City’s bus company makes community support fund available


Brighton & Hove Buses is opening up its community pot to a twice-yearly bidding system to continue its support of community groups and charities but in a fairer and more transparent way.

Every year the city’s bus operator has been quietly giving away small pots of money in a bid to help sustain Brighton and Hove’s unique, exciting, innovative community, arts and cultural initiatives that make us the envy of cities throughout the country.

Brighton & Hove Buses Managing Director Martin Harris said: “We’ve never seen ourselves as just a bus service. We’re part of the lifeblood of Brighton and Hove.

“We feel a responsibility to sustain and connect communities. And as a leading business in the city we strive to be responsible so that in every action we take, we try to do the right thing by the community – of which we’re both a part and is part of us.

“To make the whole system fairer and available to groups who may not previously have heard about our fund, we’re opening it up to a twice-yearly process.”

The fund is open to any community or charity group who can fulfil the bid criteria including telling the company how what they do benefits any community in the Brighton & Hove area and why they believe the bus company would be a great partner for them.

For more information or to make an application for a support package – ranging from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand – please go to the company’s community and stakeholder website and click on News.

The first tranche of applications will be accepted up to 5.00 pm on June 30.


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Red Sky Project,

The post below has been written by a participant of the Get Set Course in Hastings and Bexhill.  For more details on the course, see the bottom of this post or click on this link.

Red Sky Project


My name is Richard and I’ve been attending Possability People in Hastings for about 3 months now and find it very supportive, educational and confidence-boosting.

I am a local musician and my new album called  is now available on Google Play and Spotify, and will shortly be available on iTunes, Apple Music and You Tube Music.

It is very laid back and quite melancholy. Half of the songs are rhythmic but have no beat, Some feedback I’ve received follows, and I have given Angela Graham from Possability People a pre-release copy.

“It’s great! Really enjoyed listening to it….Very impressive” – Mary-Alice Stack, London

“The overall feel of the CD flows well – like being suspended in time for a while.” – Dave Arnold, Hastings

“It’s very good. You’ve really progressed..” – Kevin O’Sullivan, Ringmer


Get Set Course – Bexhill / Hastings

Get Set helps people with long term health or mental health conditions and disabled people to find work. It is completely voluntary.

All you need is an active ESA or JSA claim, and a willingness to take a chance on us. We won’t ask you to do anything you don’t want to do.  But we will encourage you to believe things are possible… because they are.  Courses are organised to suit you. You can do them at your own pace and in your own way.

For more information contact the Get Set Team on 01424 234464  or email

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Introducing Victoria Gray, Volunteer for Possability People Get Involved Group.


About Myself

My name is Victoria Gray and I have been blind since birth. A lot of people think that it’s hard for me not being able to see but I tell them that I don’t know what it’s like to be able to see so it’s not like I have lost anything. I experience the world differently by sound and touch.

I have to have some things adapted for me for example I use speech software when using a computer and I also read braille. I went away from home from the age of 11 to complete my education in a school for the visually impaired and then to a college for the visually impaired. This was useful as it meant I had work in an accessible format for me. I found it enabled me to study drama which was a subject that I grew to love. We had small class sizes. The most students we would usually have in a class was 8, which meant we all got the right amount of support.

When I went to college I was able to do Performing Arts which was similar to drama but we were able to cover singing and dancing as well as acting. I try not to let my visual impairment get in the way of the things that I enjoy.

Petitioning For Touch Tours in The Harry Potter Studios

A friend and I have started a petition asking for touch tours to be available in the Harry Potter studios. This would be useful for visually impaired people who could feel the various props and costumes in the film and experience the magic along with everyone else. I am blind and have always wanted to visit the Harry Potter Studios. A couple of people have said they would like to go with me but I don’t feel that I would get anything out of the experience. They already provide an audio headset but I feel that I might as well listen to that at home as having something described to you is completely different to experiencing it for yourself.

As Dumbledore says in The Prisoner Of Azkaban film, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Please help to turn on the light for all visually impaired people and help us to enjoy the same experience as everyone else. You can do this by going to:

Please sign our petition and spread the word. We’re aiming to reach at least 1000 people as we will have more chance of them listening to us.


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Free 7 week cookery course!

Join Cooking & Company’s small, friendly group to learn to cook recipes from around the world, and create a recipe book.

The FREE 7 week course starts on Wednesday June 14

11.30a.m—2.30p.m, and runs to July 26th. Each week we

will learn to cook different foods, share our recipes and stories to create our own recipe book.

Children welcome.

Hove Methodist Church, Portland Road, BN3 5DR – we can help with cost of bus fares.

for more information, or to book a place, call Chris on 07738 763 161 or email:



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Interested in learning Basic British Sign Language?



Friends Centre: Friends Centre: Brighton Junction, Room 4, Isetta Square, 35
New England St, BN1 4GQ

SDA Certificate of Attendance (attendance for 3 sessions or more)

Starting Tuesday 20th June 2017— Tuesday 18th July 2017


£75 per person

If you are interested, please go to our website under “Courses” section and
download the form. Or email us: <>
Sussex Deaf Association.


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Space Mates project;Homeless Pop -Up Property Guardians

Space Mates is running a project; Homeless Pop-Up Property Guardians. We are running a pilot scheme housing homeless people through a property guardians approach. That is to say we will take homeless people off the street and into a property where they become guardians of the building. Homeless men and women take over (with plenty of training) the maintenance and security of the building, in exchange for lodgings and training experience along the way.

The project doesn’t stop there. Over the time of the project, we will work closely with the residents and aim to get them ready to move into more long-term secure housing. We will work with any mental health, substance misuse and many other common issues faced by homeless people as a means to acquire a tenancy.

We are self funded through events being held at the Synergy Centre and we will be approaching businesses in the city centre asking for their support. In the mean time, we are on the look out for a number of different skills to enable us to set the project up. These skills are:

  • Electrician
  • Carpenter
  • Seamstress
  • Scaffolders
  • Cook
  • Accountant
  • Marketing specialists
  • Graphic Designer
  • Painter

Contact : Adam Palk Founder of Space Mates 07393 281 379



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GOING TO SEE CULTURE TOGETHER Life Rooms: Anatomy of a Doll & Harmonium

Artist facilitator Jonathan Quarterman hosts this monthly event, which takes the group to different cultural venues and experiences in the city and region. For the May Festival the group will review Cathie Pilkington’s sculptures – the first time they’ve been exhibited since their debut at the Royal Academy. ‘Provocative and ambiguous, her sculptures make use of dolls in unexpected and challenging ways’.

The group will meet in the foyer of Brighton University on Grand Parade at 2pm.


Mon, May 15, 2017

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM BST


Grand Parade



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Next meet-up
Reflections - Hate Crime and Open SpaceJanuary 17th, 2018
Venue: Friend's Meeting House, Ship Street, BN1 1AF. Please confirm attendance and any access or dietary requirements with Lilly at or on 01273 208 934
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