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:


  • 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


  • 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 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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 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.



  • 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.

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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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:


  • 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.


  • 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.