Trustees grants meeting

MAY 2021

Once again our Trustees have managed to meet remotely to assess our continuing COVID-19 crisis response and the best new community focused grants applications that are becoming viable as lockdown receeds further. Under these continuing, challenging circumstances, £17k of new funds were agreed across various sectors operating in Sussex. A particular strand was the elderly and dementia causes. They also took the decision to award a third significant sum to the Sussex Crisis fund – Support & Recovery phase allowing focussed support to sectors recognised as the most needy as we unlock. Another creative and decisive session which we hope puts our funds to where they are most needed right now.

A selection of the new groups we are now pleased to be supporting:

  • Act on It
  • Pick Your Own
  • Dementia Support

We were also able to offer new funding to a few previous groups allowing them to continue and expand their amazing work. Take a bow PLOT22 allotment, Marlets Hospice wellbeing sessions and the amazing Bevy meals on wheels service. A small but much needed sum was also agreed for Jumping Beans pre-school activity garden in Eastbourne.

Our next physical grants meeting is scheduled to take place in October 2021. (application deadline is 30th September 2021).

COVID CRISIS FUND

Continuing COVID-19 funds and Spring ’21.

We have decided to provide another grant to the new SCF SUSSEX CRISIS FUND – Support and Recovery phase. If your continuing need is COVID-19 related then please take a look here https://sussexgiving.org.uk/apply-for-grants/how-it-works/ and see if you can apply. We have also provided extra funding to some of our established causes, provided launch funding for the new Hollingdean Foodbank (opened 8th February) and have repurposed grants for other projects to resume in early ’21. The next Homity Trust general Grants round is now the Trustees Autumn meeting, application deadline 30th September through the specific page on this site. We send our best wishes to all those services continuing to be affected by the pandemic.

Whitehawk & Hollingdean foodbanks

REGULAR and new FUNDING

We are really pleased to have been able to react quickly in providing emergency additional funding to help with the immediate need for extra food and hygiene supplies at Whitehawk. This will help Joe and his team offer increased support to those in real need at this difficult time. The Trustees have also agreed to provide an increased regular grant so that the basics offering can be expanded to cover more personal hygiene products and build on the ‘monthlies’ packs already offered to users. The NEW Hollingdean foodbank has also just opened (February 8th) unfortunately in response to increased demand since COVID-19 struck. We have supplied initial seed funding and wish Doug and his team well at the fiveways St Richards church site.

Keep up the great and so much needed work.

Brighton Bike Hub

We have provided some urgent funding to support this amazing, community bike hub off Lewes Road, Brighton. Full of helpful, energetic staff the workshop will look at any bike issue big or small (I borrowed an 8mm allen key..) which is especially helpful during the COVID-19 restrictions. Part of the Lewes Road Clean Air group Duncan and his team are waiting to help you sort out that bike. Great effort!

Plot22 haven

Beautiful sunshine accompanied a long overdue revisit to the amazing Plot 22 in west Hove pre COVID-19. Our newest trustee Marcus was able to experience first hand the green calm that this site oozes. Thanks to Emma and her brilliant volunteers this hidden gem is able to run numerous support groups (even remotely during COVID..) providing community involvement and therapy, and great tea & cake too (not remotely!) We are pleased to have been involved since the start and the amount of mental and physical wellbeing eminating from their oasis is priceless. They are always looking for donations, both financial and voluntary and we are pleased to continue our support. Their annual summer Cream tea fundraiser (fingers crossed for 2021) is unmissable and the sun always seems to shine out here too.. http://www.plot22.org

Martlets Hospice Hove – 2020/21 Grant

The Homity Trust are once again pleased to support the incredible Martlets team with a continuation of the annual grant for their Coffee morning project. These sessions are now operating remotely and providing much needed mental support during the COVID restrictions. Scheduled on at least a monthly basis, these interactive sessions are designed to develop the social support activities offered to their patients and carers using the Day services at the hospice. It is especially beneficial to those who have become socially isolated due to health and mobility issues. A broad range of activities will be offered from quizzes and guest speakers through to relaxation, wellbeing and musical sessions. Gary and his team have been truly amazing in adapting to the wide ranging needs of the users and we look forward to continuing our financial support.

http://www.themartlets.org.uk

Finally! Bevendean playground opens

After 2 years and much hard work by Jayne and her Friends of Farm Green community group, the new playground is complete. Thanks to support from various small groups, and BHCC, the kids can now enjoy new equipment in a safe environment. Homity were pleased to be part of this from the initial ‘wobbleboard’ grant and look forward to being at the official opening on March 23rd – come along!

The Clocktower Sanctuary

The Homity Trust provide a regular grant to this fantastic facility in central Brighton. This funding enables more young people to visit the day centre and use the numerous support services on offer.

During 2020 the centre carried out a major overhaul of its 1st floor day centre and Homity are very pleased to have been able to offer financial support towards this. Our trustees look forward to this being available for users when the pandemic retreats and in the meantime we continue with our regular general funding into 2021.

The Clocktower Sanctuary delivers the only drop in service providing all round information, advice and support to homeless young people under 25 in Brighton. Here they can engage with their peers and access visiting agencies free of worry. It really is an oasis in the centre of our city and has such an energetic and positive vibe with wonderful staff.

http://www.thects.org.uk

Easthill Park cafe – Portslade

Our Trustees also visited the upgraded tiny, but perfectly formed new ‘training’ kitchen room in Portslade. Under the leadership of John and Fresh Start Sussex, this community hub will be used for community gatherings and events. This includes training the more silver haired among us to get onto the web so that important sites like EBay, Facebook, BBC sports etc can be used! Additionally more valid training on legal forms, online banking, Skype etc will also be taught. It’s a delightful, laid back setting and Homity were very pleased to fund these changes to benefit locals. John also runs more formal cafe training for youngsters looking to get a foot in the catering trade – here’s some Barista instruction in action! Great tea, cakes and ice cream are available too!

We have recently funded a couple of ‘pop up’ gazebos to allow John “Mr Portslade’ to run events outside the cafe and further afield. Here’s the first one, looks like it just needs a cuppa and some cake (both available!).

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden & The Bevy

Homity finally made a trip out East to see the fabulous MFGP and then onto the linked and nearby Bevy. Inspirational Warren was a great guide and with his large team of willing helpers has transformed a once derelict sloping allotment site behind Moulsecoomb station into a vibrant and productive wonderland. From team lunches around the fire to a magical self built wooden cabin, poly houses and neat veg patches, this place has a great vibe which shows in all the young and older kids happily doing manual work (and not an iPhone in site!). We are all looking forward to their summer Open Day on 20th July, please come along.

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden

A quick skip across Lewes Road takes us to The Bevy, one of the very few Community owned public houses in the country. This place buzzes with all that is right about community energy. It has beer (the magnificent Bevendean beast was tested and is gorgeous..) home cooked food, a Friday friends lunch club, dementia friendly events, local kids learning kitchen skills and endless friendliness. Ian and his staff have transformed the building with much support from locals and various funders, so why not find a reason to visit soon?

Homity looks forward to being involved with both these community ventures, BIG thanks to everyone involved. Keep it up!