because we were able to bring together members of the community and young people to build much wanted skate ramps for the young people. They will not only enable the young people to have regular skate sessions in the area, but the building of them was also hugely beneficial for those who took part – team work, learning new skills, and confidence building.”
Kate, Youth Manager (North)
Moulsecoomb Skate Park
Moulsecoomb Skate Jam participants
 

“My highlight of 2019 has been bringing together our TDC Youth Work handbook because it represents the values and beliefs of the whole youth team as to why our youth work is worth shouting about!”

Adam M, Director of Youth Work

Our Neighbourhoods team

“This year I particularly enjoyed promoting the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund at the Tarner Festival during the heatwave at the end of June. It was a chance to see the community coming together, and to be there celebrating and promoting HNF in the area was a privilege”

Cal, Community Development Support Worker

Tarner Festival
Cal at The Tarner Festival in June

“This year my highlight has been working with small groups in the Moulsecoomb and Bevendean area to help them constitute and raise funds for their activities. Becoming constituted can give groups a better sense of structure, help them move towards independence, formalise their aims and purpose and can even increase their access to funding sources. The groups are Noor-ul Huda (regular meetings for Muslim women & children), the Dementia Cafe, The Arts & Craft Project (Moulsecoomb & Bevendean), the Moulsecoomb Skatepark Group and On your Way (Moulsecoomb & Bevendean Job Club).” 

Anke, Community Development Worker (Moulsecoomb, Bates Estate & Bevendean)

The Arts and Craft group Moulsecoomb and Bevendean

“My highlight is working closer with other fantastic organisations in the Brighton & Hove Voluntary & Community sector; from physically being in Community Base and making more informal contacts to starting delivery of the Ageing Well partnership and the excitement/ trepidation at the new community development & engagement partnership, which awaits its funding decision in Jan 2020. None of this would be possible without the fantastic relationships and trust built up by frontline staff. You are all amazeballs!”

Kirsty, Director of Neighbourhood projects

“My highlight of the year was beginning the Ageing Well project and the warm welcome given by Woodingdean residents as we began our work in the area. Ageing Well will bring TDC development skills to Woodingdean, which will encourage new groups and activities, bring support to existing opportunities for the over 50s and provide information about citywide resources.”
Sue, Ageing Well Project Manager and Participation Worker
Ageing Well event in Woodingdean in October
 
“My highlight of the year was the launch of the Hollingdean mini library and digital hub at the Hollingdean Community Centre. A project led by Hollingdean Development Trust, in partnership with the Library services, for all Hollingdean residents.”
Ceza, Community Development Worker, Hollingdean and Saunders Park
Launch of the Hollingdean Pop-up library

“This year I really enjoyed working with the Craven Vale Biodiversity Project a group of volunteers who got local people involved to look after the plants and wildlife in the area and to help with the beekeeping. We held a Blossom Day in June with nature walks, craft activities and some of us even got into fancy dress as bees and caterpillars. We also planted 4 trees on Pankhurst Ave on International Women’s Day (in March) and Caroline Lucas MP came along to help with the planting.

I was particularly struck by the community spirit following the fire on Pankhurst Avenue in September. One block of 12 households was damaged and another 10 households were displaced. Luckily, no-one was hurt. The response from the local residents was incredible – the local community centre was kept open to support those affected and people offered comfort and friendliness to each other at a very difficult and distressing time. Residents organised a fundraising page, and planned and received practical donations including clothes, food and toiletries. The residents affected were overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown by their local community and the wider Brighton and Hove community.”

Amy, Community Development Worker, Pankhurst and Craven Vale

Craven Vale Blossom Day
Amy and local volunteer Nick at Blossom Day
“My highlight has been getting two Tarner newsletters successfully printed and distributed- the 2019 Summer and Winter editions. I was also very pleased to support the Phoenix Estate Community Association on their journey to creating their own mini NAP booklet. The journey included constituting, forming regular stakeholder meeting and creating a very strong monthly resident meeting.”
Emma, Community Development Worker, Tarner
Tarner Newsletter
 

“My highlight of the year has to be recently seeing the Purple People Kitchen receive a £5,000 grant from the Sussex Community Foundation via the Lawson Fund. This will assure the foodbank can continue operating well into 2020 with no financial worries.Over the past few months the demand has increased as local agencies have been referring larger numbers to the service in Portslade. Over 50 people collect food for their family groups every week; but due to the hard work and dedication of a team of volunteers the Purple People Kitchen make sure they are well stocked and are able to serve a hot meal every Friday for those that attend. Times may be hard but the true spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Portslade.”

Mark, Community Development Worker, Portslade and Portland Road

 

Our Equalities and Inclusion team

“I loved Ricky’s wheelchair basketball session at the East Brighton Coffee & Croissant networking, it was a bright sunny morning and everyone had a go at trying something new.”

Kaye, Director of Equalities

Coffee & Croissant on wheels in Whitehawk

“One highlight for me was the Kit Car project that we ran earlier this year. A group of young people from Brighton & Hove built an F24 kit car from scratch and raced it at Goodwood Motor Circuit as a part of the Greenpower Education Trust Formula-24 races. I really enjoyed this collaboration between TDC, Sussex Police and St Giles Trust, especially as the team won the best newcomer award!

Another important event was the citywide Community Week of Action in June this year. Organisations from across Brighton & Hove came together to raise awareness of organised crime, and in particular the threat of “County Lines” which involves the transportation of drugs across the country by children and vulnerable adults. This collective week of action by so many organisations had a huge impact on people’s understanding of the issues.

My last highlight has been supporting the ADHD Aware Group, a Brighton based charitable organisation that runs peer support groups for adults with ADHD. At their Annual General meeting in October, they were pleased to announce that they have produced a film that explores what it is like ‘Living with ADHD’. The challenges, unique skills and the impact of peer group support. It has been an absolute pleasure being a part of this project and I’m looking forward to what exciting plans lay in the pipeline for next Year!”

Claire, Citywide Manager

The F24 Kit Car

“This year has been particularly exciting with the completion of the first year of the new Social Prescribing Plus Project. This is the first time we have been delivering one to one work within the BAME community. Through the work I have come to know the diverse community in Brighton and heard a lot of positive things about the city. I felt pleased to be able to support the clients with their health and wellbeing. I have had a lot of positive feedback about the project. The following quote is from one of the clients: ‘I was pleased to talk to Sayanti and discuss my issues. This is a new country and culture and I did not know about the help I could get. I now have someone to ask if I am lost’.”

Sayanti, BME Engagement Worker

“A very recent MESH highlight was supporting a Syrian refugee and her family to run a delicious felafel stall at the Patch Winter Warmer, a community event in William Clarke Park. It was a great success, as is her academic progress: she’s now on her Art Foundation at MET, and planning to do an Interior Architecture degree.
I am also proud of work done with a blind Bulgarian 17 year old MESH client. Local colleges were unable to offer ESOL provision and so she came to TDC. She now attends Look Sussex Youth Club, Amaze Young Women’s  Group, and Hummingbird’s Global Social Club and Homework Club, and is making great progress with her English and other skills. She is receiving Braille, independent living and technology training from BHCC SEN (Special Educational Needs) team and Blatchington Court Trust. We are working together to ensure that she will be able to study English in a college with sighted young people as soon as possible.”
Cicely, MESH Case worker
 
 

And finally, an end-of-year message from our Chief Executive…

 

Dear all,

We have nearly made it to the end of 2019 and it has been a busy and exciting year for TDC.

We have started brand new youth work projects such as The Curiosity ClubThe Kit Car project, new skate ramps for Moulsecoomb and Reboot. We have supported local neighbourhood groups including the community takeover of The Phoenix, Hollingdean Pop-Up Library and the launch of the Portslade NAP. We have delivered some great equalities initiatives such as launching the MESH project and running the city’s first ever BME Volunteering Fair.

All of TDC’s work is delivered in partnership with communities – we couldn’t do it without you, so thank you to everyone for your support, as we work together to tackle inequality in Brighton and Hove.

New national data on deprivation published this Autumn shows that there is still much work to be done to tackle poverty in our city. With your continued support, we hope to make an even bigger difference in 2020 to deliver community-led solutions.

On behalf of us all here at TDC, we hope you have a fantastic festive period, and we look forward to working together in 2020. 

Best festive wishes,

Athol Hallé
Chief Executive, The Trust for Developing Communities

Stories of our MESH service users

This year, TDC partnered with Friends Centre and Voices in Exile to deliver the Migrant ESOL Support Hub (known as MESH) – a service supporting migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The programme involves working with people one-to-one, focusing on access to ESOL learning plus signposting and referral to other support services and volunteer opportunities across Brighton and Hove. Cicely Lloyd is our worker on this project and told us some of the highlights of her work this year: 

“A very recent MESH highlight was supporting a Syrian refugee and her family to run a delicious felafel stall at the Patch Winter Warmer, a community event in William Clarke Park. It was a great success, as is her academic progress: she’s now on her Art Foundation at MET, and planning to do an Interior Architecture degree.
I am also proud of work done with a blind Bulgarian 17 year old MESH client. Local colleges were unable to offer ESOL provision and so she came to TDC. She now attends Look Sussex Youth Club, Amaze Young Women’s  Group, and Hummingbird’s Global Social Club and Homework Club, and is making great progress with her English and other skills. She is receiving Braille, independent living and technology training from BHCC SEN team and Blatchington Court Trust. We are working together to ensure that she will be able to study English in a college with sighted young people as soon as possible.” 

When Cicely asked service users themselves, we had a selection of heartwarming feedback: 

  • “Hi, I’m a client of Cicely. I am very happy and thankful to MESH especially Cicely for helping me in many important things such as learning English at the best institutes in Brighton and some volunteering which helped me to get involved in a respectable English society. Best regards” Syrian Asylum Seeking MESH Client
  • “I am happy for the help, I am a busy mum and Cicely helped me to found a English courses, I am taking at the moment.”  Peruvian MESH Client
  • Dear Cicely, Thank you very much for everything you have done for me. You have helped me find my way and develop my skills. You have introduced me to an association to support my blind daughter. I hope that we will keep in touch and that I can be with you to find a better chance in life for me and my family. Best wishes for the new year.”   Jordanian MESH Client
  • “I am completely satisfied with the performance of the MESH”   Iranian Asylum Seeking MESH Client
  • I would like to thank the MESH team, which works daily to help immigrants get into Brighton, especially Cicely, who with dedication and vocation has been able to provide and help me in every situation that I have needed.” Argentinian MESH Client 

One Egyptian Asylum seeker told us “I like it Cicely and thank you so much. Lovely. I’m very happy for the group and any way to speak English and helping me for English. I love this very much, very nice. Thank you so much.” The services and activities that the Egyptian Asylum Seeker has accessed via MESH include:

  • Attended Migrant Welcome Project at Voice In Exile
  • Received training from Community Works in using their online service
  • Volunteering at Rock Farm with One Church
  • Attending PTSD Support Group at Refugee Radio
  • Accessing Migrant English Project at Cowley Club
  • Accessing Real Junk Food Project lunches

This client was already a MET ESOL student and heard about our service through our visits to the college.

A MESH client enjoying a festive workshop at One Church’s Rock Farm which Cicely supported her to attend.
 

Health & Wellbeing Youth Work

 

This week is National Youth Work Week and that gives us a good reason to celebrate our youth team and all that they do.

Follow TDC on facebook and twitter to see our posts about Youth Work Week 2019. 

Today we are shouting loud and proud about the contribution that TDC youth work makes to the improved health and wellbeing of young people across Brighton.

This picture shows youth worker Polly Labanya letting her hair down whilst dressing up at the 50th birthday party we held for the 67 Centre a few years ago. Polly has worked for the TDC for over 10 years and has progressed into the role of Health & Wellbeing Youth Worker. 

So what does that mean exactly?

Polly works closely with the School Nurse Team, commissioned by the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.  When it becomes clear that issues are starting to pile up for young people, school nurses ask for our specialist youth work approach to engage with them and support the individuals to work through the issues that are present in their lives.  This has meant giving support to address a whole range of problems and barriers that young people face, including anxiety, depression, bullying, friendships, hygiene, family relationships and more.

An example of Polly’s work this year has seen her engage with a 15 year old young woman who, for a range of reasons, had not left her house for several months.  The young woman had disengaged from school a while before, possibly linked to her ADHD making it a difficult place to learn.  Polly talked through a barricaded bedroom door on three separate home visits with the girl before she agreed to go out with her.  Trips to the park, the youth club and the Library to get the young woman her first library card boosted her confidence and independence and now she regularly enjoys going and checking out new books and films, and travelling on the bus (something she hadn’t felt able to do for some time).

Polly’s work is in creating ‘everyday yet remarkable’ moments that mean so much for local young people in knocking down barriers so that they can contribute positively to their community. 

For more information about this service, please email [email protected]

New skate ramps for Moulsecoomb

Moulsecoomb Skate Ramps | TDC Youth Work Brighton

This Autumn half-term our youth team brought residents of Moulsecoomb together to build a set of skate ramps for the area.

Planning meetings took place throughout October then work sessions were held on each day of the half-term break. The group was made up of young people, youth workers, local residents and the skilled handypeople at Moulsecoomb’s Good News Shed. Participants got stuck right in – learning new carpentry skills and working together to create 2 kickers, 2 jump boxes and 2 quarter pipes.  

Many thanks to Sussex Police for their generous funding which allowed us to run this project. The ramps are portable and designed to be used at local events and will be a great resource for the area whilst we continue in our efforts to bring a more permanent skate park to Moulsecoomb. Thanks also go to The Skatehouse Newhaven who have donated us one of their portable ramps which we're sure to get lots of use out of. The first use of the new portable skate park will be at a Skate Jam on 15th December, 1:30-3:30pm at Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre. Hope to see lots of you there.

It was impressive to see how much was achieved in such a short space of time! Here are some images of the work in progress and the finished articles courtesy of our youth team on facebook – follow Kate Youthworker and Sean YouthWorker to stay up to date with the project and look up our youth team on instagram for further news about our youth work in general.

 

Moulsecoomb Skate Ramps | TDC Youth Work Brighton
Moulsecoomb Skate Ramps | TDC Youth Work Brighton
Moulsecoomb Skate Ramps | TDC Youth Work Brighton
Moulsecoomb Skate Ramps | TDC Youth Work Brighton
Moulsecoomb Skate Ramps | TDC Youth Work Brighton
Moulsecoomb Skate Ramps | TDC Youth Work Brighton

Ageing Well in Woodingdean

As part of this year’s Ageing Well Festival (formerly known as the Brighton & Hove Older People’s Festival) we held a special event at Woodingdean Community Centre – this offered local people the chance to meet like-minded people, enjoy some refreshments together and to learn about what’s on in Woodingdean.

Here’s what Sue Sayers, our Ageing Well Project Manager and Participation Worker, had to say about the event:

Despite the dreadful weather (and if the weather is bad, it’s extra bad in Woodingdean!), we had a fair turnout for our social and information event for the over 50’s at Woodingdean Community Centre on Friday 11th October. We played Boccia and found out about library resources, Warm Homes, Stay Steady Exercises and reps were on hand for many of the activity groups that happen in Woodingdean – all on the theme of Ageing well in Woodingdean.

The response was – “can we have these events on a regular basis?”!

Ageing Well in Woodingdean

Ageing Well in Woodingdean

The Curiosity Club comes to Brighton

The Trust for Developing Communities, along with Brighton’s ONCA and MakerClub are delighted to have been awarded support by Curiosity (co-funded by Children In Need and Wellcome Trust) to run Curiosity Club, a three year science engagement project with young people in East Brighton, starting in autumn 2019. 

TDC Director Athol Halle says, “The aim of Curiosity Club is to enable young people to access exciting science, technology and creative learning opportunities that they would not usually get. The project will build participants’ inspiration and agency, supporting them to turn their ideas into innovations and make a difference in their community by generating solutions to problems they experience.” 

Young people will work together to explore and address issues they care about, linking personal empowerment with solutions to real world problems. We will use the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Brighton’s UNESCO Biosphere status as catalysts for engagement with environmental and social justice issues. 

The Curiosity Club project will be based mainly in East Brighton and it will proactively seek to engage participants from groups, including young people with disabilities. It will foster community building and feeling safe as well as creative thinking and exploration of emerging technologies.

To find out more please email [email protected] and have a look at what happened when MakerClub came to the Whitehawk Youth Cafe earlier in the year →

 

The project is supported via ‘Curiosity’, a collaboration between BBC Children in Need and Wellcome. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of BBC Children in Need or Wellcome. 

Community Roots launches – a new mental health and wellbeing service for Brighton & Hove

We are proud to be a part of a brand new citywide mental health and wellbeing service which launched this year on World Mental Health Day – 10th October.

Community Roots is a network of 16 organisations providing services and resources to support mental health across Brighton & Hove. The services are all person-centred, responsive and flexible to meet people’s needs, help them manage their mental health and realise their full potential.

The network is the first of its kind in Sussex. Led by housing, care and support organisation Southdown, in partnership with Allsorts Youth Project, Assert, Brighton Women’s Centre, Cruse Bereavement Care, Fabrica, Friends, Families & Travellers, Grassroots, The Hangleton & Knoll Project, Mind in Brighton and Hove, Mind Out, Money Advice Plus, Trust for Developing Communities, Rethink, Switchboard and The Clare Project. 

TDC will be working together with the Hangleton & Knoll project to deliver and facilitate services that improve the mental health and wellbeing of people from local BAME communities. We’ll be particularly focusing on those who have limited access to community mental health services, those living in areas of greatest socio-economic need, and those coming from high-risk communities such as refugees and migrants.

The freephone service is available on 0808 196 1768 is open Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm. Callers will be given help to navigate and access relevant services.

 

East Brighton CCG event

TDC is commissioned by the Clinical Commissioning Group to conduct health consultations with the BME communities in Brighton with the aim to gather feedback about using health services in Brighton. On the 25th of September our TDC BME Engagement Worker Sayanti organised a health consultation for East Brighton residents held at the Whitehawk Inn. The event was held in partnership with Sussex Interpreting Services (SIS) and residents were invited to share their experiences about using local and citywide health services. Some of the other service providers who were present on the day included the Hangleton and Knoll Project, the local community worker from Serendipity, the Brighton and Hove City Council Transport Planner and Wellsbourne Healthcare CIC. Residents from diverse ethnic backgrounds participated in the event and used a number of different languages  to communicate – Arabic, Spanish, Russian and Oromifa. The SIS interpreters and TDC MESH worker supported the residents by translating for them and presenting their health experiences.

The participants had long term health conditions, and everyone gave positive feedback about the surgeries. We learned that the main challenge for patients with language need is arranging for an interpreter when trying to access a same day appointment. The session was the perfect opportunity to circulate information about interpreting services, local exercise and health classes and services offered by the surgeries.

Sayanti said “We were pleased to host this event where BME residents from East Brighton had an opportunity to share their health experiences and access information about local services. The participants gave some very positive feedback about the event and said they would like to have more of these in the future.”

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