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  1. This year we enter the third year of our Enrichment Grant with St Mark’s Primary School in Whitehawk. This fund was launched in 2017 in response to the devastating cuts to school budgets affecting all aspects of school finances, including provision for extra-curricular activities. East Brighton Trust decided to step in and provide local primary schools with support to pay for some of the extra-curricular activity that would otherwise have been cut, activities which make such a huge difference to pupils’ educational experience and consequently to their lives. 

    St Mark’s decided to use their grant to improve the school’s outdoor spaces – adding an outdoor gym with miniature gym equipment in the first year and to create a secret garden library in the second year. With the third instalment they are hoping to focus further on literacy and we look forward to hearing about that when the time comes.

    Directors have also agreed unanimously this year to extend the grant of £10,000 per year for a further three years. 

    Below is an update from St Mark’s, telling us about the outdoor spaces and the impact they have had so far. We’re absolutely thrilled to have been able to support these improvements to the school site and to see the funds being spent on such wonderful additions to the school.   

    "Prior to the funding from East Brighton Trust, our outdoor space was stark and lacking in opportunities for children to explore.

    Through the project, we have been able to provide an outdoor space that enriches the children’s lives and stimulates their learning experiences.  The equipment purchased has given us an outdoor learning environment that will, over time, increase our children’s self belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem solving skills and emotional well being.

    As the equipment is available over lunchtime and playtimes, too, this had promoted positive behaviour and increased children’s physical activity.

    The majority of our families do not have gardens or access to safe outside spaces, so the space has provided opportunities for the children to test their own abilities in a real life context.

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    The Secret Garden Library and Garden project was an exciting opportunity, drawing match funding from East Brighton Trust and Roedean School.  The children have responded positively and when asked what they liked about the library, they said:

    • It’s very comfy
    • It’s quiet and calm
    • There is a huge variety of books
    • It’s relaxing
    • It’s a comfortable place to sit and read

    The garden space has provided the children with a chance to spend time in a quiet, calm outdoor environment, which offers sensory experiences with the plants and a forest school area which encourages the children to learn and explore the wildlife. The space is a haven of calm, where the children can feel removed from worries.

    We have designed the garden to encourage wildlife to visit e.g. bumblebees, and the children use the space to support their learning topics.

    Again, it is open at playtime and lunchtime to allow nurture and nature groups to take place, thus impacting positively on the children’s behaviour and social interaction."

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  2. We continued our funding of Moulsecoomb Primary School for the third year of our Enrichment Grant, which enables two East Brighton schools to deliver activities and trips which enhance the pupils' educational experience. Directors also voted unanimously this summer to extend the grant for a further three years.

    2019 been a tough year for Moulsecoomb Primary School which is currently fighting an order from the Department of Education to become an academy. Moulsecoomb Primary is a central part of the local community, providing a vital education to children in one of the poorest parts of our city, in which many families face a multitude of challenges, and playing host to a wide range of clubs and groups, such as the Brighton Table Tennis Club which moved into the school this year.

    Thanks to the Enrichment Grant the following activities were all able to take place this year – some were fully funded and some partially funded by the grant. All of us at East Brighton Trust have been delighted to see the funds go such a long way in enriching pupils educational experience outside of their day-to-day lessons.  

    The school got in touch to tell us: “Without this grant the pupils would not be able to go on so many of these visits because of the cost of coaches / entry fees.   The grant we receive is very much appreciated as this gives our pupils new and enriching visits.

    Thank you all so much”

    Year 3 trip to Middle Street Synaogue

    “Year 3 enjoyed a trip to the Middle Street Synagogue to accompany their learnings about the Jewish religion.  The students enjoyed every part, from the bus ride to town, to a scavenger hunt around the Synagogue to become acquainted with symbols of Judaism.  Because of the grant money, these students were able to pay for a personal tour that included hands-on exposure to historic scrolls and a shofar (Jewish horn used in high-holiday ceremonies) and were able to learn about and experience a Shabbat ceremony.  This included traditional Challah bread bought in London and juice (representing the wine used traditionally).  The students came back to school buzzing about their experience.”

    Moulsecoomb Primary School Synagogue visit group

    Year 2 Enrichment Week – July 2019

    “Having the East Brighton Trust grant was absolutely fabulous as it gave us the extra money we needed for our end of Key Stage One enrichment week. Our aim was to create a week of opportunities for our pupils which allowed them to experience something out of the ordinary. The money was mainly used to fund a trip to London to see Aladdin on stage in the West End. This was an experience that none of our pupils had been given before and they really enjoyed it. It gave us the opportunity to show them parts of London which they had only seen in photographs and opened their eyes to the world of theatre, dance and music. The pupils came away amazed by the show and memories which will last a life time.”

    The photos at the bottom of this post show a display board inspired by the trip. Pupils considered how they would spend their three wishes if they were lucky enough to meet a genie.

    The following visits took place during the Academic Year –

    • Herstmonceux Observatory
    • Visit from Planetarium
    • Boulders, Portslade, Brighton
    • Brighton Synagogue
    • Brighton Seafront
    • Legoland, Windsor
    • Visit from Reptiles
    • Washbrook Farm
    • Brighton Sea Life Centre
    • Seven Sisters
    • 2 year groups visited - National History Museum
    • i360 visit and Brighton Seafront
    • 2 year groups visited the Brighton Pavilion
    • Brighton Museum
    • Horrible Histories at Brighton Dome
    • Laserzone Brighton
    • Brighton Police Cells
    • Hastings Visit

    “We also have a Year 6 Residential taking place June 2020 to Hindleap Warren Outdoor Centre which parents will be contributing to, the rest of the fees will be paid from the Enrichment Grant.”

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  3. This year, we supported yoga charity Mindful Warriors with a small grant of £500 to bring yoga sessions to schools in East Brighton. Mindful Warriors is a social enterprise aiming to increase the physical and mental wellbeing of young people and communities through delivering high quality yoga and mindfulness programs. In their application they told us “Our vision through sharing the practice of yoga and mindfulness is to build healthy bodies with conscious hearts and minds, empowered to reach their full and fearless potential. Our yoga sequences are designed for school environments and can be used as a tool to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as to improve physical and mental wellbeing.”

    They have already started to roll out their work in the area and in November took one of their sessions to St Mark’s Primary School, who we also work closely with to support through our Primary School Enrichment Grant.

    At the end of the session, pupils were asked to write down what they thought and to draw a picture of their favourite posture. Here are some of the comment forms they received back:

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    Mindful Warriors also shared some feedback from one of the teachers, who said “Mindful Warriors was a great opportunity for my year group to access an activity that improved their well-being and was accessible for all. The tutor was kind, understanding and clear when helping the children complete the different yoga positions. Even the children that often find it difficult to concentrate were engrossed the whole lesson. Such a great afternoon.”

    To keep track of their work in East Brighton and beyond, you can follow Mindful Warriors on facebook or twitter.

  4. Whitehawk football club has announced a new partnership to support good causes - working with the award-winning youth centre Crew Club.

    The idea for Hawks in the Community (HITC) emerged through the coming together of like-minded people who loved football and who wanted to make a difference to one of the most deprived communities in the country.  The founders worked together to create a ground-breaking new infrastructure that would see the development of community youth football in Whitehawk and the surrounding BN2 5 areas. 

    They say "Currently there is a lack of boys or girls youth football in East Brighton. In the past football played a crucial part in the development of local young people with many local teams playing grassroots football. It was also more common to have local footballers playing for Whitehawk FC, HITC want to see the football club and the community thrive again and get as many young people playing football again."

    Their aim is to develop football for boys and girls from under 6’s to under 16’s. All teams will play under the name of Crew Club Hawks FC and will play in the same style football kit as the first team at Whitehawk FC with their badge also based on the newly designed Whitehawk FC badge.

    East Brighton Trust are proudly providing sponsorship for one of the teams with a grant of £650 going towards the development of the new team and purchase of their kit.
    Here is EBT director Anne Glow handing a cheque over to the Crew Club's Darren Snow - one of the founders of Hawks in the Community. 
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  5. Following a very successful 3 year Primary School Enrichment Grant for Moulsecoomb Primary School, East Brighton Trust directors decided to continue the grant, committing to fund the school with £10,000 per year for another three years. 

    The grant gives children the means to take part in extra curricular activities which the school can no longer afford to fund themselves due to drastic cuts over the last few years. Funding from East Brighton Trust has helped to pay for breakfast clubs, residential trips and days out plus music and heritage activities. You can read more on our enrichment grants page

    Moulsecoomb Primary recently held their annual summer fair - an important date in the local calendar and a chance to raise much needed funds for the school. We were there soaking up the sunshine and having lots of fun with members of the wonderful Moulsecoomb community. 

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  6. Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project is a small award-winning community garden charity in Brighton specialising in outdoor education since 1994. 

    Over 20 years since the project started, the garden now offers qualifications to pupils struggling at school and holds workdays bustling with a wide range of people including volunteering opportunities for people with learning difficulties. They work with over 50 pupils a week from a variety of schools, and continue to run clubs at Moulsecoomb Primary at their award-winning school grounds.

    They now have nine plots growing organic food, fed from their enormous compost bins, with wildlife ponds, a compost loo, bee hives and a bee garden. The outdoor clay oven is used regularly to feed hungry volunteers every Tuesday and Friday, and their large straw-bale eco cabin is built mainly with local wood and recycled materials.

    East Brighton Trust has regularly supported the project over the years through our small grants scheme and we enjoyed attending this year's open day when we got to meet many of the volunteers and see the garden for ourselves. 

    Find out more on the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden website and follow them on twitter

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    This Saturday 8th June, the Friday Friends were joined by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove as they celebrated the Queen’s birthday with an afternoon tea. The pub was adorned with Union Jack flags and over 40 members of the group came along to enjoy a wonderful spread put on by the Friday Friends’ volunteers. There were sandwiches, scones, cake and fizz for everyone including a special vegan selection for Madam Mayor, Councillor Alex Phillips, who was also presented with a basket of fruit by some of the youngest volunteers. Dave Gibbons, who along with his wife Barbara and treasurer Jonathan is the force behind the Friday Friends, told us he’d been baking all week in preparation for the event and had made his first ever vegan cake – a delicious lemon cake which team EBT enjoyed very much!

    The Friday Friends is a weekly lunch club at The Bevy pub which provides a meal and bingo for over 60 older people from Moulsecoomb and Bevendean. Up and running since 2015, the group is now a vital part of the community, providing a regular social occasion and preventing loneliness and isolation amongst some of the areas’ oldest residents. This is the fourth time the group has celebrated the Queen’s birthday which has now become an important part of the Friday Friends’ social calendar, along with the Christmas party they hold each year, which East Brighton Trust has been delighted to fund through our small grants scheme for the past few years.

    The group was recognised recently with an invite to a Buckingham Palace garden party in acknowledgement of their contribution to the community. Volunteer Barbara went along with treasurer Jonathan, his second visit to the Palace after having been there to represent his regiment at the Coronation in 1953 when he was just 21.

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  8. East Brighton Trust director Sean Older recently visited The Resource Centre in the course of his work with family lunch club CHOMP Moulsecoomb. East Brighton Trust provides The Resource Centre with £3000 of funding every year specifically to support groups in the East Brighton area.   

    Sean wrote up in his visit to let others know what to expect if they haven't been to The Resource Centre before. We hope you enjoy reading about his experience, and if you're interested in getting some help from The Resource Centre, click here.  

    "I went down to the Resource Centre, after making a booking with Kate, with my Chomp Moulsecoomb hat on. Kate started off with a warm greeting, gave me a tour of their various printing abilities, equipment hiring facilities, a general sense of the support that they can give community groups and individuals and quickly followed it up with an offer of some fresh coffee (she knows how to impress!). We then proceeded into a one-to-one around Chomp Moulsecoomb. Kate is VERY experienced and was useful to bounce some ideas off around governance and the books. There were, however, complications in this though; mainly due to the account of Chomp Moulsecoomb being hosted by Good News Brighton (a church and charity) - Resource Centre is A-political, A-religious etc. and so the support they could offer would be strictly to support Chomp Moulsecoomb. This said, Kate offered to look through Chomp Moulsecoomb’s accounts, policies (sending numerous links) and help to offer some advice/training on them, if that was necessary. We, Chomp Moulsecoomb, also asked for support with our DBS (safeguarding) checks, and especially on the possibility of doing these checks internally. Kate, usefully, referred us to the SafetyNet drop-in and this is an ongoing line of enquiry. Kate also offered to help us with low-cost flyer printing, suggesting that this is likely to be competitive with any local printing businesses (and it would be supporting local community projects too!). Kate was also able to offer some written advice (located on their website) around legal structures for community groups, very useful.
    Points of Interest:
    - Those that register with the Resource Centre can get 10% off of printing costs AND equipment hire.
    - The Resource Centre is a bank of wisdom to glean from!
    - SafetyNey run regular drop-ins (bookings available) to talk through safeguarding issues OR DBS updates
    - Resource Centre would be a GREAT FIRST PORT OF CALL for information - I’d encourage us to send EBT groups to them for help!" Sean
  9. The Resource Centre is a Brighton based charity offering support to other charities and community groups. From advising on governance and financial issues to helping with poster printing, The Resource Centre provides very many useful services to groups across the city.

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    East Brighton Trust funds them each year to support groups in the East Brighton area. They recently got in touch to let us know how the last year's funding had been spent. 

    We thought it would be useful to share with you, in case you're wondering how The Resource Centre can help and how other groups are using it. 

    Here are some highlights from the report they sent us, you can find the full report on the Resource Centre website


    Resource Centre support work with volunteer run community groups in East Brighton area has
    almost doubled in the last year. It has been inspiring to see so many new groups, run entirely by local people, emerging and finding their feet over the last year. This adds to the many groups that continue to do what they do so well, understanding the needs of their community and taking action to support local people and bring them together.

    One-to-one support and consultancy
    We provided 56 one-to-one support sessions (compared to 22 in the previous year) to 20 different
    groups. Seven of these groups are either new or had never used the Resource Centre before.
    Collectively, they help and improve the wellbeing of a wide range of local people from ‘the cradle
    to the grave’ and lots of people in between.
    They help improve the local woods, parks and outdoor spaces; provide lunches for children,
    families and older people; organise events that are free to local people; provide art and dance
    activities; run community buildings; investigate local history; create newsletters; and provide a hub
    where local people can come together to build networks and friendships.
    We supported groups to draft constitutions, policies and procedures; think about legal structures
    and report to the Charity Commission; keep their accounts and prepare their budgets; improve
    their communication and use of social media; apply for funding and evaluate their projects.
    All the groups we support are run by local volunteers for local people. Those involved have a
    commitment to their community and a vision of how they can improve it. But often they have no
    experience in running a group and need to develop lots of new skills to do it effectively.
    In our support sessions we work with people in a way that they feel comfortable. We ask them how
    they run their groups, what things they find difficult and get an understanding of their confidence
    levels and skills. We then help them to move forward in a way that suits them and their group,
    working good practice into their existing systems.

    Feedback from groups
    We ask groups for feedback after each package of support is completed.  All of those who responded said the support they received
    was excellent, they felt more confident and their group would be able to work better as a result.

    In the words of Brighton and Hove Filipino Community:
    “Mireille has been very helpful and accommodating to us. She has been very specific with what requirements do we need for the submission of our application. She has guided us all throughout and has been so patient with us meeting the deadline. We are so grateful as a community that there are people who are there to help.”
    Moulsecoomb Chomp said:
    “The work Resource Centre does is imperative to supporting community groups of all shapes, sizes and

    Account examinations
    We carried out 17 Accounts Examinations for 16 different groups. This provides groups with an
    accurate summary of their accounts to share with members and funders. It also gives Treasurers
    the opportunity to check the procedures they are using and get some advice and support if they
    need it.
    Feedback from groups
    We received feedback cards from 69% of these groups. They all said the service was excellent.
    East Brighton Bygones said:
    “Thank you so much for doing our accounts. It's good to know we always have someone friendly and reliable to help us. If it wasn't for you, it would be a lot harder for us!”
    Metamorphosis and Splatt Art Group said:
    “Very good explanation & suggestions and advice given. Very fast turnaround - just a week. Very well
    presented accounts which has already helped us in sending funding bids for our small groups. The Resource Centre enables our small community groups to function even better and removes some of the problems we encounter. Ongoing training will be taken up shortly to tidy up and streamline the accounts.”

    Design and print
    We did 26 different design and print jobs for ten different groups. This included production of
    newsletters, flyers and posters.


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    Exciting things are going on in Whitehawk in the form of a group of local families who are campaigning to save their local parks which have fallen into a state of neglect and are unsuitable for children to play in.

    A group called Park Life are engaging local residents to fight for improvements to their parks and on Saturday 1st September held a community picnic to raise awareness of the work they are doing. 

    Games and sports were on offer, alongside the smoothie bike run by local youth workers, a consultation to ask people what they wanted from their parks and a petition demanding change. A barbecue kept visitors well fed and host of music was put on, curated by the Brighton Dome Miss Represented project. East Brighton Trust were glad to chip in with our own contribution - paying for portaloos and refreshments at the event. 

    The event saw a fantastic turn out and we look forward to hearing more from this passionate group of Whitehawk families who are determined to make positive changes to improve the facilities for local children. Follow Park Life on facebook to keep up to date with their campaign. 

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