Postponing reception reopening

We hope everyone is doing well.

Due to rising number of cases the opening of reception will be postponed and reviewed in October. There’s been a lot of discussion around the risk and in light of the numbers rising to the levels seen in May and with testing being increasingly difficult to access, this is the only option while maintaining a duty of care.

Don’t forget if you need signposting you can still contact our reception on 01273 234000 or by email at Alternatively we have a service search on our website here : . All the Community Base team are still working, so do get in touch if you need us.

We will continue to update our website plus social media regarding reopening and hope to see everyone back at Community Base soon.


Community Base Reopening

Hi everyone,

We are pleased to let you know that Community Base will officially be reopening our reception on Monday 14th September, not the 7th as originally planned.

Our opening times have changed to Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm, and we will be closing at lunch time.

Due to health and safety measures there has been some changes including our opening times.

  • When arriving at reception please use the intercom outside to speak to reception. You will then be let into the building or asked to wait outside if you are here for an appointment
  • Santise your hands when entering the building, using the dispensers provided.
  • Please wear a face mask, unless you are exempt.
  • Keep left when moving around the building.
  • If possible phone, email or check our website before visiting, as we may be able to answer your enquiry online or over the phone. Our contact details are  (01273) 234000 or by email at
  • Maintain 2 metre social distance from staff and other building users.
  • Also please don’t visit the building if you have any covid-19 symptoms.

Wednesday 18th July Update

Hi all,

We hope everyone is keeping well.

As usual please find links to information here:

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


  • Regarding reopening our reception please see our planning reopening post here. Further details to follow but we have a provisional reopening date for reception of Monday 7th September.


  • Mind are continuing to produce their weekly wellbeing tips. Please find the tip sheet on ‘Connecting’ here.
  • NHS post on Mental Wellbeing whilst staying at home, lots of resources here.


  • Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove is asking people who are handy with a needle and thread to make some reusable cotton face masks for the charity to distribute to older people locally. The masks will go to people accessing the charity’s services, many of whom may be on a low income or beginning to come out of isolation after a long period in lockdown.  Further info here.

Search for space:

  • Food Partnership have been providing food for emergency food parcels from a central hub based at Hove Park School for the last few months. They are providing about 500 food parcels a week out of this space but have to leave so that the school can re-open. They are looking for space on either a temp or permanent basis – a church hall, day centre, community hall or event space that isn’t being used would be perfect. For further info or if you have any leads do call Vic on 07967 018 402 or email

Planning Reopening

Just to update you we have a provisional reopening for Community Base Reception of Monday 7th September. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will update this as the weeks progress. Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of all visitors and staff.

We have put many measures in place and below is a few photos of how the building is currently looking with these changes:

  • Reception has a perspex screen around it.

  • Seating removed in reception area to aid social distancing, and there will be a queuing system in place when entering the building.

  • There is hand santiser to use before going through the doors, and we encourage everyone to do this before touching any doors and handles

  • Communal areas in the building have been covered over for the time being.

  • We also ask that when we do reopen everyone wears a mask inside the building in communal area, unless of course you are exempt from wearing one.

We will continue to update our website and confirm our reopening date nearer the time.


Tuesday 14th July – Update

We hope everyone is keeping safe and well.

As usual please find links to information here:

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

Please see the tweet from Brighton and Hove Council below:


Services update:

  • Community Base Reception: Our reception will be reopening when safe to do so. Please check on our website, updates will be published there, as we are regularly reviewing the situation. Meantime if you need to contact an organisation based at Community Base, please see the list of contact info here.
  • Resource Centre: Is currently closed, but they are still offering support. Please see full update below


  • Survivors Network have some fantastic Anti Racism Resources on their website. Have a look at their blog here.
  • Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) is reopening on 25th July. Further details and booking on their website here.
  • Costa Short Story Award is now open, deadline is Monday 3rd July. Full details on their website here.
  • National Theatre at Home: Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, Amadeus, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank SinfoniaStreaming for free on Youtube from 16 to 23 July.
  • Job Searching: Regular new posts on our website here.

Tuesday 7th July – update

We hope everyone is keeping safe and well.

As usual please find links to information here:

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

Also a reminder from the NHS ‘As more places begin to reopen, handwashing is as important than ever. When you get home from being outside, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.’

How to wash your hands properly, according to doctors

Here are a list of resources which we hope will be of use:

Law :

  • University of Sussex Free Law Clinic: has reopened for online bookings. Further information on how to book an appointment can be found here.


  • If you looking to do a course / learn a new skill WEA has a range of courses many of which are free. Find the courses available in the Brighton and Hove area here.


  • National Theatre at Home are continuing to screen plays online, this week the play is Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, The Deep Blue Sea, contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama, played by Helen McCroryStreaming here from 7pm on 9 July, until 7pm on 16 July.

IT Support

  • If you need support with IT, you can contact David from the HAKIT project. You can see their website here for further details, or email or call / text 0742266576.


  • Brighton Natural Health Centre are still offering their free relaxation classes. Find all the details and booking here.
  • Mind Brighton and Hove Wellbeing tips is focusing on Sleep and is packed full of great tips, find it here.

Jobs and Volunteering

  • If you are looking for a Job or Volunteer role, we are continuing to promote them on our website as positions are advertised. Find our job page here and our volunteer page here.

Monday 29th June Update

We hope everyone is keeping safe and well.

As usual please find links to information here:

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

From the 4th July there are some changes to the rules regarding Coronavirus, this post by the government includes a list of what you can and can’t do from this date.

Below is a round up of courses , resources and events we hope will be of use.




  • Brighton Met is running FREE online Masterclasses for 16 to 19 year olds. Details below and email to sign up.


  • OSKA Bright Film FestivalCarousel’s Oska Bright Film Festival, the world’s leading learning disability film festival, brings its programme to the small screen with OSKA BITES, starting on Thursday 2 July 2020.Presented with additional content and the chance to watch together live on Facebook, all the films featured in Oska Bites are made by, or feature in lead roles, people with learning disabilities, autism or aspergers. These are outstanding films that show often undiscovered talent and new voices.The launch event, First Bite, will stream live on Facebook on Thursday 2 July at 7pm. And on Friday 3 July at 11am you can watch Discover Oska Bright, a programme of films made and for younger viewers.Find out more at
  • Pride Inside: until 5th July, Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride are bringing the celebrations inside this year with Pride Inside! Sign up here to get the events to your inbox.

Local Shops:

  • Support Local: A great website here that collates local independent shops who also deliver in Brighton & Hove.

Monday 15th June Update

Hi all,

As usual please find links to information here:

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

Coronavirus Update:

*From today (Monday 15th) lots of Non-Essential retail shops are now reopen.

*Face coverings are now compulsory on all public transport in England. Although people with certain health conditions, disabled people and children under the age of 11 will be exempt from the rule.

*If you are looking to purchase a facemask , The Artists Open House Website has a list of local makers creating Non Surgical Masks for the public to buy here.

*Really useful post from Sussex CAMHS if Children and Young people are anxious re returning to school, alongside tips for parents and careers. Find it here.

*There is a statement from Brighton Council with advice on their website here regarding the reopening on the city.


  • If you are interested in online courses ‘WEA’ have many courses online on their website ranging from Arts to Science to work related courses.

Refugee Week:

This week is Refugee Week 15th to 21st June.

  • As Part of refugee week there are many events happening online, including the following one hosted by Euro-Mernet. Full details on the Facebook event page.

Monday 8th June Update

Hi all,

As usual please find links to information here:

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

Below is some information on courses , events and news which we hope will be of use.


  • Mothering in the time of Corona: Mothers Uncovered are offering two FREE online discussion groups via Zoom. A space to explore your life as a mother in a supportive peer-led groupEVENING: July 1, 8, 15, 22 : 8.00pm – 9.30pm – 4 sessionsDAYTIME: June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20 : 2.00 – 3.30pm – 5 sessions (Depending on who signs up, we may offer these as standalone sessions, or as the same participants for all 5 weeks).

    The groups will be limited to 6 participants and will include facilitated discussion and writing and mindfulness exercises.

    Open to all mothers of any age children. You can be based anywhere!

    Please call/text 07763 088458 or email  to sign up or for more information.


  • Free Guided Relaxation Classes online with Brighton Natural Health Centre – Weekly on Monday from 8 Jun to 26 Oct. Free guided relaxation sessions. Classes are open to all, suitable for complete beginners and are for anyone who wishes to pause, relax and re-connect. Follow link to register and join here.

    Online booking closes 30 minutes before the class start time. The link to the online class will be sent 10-15 minutes before the class start. Make sure to check your junk mail and email us at least 10 minutes before class if you have not received the link.

  • Some Gardens and National Trust Gardens are reopening, with timed entry and social distancing measures in place. For most of these garden prebooking is essential. Please see following website for more info: National Trust , Borde Hill , and Sussex Prairie Gardens .

Refugee Week

  • Refugee Radio are hosting an online concert for Refugee Week on Thursday 18th June at 7.30pm with  Best Foot Music. We will have some great music, all recorded in people’s back gardens over the past few days. Preview on their website and a link that will go live on the evening:

Thursday 4th June – Update

We hope everyone is staying safe.

As usual please find links to information here:

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

Brighton General Information: Brighton and Hove council are urging people if they don’t live in Brighton & Hove to stay away from the seafront, as otherwise it’s very difficult to maintain social distancing. They are also reminding people it is essential to stay 2 metres apart too.


Here are some online resources and events that may be of interest:


  • This week is National Volunteer Week. If you are interested in volunteering, do take a look at the opportunities available on our website here, alongside having a look at Community Works’ Website here. Please note that some opportunities may be worked remotely due to Covid, dependent on the nature of the role. Do check with the individual advertiser.


  • Open Strings are running an online sound and archive session on Friday 5th June. Join Bela & Bethan of Open Strings Music for a playful sound exploration using household objects to create music for archive radio clips. Further info on the eventbrite page here.


  • This weeks Mind Brighton and Hove’s Wellbeing tips focus on Ecotherapy , discussing outdoor activities in nature , with lots of suggestions to try at home too. Find it here.


  • Brighton Pride have announced We Are FABULOSO! An online digital extravaganza from the UK’s Biggest Pride Festival marking 30 years of campaigning, protest and celebration and helping raise essential funds for our LGBTQ+ community groups.Further info on their website.

Black Lives Matter:

  • We posted a selection of images on our social media, from Das Penman on instagram,in respect and support of #blackouttuesday for Black Lives Matter, on tuesday.
    Also the link here from our social media post by Youth Music Network it is a good starting point of resources including books, documentaries and people to follow.