An update for you and your communities. 

TDC Newsletter

December 2020
Our Highlights of the Year

A message from our Chief Executive
Our Community Champions Awards 

Dear All,

2020 has been a year like no other. 

It seems a lifetime ago that we were celebrating our amazing Community Champions at our last AGM back in February. 

Since then, the year has been dominated by the devastating effects of coronavirus – on both lives and livelihoods. Our Covid Heroes stories showcase the way the way the TDC Team has been able to support communities themselves to lead the response by caring for the most vulnerable in our city and showing remarkable creativity in overcoming previously unknown challenges.  

Some of the biggest impact of coronavirus has been felt by people from neighbourhoods experiencing deprivation and by people from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic communities. TDC’s recent report interviewing over 300 people has highlighted this injustice. The next stage is to begin co-producing solutions with local communities – to tackle the immediate issues of overcoming barriers to health care and also address the underlying racial inequalities. 

The year also saw the death our inspirational founder Barry Hulyer – and we look forward to organising a proper tribute in 2021. 

Enormous thanks to our wonderful staff team for your commitment, skill and dedication throughout this most challenging of years. To our Neighbourhood team who showed such remarkable responsiveness, to our Equalities team who always go the extra mile to reach those most in need and to our Youth Workers, who have been so creative in finding new ways to connect with young people. 

We look forward to a fresh new year of 2021 – working together to deliver community led solutions to tackle the inequalities in our city.

Best festive wishes,

Athol Hallé
Chief Executive, The Trust for Developing Communities

Save the Date
Thursday 18th February 2021 at 6pm for the TDC AGM.  
Our AGM relating to the year 2019-20 will be held on Zoom in February - and we will really miss the chance to bring everyone together in person.  
So, we have decided to bring forward the following AGM – for the year 2020-21 to October 2021, when we hope we can do a bigger event in real life!  In February we will just be focusing on essential AGM business and we will save our 2021 Community Awards until October.
Seasons Greetings from everyone here at TDC.
Pictured above, as many of the team as we can fit on the screen during a zoom staff meeting 

Like everyone across the city and around the world, TDC has had an unusual year, and we've had to find new ways to deliver our essential work while responding to the effects of Coronavirus. It's been challenging and very busy.

Here are our highlights of 2020 according to the TDC team.

"2020 gave TDC the chance to ramp up our detached (street-based) Youth Work, particularly given the limitations we’ve had in place around opening up buildings for more traditional youth clubs. 
In March we were able to present the following film to a Sussex-wide Violence Reduction conference.  I think the film shows how detached Youth Work can both build essential relationships with young people and also reduce violence and harm in communities. 
The video has since had over 2,000 views."

Adam M, Director of Youth Work
This film gives an insight into detached youth work in Brighton by TDC and our partners.
"My highlight of the year was beginning one-to-one support with older residents in Woodingdean, initially 'in real life' and then continuing that help at a distance after lockdown. It was great to see those I supported were able to use their knowledge and experience to continue to stay in touch with the world despite it shrinking so much for them.  The work became valuable in a way I had certainly not anticipated!"

Cal, Community Development Support Worker

"This year, I was so impressed by how quickly the community groups and community activists in Moulsecoomb & Bevendean have come together to build a sturdy network that is long-lasting and will benefit the community as a whole, meanwhile responding to needs in the community due to the crisis. Being part of the movement was inspiring and motivating in a really difficult time."

Anke, Community Development Worker 

"My highlight was the Community Engagement and Development training I’ve been doing for Public Health Speciality Registrars. I enjoyed applying asset based community development principles to public health contexts – so relevant in this new Covid world.
Feedback included ‘I've learnt a huge amount. I now feel critical of the token approaches I've seen in the past and feel able to offer challenge. I’m fired up and excited, it was an inspirational course'."

Kaye, Director of Equalities
"The summer programme was a real success with lots of engagement from young people. We offered a range of activities and young people benefitted from getting out, having contact with others and having some fun."

Kate, Youth Work Manager (North Brighton)
"My highlight of the year has been the surprising sucess of our Look Sussex sessions via zoom, throughout the first lockdown.
I was amazed with the young people's enthusiasm to continue the club, considering the new circumstances, and their patience during the sessions (as a lot of it was trial and error) but ending in a great success.
Everybody adapted so quickly to the changes, including us as a youth team."

Georgina, Youth Worker
"My highlight was sitting on top of Devil's Dyke with a group of refugee women who had never seen the Sussex countryside before." 
Cicely, MESH Case Worker
"My highlight was the Kit Car Project 2020. Completely out of my comfort zone, but it was amazing how the young people built two kit cars and then raced them at Goodwood. It was brilliant to see the progress of the young people throughout the project. Their ability to work so successfully as a team was lovely to see."  

Evie, Youth Worker
"At the start of lockdown one, I supported the Friends of Downlands Court to do a bid to Sussex Community Foundation and they were awarded £3,500 for a Befriending project to help people feel less isolated. This included sending in cards, letters, puzzles and gifts on a regular basis to help the residents maintain good physical and mental health.
We sent in colouring canvasses and felt pens and the carers organised a competition for the best result.
Some of the completed canvasses are pictured here. Helping to make a difference in the lives of older people in these difficult times has really been the highlight of this difficult and challenging year."

Sue, Ageing Well Project Manager

"My highlight this year was helping support the work of the Purple People Kitchen foodbank in Portslade who distribute food to around 200 families every week. They have continued through the whole of Lockdown 1 and 2 and let nothing interrupt the emergency food service they provide from Portslade Town Hall. All the volunteers are an inspiration."

Mark, Community Development Worker

"On 1st April amidst the chaos of lockdown we quietly began a new community engagement and development partnership with our Inclusive Communities Partners.
I am always really grateful to collaborate with others in our amazing Voluntary & Community Sector, including our fantastic infrastructure services bhcommunityworks & resourcecentre as well as our colleagues in the Public Sector, e.g. community-and-voluntary-sector-support/communities-equality .
I have no doubt that our city’s commitment to working in partnership mitigated the worst effects of the pandemic and helped ensure as many of our residents as possible were well informed and supported. I also believe it will help build the social scaffolding that ensures our recovery will be the best it can be."
Kirsty, Director of Neighbourhoods
And to finish, an event from back in January before the lockdown started. A lovely wassailing event in Craven Vale.
This video tells you a bit more about the orchard and the wassail event - where local people got into the spirit with songs, garlands and dancing.
Covid Brighton and Hove have a special page of resources if you need help and support during the festive season.
You can find them here
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