Covid – 19 updates

22/04/20

We hope everyone is ok

  • Government advice here
  • Brighton and Hove Council advice here
  • Healthwatch information here

Health

  • A&E wants to remind people they are still open if they need treatment, and have lots of safety measures in place. Please see article here.
  • Doctors surgeries have changed the way they operate with phone appointments firstly and only those going in to the surgery when the doctor deems it essential. Please check with your individual practice regarding how they are operating
  • The Brighton NHS Walk In Clinic is also operating a phone service first. Please see their website for details here.
  • Dentists – Healthwatch have provided a useful information document about accessing dental services In Brighton & Hove during this time. Please find this here

Wellbeing

  • Brighton Natural Healthcare Centre, are running a free guided relaxation online class at 12 every Monday. It’s half an hour, is suitable for absolute beginners. Further details and booking on their website here.

21/04/20:

Please find todays’ update below.

  • Government advice here
  • Brighton and Hove Council advice here
  • Healthwatch information here

Local Brighton & Hove Services:

  • If you are searching for a local Brighton and Hove service, take a look at our 2020 Poster Service Guide here. Some of the organisations operational hours may have changed due to current situation, so please check direct with them.

Women’s Services:

  • Brighton Womens Centre ‘Peer to Peer Support Service’ is still running via video call , and they are accepting self identifying women to the group who need the service. Please see their website for more details and contact info here.

Music:

  • Open Strings have the following new services:
  • for people who are socially isolated: our online Musical Box Scheme has a small number of free spaces available: these are monthly screen-based visits from a friendly musician, with a wipeable resource pack for people to explore between sessions, to combat social isolation and promote cognitive stimulation and connection. I thought it would be remote feeling but it wasn’t. I am surprised at how interactive it was. It gave me a real lift. I was feeling blue, but I don’t anymore. We will put some music on and carry on the theme.” email Anna: anna@openstrings.co.uk / call 01273 569096 www.openstrings.co.uk
  • for teams: we offer virtual musical teambuilding and staff wellbeing sessions for creative connections! ”Like a mini holiday – fun and profound, relaxing, and refreshing” email Bela: isabel@openstrings.co.uk /call 01273 569096 www.openstrings.co.uk
  • for everyone: we have just launched Musical Windows, on our facebook page: a short video series to brighten people’s day, packed with musical activities, things listen to and interact with, and tasters of what we are offering in our online one-to-one sessions. Musical requests taken! A new Musical Window each day this week, and then weekly: www.facebook.com/openstringsmusic

20/04/20

We hope everyone is staying safe. Please see todays’ update:

Exercise:

  • Madeira Drive first road to be allocated for walkers and cyclists. From Monday 20 April (today!), Madeira Drive will be temporarily closed to traffic and open to residents in the area to walk and cycle. Remember to stay 2 metres apart.

Food:

  • Brighton and Hove Shops that are delivering info here
  • Redroaster Coffee are currently delivering their coffee roasts without a delivery costs to Brighton and Hove.
  • Alongside their brilliant website with info regarding food banks etc, Food Partnership also have a great Facebook page where they post lots of cooking and gardening videos etc. See here.

Crafts:

  • Sew for the NHS
    Sew Brighton are coordinating a local sew for the NHS. A team of volunteers are currently making bags, hats, masks, headbands and even scrubs. If you can sew and want to take part please see their website here for further details, or pass along to anyone who may be interested.

Older People:

  • Age UK, are still operating during this time. Please see their website for current services they are offering here. 
  • They are also providing great info on how to avoid scams, during the pandemic here

Funding: This section is most relevant to charities and organisations

  • Barclays have launched Covid-19 community aid packages. More info here.
  • Clothworkers have launched an emergency capital appeal programme more info here.
  • Tescos bags for help Covid-19 Community fund more info here.
  • Updated info regarding Brighton Council Coronavirus funding here.

Wellbeing:

  • Action for Happiness are sharing lots of positive posts (including the one below) and resources on their website around wellbeing. Click here.

15/04/20

Please see todays’ update where we will be focusing in activities to do with your children during this time and some useful resources.

  • Government advice here
  • Brighton Council Advice here
  • Healthwatch advice here

Children

  • Ben Fogle is doing a live ‘Adventure Class‘ every day at 4pm, see details here.
  • Joe Wicks is still doing his daily PE Class Monday to Friday at 9am here
  • Tate Gallery has lots of online art resources for children, from things to make, games, quizes and online gallery here.
  • Brighton Libraries are continuing online storytelling for children via facebook here
  • Music With Mike is running his popular music classes for children via youtube. Further details and schedule on his Facebook page here
  • The Science Museum has a wealth of online learning ideas here
  • Gardening Projects with kids via Gardeners World here
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga and Meditation via Youtube here.
  • If you are worried regarding your Children’s mental health during this time Young Minds has a list of resources here.

14/04/20

We hope everyone is doing well and stay. Please see our latest round up below.

Exercise

  • Cranks – bike repair shop still running but by appointment only. Further details on website here.
  • Online free workouts: Guardian article on the best free workout from home videos / websites here.

Funding

  • The Brighton and Hove City Council has created a new live portal you can use to see if you are eligible for a small business grant. Please note, once you have completed it you will not receive an immediate answer. There are two grants: £10,000 for those whose business premises have a rateable value up to £15,000 and £25,000 for those who have a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.

Jobs

  • We are continuing to post jobs on our website throughout the time. Dependent on the organisations we expect interviews will be done virtually. Please see our website for current positions here.

Mental Health

  • Samaritans have gathered lots of resources about mental health on their website which could be useful during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Mind has lots of useful resources on their website here too
  • NHS has some really useful tips too on anxiety during this time here.

Food:

  • Food Partnership continue to provide up to date information on their website here.
  • Real Junk Food Project: check their facebook page for info on their food hubs opening times here.

Events:

  • If you are running an events during this time online, why not add it to our events calendar? You need to sign up and register, but it’s a free service.  Click here.

08/04/20 – 1pm

Todays’ update and list of links:

  • Government advice here
  • Brighton and Hove Council Advice here
  • Healthwatch information here

Food

  •  You can now register for help for someone you identify as ‘vulnerable and with no other support’ through the council (no consent required). This will help those most in need access financial and food aid. Click here
  • If you think someone is ‘extremely vulnerable’ please also register with the government scheme: register at GOV.UK or phone 0800 028 8327 as this will lead to additional support. There is a list here of conditions that would be considered in this category: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
  • Shops that are happy to deliver: see this website https://www.brightonquarantine.co.uk/
  • and P18-23 of The Ageing Well Directory list other local food delivery schemes like community transport working with Dubleaus grocers (most are offered to all ages isolating): click here

Community

  • Great online Community Support via Brighton and Hove Mutual Aid Community Support click here

Disability

  • Brighton & Hove Speak Out are continuing to offer the following support to people with learning disabilities during the Coronavirus emergency.
    • Telephone helpline – Monday-Friday 9-5pm on 01273 421921
    • Check in calls – from Speak Out staff or a volunteer for people who are isolated and need this support.
    • Advocacy – over the phone or via video calls.
    • Online support including:
      • Advocacy groups via Zoom
      • Virtual drop-in sessions – Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4pm
      • Speak Out chat rooms – including an information hub where people with learning disabilities can get information about local support  bit.ly/SpeakOutChat
      • Please see Speak Out’s website for more information www.bhspeakout.org.uk or email at info@bhspeakout.org.uk

07/04/20 3.30pm

Please find todays’ update below

  • Latest government advice here
  • Brighton Council advice here
  • Healthwatch information here

Translation / language services

  • Sussex Interpreting Services are still running their translation service please find further info here

Health and Wellbeing

  • Healthwatch update on changes to local healthcare services during this time can be found here
  • Brighton and Hove Council help form, this new form allows you to request help for yourself or someone else if you need urgent help due to Covid-19. This includes referral to Foodbanks, help with shopping, feeling lonely and isolated. Further information here
  • Headspace are offering parts of their meditation app for free during this time. Further information here
  • Brighton and Hove Switchboard shared the following tweet and image which is very helpful This is a useful graphic to help us understand & place our psychological responses to the new experience of living in the midst of #pandemic. It’s not necessarily a linear process & we probably move back and forth a lot. Wherever you are today, that’s ok.”
  • Outside In Charity has shared a lovely wellbeing post for artists that is useful to us all. Click here.

Theatre

  • National Theatre are still screening plays for free during this period. On Thursday 9th April it is Jane Eyre, and is available on youtube for two weeks after. More info and full schedule here.

06/04/20 4.30pm

We hope everyone is safe and well. Please find our latest update and list of resources here. Do get in touch if there is anything in particular you are searching for and we will see if we can pass on the best organisation or service to contact.

  • Latest Government Advice here
  • Brighton and Hove council advice here
  • Healthwatch advice here

Young People:

  • AudioActive are developing ways we can continue to offer free delivery and opportunities to young people during lockdown – especially those with limited resources. Survey here for young people to see what they might want to get out of our online presence in the coming weeks. Click here
  • Albion in Community: Helping young people stay Active at Home , releasing new videos showing them football skills. Click here

Disability:

  • AbilityNet in response to the Coronavirus emergency is running a series of live online events to help share useful information for disabled people and their carers and employers. See here

Food:

  • Real Junk Food Project: Lots of info on their Facebook page here regarding their food hubs where you can get food.
  • Supermarket Opening Hours: Due to change this weekend due to Easter holidays. Argus has compiled list of revised hours here
  • Food Partnership regularly update their website regarding access to food and food banks during this time. See here

Older People:

  • Ageing Well has great help page for people 50 plus during Coronavirus. See page here

Wellbeing:

  • Update from the Wellbeing Service regarding changes to this mental health provision   during COVID-19 In response to Covid-19 we are working with mental health services across the county to ensure that our acute and crisis mental health services are staffed, the most vulnerable patients able to access ongoing support and NHS staff are able to access the mental health support they require. Due to this, some of our staff are being asked to support crisis and front line services. We are therefore having to adapt our service offer to our clients. 

     Due to the redeployment of staff to crisis services and the restrictions in social distancing we have currently had to paused our provision of F2F therapy, treatment, assessments and groups and instead are offering telephone support as an interim measure.  We are aware that for certain groups of clients where F2F would be most appropriate, this is limiting their ability to access our service at this time and want to reassure you that we are working hard to find a solution.

    We are in the process of developing online psychoeducational support in our adult service, and for children and young people with a hearing impairment who are 13+, the service is able to offer written online therapy via e-wellbeing.  

     We are currently finalising our alternative service offer so please keep an eye on our website for further updates. If you have any concerns, please contact us at bics.brighton-and-hove-wellbeing@nhs.net and we would be happy to discuss this with you.

  • Brighton and Hove Healthy Lifestyles Team, running a 5 ways to wellbeing campaign on their website here

Nature:

  • Grow has some lovely prompts for nature journaling and wellbeing , and enables us to get our nature fix when we may be stuck up home. See here 

Museums and Libraries:

Gardening:

  • Good article on gardening tips, with lots of ideas on saving money here

Art

  • Carousel’s Sarah Watson is setting an art challenge every week. See their Facebook for more details here.

01/04/20 1.30pm

  • Government advice here
  • Brighton council information here

Food

  • Healthy Start Vouchers: Government has said that  from 6th April there no longer needs to be a signature from a health professional on healthy Start Voucher applications. Vouchers help low income families with children under 4/ where mother is pregnant to buy fresh or frozen fruit & Veg and milk/infant formula) here If you send a form in before 6th April you can  add a letter saying you are skipping the signature bit because of covid; after 6th April you can that bit of the form blank.
  • Food Partnership: Really useful and vital information on Brighton & Hove Food Partnership website for those needing to access low cost of free food during this time.

Health

  • Healthwatch are regularly issuing updates and their website contains info and FAQs and people might find this useful. Please see their website.
  • Mindfulness Apps: Article by Independent on best Mindfulness apps during a crisis.
  • Clap for Our Carers: Now taking place every Thursday at 8pm, to thank those who are caring for us during this time.

31/03/20 3pm:

  • Latest government advice here
  • Brighton and Hove Council advice here

Events

  • Community Base Zoom Events: A lot of events are still happening, but online, often using Zoom. Why not use our events calendar to promote your online events, be it yoga. a virtual pub quiz etc! Click here

LGBTQ

  1.  Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard: Now operating helpline service again .New helpline number which you can reach us on if you could use a friendly chat with another LGBTQ person: 01273 359042. This is a temporary number which we will be using until we are able to safely return to our office. Hours are the same as before, Weds – Thurs, 7pm – 9.30pm, however we will be extending our helpline and web chat provision shortly, we will send an update once this is in place. See website here .

       Switchboard Groups:

  1. Older People’s Project – We will be supporting members directly through the phone and email – we will also start Zoom video chat social groups if people are interested in this. Contact helen.bashford@switchboard.org.uk
  2. Grief Encounters – We will continue to run the Grief Meets group on Zoom, and will have themed sessions from guest facilitators. We will also be in contact with current Grief Encounters service users via email and phone to support. Contact grief.encounters@switchboard.org.uk
  3. Disability Group – We will be hosting weekly Zoom social groups every Wednesday afternoon (starting from tomorrow, 1st April). Initially these groups will be a social hang out but in the future we may have themes and guests as we learn what works and what people want. In addition, we have been supporting members via email, phone and through our Facebook group. Contact disability.project@switchboard.org.uk
  4. Rainbow Cafe – We will be contacting members regularly via the phone, we will also start a Zoom group if people would like one. Contact rainbow.cafe@switchboard.org.uk
  • Disability Pride : Disability Pride Facebook Friends group for people with all disabilities and impairments – as well as for their carers, families and friends. Link here
  • Mindout: Still running their service. Can email and call. Further info plus information on their groups on website here
Funding
  • Coronavirus Emergency Fund: CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) has launched a rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. The funding aims to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to communities across the UK. More info here

Theatre

  • National Theatre: Is screening full length plays every Thursday on Youtube. For further info and to see the schedule click here.

Health

  • Healthwalks: New facebook page, with information on walks challenges you can do during your one walk a day, alone of with members of your household. Info here.
  • Brighton Gin Hand Sanitiser: Brighton Gin have begun making hand sanitiser, with every bottle purchased enabling them to donate to an organisation in need. More info and to purchase click here.

30/03/20 3.30pm:

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Please see this mondays’ update of information and resources which we hope will be of use below. Don’t forget all Community Base staff are still working remotely, so do get in touch if you need us. Our contact details are here  (simply select on the dropdown menu who you need to contact)

Health:   

  • Healthwatch is regularly issuing updates and our website contains info and FAQs and people might find this useful.
  • Latest Government Covid 19 advice here

Relationships / domestic violence:

  • Relate currently offers live chat, telephone and webcam counselling services. For more information call 01293 657055 or visit their website.
  • Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app, providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.   Available on the Android Play store here or Apple Store here
  • Survivors Network have published their latest update here which says their helpline will run from 12-2pm (rather than in the evening) from Wednesday 1 April.
  • Update from Rise on their services and contact number on their website here.

Food Banks and Shopping:

  • The brilliant Food Partnership are updating their website here daily information of Food Banks, help with shopping etc.
  • Brighton Community Centre & Families Project is running an emergency food parcel delivery service Tues-Friday (deliveries on Tues, Thurs, & Fri) for households on low income. Use their Facebook page and website for more information. They are currently supporting households as far as Southwick and Peacehaven! Therefore they are requesting that if clients have access to the internet to complete online form which is on the homepage or call 01273 671 213, leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Refugees:

  • Refugee Radio’s mental health support group for refugees and asylum seekers will now be going online due to the current situation. 3pm-5pm every Monday, but now we will be meeting up online through Zoom, instead of at our office in Community Base.  Anyone new who would like to join us should email info@refugeeradio.org.uk  for more information or call 01273 234868.

Interpreting Services:

  • Sussex Interpreting Services are still running their vital interpreting services and offering remote interpreting, full details on their website here

Books / Audio Books:

  • As all Brighton and Hove Libraries are closed you can borrow books online and also download audio books via borrow box, further info here

Children:

  • Brighton and Hove Libraries: Are doing free video story reading on their Facebook page here.
  • Kew Gardens online resources: Kew has launched online resources for KS1 TO KS5 children here

Nature:

  • Sussex Wildlife Trust: ‘Go Wild At Home’, have some great resources online and also really good to do with children too,  here.

25/03/20 2.30pm:

We have listed a few things that may be of use today:
March Network: Has some great resources for creative isolation.
PE with Joe: If you have children Joe Wicks is doing daily PE lessons.
Big Read for Children: Is still running this year but has been moved online further details on their website.
Rethink Mental Illness: Online support and information.
Local Food Stores Many local food stores are now delivering this may be of use.                                                                                                                              The Real Junk Food Project: are still running their hub and takeaway cafe, see facebook page for regular updates as to where and when.

24/03/20 11am: Older People: There is some great support and advice via Ageing Well if you are 50 plus, see their website for contact details here

Free School Meals: Food Partnership have just put up the following post regarding free school meals, in Brighton, Hove and Portslade.

24/03/20 10am: Last night new government advice was issued in the UK:

Stay at Home
*Only go out for food, health reasons or essential work
*Stay 2 meters (6ft) away from other people
*Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Further info here

23/03/20 2pm: Firstly, here is the latest guidance from the government on Covid-19 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance , Guidance on Social Distancing and the NHS Overview  – please do take the time to read it.

We have split this posts in to sections to make it easier to access the info you may be looking for.

Mental Health: If you are struggling with your mental health during this time some of the following links may be useful:

Mind in Brighton & Hove

Community Roots  or freeephone 0808 196 1768

Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Food and Foodbanks:

Food Partnership: See their website for information if you need to access food during this time.

Also if you are able to help or volunteer please see here: Volunteer

The Bevy:  They Bevy are running lots of great project including Bevy Bites food deliveries to the seniors in our community who usually come to their lunch clubs.  If you know someone who would like a meal delivered please ring the Bevy on 01273 281009. If the cost is an issue for you but you are in need please do still ring.

Jack Monroe – great resource for cooking on a budget and is sharing #lockdownlarder recipes on website here

Helping Communities:

Amaze: Amaze have created Community Help Postcard to help vulnerable SEND families during COVID-19. Find out more and download the postcard here

Viral Kindness: A really lovely campaign which started online. Great to print and share with your neighbours if you are able to help.Clap for Our Carers happening this Thursday 26th March.

Survivors Network: have shared a great list of online resources available during social distancing and self isolation.

Travel: It is recommended you only travel on public transport if completely necessary or you are a key worker.

Brighton Buses, information here: Also if you have an annual Bus ticket it is worth contacting the bus company to see if they can freeze your ticket if you are not currently travelling.

Job / Volunteer positions: Community Base are still operating our online service including job and volunteer posts.

Service Update: Finally an up to date Service Update via Community Works:

  • The Resource Centre – The Resource Centre is still offering printing, information and telephone/online advice services for groups. Their equipment hire and open access front desk services are suspended until at least 31st May. Please contact them on 01273 606160 (10am – 1pm, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri) or info@resourcecentre.org.uk to arrange printing or other support. Check their Facebook (fb.com/ResourceCentreBH), Twitter (@ResourceCtrBH) or website (www.resourcecentre.org.uk) for updates
  • Amaze The Amaz-ing Community Postcard is now live on their website and story on social media. Please help them by sharing it widely across all your contacts https://twitter.com/AmazeSussex/status/1240974328155471873. You could even think about printing it and making it available to your customers and clients
  • Guildcare: Information on the current services being offered can be found at – guildcare.org
  • West Sussex Mind: Groups, dropin services and in person sessions are all suspended. People can email and will receive a call back: pathfinder.worthing@westsussexmind.org
  • Aspire Sussex: As of 20 March all face to face adult ed services being suspended and Adult Education Centres will be closed to the public
  • Samaritans: The Samaritans are still providing phone and email support, but all the face to face centres have been closed for the foreseeable future. samaritans.org jo@samaritans.org or call 116123
  • Citizens Advice: people are encouraged to visit citizensadvice.org.uk for self-help information. You can also call 0344 4771171 or use the web chat service online.
  • Grace Eyre: Active Lives day services are closed until at least 30 April 2020. Staff can be contacted on 01273 201909 or activelives@grace-eyre.org
  • Sussex CYP: All youth club activity has been postponed until at least 20th April. Upates will come via social media and their website when services resume.
  • Freedom Powerchairs continues to offer an emergency service throughout Sussex to the disabled and mobility impaired from breakdowns, repairs and ‘get you home’. 0800 0096631 or breakdown@freedompowerchairs.org.uk
  • Safe in Sussex:  All community groups have been cancelled, refuge provision continues to operate as usual. Referrals to the outreach support services can continue and people are still being supported, but not face to face. Anyone in immediate danger should dial 999 or contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • Voices in Exile: Many of the ViE services are still running – more details on their website voicesinexile.org. Call 01273 082105
  • Community Transport Sussex: The team are working remotely, email advice@ctauk.org to receive a call back for advice and support. The advice service are holding a weekly online drop-in – email to be included
  • Albion in the Community: All activities in the community have been suspended until further notices and they are looking to identify other ways to continue to support their most vulnerable service users. A full statement is at albioninthecommunity.org.uk
  • Extratime – the core team at extratime are still available via email and their office number 01273 420580
  • Allsorts Youth Project is working hard and making great steps towards moving our groups, one-to-one emotional support, advocacy services and LGBT+ training & education sessions online to ensure that the vital support we offer continues. In the meantime, if you are a young person in crisis and need support, please visit their crisis support page on our website for services that can help >> bit.ly/AYPCrisis
  • Survivors’ Network https://survivorsnetwork.org.uk/get-help/drop-in/will be suspending all of groups, including the Drop-in groups in Brighton and Eastbourne, all of our workshops, our yoga and our therapeutic groups. They will be running their Helpline three times a week  01273 720110 on Monday 7-9pm; Wednesday 7-9pm; Thursday 7-9pm. They will be offering phone or online appointments instead of face-to-face appointments. This includes Counselling, ISVA and Outreach appointments.

Lifecentre: As of Monday 23 March they are stopping all face-to-face counselling and will instead be offering telephone or online counselling. Their text, online and helpline service are currently operating as normal.

20/03/20 12pm: Please check our social media too, especially our Facebook which we are updating regularly during this time with local resources, information on food banks etc when we see them. We will try to share as much relevant information as possible.

18/03/20 11am: For the latest Brighton and Hove Council information and advice regarding Coronavirus please see their website here

18/03/20 08.30am: Despite reception itself being closed from today, the reception team will still be taking email, phone and website enquiries from Monday to Thursday 9-5pm and will still be publishing job adverts, volunteer, event and service applications to the online services on the Community Base website.

Please bear with us as we adjust to this new way of working and we will contact you as soon as we can.We really appreciate your support and understanding and apologise for the inconvenience.

17/03/20 10am: Just a reminder that our reception is closed from tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March), but please check with individual organisations regarding appointments you have with them. We will continue to update our website and social media during this time with practical information.

16/03/20 16.00 pm: Postal address: For those that use Community Base as a postal address you can access your post by appointment, email reception@communitybase.org to arrange.

16/03/20 14.30pm: Community Base has made the difficult decision to close our reception from Wednesday 18th March as a duty of care to both our reception team and the people that use reception for signposting and appointments. We will review the situation in two weeks’ time and will regularly update the webpage.

We really appreciate your support and understanding and apologise for the inconvenience

If you have an appointment with an individual organisation please check direct with them, if it is still running. Contact details for organisations can be found here 

16/03/20 11:45am: Our job and volunteer posts are still functioning as normal. Community Works has a really useful post with advice for volunteers and general information.

Community Base is currently not taking any more meeting or conference room bookings. All existing bookings are currently continuing, terms and conditions apply. For queries regarding this please contact the Community Base director Olivia Canham, centremanager@communitybase.org

15/03/20: This Brighton Covid 19 Mutual Aid Facebook group is a brilliant resource. We will be compiling all the information we can on the website from Monday. Please let us know if there’s anything you think should be included. If you run a service in Brighton please update your plans on our Service Search or sign up if you haven’t already. Contact us through the enquiries page on our website. Stay safe.

13/03/20 : Just to make you aware Community Base is monitoring the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation, and we will update our website and social media if anything changes or we need to close as a result. The current government advice can be found here 

Community Base reception closed until further notice

We’ve made the difficult decision to close our reception from Wednesday 18th March as a duty of care to both our reception team and the people that use reception for signposting and appointments. We are reviewing this decision on an ongoing basis and regularly updating our COVID-19 news page.

Despite reception itself being closed, the reception team will still be taking email, phone and website enquiries from Monday to Thursday 9-5pm and will still be publishing job adverts, volunteer, event and service applications to the online services on the Community Base website.
If you have an appointment with an individual organisation please check direct with them, if it is still running.

Contact reception on (01273) 234000 or by email at reception@communitybase.org

13th – 20th March Updates

20/03/20 12pm: Please check our social media too, especially our Facebook which we are updating regularly during this time with local resources, information on food banks etc when we see them. We will try to share as much relevant information as possible.

18/03/20 11am: For the latest Brighton and Hove Council information and advice regarding Coronavirus please see their website here

18/03/20 08.30am: Despite reception itself being closed from today, the reception team will still be taking email, phone and website enquiries from Monday to Thursday 9-5pm and will still be publishing job adverts, volunteer, event and service applications to the online services on the Community Base website.

Please bear with us as we adjust to this new way of working and we will contact you as soon as we can.We really appreciate your support and understanding and apologise for the inconvenience.

17/03/20 10am: Just a reminder that our reception is closed from tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March), but please check with individual organisations regarding appointments you have with them. We will continue to update our website and social media during this time with practical information.

16/03/20 16.00 pm: Postal address: For those that use Community Base as a postal address you can access your post by appointment, email reception@communitybase.org to arrange.

16/03/20 14.30pm: Community Base has made the difficult decision to close our reception from Wednesday 18th March as a duty of care to both our reception team and the people that use reception for signposting and appointments. We will review the situation in two weeks’ time and will regularly update the webpage.

We really appreciate your support and understanding and apologise for the inconvenience

If you have an appointment with an individual organisation please check direct with them, if it is still running. Contact details for organisations can be found here 

16/03/20 11:45am: Our job and volunteer posts are still functioning as normal. Community Works has a really useful post with advice for volunteers and general information.

Community Base is currently not taking any more meeting or conference room bookings. All existing bookings are currently continuing, terms and conditions apply. For queries regarding this please contact the Community Base director Olivia Canham, centremanager@communitybase.org

15/03/20: This Brighton Covid 19 Mutual Aid Facebook group is a brilliant resource. We will be compiling all the information we can on the website from Monday. Please let us know if there’s anything you think should be included. If you run a service in Brighton please update your plans on our Service Search or sign up if you haven’t already. Contact us through the enquiries page on our website. Stay safe.

13/03/20 : Just to make you aware Community Base is monitoring the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation, and we will update our website and social media if anything changes or we need to close as a result. The current government advice can be found here 

Mon 23rd March Update

Firstly, here is the latest guidance from the government on Covid-19 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance , Guidance on Social Distancing and the NHS Overview  – please do take the time to read it.

We have split this posts in to sections to make it easier to access the info you may be looking for.

Mental Health: If you are struggling with your mental health during this time some of the following links may be useful:

Mind in Brighton & Hove

Community Roots  or freeephone 0808 196 1768

Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Food and Foodbanks:

Food Partnership: See their website for information if you need to access food during this time.

Also if you are able to help or volunteer please see here: Volunteer

The Bevy:  They Bevy are running lots of great project including Bevy Bites food deliveries to the seniors in our community who usually come to their lunch clubs.  If you know someone who would like a meal delivered please ring the Bevy on 01273 281009. If the cost is an issue for you but you are in need please do still ring.

Jack Monroe – great resource for cooking on a budget and is sharing #lockdownlarder recipes on website here

Helping Communities:

Amaze: Amaze have created Community Help Postcard to help vulnerable SEND families during COVID-19. Find out more and download the postcard here

Viral Kindness: A really lovely campaign which started online. Great to print and share with your neighbours if you are able to help.Clap for Our Carers happening this Thursday 26th March.

Survivors Network: have shared a great list of online resources available during social distancing and self isolation.

Travel: It is recommended you only travel on public transport if completely necessary or you are a key worker.

Brighton Buses, information here: Also if you have an annual Bus ticket it is worth contacting the bus company to see if they can freeze your ticket if you are not currently travelling.

Job / Volunteer positions: Community Base are still operating our online service including job and volunteer posts.

Service Update: Finally an up to date Service Update via Community Works:

  • The Resource Centre – The Resource Centre is still offering printing, information and telephone/online advice services for groups. Their equipment hire and open access front desk services are suspended until at least 31st May. Please contact them on 01273 606160 (10am – 1pm, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri) or info@resourcecentre.org.uk to arrange printing or other support. Check their Facebook (fb.com/ResourceCentreBH), Twitter (@ResourceCtrBH) or website (www.resourcecentre.org.uk) for updates
  • Amaze The Amaz-ing Community Postcard is now live on their website and story on social media. Please help them by sharing it widely across all your contacts https://twitter.com/AmazeSussex/status/1240974328155471873. You could even think about printing it and making it available to your customers and clients
  • Guildcare: Information on the current services being offered can be found at – guildcare.org
  • West Sussex Mind: Groups, dropin services and in person sessions are all suspended. People can email and will receive a call back: pathfinder.worthing@westsussexmind.org
  • Aspire Sussex: As of 20 March all face to face adult ed services being suspended and Adult Education Centres will be closed to the public
  • Samaritans: The Samaritans are still providing phone and email support, but all the face to face centres have been closed for the foreseeable future. samaritans.org jo@samaritans.org or call 116123
  • Citizens Advice: people are encouraged to visit citizensadvice.org.uk for self-help information. You can also call 0344 4771171 or use the web chat service online.
  • Grace Eyre: Active Lives day services are closed until at least 30 April 2020. Staff can be contacted on 01273 201909 or activelives@grace-eyre.org
  • Sussex CYP: All youth club activity has been postponed until at least 20th April. Upates will come via social media and their website when services resume.
  • Freedom Powerchairs continues to offer an emergency service throughout Sussex to the disabled and mobility impaired from breakdowns, repairs and ‘get you home’. 0800 0096631 or breakdown@freedompowerchairs.org.uk
  • Safe in Sussex:  All community groups have been cancelled, refuge provision continues to operate as usual. Referrals to the outreach support services can continue and people are still being supported, but not face to face. Anyone in immediate danger should dial 999 or contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • Voices in Exile: Many of the ViE services are still running – more details on their website voicesinexile.org. Call 01273 082105
  • Community Transport Sussex: The team are working remotely, email advice@ctauk.org to receive a call back for advice and support. The advice service are holding a weekly online drop-in – email to be included
  • Albion in the Community: All activities in the community have been suspended until further notices and they are looking to identify other ways to continue to support their most vulnerable service users. A full statement is at albioninthecommunity.org.uk
  • Extratime – the core team at extratime are still available via email and their office number 01273 420580
  • Allsorts Youth Project is working hard and making great steps towards moving our groups, one-to-one emotional support, advocacy services and LGBT+ training & education sessions online to ensure that the vital support we offer continues. In the meantime, if you are a young person in crisis and need support, please visit their crisis support page on our website for services that can help >> bit.ly/AYPCrisis
  • Survivors’ Network https://survivorsnetwork.org.uk/get-help/drop-in/will be suspending all of groups, including the Drop-in groups in Brighton and Eastbourne, all of our workshops, our yoga and our therapeutic groups. They will be running their Helpline three times a week  01273 720110 on Monday 7-9pm; Wednesday 7-9pm; Thursday 7-9pm. They will be offering phone or online appointments instead of face-to-face appointments. This includes Counselling, ISVA and Outreach appointments.

Lifecentre: As of Monday 23 March they are stopping all face-to-face counselling and will instead be offering telephone or online counselling. Their text, online and helpline service are currently operating as normal.

Wed 24th March Update

Older People: There is some great support and advice via Ageing Well if you are 50 plus, see their website for contact details here

Free School Meals: Food Partnership have just put up the following post regarding free school meals, in Brighton, Hove and Portslade.

Last night new government advice was issued in the UK:

Stay at Home
*Only go out for food, health reasons or essential work
*Stay 2 meters (6ft) away from other people
*Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Further info here

Wed 25th March Update

We have listed a few things that may be of use today:

Mon 30th March Update

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Please see this mondays’ update of information and resources which we hope will be of use below. Don’t forget all Community Base staff are still working remotely, so do get in touch if you need us. Our contact details are here  (simply select on the dropdown menu who you need to contact)

Health:   

  • Healthwatch is regularly issuing updates and our website contains info and FAQs and people might find this useful.
  • Latest Government Covid 19 advice here

Relationships / domestic violence:

  • Relate currently offers live chat, telephone and webcam counselling services. For more information call 01293 657055 or visit their website.
  • Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app, providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.   Available on the Android Play store here or Apple Store here
  • Survivors Network have published their latest update here which says their helpline will run from 12-2pm (rather than in the evening) from Wednesday 1 April.
  • Update from Rise on their services and contact number on their website here.

Food Banks and Shopping:

  • The brilliant Food Partnership are updating their website here daily information of Food Banks, help with shopping etc.
  • Brighton Community Centre & Families Project is running an emergency food parcel delivery service Tues-Friday (deliveries on Tues, Thurs, & Fri) for households on low income. Use their Facebook page and website for more information. They are currently supporting households as far as Southwick and Peacehaven! Therefore they are requesting that if clients have access to the internet to complete online form which is on the homepage or call 01273 671 213, leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Refugees:

  • Refugee Radio’s mental health support group for refugees and asylum seekers will now be going online due to the current situation. 3pm-5pm every Monday, but now we will be meeting up online through Zoom, instead of at our office in Community Base.  Anyone new who would like to join us should email info@refugeeradio.org.uk  for more information or call 01273 234868.

Interpreting Services:

  • Sussex Interpreting Services are still running their vital interpreting services and offering remote interpreting, full details on their website here

Books / Audio Books:

  • As all Brighton and Hove Libraries are closed you can borrow books online and also download audio books via borrow box, further info here

Children:

  • Brighton and Hove Libraries: Are doing free video story reading on their Facebook page here.
  • Kew Gardens online resources: Kew has launched online resources for KS1 TO KS5 children here

Nature:

  • Sussex Wildlife Trust: ‘Go Wild At Home’, have some great resources online and also really good to do with children too,  here.

Tue 31st March Update

  • Latest government advice here
  • Brighton and Hove Council advice here

Events

  • Community Base Zoom Events: A lot of events are still happening, but online, often using Zoom. Why not use our events calendar to promote your online events, be it yoga. a virtual pub quiz etc! Click here

LGBTQ

  1.  Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard: Now operating helpline service again .New helpline number which you can reach us on if you could use a friendly chat with another LGBTQ person: 01273 359042. This is a temporary number which we will be using until we are able to safely return to our office. Hours are the same as before, Weds – Thurs, 7pm – 9.30pm, however we will be extending our helpline and web chat provision shortly, we will send an update once this is in place. See website here .

       Switchboard Groups:

  1. Older People’s Project – We will be supporting members directly through the phone and email – we will also start Zoom video chat social groups if people are interested in this. Contact helen.bashford@switchboard.org.uk
  2. Grief Encounters – We will continue to run the Grief Meets group on Zoom, and will have themed sessions from guest facilitators. We will also be in contact with current Grief Encounters service users via email and phone to support. Contact grief.encounters@switchboard.org.uk
  3. Disability Group – We will be hosting weekly Zoom social groups every Wednesday afternoon (starting from tomorrow, 1st April). Initially these groups will be a social hang out but in the future we may have themes and guests as we learn what works and what people want. In addition, we have been supporting members via email, phone and through our Facebook group. Contact disability.project@switchboard.org.uk
  4. Rainbow Cafe – We will be contacting members regularly via the phone, we will also start a Zoom group if people would like one. Contact rainbow.cafe@switchboard.org.uk
  • Disability Pride : Disability Pride Facebook Friends group for people with all disabilities and impairments – as well as for their carers, families and friends. Link here
  • Mindout: Still running their service. Can email and call. Further info plus information on their groups on website here
Funding
  • Coronavirus Emergency Fund: CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) has launched a rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. The funding aims to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to communities across the UK. More info here

Theatre

  • National Theatre: Is screening full length plays every Thursday on Youtube. For further info and to see the schedule click here.

Health

  • Healthwalks: New facebook page, with information on walks challenges you can do during your one walk a day, alone of with members of your household. Info here.
  • Brighton Gin Hand Sanitiser: Brighton Gin have begun making hand sanitiser, with every bottle purchased enabling them to donate to an organisation in need. More info and to purchase click here.

Wed 1st April Update

  • Government advice here
  • Brighton council information here

Food

  • Healthy Start Vouchers: Government has said that  from 6th April there no longer needs to be a signature from a health professional on healthy Start Voucher applications. Vouchers help low income families with children under 4/ where mother is pregnant to buy fresh or frozen fruit & Veg and milk/infant formula) here If you send a form in before 6th April you can  add a letter saying you are skipping the signature bit because of covid; after 6th April you can that bit of the form blank.
  • Food Partnership: Really useful and vital information on Brighton & Hove Food Partnership website for those needing to access low cost of free food during this time.

Health

  • Healthwatch are regularly issuing updates and their website contains info and FAQs and people might find this useful. Please see their website.
  • Mindfulness Apps: Article by Independent on best Mindfulness apps during a crisis.
  • Clap for Our Carers: Now taking place every Thursday at 8pm, to thank those who are caring for us during this time.

Mon 6th April Update

We hope everyone is safe and well. Please find our latest update and list of resources here. Do get in touch if there is anything in particular you are searching for and we will see if we can pass on the best organisation or service to contact.

  • Latest Government Advice here
  • Brighton and Hove council advice here
  • Healthwatch advice here

Young People:

  • AudioActive are developing ways we can continue to offer free delivery and opportunities to young people during lockdown – especially those with limited resources. Survey here for young people to see what they might want to get out of our online presence in the coming weeks. Click here
  • Albion in Community: Helping young people stay Active at Home , releasing new videos showing them football skills. Click here

Disability:

  • AbilityNet in response to the Coronavirus emergency is running a series of live online events to help share useful information for disabled people and their carers and employers. See here

Food:

  • Real Junk Food Project: Lots of info on their Facebook page here regarding their food hubs where you can get food.
  • Supermarket Opening Hours: Due to change this weekend due to Easter holidays. Argus has compiled list of revised hours here
  • Food Partnership regularly update their website regarding access to food and food banks during this time. See here

Older People:

  • Ageing Well has great help page for people 50 plus during Coronavirus. See page here

Wellbeing:

  • Update from the Wellbeing Service regarding changes to this mental health provision   during COVID-19 In response to Covid-19 we are working with mental health services across the county to ensure that our acute and crisis mental health services are staffed, the most vulnerable patients able to access ongoing support and NHS staff are able to access the mental health support they require. Due to this, some of our staff are being asked to support crisis and front line services. We are therefore having to adapt our service offer to our clients. 

     Due to the redeployment of staff to crisis services and the restrictions in social distancing we have currently had to paused our provision of F2F therapy, treatment, assessments and groups and instead are offering telephone support as an interim measure.  We are aware that for certain groups of clients where F2F would be most appropriate, this is limiting their ability to access our service at this time and want to reassure you that we are working hard to find a solution.

    We are in the process of developing online psychoeducational support in our adult service, and for children and young people with a hearing impairment who are 13+, the service is able to offer written online therapy via e-wellbeing.  

     We are currently finalising our alternative service offer so please keep an eye on our website for further updates. If you have any concerns, please contact us at bics.brighton-and-hove-wellbeing@nhs.net and we would be happy to discuss this with you.

  • Brighton and Hove Healthy Lifestyles Team, running a 5 ways to wellbeing campaign on their website here

Nature:

  • Grow has some lovely prompts for nature journaling and wellbeing , and enables us to get our nature fix when we may be stuck up home. See here 

Museums and Libraries:

Gardening:

  • Good article on gardening tips, with lots of ideas on saving money here

Art

  • Carousel’s Sarah Watson is setting an art challenge every week. See their Facebook for more details here.