Since 2008, East Brighton Trust has given out over £284,000 helping fund everything from school minibuses to local festivals, OAP trips, gardening groups, children’s playgroups and sports clubs.
If you are involved in a group in Moulsecoomb, Bates Estate, Saunders Park, Manor Farm, Whitehawk or Higher Bevendean and could use a grant of up to £500 to purchase new materials or run an event please get in touch.
The deadline for our small-grant applications is 30th June.
Concordia International Volunteers is a charity which offers affordable volunteering opportunities worldwide to young people, with the admirable mission of “Fostering cross-cultural understanding and friendship by providing young people with quality opportunities for international volunteering, work experience, education and training”.
Last year, Concordia received an East Brighton Trust grant to fund a 2 week residential project making improvements to Moulsecoomb School.
Concordia's Francesca elaborates:
"We have been working with Moulsecoomb School for around 5 years now providing international volunteers to help at the school and also Moulsecoomb Forest Garden. Volunteers have helped to improve the school grounds, help out in the classrooms and spend two days a week with the local community at the forest garden. This is really important for the school as it gives an international flavour for two weeks and allows the children to meet other people from around the world and learn about different cultures which is really encouraged. Especially as many of the children may never have been abroad etc.
We placed 10 international volunteers this year from Russia, Korea, Canada, Germany, Spain, Vietnam, Poland and Italy. The East Brighton Trust grant helps to support the volunteers and covers the cost of the volunteers food while they are on the project. The school really enjoy having the group around and broadening the horizons of young people and the local community and without the grant the volunteers would not be able to spend time at the school."
From the look of these photos, it looks like the volunteers had a fantastic time!
East Brighton's Wellesley FC was set up back in July 2012 when Wellesley Wealth Advisory teamed up with Albion in the Community, Brighton and Hove Albion’s charity arm, to sponsor the creation and development of 2 football teams, which play in the Sussex Sunday Youth league.
Also, known as East Brighton Community Football Club, the project enables over 60 young men in Whitehawk to play competitive football and offers them access to coaching and support with qualified coaches as well as a minibus which takes them to away fixtures.
The club consists of an under-16 and under-18 team, and is one of only 4 community teams nationwide run by clubs in the football league. It marks the first time that Albion in the Community has been directly involved in running a competitive side.
Richard Rochford, director of Wellesley Wealth Advisory, said of the boys in the Argus last year " It has been fascinating to watch how the discipline of sport has had a positive effect on their behaviour both on and off the field."
This year, East Brighton Trust were delighted to be able to help them out with a grant to pay for the team to take a trip all the way up for a match at Anfield!
Check out these snaps of the team on the pitch and in the changing rooms, and if you're interested in finding out more or getting involved, look them up on the Wellesley Football Club Facebook Page.
Not to be deterred by the rain, the Easter bunny paid a visit to the Bates Estate this Bank Holiday Monday for an Easter Fun Day!
An Easter egg hunt was organised at Moulsecoomb Hall by the Bates Estate Residents Association and after finding one of the hidden plastic eggs, local children could exchange them for an egg of the chocolate variety!
Pupils at Moulsecoomb school helped make posters for the event and a grant from the East Brighton Trust went towards the cost of the Easter egg prizes, hiring the hall and refreshments.
Dozens of children came along with their families to take part in the egg hunt and for a disco in the hall and Brian Simmons of the Residents Association said "We thought our Halloween event was a success, but this has been even better!"