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

Resources:

  • 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.

Courses

  • 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.

Theatre:

  • 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 hakit@khproject.org.uk or call / text 0742266576.

Wellbeing

  • 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.

Wellbeing:

 

Courses:

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

Events:

  • 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 www.oskabright.org
  • 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.

Courses:

  • 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.

Parenting:

  • 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 admin@mothersuncovered.com  to sign up or for more information.

Wellbeing:

  • 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: https://refugeeradio.org.uk/live-events/

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:

Volunteering:

  • 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.

Music:

  • 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.

Wellbeing:

  • 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.

LGBTQ:

  • 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.

Tuesday 26th Update

We hope everyone is staying safe and well.

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

Covid Support:

  • If you are based in Brighton and Hove and need support due to a covid issue, then this Covid Brighton and Hove website directory is a brilliant resource. It is also available translated in a range of languages.
  • Stay-up late has produced an excellent guide to Coronavirus aimed at people with learning difficulties. You can view the guide on their website here.

Here is a round of some resources and competitions we have seen online this week:

Writing:

  • If you are a keen writer Creative Futures deadline for their ‘Writers Award 2020’ is this Sunday 31st May. The Uk’s only writing competition for ALL under-represented writers. Further information here

Wellbeing 

  • Brighton Yoga Foundation are still offering their Free Community Class.Gentle Yoga for Emotional and Physical Wellbeing – Free Tuesdays 2-2.45 PM via Zoom. All genders welcome.A gentle yoga class combining movement, breathwork, mindfulness, and guided relaxation to help reduce stress and muscular tension, cultivate awareness, and create some space for body and mind. Beginners welcome. Unfortunately, this class is not suitable for pregnancy. Further information on our current outreach programme can be found here.
  • Mind have listed their top free or low cost wellbeing and mental health apps on their website here.

Food

  • Food Partnership have produced another excellent post, ‘Low-Cost Recipes and Healthy snacks’ on their website here.
  • Jack Monroe’s website is another excellent resource for cooking on a budget, here.

Culture

  • Hay Festival have gone digital this year, due to be unable to open. You can watch virtual events online. Full details on the website here.
  • This weeks National Theatre at Home play, is This House – A timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of 1970s British politics by James Graham. Streaming from 28 May at 7pm, UK time
  • Grayson’s Art Club on channel 4 is an excellent programme which encourages the nation to get creative. You can watch previous epsiodes’ online here.
  • The Tate’s website is packed full of resources, articles, inspiration and virtual tours of their collections if you are missing visiting galleries.

Take care and stay safe.

19th May – update

We hope everyone is doing well.

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

Libraries:

  • Brighton and Hove Libraries  –Brighton & Hove City Libraries is offering a free book delivery service to help raise spirits and improve well-being, during Covid 19. We can deliver standard print, large print or audio-books. If you are interested in having books delivered to your door, please contact us on 01237 290800, and after the voicemail message, press 1 to leave your name and phone number – don’t forget to say that you are interested in the Home Delivery Service! A member of staff will ring you back in the next 48 hours to discuss how we can best help you.
  • If you ​are interested in Brighton Libaray free e-book services, see their website. Please ring 01273 290800 and press 1 to leave a message or e-mail libraries@brighton-hove.gov.uk , if you have any questions or need help to use our e-services. We look forward to hearing from you.

Theatre:

  • National Theatre are continuing with their National Theatre at Home Screenings, from Thursday at 7pm for a week you can watch Young Vic production of Tennessee Williams‘ A Streetcar Named Desire.

Food:

  • Food Partnership have the most up to date resources, regarding food access and food deliveries on their website.
  • Eating Well on a Budget, is another useful blog post also by Food Partnership.

Sleep

Homeschooling:

  • Blog post by the Green Parent, which features a big round up of lots of useful play, stories, education , art and podcasts for children.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, with the theme being Kindness. If you are struggling, do talk to someone or contact one of the resources below. We are all living in very tricky times at the moment, which can undoubtedly put a huge strain on our mental health.

Also if you are in the position to, do reach out to friends and family to check in on them. We are all more physically disconnected at the moment, due to the UK lockdown, but we can still be there for one and other, offering support via phone and other video technologies. A small act of kindness can help and encourage someone who is struggling, making them feel less alone.

Below is a list of resources we hope may be of help.