Tuesday 12th May – update.

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

Children and Young People

  • Food Partnership ‘Kids World Food’ online cookery class is happening tomorrow (Wednesday 13th May). The class is on a pay as you feel basis, with the theme of Mexican food and is suitable for kids age 7 plus. Full details here.
  • Brighton & Hove Libraries, daily storytelling for children via their Facebook Page here.
  • 30 Days Wild , Sussex Wildlife Trust host this every June, to bring people closer to nature. Sign up via their website for a free activity pack excellent for Children and adults alike.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe are showing Macbeth , created especially for Young People, via Youtube, until Schools reopen.
  • Evolve are still open for referrals. Want to start planning for life after isolation? Wanting to learn and grow while stuck at home? If you or someone you work with is homeless and would benefit from 1-1 work and learning coaching. Can offer phone, online or postal meetings and resources, support to identify goals, targeted activities and much more to prepare for the future. Contact evolve@brightonymca.co.uk or call 07873164977

Theatre

  • National Theatre are continuing with their weekly free play showings via youtube. From Thursday 14th May at 7pm until Thursday 21st May they will be showing ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ A never-before-seen archive recording of Inua Ellams’ smash-hit play, about the places where banter is barbed, and the truth is telling.

Wellbeing

  • Mind Brighton and Hove are continuing to do their weekly wellbeing tips on their website.
  • Free audio resources for Mindfulness here
  • Brighton and Hove Wellbeing website regularly update with what services they can currently offer.

Wednesday 6th May Update

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

We hope everyone is doing well. Todays’ post is going to focus on free positive resources which you can access online.

  • Harry Potter at Home: Free audio reading of  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in its entirety, available for free on video and also audio on spotify. Each chapter will be read by a different celebrity, with new videos arriving weekly for the next 17 weeks.  Chapter One can be watched for free here.
  • National Theatre at Home: This weeks play is Antony & Cleopatra, streaming from 7pm UK time on Thursday 7 May. Bookmark it on YouTube.
  • Yoga With Adrienne – Lots of free videos on her youtube channel for beginners to more advanced yogi.
  • Big BrightONline Weekend Festival – As May is normally the start of festival season, why not attend the online festival instead. There is a range of events from comedy, to music to turtle feeding at the sealife centre! Full details and timetable on their facebook page here.
  • Great guardian article here on tips if you are ‘Struggling to Read or Write During Lockdown
  • Fender has released a 3 month free trial during lockdown for it’s online guitar lessons. See further details on their website.
  • Mass Observation Archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. They are currently collecting and recording people’s reflections on their Covid-19 experiences. They are interested in hearing from community groups and schools as well as individuals. This can be in the form of journals, writings or drawings. If you are interested in participating please see their website.

Also if you need it here is a link to our 2020 Poster Guide on our website here. Understandably there has been a change to services since publication, but sharing in case of use, there is links to local mental health services there should you need to access them.

Stay safe. We will be back next Monday with our Covid-19 and service updates.

Tuesday 5th May – update

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

Children

  • Brighton and Hove Council, are encouraging Children to join in with a ‘Meerkat Hunt‘ on their daily exercise trip. Further information about how children can get involved on their website.

Mental Health

  • Community Roots can offer mental health support and is a network of local services in Brighton and Hove.

Loneliness

  • Together Co is a really useful contact if you are feeling lonely and isolated. Please see their website for further details or call 01273 775888

Bereavement Support

  • Cruse can offer support and counselling if you are suffering a bereavement. They have also set up a seperate section on their website regarding support during the coronavirus crisis.

Finance

  • Very useful article (found via Healthwatch!) from Money Saving expert regarding finance and bill help during this time.

Art

  • Do you work in the arts sector in Brighton & Hove or surrounding areas? You can sign up to free 45 min 1:1 surgeries with an experienced team of the creative industry and business leaders to discuss any challenges you may be having. Website here.
  • A new channel 4 programme ‘Art Club‘ hosted by Grayson Perry is helping to unlock our creativity during lockdown. Available to watch here.

Monday 4th May – Update

We hope everyone is staying safe, as usual general advice here:

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

New Resource Directory

  • Covid Brighton and Hove website has been launched by Community Works ,Trust for Developing Communities, Sussex Community Foundation and NHS B&H Clinical Commissioning Group. This website is the most up to date resource for seeking help and signposting. It covers a range of issues from debt, foodbanks, loneliness and any issues you may be facing due to coronavirus. It is also available translated too.
  • Brighton Lifelines also has lots of good resources and support for older people on their facebook and website.

Wellbeing

  • Mind Brighton and Hove’s weekly wellbeing tips is now live. This weeks’ wellbeing sheet looks at ‘Take Notice’ by being present. Lots of free activities you can get involved in.

Older People

Wednesday 29th April – Update

Hi everyone, as usual general advice here:

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

Today’s post is  a quick update on Health and LGBTQ services in the city.

Health

  • Healthwatch have posted a really informative and helpful post here. Encouraging everyone to access medical help if needed and emphasising the NHS is still open for non-coromavirus medical issues.
  • Mental Health Phoneline – Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has expanded the Sussex Mental Healthline – 0300 5000 101 , they are now providing a 24/7 service to people needing urgent help with their mental health.
  • Brighton and Hove STI Testing Week- is this week (Monday 27th April to Sunday 3rd May). You can order a free STI testing kit here
  • Also please see Brighton and Hove Sexual Health website for service updates during this time.

LGBTQ

  • Mindout – Advocacy and Online Services will continue to be open. f you would like to speak to a MindOut member of staff: info@mindout.org.uk  01273 234839 or alternatively visit their website where there is often online chat available.
  • Brighton and Hove Switchboard – Services still running online and via phone. Please visit their website for all the different services they offer.

Tuesday 28th April – Update and positive resources

Please find today’s update. Below is the usual advice, but we have decided to use this post to round up positive and free resources you can access online during lockdown.

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

 

  • Arundel Garden Tulip Festival.  As they can’t open, they have set up a website with videos and photos, so the public can still view the gardens and spring bulbs!
  • Find My Past – If you are a Brighton and Hove Library member, you can have free access to Find My Past. It contains birth, marriage and death records, censuses, military records and local newspapers from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the US and Canada. Please email libraries@brighton-hove.gov.uk for details how how to log in. Perfect for starting to do your family tree.
  • The Food Partnership have produced ‘An Eating Well with Limited Equipment’ recipe booklet. They worked with a registered nutritionist and those living in temporary accommodation with limited access to equipment.
  • Free Open University Courses – lots of courses you can undertake for free (nearly 1000).
  • National Theatre are still streaming free plays every Thursday (and then on their youtube for a week). This Thursday  7pm on 30 April, Frankenstein: Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle directs Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.  
  • Audible has released a collection of hundreds of free to stream audiobooks for Children                       
  • Rosetta Stone is giving 3 months free access to language lessons for Children.
  • Pub Quiz via Gooose: Edinburgh-based Goose’s Quizzes are hosting nightly pub quizzes at 7pm. Just form a virtual team, download the google form, answer the questions and the winner will be announced the next day. Full details on their website.
    •  RHS Grow at Home – This week is National Gardening Week and the RHS website has lots of ideas for growing at home and great activities for kids too. We hope you like the suggestions of some of the resources you can access for free at home.

Monday 27th April – Update

We hope everyone is staying safe and doing well in these uncertain times. Please find today’s update.

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

Wellbeing

  • Mind Brighton and Hove are producing ‘Wellbeing Weekly Tips’ which are well worth looking at. This weeks theme is How to Stay Active. See this post and the previous weeks here.
  •  Brighton Yoga Foundation started a new community class, Gentle Yoga for Emotional and Physical Wellbeing, that will be open to anyone who feels they may benefit from yoga during the COVID-19 crisis.  Donation based.Beginners welcome.

Young People

    • The Hangleton and Knoll Project Youth team are running lots of their projects online. Website and contact details for project here  Timetable here:

Stalking

  • Vertitas Justice  have launched a new online live chat feature for anyone affected by stalking in Sussex. Chat to them via their website here. Also you can still report stalking to Sussex Police. , Call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non emergency.
  • Sussex Stalking Support is also still running a service during this time , see their website for a full update and how you can get in touch if needed here.

Domestic Abuse:

  • Rise are still operating during the pandemic. If you need support you can still call the RISE helpline 9-5 Mon-Fri on 01273 622 828. Out of hours please call the 24-hour National Domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000247. Rise’s website here.

Arts:

  • The Brighton & Hove Arts & Creative Industries Commission has a new website that is hosting resources, funds, online surgeries, and space to advertise any local virtual events happening.
  • Creative Future are currently running their annual free to enter writing competition, open to writers from under-represented backgrounds . You can submit poetry and/or fiction and the theme is ‘Tomorrow’. There’s over £12K worth of cash and professional development prizes up for grabs too. The deadline for entries is 31 May.

Wed 22nd April Update

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.

Tue 21st April Update

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

Mon 20th April Update

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.