This is where you can pledge support or donate to either BrightonSoup or one of the projects who pitched at BrightonSoup on 24 June 2022.
It is not just about money. All our inspiring community projects can benefit from support and donations of time, support, equipment, expertise and network building. So much can happen from connections made on the night.
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Brighton Yoga Foundation – Therapeutic Yoga Course
To provide free, friendly and inclusive yoga to people who would not normally be able to access it.
After the past 2 years mental health cases have risen significantly. Loneliness, isolation and anxiety cases have reached and all time high. Yoga is proven to be hugely beneficial for physical and mental health; reducing anxiety, improving mood and strengthening the body.
Yet many people (often those in most need) feel unable to access regular classes due to either real or perceived barriers. Barriers include financial challenges, feeling anxious about attending a class or feel that reduced mobility/pain conditions may exclude them from yoga.
Our outreach project provides teachers who are specially selected and trained to run yoga sessions that are inclusive, safe and supportive bringing the many benefits of yoga to people who are the most in need.
Contact: Camille Pierson
Harriett’s Press is a creative laundry project in Brighton Open Market.
We offer free, self-service laundry facilities for those experiencing hygiene poverty and people without access to white goods. Whilst you wait we have tea/coffee/biscuits and a range of creative activities.
Hygiene poverty is described as not being able to afford the everyday items most people take for granted like shampoo, soap and laundry items.
There is no national data on hygiene poverty but we know that people stop buying hygiene products long before they access foodbanks. We aim to take the stigma out of hygiene poverty by taking the focus away from the machines and onto the creative activities.
The people who currently use the facilities are living in temporary accommodation, council tenants and low-income renters. Our long term ambition is to open a creative, community-run laundrette on London Road.
Contact: Harriett’s Press Project Manager – Emily Atkinson
Moulsecoomb Community Market
We began as a traditional foodbank, in response to the pandemic – an event that highlighted and exacerbated the inequalities that already existed. Now, the current economic climate means that even more people, including those in work, are really struggling.
We are now a community-led social supermarket, providing our members with regular, weekly access to varied, healthy and affordable food, in return for a small contribution. We give people choice and dignity, values that are central to our project.
We are always looking for ways to expand improve the quality and variety of what we provide. We rely upon donations, surplus food, grants, volunteers, and lots of fundraising!
In an area that is really struggling, the market provides both a lifeline and source of pride.
Contact: Moulsecoomb Community Market
Phone: 07925 523924
YMCA – Gardening for Recovery
We will work with clients to renovate the communal courtyards of two of our central-Brighton supported housing sites.
We hope to refurbish each courtyard into client-led, therapeutic, recovery gardens, where clients in recovery can reduce their isolation, improve their wellbeing, share and develop gardening skills.
Clients of William Collier and Leslie Best have a past history of homelessness, and have often faced difficulties such as addiction, domestic violence, mental health issues, and isolation exacerbated by lockdowns.
Some clients do not feel safe or comfortable in public outdoor spaces. Some have previously had allotments, and have expertise and energy to offer, but we do not currently have the resources for them to nurture and share their passion.
By working together with clients to create greener spaces where they feel safe, they can engage in healthy activities, share skills for life, and build a sense of community.
Contact: YMCA Brighton
Phone: 01273 220900