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TDC Update - August 2019 
Welcome to our latest newsletter - an update on our news, recent successes, our people and upcoming events.  
In this edition: Read a recent report which highlights the value that TDC generates for our city, find out about community learning in Moulsecoomb & Bevendean, get an update on the REBOOT programme and learn how to apply for the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund across the city. You can read lots of recent stories from the neighbourhoods we work in and find out about some of the community activity you can get involved with in your area. As always there are lots of upcoming dates for your diaries and this month we have employment opportunities from the youth team

We’re thrilled to have been a part of a recent report on the impact of the charity sector in Brighton & Hove.

Taking Account is a regular audit of third sector organisations in Brighton and Hove, which evidences the scale, scope and impact the sector makes, and evaluates its social and economic contribution to the city. The most recent version of the report includes case studies, background reports and the Brighton and Hove Money Trail Project in which nine local third sector organisations, including TDC, tracked their income and expenditure to see how much of it they spent on local services and suppliers. The project was funded via the BHCC Collaboration Fund and each of the organisations included has previously received a BHCC Communities Fund grant. These included the Hollingdean Development Trust and St George’s Hall in Moulsecoomb – two local organisations we have been working closely with for some time, and which are part of the Community Buildings Network.

We’re proud that the report has revealed that for every £1 invested in TDC, a further £1.51 of value is generated through reinvestment in our city.

Read more →

Moulsecoomb & Bevendean Community Learning

TDC is working to deliver a programme of training for residents of Moulsecoomb & Bevendean.

The Autumn programme is now available and offers a range of free local workshops and low cost activities for people in the area. If you want to find out more, here are some ways to do so:

Reboot programme successes

Since launching in April, the REBOOT Early intervention programme has received over 300 referrals. REBOOT is a personalised, one-to-one support package for children and young people to prevent them being exploited into criminal behaviour. TDC is working alongside three other partner organisations (YMCA DLGAudioActive and the Hangleton & Knoll Project) to deliver the REBOOT programme across Sussex.

Read recent articles from the Sussex Police and the Brighton Argus and read more on the TDC website about the programme and how to make a referral. 

Healthy Neighbourhood Fund

The Healthy Neighbourhood Fund is now open to applications across the city. Every year TDC supports community organisations to give out these small pots of Public Health funding. 

This funding is a great way for people to develop health and wellbeing related community activities, projects and groups

In 2019, small grants of up to £500 are available (depending on the area) and are currently open to applications from small community groups.

Deadlines for many of the areas are now available - find more details on our website and please speak to your local Community Development Worker for details about the fund in your area. To apply please contact Cal Chester on 01273 234769 or by email:

News from the areas we work in

Brighton Pride
TDC and friends were looking out for the welfare of young people at Brighton Pride earlier this month. Youth workers, youth coaches and the Hangleton & Knoll Project Youth bus were on hand to ensure teens at the event were having fun safely.
North & East Brighton
Our Summer holiday activity programmes this year have been jam packed with free & low-cost activities, trips and days out for young people. Details available from our youth team and listings can also be found on the Brighton Summer website.
The annual Lucky Dip fair took place in Hollingdean on Sunday 30th June, with local residents coming together to celebrate their neighbourhood and enjoy a day out in the sun. Organisers repurposed The Dip bus stop as a stage, with local musicians, storytellers and a dancing seagull providing the entertainment. Read more →
The 2019 Tarner festival took place at the end of June giving local residents the chance to come together and celebrate in the beautiful setting of Tarner Park. Entertainment came courtesy of the usual excellent line up by AudioActive and South East Dance. Read more →
On the Sunday afternoon of August 11th, the Friends of Downlands Court, Peacehaven held their annual summer fair with support from TDC worker, Sue Sayers. They raised enough to produce their monthly 4 page, coloured newsletter and What’s On for the coming year. Read more →
This year the community of Lower Bevendean celebrated their neighbourhood by putting on a traditional summer fair, which was organised by Friends of Farm Green, Friends of BevFest and Action in Bevendean Community. Many local people and community groups came out to celebrate. Read more →

There was a great turn out for the launch of the Hollingdean Pop-up library on 1st August. The free, drop-in, family event at Hollingdean Community Centre was attended by over 60 local residents of all ages with the Real Junk Food Project providing a pay-as-you-feel lunch. Read more →

At the end of June, organisations from across Brighton & Hove came together in a citywide week of action to raise awareness of organised crime such as cuckooing and county lines. The aim was to help our communities to be better informed and more resilient against risks of exploitative practises.
Find out more →


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 → 

BAME Employment and Skills Partnership. 

TDC is leading a nine month partnership with BMECP (The Black & Minority Ethnic Community Partnership) with funding from BHCC Communities Fund: Collaboration. It focuses on a recommendation by Ottaway research (2016) to ‘Develop and support BME third sector to effectively disseminate Employment and Skills opportunities to BME communities across the city’. It started in July this year and we are recruiting steering group members to represent BME Community & Voluntary Organisations in B&H. We are planning the first meeting for early September. To find out more call Céza, 07366605790 or email

Moulsecoomb & Bevendean Open Spaces Survey.

Together with Local Wild Spaces, a collaboration of local outdoor community groups, we are asking residents about their favourite open and green spaces, how they access them and what needs improving. If you live in the Moulsecoomb & Bevendean area, please let us know what you think about your local spaces by completing the survey online here: 

You can also get a hard copy from your local Community Development Worker, Anke Thurm by ringing 07449 464695.

The survey responses will help us identify projects around our local green spaces to bring people together, and improve living in and enjoying the neighbourhood, and with outdoor activities and a variety of sports and healthy activities.

Community Volunteers needed. 

We are currently helping some local groups recruit for volunteers. Do you have any time to spare to help out with any of the below opportunities?  

  • The Sussex Syrian Community Group needs help to build a website
  • The Community Buildings Network needs help to develop their website and maintain it
  • ADHD Aware are looking for general committee members who have an interest in supporting adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Read more on the volunteering section of our website and if you would like to find out more please contact our Citywide Manager, Claire Burchell on 07809 829734 or

Some dates for your diaries...

  • Wednesday 28th August - 3D Pen workshop at Woodingdean Youth Centre, 6.30-8.30. Free for young people aged 11+
  • Saturday 31st August, Moulsecoomb Skate Jam at Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre, BN2 4PB. 12-4pm. Facebook event here
  • Tuesday 3rd September - MET college testing day for ESOL courses. Look out for Cicely from our MESH team in the reception area if you need support. More info here
  • Tuesday 3rd September - Queens Park residents meeting - 7.30pm at The Edge, Pankhurst Ave
  • Weds 4th September – Moulsecoomb & Bevendean Community Learning drop-in, 12.30 - 2.30. Come and find out about all the local courses available to local residents. Details on facebook.
  • Wednesday 11th September - Last day to catch the Chalk, Clay and Cameras exhibition at Brighton Museum
  • Wednesday 11th September - Moulsecoomb residents' meeting - 10.30 at Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre. Details here
  • Wednesday 11th September - Craven Vale residents meeting - 7pm at The Vale, Hadlow Close
  • Saturday 14th September, 1pm-5pm. Community BBQ based in the Phoenix Community Centre and across the estate. 
  • Friday 20th September - Community Takeover: People and Portraits - preview (6-9pm) as the local community takes over the Phoenix Gallery. Takeover will continue between 21 September - 13 October. Details here.  
  • Sunday 22nd September - Apple Day, 11-5 at Stanmer Park.  Annual seasonal celebration in and around the Stanmer orchards. Free event, everyone welcome. Details.
  • Tuesday 24th September - Phoenix Neighbourhood Action Plan - 3.30pm, Phoenix Community Centre
  • Thursday 26th September - Hanover & Elm Grove communities' forum meeting 6.30pm, at the Phoenix Gallery
  • Monday 30th September - Bevendean Residents' meeting - 6.30pm at Holy Nativity, Norwich Drive
  • Monday 30th September - 13th October - Ageing Well Festival at various locations around the city. Details on their website
  • Tuesday 8th October – Stanmer Park restoration Day at St George’s Hall. All welcome to come along and share memories of Stanmer Park. More dates here

Staff news

We are currently recruiting youth workers to join our incredible Youth team. For 15 years TDC has been growing a style of youth work that puts young people at the heart of what we do and sees them achieve amazing things. We are looking for energetic, approachable and thoughtful people who can use initiative and want to have a real, positive impact on the teenage years of young people in Brighton.

Work involves being out in evenings mostly (when teenagers are about) and supporting them in youth clubs, arts and sports projects or on the street where we go into their spaces to build relationships and transform lives.

Deadline: Midday Monday 2nd September. 

Find more details and how to apply on our website →

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