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TDC Update - February 2020
Welcome to our latest newsletter - an update on our news, recent successes, our people and upcoming events.  
In this edition: We invite you to join us at our Annual General Meeting this Thursday - a great chance to learn more about our work across the city. Read recent feedback from one of our training programmes 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

Our Annual General Meeting takes place tomorrow - Thursday 20th February and all are welcome to join us. It will be a good chance to learn about TDC's work across Brighton & Hove. Refreshments will be provided and you will have the opportunity to meet members of our team. 

You are invited to read our most recent accounts on our website prior to the AGM, and you can also find a strategic report of our charitable activities on our blog. 

Thursday 20th February, 6-8.30 pm, Brighthelm Community Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD

If you are coming, RSVP to 

Last year, in partnership with Community Works, TDC ran a course for Brighton & Hove City Council staff on working with communities and volunteers. We followed up with one participant to see what difference it had made to her work in the Health and Adult Social Care team. 

Read on to find out what happened when she got in touch with the Supported Employment Team, who can offer help to people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment. 

Read more →

News from the areas we work in

Moulsecoomb & Bevendean 
Moulsecoomb & Bevendean residents joined in with a series of consultation exercises to have their say and share their ideas for a potential new neighbourhood hub and council housing development in Moulsecoomb. Read more →
Community Roots launched in Autumn last year, providing mental health and wellbeing support across Brighton & Hove. Read about some of the initiatives already delivered through TDC's part of this work with BAME communities. Read on →
Coffee and Croissant had a really good session this month at the Brighton Unemployed Family Centre Project (BUCFP). The Resource Centre and the BUCFP gave us the low down on what they do . A highly enjoyable and productive meeting. Read more →
Youth Team
The REBOOT team at the Sussex PCC have produced their first newsletter, which includes a comment from Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne alongside information about the project and feedback from some of the first participants. Read more →
TDC is currently working in Woodingdean as part of the Ageing Well project. This project sees a variety of organisations from across Brighton and Hove working together to engage with older people in the community, linking them up with community groups in the area or enabling them to create their own projects. Read more →
Moulsecoomb & Bevendean
After years of planning and campaigning, local residents of Bevendean and Moulsecoomb have planted a small orchard of a dozen apple & pear trees on the upper part of the Avenue green for the community to care for, maintain and enjoy. Find out more →

The community of Stoneham Park responded quickly to racist graffiti recently, by clearing it up themselves. Read more →

And in January a wassail took place in celebration of the Craven Vale orchard. See footage of the event on YouTube →

Join the TDC Kit Car project 2020

Following the success of last year's group, the TDC Kit Car Project will be repeated in 2020.

Funded by Sussex Police, the TDC Kit Car Project supports young people from Brighton & Hove to build an F24 kit car from scratch and race it at Goodwood Motor Circuit as a part of the Greenpower Education Trust Formula-24 races.

We are on the lookout for young people aged 11-16 who want to build and race an electric kit car over the coming months. We're particularly interested in young people who might find that their behaviour makes it difficult to engage well in school - this could be a perfect project for you!

For more information, head to our website →

Join Look Sussex Youth Group for visually impaired

In partnership with local charity Look Sussex, TDC delivers weekly youth sessions for young people who are visually impaired/ blind. 

Every week during term-time we hold fun and interactive youth sessions in the 67 Centre 5.30-7pm. All the sessions are FREE.

The young people plan their activities with the youth workers and these can range from weekly cookery, craft making activities through to silent discos, singing, messy play and quiz nights.

We are keen to get more young people to join.

Click here to find out more →

BAME Employment Fair

We have teamed up with the BMECP to hold a BAME Employment Fair on Wednesday 18th March between 4 and 8 pm. The Fair will offer the chance for employers to share opportunities with applicants from BAME communities and we will also be launching our new Quality Mark for employers in Brighton & Hove. More details here →

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 → 
New employment service in Brighton & Hove

Our friends at Possability People have asked us to let you know about their new Get Set Opening Doors programme which launched in Brighton & Hove in January. It can help people with long term health conditions or impairment to move back into work and is now open for referrals. 

The programme supports participants for as long as needed (including when they are in work), in a way which is personally designed just for them. The service’s ongoing long term support, planned around the individual’s specific needs, coupled with its range of courses (whether the participants are in receipt of benefits or not), make it unique. The project will continue in Brighton & Hove for at least a year with people able to access it at any point.

Some dates for your diaries...

  • Thursday 20th February - TDC Annual General Meeting, 6-8.30pm, Brighthelm Community Centre
  • Thursday 20th February 2020, 9.30-11am - Coffee & Croissant East. Details →
  • Tuesday 25th February - Tarner Community Forum meeting, Tarner Children's Centre from 2pm
  • Tuesday 25th February from 4-7pm at BMECP Centre - workshop for people from BAME communities to help produce a Quality Mark for employers in Brighton & Hove. Details →
  • Thursday 27th February from 2-4 at BMECP Centre workshop for employers seeking to enhance opportunities for BAME candidates with an aim to produce a Quality Mark for employers in Brighton & Hove. Details →
  • Saturday, 29 February 2020 from 12-4pm - Access Open Day at Brighton Dome. Details here →
  • Saturday 29th Feb 10.30am - 12.30pm Old Boat Community Corner open feedback sessionsDetails→ 
  • Wednesday 4th March 2020, 9:30-11am - Coffee & Croissant Central. Details → 
  • Thursday 5th March 6.30 to 8.30pm Old Boat Community Corner open feedback sessions. Details→
  • Thursday 12th March 2020, 9.30-11am - Coffee & Croissant North. Details →
  • Wednesday 18th March 2020, 9.30-11am - Coffee & Croissant West. Details →
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020 from 4-8pm at BMECP - BAME Employment fair to share opportunities between employers and applicants from BAME communities. Details →
  • Thursday 19th March 2020, 9.30-11am - Coffee & Croissant East. Details →
  • Wednesday 25th March - Power of Community, Locality networking event hosted by TDC. For Locality members. More details →
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