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TDC Update - April 2019 - The Spring Edition 
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Welcome to our latest newsletter - an update on our news, recent successes, our people and upcoming events.  
In this edition: Find out how our events for BME residents went, get an update on the many projects our youth team are involved with and read about the new Ageing Well commission we are a part of. Read news from the neighbourhoods we work in, and get involved with community networking in your area. As always there are lots of upcoming dates for your diaries and this month we have a new staff member to meet. 
We've recently hosted two events to support BME people across the city. Hopefully many of you had the chance to attend, it was great to see so many familiar faces as well as lots of new ones. 
BME Volunteer Fair

On Saturday 16th March we hosted Brighton & Hove's first ever volunteer fair specifically for BME residents.

Over 200 people joined us at the BMECP to learn more about volunteering, be inspired by the many different opportunities available and talk face-to-face with representatives from a wide range of organisations.

You can read more about the fair, view photos of the day and find a list of organisations seeking volunteers on the TDC blog → 
BME Wellbeing Fair

"The Greatest Wealth is Health" was the theme of our annual BME Wellbeing Fair, which took place this year on Tuesday 2nd April.

People were able to connect with and learn about some of the services available across Brighton & Hove to help improve health and wellbeing. There were plenty of activities for attendees to get involved with plus lots of practical advice and information for people to take away. 

Read more, view photos and find a complete list of organisations in attendance on our blog as well as watching the video that Brighton & Hove's Latest TV made about the event. 

In other news from the TDC Equalities team, our social prescribing work with people from BME communities is really taking off. 

Community Navigation Plus is a free-of-charge social prescribing service in Brighton and Hove that links people to community services and groups to improve health and wellbeing across the city.

Please contact Sayanti if you would like to learn more about how she can help you or someone you know →

TDC Youth Team

The TDC Youth Team have been busy on a number of different projects in the north and east of Brighton. Here are just a few of the highlights. 

MakerClub at the Whitehawk Youth Cafe
Every Monday from 3.30-5.30 at the Whitehawk Inn we host a drop-in café based session for young people aged 11-18 years. All are welcome to come along for free drinks and toasties and to play games, have a chat or take part in other activities with our friendly team of youth workers.

We recently hosted the Brighton MakerClub who helped attendees make and program their own mini robots. Read more about the Youth Cafe →

Making community spaces youth-friendly
We've been working with a group of young people on a project to address the issue of youth loneliness and to look at how community spaces can become more youth-friendly. The outcome of the project is a document which forms a framework to help make community spaces more accessible to young people. It even includes a site audit which managers of such places can use to assess and improve their own locations. The document will be available soon, so keep an eye on our blog for more news →

Celebrating the history of the 67 Centre
A new booklet tells the history of the 67 Centre in Moulsecoomb from when it was built in 1967 up until the 50th birthday celebrations two years ago. This piece of work has taken 2 years and well over a hundred hours of planning, research, interviews, and production to create. View the booklet online and find out how to get a printed copy →

New Moulsecoomb Young Men's Group
We have recently started a new group on Thursday evening for young men in Moulsecoomb. Activities will include gym and sports sessions, making and art workshops and the group will provide a space for young men to talk about the issues that affect them. 


Whitehawk Archaeology Project
The project we told you about in our last newsletter is progressing well, with young people already having participated in photography and pottery workshops as well as taking a visit to Brighton Museum. In May, their work will be featured at the museum, so follow TDC on facebook to find out when their exhibition opens. 

Instagram

The TDC youth team are now on instagram! Follow us for updates and sneak peeks from the youth clubs we run in the north and east of Brighton: https://www.instagram.com/tdcyouthteam/

And finally, don't forget you can follow all of our latest work with young people on the TDC blog

Ageing Well

We are thrilled to be part of the new Ageing Well commission, led by Impact Initiatives, which will deliver joined-up services for older people across the city starting this month. 

Ageing Well is a new service for the over 50s which launched on April 1st 2019. There is now a single point of contact – a dedicated phone number which older people can call to find out about activities, support and events across the City – whether it's places to go, group activities, befriending, information and advice or volunteering opportunities.  

If you would like to enquire for yourself or for someone you know, the number to call is 01273 322947

News from the areas we work in

Hollingdean
Through the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund, administered by TDC, a new group has been helping to promote well-being and friendship through English language learning for women in Hollingdean. Find out more → 
Citywide
We had a great meeting of the Community Buildings Network in February. The group gives members the opportunity to network and learn from others running and supporting community buildings in the city. Find out what happened →
Bevendean
In March, the Friends of Farm Green celebrated a £70K renovation to the park with a grand opening. TDC are very proud to have supported this group with the successful funding bid which meant this dream could come true. Read their story →
Moulsecoomb
TDC recently brought together organisations from across the city with a number of local community groups to offer tasters and information on community learning available in Moulsecoomb & Bevendean. Read more →
Our Coffee and Croissant Hub Networking events continue across the city. These sessions are a partnership between Trust for Developing Communities, Brighton and Hove City Council, the Hangleton and Knoll Project and Serendipity.

They offer a chance for community groups and service providers to link up with others in their area and find ways of working together, as well as sharing best practice and ideas. 

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...

  • Every Wednesday morning at Bevendean foodbank - TDC are now on hand each week to offer information, advice & guidance. Holy Nativity, Norwich Dr, BN2 4LA
  • LifeLines Spring list of volunteer-led activities for older people. Click here. 
  • Primetime calendar of events and activities. For men aged 50+ in Brighton & Hove. Click here
  • Wednesday 17th April 7-9pm, ADHD Aware Friends, families and Partners support group. In The Pelham Room at The Brighthelm Centre. Details →
  • Wednesday 17th April, Moulsecoomb Chomp, Family lunch club. Booking essential - details here
  • Thursday 18th April, Bevendean Chomp, Family lunch club. Booking essential - via facebook here
  • Sunday 28th April - Free BBQ in the Tarner area, 6-9pm. More details on facebook
  • From 10th May - Exhibition of the Whitehawk Archaeology & Art project. Details to follow, keep an eye on our facebook page
  • Saturday 11th May - Same Sky 30th Anniversary, 2pm – 6pm. Parade at 8.30pm Wild Park, Lewes Rd, Brighton. An afternoon of folk magic and marvellous moments for the whole family. Free entry, part of the Brighton Festival.
  • Wednesday 22nd May, 6.30pm, Moulsecoomb & Bevendean Action Plan catch up meeting at Holy Nativity, Bevendean – with guests from The BHCC Hub project.
  • Saturday 1st June - St George's Community Day, with BBQ and activities and family-friendly cinema in the evening, timings tbc. Newick Rd, Brighton, BN1 9JG
  • Monday, 17th June 2019 4-7pm, Brighton & Hove City Volunteers Celebration Reception at the American Express Community Stadium. Limited number of free tickets available via this link
  • Sunday 23rd June, Refugee Week event at Brighton Dome. Details to follow on our facebook page once available. 
  • Saturday 29th June - Tarner Festival, 1-7pm in Tarner Park. More details on facebook
  • Friday 12th July - Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Open Day, 12-6pm. Details and more events here
  • Saturday 20th July - Moulsecoomb School Family Fun Day, 12-4pm

Staff news

We are really pleased to have welcomed Cicely Lloyd to TDC this month - Cicely has joined us as a Case Worker on the new MESH (Migrant ESOL Support Hub) project, which TDC is delivering in partnership with Voices in Exile and the Friends Centre. 

Cicely will be out and about building connections with groups and service providers across the city, as well as identifying clients in need of support to access ESOL classes and other key services. 

If you would like to find out more about the project, please contact Cicely at TDC: cicelylloyd@trustdevcom.org.uk / 01273 234769 / 07367 360134

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