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TDC Update - October 2019 
Welcome to our latest newsletter - an update on our news, recent successes, our people and upcoming events.  
In this edition: We are currently recruiting for a new Chair of Trustees - the deadline is this Friday so do have a read of the opportunity and send the details to anyone you think might be interested. Also this month - Find out about Community Roots - a new mental health and wellbeing service in the city and read about a recent funding success for our youth team. We have an update on the recent Pankhurst fire and other news from the neighbourhoods we work in. There's plenty of community activity to get involved with and as always there are lots of upcoming dates for your diaries 

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 network is led by Sussex-based housing, care and support organisation Southdown.

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 and is open Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm. Callers will be given help to navigate and access relevant services.

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The Trust for Developing Communities, along with ONCA & MakerClub Brighton 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. 

Find out more →

Many of you may already be aware that on Friday 21st September there was a fire on Pankhurst Ave. The fire damaged one block of 12 households and, due to safety checks, has displaced another 10 households. The response from the local residents has been incredible, with them, along with the Community Development worker, supporting those affected by the fire by keeping the local community centre open and offering comfort and friendliness at a very difficult and distressing time. They also have organised a Go Fund Me fundraising page, and planned and received practical donations including clothes, food and toiletries. The residents affected by the fire have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown by their local community and the wider Brighton and Hove community.

News from the areas we work in

In September, the TDC Youth team in Whitehawk led on a Community Art Project to cover up some nasty graffiti on boards surrounding a building site on Whitehawk Road. Young people from the area worked with a graffiti artist to create this amazing piece of work.
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East Brighton
In September our BME Engagement Worker organised a health consultation for East Brighton residents held at the Whitehawk Inn. Residents were invited to share their experiences about using local and citywide health services.
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Coffee & Croissant
Regular attendees of the Moulsecoomb & Bevendean Coffee & Croissant sessions took a trip to another part of town last week. Instead of the usual session, the service provider network in the north visited Hollingdean Community Centre for a lunch and networking session to discuss engaging with local communities and promoting services effectively. 
TDC will be working with organisations to co-create and deliver project activities to help connect people with nature and address the challenges facing the fragile chalk grassland of the South Downs. The Changing Chalk project led by the National Trust was recently awarded National Lottery Heritage Funding.
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Moulsecoomb & Bevendean
Following the community survey around green & open spaces which was held in Moulsecoomb & Bevendean over the summer, the outcomes have now been analysed and priorities set with some projects already in motion. 
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Local young people in Hollingdean have created a Youth Council which is designing how to transform the disused skate park area at the back of Hollingdean Park into an eco-café and chill out area open to everyone.
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Help needed for the Portslade food bank.

The Purple People Kitchen foodbank in Portslade is looking for volunteers to collect the food donations they are offered. You would need a car and be available for a couple of hours during the week to make the collections for this high profile foodbank.

The Purple People Kitchen serves a hot meal and gives out the food parcels every Friday 12 -2pm at Portslade Town Hall but it is the work behind the scenes leading up to this weekly event that is vital. If you think you might be able to help contact Mark Drayton at for an initial discussion.

Student volunteers needed. 

We are partnering with our local universities to offer students the opportunity to volunteer on projects that will enable BAME communities to take ownership of their health, and to improve their wellbeing.

There are two projects needing volunteers:

Tarner Multicultural Group – Wellbeing and Community Roots – Mental Health.

We are looking for students with knowledge and experience of BAME communities, particularly on challenges and opportunities they face when it comes to improving their health and wellbeing.

Read more about the opportunity and how to apply here →

Application deadline: 9am, Monday 21st October 2019

Coffee & Croissant hub networking sessions are for service providers in the city. They provide a chance to meet other people working in the area and find ways to collaborate and work together more effectively.

The events take place in:
  • Hanover, Elm Grove and Tarner
  • Moulsecoomb and Bevendean
  • East Brighton
  • Hangleton & Knoll
Anyone who provides a service in the areas is welcome to come – find out more via the link below and please book in advance so we know how many croissants to buy:

Find an event in your area → 

Some dates for your diaries...

  • Saturday, 26th October 2019, Halloween party at The Bevy, 3-11pm. Details on facebook here.
  • Sunday 27th October - Community Clean Up at Moulsecoomb Hall, volunteers needed between 2 and 6pm to spruce up the hall. Details here
  • Monday 28th Oct - Fri 1st November- Help build a skate ramp in Moulsecoomb. Times and locations here. 
  • Wednesday 6th November - Community Learning Drop-In, 12.30-2.30 at Moulsecoomb Library. Facebook event here.
  • Saturday 9th November - Black History Family Day, free event at Brighton Dome celebrating African and Caribbean culture and heritage. Facebook event here
  • Sunday 10th November - Pankhurst Community Festival to raise money for those affected by the Pankhurst Fire. Details here
  • Wednesday 4th December - Community Learning Drop-In, 12.30-2.30 at Moulsecoomb Library. Facebook event here
  • Saturday 7th December - Winter Lucky Dip fair in Hollingdean. Details on facebook here.
  • Saturday 7th December - Emmaus Christmas Fair. Details to follow on facebook here

Team news

We are seeking an experienced Chair to lead our Board of Trustees as we deliver community-led solutions to tackling inequality. 

Our new chair will lead the board and ensure it provides governance of the highest quality and rigour as the organisation grows and develops. They will share TDC’s values led approach and bring experience of making a significant impact and have the insight required to lead a high performing board and to both challenge and support the Senior Leadership Team.

Closing date for applications: Friday 18th October at 10am

Click here for more information and to apply →

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