The Sussex Beacon’s Shops Hold Spooky Secret Auction for Halloween

The Sussex Beacon’s charity shops on St James Street and London Road are getting in the Halloween spirit by holding a secret auction for a range of weird and wonderful items displayed in their windows.

 

As well as traditional Halloween decorations, the St James street shop window has an old apothecary style cabinet with jars and lights. The London Road store has a mad scientist lab display complete with a bubbling crocodile head in ‘formaldehyde.’ Items up for grabs include electric static energy balls, old Victorian magnifying glasses, books, bell jars and stuffed crows!

 

All the items in the window are included in the auction. Bids are placed in a sealed box until Halloween, when the box is opened and the highest bidders are revealed.

 

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon said “Our Halloween Auction is amazing! If you’re looking for something unique, bizarre or a talking point, there are plenty of things to choose from. Even better, the winning bids will go towards our vital work, supporting people living with HIV across Sussex. It’s a great cause, so we hope to see plenty of people ‘coffin’ up.”

Join The Sussex Beacon Fundraising and Communications team!

Local charity The Sussex Beacon is recruiting for two new roles, a Community Fundraiser and a Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator. The two part-time roles are an excellent opportunity to join the dedicated team at The Sussex Beacon and make a real difference to its work, helping people living with HIV across Sussex.

Over the last year and during a difficult period for the charity financially, the two roles were empty and a partial recruitment freeze was in place. However, The Sussex Beacon is now in a position to recruit again and hopes to increase both its fundraising and profile locally.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said “It feels great to be in a position where we can look to the future and recruit for key roles like these. We’re hoping to find two proactive, enthusiastic individuals who will fit seamlessly into our team. As well as being a fantastic opportunity career wise, we’re a friendly bunch, all passionate about what we’re doing, so it’s a brilliant place to work.”

To apply, or find out more, potential candidates can visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk, call 01273 694222 or email hr@sussexbeacon.org.uk  The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 5th November 2017.

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV through both inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex each year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission last year. For further information about The Sussex Beacon please visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk.

Community Fundraiser (22.5 hours per week)

Are you a dynamic, ambitious and innovative individual looking for your next challenge? Would you like the opportunity to progress your career within a much loved local charity? Look no further! A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Community Fundraiser to join The Sussex Beacon, a charity dedicated to supporting people living with HIV.

Salary: £21-25,000 pro rata dependent on experience.

We are recruiting a Community Fundraiser to identify, build and develop partnerships with community and business organisations and maximise the potential of individual supporters. We are looking for a self-starter with community fundraising experience or someone who can bring their transferable skills and experience to the post.

The role will include specific targets for raising funds through community and corporate fundraising activities. You will be part of a Fundraising and Communications Team, predominately working out in the community and will be expected to organise, manage and prioritise your own workload with periods of minimal supervision. The organisation hopes to grow this area of fundraising and is looking to recruit someone who is proactive and can develop the scope of our fundraising activities.

The Sussex Beacon offers a fun, friendly and supportive working environment with excellent benefits such as generous annual leave, free parking, a subsidised canteen, beautiful working environment and the opportunity to work on our well-respected event the Brighton Half Marathon.

This really is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference raising invaluable income for this worthy cause.

To apply, please download the person specification, job description, application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form below. CV’s will not be accepted.

 

For a full job description and person specification, please click here.

To apply please download the following forms:

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

And return to hr@sussexbeacon.org.uk.

Closing date for applications midnight Friday 12th January 2018.

Any questions? Feel free to give us a call on 01273 694222 or email hr@sussexbeacon.org.uk.

The Rainbow Fund donates £7,500 to The Sussex Beacon

The Rainbow Fund donated £7,500 to The Sussex Beacon last night, which will go towards the charity’s group work for people living with HIV. The cheque was awarded to The Sussex Beacon at a grant presentation event at the Brighton Hilton Metropole.

 

The Sussex Beacon runs groups which help people manage their health, become more informed about HIV, challenge the effects of stigma, combat isolation and become more confident. Among other things, the grant will be spent on mindfulness groups, a monthly women’s group and two six week groups focusing on managing wellbeing.

 

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said “We were absolutely delighted to hear our bid had been successful. Our group work gives people living with HIV the opportunity to meet others, share experiences and gather information. For some, they are a real lifeline, especially if they are feeling isolated or lonely. This grant will directly help those people and ensure we can keep supporting them over the coming year. Huge thanks go to the Rainbow Fund, the grant will make a big difference.”

 

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV through both inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex each year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission last year. For further information about The Sussex Beacon please visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk.

Fall in UK HIV Diagnoses

Public Health England published new figures today showing an 18% decrease in HIV diagnoses in the UK in 2016. This is the largest decrease we’ve ever seen.

 

Increased testing, prompt treatment with antiretroviral drugs and use of the preventative drug PrEP have all contributed to the trend. However, 42% of people are still being diagnosed late, so testing and prevention campaigns are still vital as we tackle the epidemic in the UK.

 

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon said “This is really encouraging news. It shows that HIV prevention work is highly effective and can make a significant difference in just a year. Each person who is told they have HIV, is one too many. So despite budgets being stretched, we must keep up the momentum.”

 

Further information is available here

The Sussex Beacon awarded volunteering ‘gold standard’

Local HIV charity The Sussex Beacon has been awarded an ‘Investing in Volunteers’ accreditation, a ‘gold standard’ given to organisations which follow volunteering good practice.

The Sussex Beacon had to fulfil a range of criteria to be awarded the accreditation. The charity needed to demonstrate it was committing appropriate resources to volunteers, developing appropriate roles for them, had a clear recruitment process, had procedures in place to introduce new volunteers to the charity, took account of the varying support and supervision needs of individual volunteers and ensured that their contribution was recognised and valued.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “I’m delighted that we’ve been awarded this ‘gold standard’ accreditation for our work in this area. We have a brilliant team of volunteers, who are incredibly dedicated and absolutely vital to the smooth running of The Sussex Beacon. We couldn’t do without them.”

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV through both inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex each year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission last September. For further information about The Sussex Beacon please visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk.

Anyone interested in volunteering for The Sussex Beacon can apply online at www.sussexbeacon.org.uk/volunteer or call Jan on 01273 694 222. All volunteers at The Sussex Beacon are given training relevant to their role, on-going support and their expenses are paid.