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).
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!).
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!
After nearly a year we are finally really pleased that our funds have helped create a superb refurbished original wooden floor at the St. Richards Community Hall in Hangleton. So many community classes are held here from kids to seniors, dancing to Bingo, that it certainly gets well used! It is now set for a long and safe future and we wish Ann and her team well http://www.sthelensandstrichards.org/st-richards-community-centre.php
We are pleased to have been able to fund a really important (but perhaps not the most exciting..) piece of work allowing the joining up of the two ‘plots’ at this site in west Hove. Under Emma’s leadership this work is now approaching completion (see photos) and is fully accessible by all users. Here is a link http://www.plot22.org to all the wonderful events they offer to locals in a delightful setting. We are looking forward to a trustees site visit soon!!
The lovely new Homity pathway!
After an application was received from a Portslade cafe to help fund a community resource centre in an old, run-down park loo, we had to visit and see more! The brainchild of John Shepherd from Fresh Start Sussex he has almost single handedly rejuvinated the cafe in a beautiful park setting allowing dog walkers, kids and the older residents to once again appreciate the fresh air in safety whilst having a nice cuppa or cake and ice cream! Now with our grant he is looking to turn the gents side of the building into a small but
perfectly formed community training and meeting room. Early in 2016 ideas like a book club, PC & internet training, healthy living and meet and watch the footy results! (my favourite) will be started and more and more locals will benefit. Pop down and support him and his team.