Area networking goes online

TDC Community Development Brighton Hove

In each of four areas across the city, TDC and our partners hold regular sessions for service providers to meet one another, share information and find ways to ​support community members by working collaboratively. Over the past year or so we have seen these sessions, formerly known as “hub networking”, grow in popularity and these … Read more

Post-lockdown promotion for East Brighton Park Café

East Brighton Cafe

East Brighton Park is a beautiful part of our city next to the Sheepcote Valley nature reserve. The park café was recently taken over by Stephen and Marilyn, a couple with years of cooking experience between them and a shared love of food. After renovating and reopening the café at the start of 2020, their … Read more

New Networks in Hollingdean

Community Development is a relational tool and is largely about getting the right people in the room talking to each other. The recent Covid-19 crisis saw us finding different ways to do this, using online and telephone communication, but also linking up with new people and groups that were emerging out of people’s desire to … Read more

Delivering Newsletters in the West of Hove 

West Hove newsletters Community Development

Communication has been crucial during the Covid-19 pandemic as normal channels have been disrupted and people have needed to swiftly find new ways of interacting with each other. Our teams across the city have worked with Brighton & Hove City Council as well as local services in each of their areas to create local community … Read more

PPE for care workers

Over the past few weeks we’ve been sharing stories about some of the inspiring community initiatives that have surfaced from the Covid-19 crisis. This week we focus on some of the work being done to reduce isolation and loneliness. According to a government report released early this year, loneliness can have a hugely negative impact … Read more

An Online Youth Programme

Look Sussex Zoom

The TDC Youth team works primarily in the North and East of Brighton & Hove. Our varied youth work programme normally includes regular youth clubs, detached youth work, youth-specific consultations and participation work as well as dedicated one-to-one support on health and wellbeing issues. Young people can talk to their youth workers in their own … Read more

Volunteer power – A foodbank copes with quadrupling demand

The Vale Community Centre Food Bank is a Craven Vale Community Association project. They experienced a rise from 25 to almost 100 households at peak in lockdown. To meet this demand, they were supported to move site to the closed Edge Community Centre and merge with the Pankhurst Area. Sim, the lead volunteer, set about … Read more

Community led – a new food hub is formed

The Phoenix Residents’ Group is an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people in the Phoenix area of Brighton and nearby. As the Covid-19 crisis unfolded, Sarah, Chair and Amy-Lou, secretary, coordinated local action. They brought in local stakeholders like Hyde Housing, the council and the local community forum. It became apparent that the … Read more

Resilient community response to lockdown: A foodbank adapts.

As the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown continue to impact some of the most vulnerable in our communities, we are sharing stories about some of the awesome individuals and communities making such a positive difference across Brighton & Hove. This second collection of hero stories will focus on how our communities and … Read more

Delicious food and positive messages to NHS workers

Maha food for NHS workers

For the next few weeks, we’ll continue to share uplifting stories about some of the wonderful initiatives and ideas that have come about as community heroes across Brighton & Hove take action to look after one another throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. As news of the pandemic began to spread and the government took action to … Read more

Anna is cooking! – and improving English skills along the way

MESH Brighton

As highlighted in our post earlier this week, people from minority ethnic backgrounds have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic due to a number of factors and barriers. Our MESH programme addresses the inequality caused by the communication barrier by improving access to language learning opportunities. Cicely Lloyd works on this programme which we … Read more

Overcoming the language barrier for Bangladeshi women

Over the last few months it’s been incredible to witness how the people of Brighton & Hove have adapted to the Covid-19 crisis. The many groups, organisations and individuals we work with across the city were already dealing with significant inequalities which have only intensified as the crisis has unfolded. These community champions are now … Read more

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