Wed 25th March Update

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

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

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.

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 

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