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.

Golden Cross Equestrian Centre raises £500 for The Sussex Beacon with pole painting party

On August 27th, Golden Cross Equestrian Centre raised £500 for local HIV charity, The Sussex Beacon, by holding a ‘pole painting party’ where clients and supporters painted show jumps in exchange for charity donations.

 

Golden Cross is an established show venue, livery and competition stables located in East Sussex. Over 45 people attended the event where each show jump pole painted resulted in the Equestrian Centre making a £5 donation to The Sussex Beacon. Golden Cross is now planning further fundraising activities in the coming year, including a Charity Gala, and singalong movie nights in the arena.

 

Alex Osborn, Owner of Golden Cross Equestrian Centre said “I’ve been to The Sussex Beacon and seen first-hand the amazing work they do supporting people living with HIV. I wanted to help and a pole painting party seemed like a fantastic way to do that. We got our show jumps painted in a day, we had the opportunity to raise awareness of HIV and we got to write a big cheque to a very worthwhile charity – perfect!”

 

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “We are so grateful to Alex at the Equestrian Centre and all the people who turned up on the day and got stuck in with the painting. All the money raised will go towards our vital work, supporting people living with HIV in Sussex. Community support like this is invaluable and we’re looking forward to the next fundraising event already!”

 

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV a year, offering both inpatient and outpatient services to improve health and promote independence. Those using the charity’s services may be facing serious HIV related illnesses, dealing with mental health issues or struggling to cope with the side effects of new drug regimes. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the independent health regulator, The Sussex Beacon provides first class care and support to those in need. To find out more visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk

Local businesses raise over £4,600 for The Sussex Beacon during Pride week

Money has been counted and local businesses raised over £4,600 for The Sussex Beacon during Pride week at the beginning of August. The total raised so far is £4675, with a few more donations still to be submitted.

A team from The Sussex Beacon joined the Pride Parade in an open top bus, taking the opportunity to thank local people for their support.

Some of the fundraising included:

  • A Disco Lovers Pride Street Party which raised £55
  • The Duke of York’s Picture House on Preston Road charged revellers £1 to use its toilets raising over £130
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland customer care centre raised £100 with more still to come
  • OS Barber Shop donated takings of over £430
  • The Railway Tavern raised over £250
  • The Amsterdam Bar & Kitchen raised £500 selling glittery Brighton Pride T-shirts in aid of the charity.
  • The Grosvenor raised approximately £95.
  • The Sussex Beacon’s shop on James Street raised over £3000.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “We are so grateful to all the fantastic organisations and individuals who raised money for The Sussex Beacon during Pride. What a generous lot! The donations will make a huge difference to our work, supporting people living with HIV across Sussex.”

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV a year, offering both inpatient and outpatient services to improve health and promote independence. Those using the charity’s services may be facing serious HIV related illnesses, dealing with mental health issues or struggling to cope with the side effects of new drug regimes. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the independent health regulator, The Sussex Beacon provides first class care and support to those in need.

Brighton Based HIV charity is seeking Trustees to join its Board

HIV charity The Sussex Beacon, is seeking new Trustees to join its Board from September onwards.

Trustees are charged with helping the charity achieve its mission, setting strategic direction, checking progress against strategy and ensuring that the organisation is financially sound and compliant with all relevant laws and regulations. The Board meets formally six times a year.

The Sussex Beacon is looking for up to six new Trustees with experience in any of the following areas:
• Experience/knowledge of HIV
• Marketing, communications, fundraising
• Law
• Human Resources
• Financial control
• Building/facilities management
• Multi-site retail operations

Trustees would be expected to commit five to six days a year, including attending the six, two-hour board meetings, a half day retreat, plus relevant committee meetings. They are also strongly encouraged to attend public and fundraising events during the year.

The Sussex Beacon has had a difficult year after funding cuts put services at risk. Local support, grants secured from non-statutory funding bodies and a restructure have put the charity in a better financial position. The charity is now in the process of being re-designed to become more sustainable and less reliant on NHS funding.

Lynette Lowndes, Chair of Trustees at The Sussex Beacon said, “The Sussex Beacon is a fantastic charity, recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the health regulator. As Chair, I’ve seen first-hand how it has saved and changed the lives of many people living with HIV. We’re now hoping to recruit some new Trustees who are passionate about what we do and who can lend their skills and experience to help secure the charity’s future. If you think you fit the bill, please get in touch, we’d love some new additions to our dedicated team.”

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV a year, offering both inpatient and outpatient services to improve health and promote independence. Those using the charity’s services may be facing serious HIV related illnesses, dealing with mental health issues or struggling to cope with the side effects of new drug regimes. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, The Sussex Beacon provides first class care and support to those in need.

Those interested in applying to be Trustee should contact Simon Dowe for application details: simon.dowe@sussexbeacon.org.uk

Local businesses proud to support The Sussex Beacon

A number of businesses are raising money for local HIV charity The Sussex Beacon, in the run up to and during Brighton Pride this week. A team from The Sussex Beacon will be on an open top bus during the Pride parade, to thank local people for their support.

Some of the fundraising efforts going on across Brighton for The Sussex Beacon include:

  • A Disco Lovers Pride Street Party at Brighton Rocks Kemptown is raising money all weekend. A percentage of money raised from a special drink ‘the disco lovers drinkie’ will be donated, a glitter T-shirt stall will also raise funds, alongside a bucket collection.
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland customer care centre in Brighton is fundraising all week.
  • OS Barber Shop in George street, Kemptown, will be donating Friday’s takings.
  • The Sussex Yeoman pub is donating 10% of its brunch takings on Saturday.
  • The Railway Club is running a Pre-Pride fundraising party on Friday night.
  • The Duke of York’s Picture House on Preston Road has a unique way of raising money for The Sussex Beacon during Pride, it will be charging revellers £1 to use its toilets – £1 a pee!
  • The Amsterdam Bar & Kitchen is selling glittery Brighton Pride T-shirts in aid of the charity. T-shirts are £12.50 and they have samples at the bar for people to try before they buy.
  • Fundraising T-shirts are also available to buy from ‘The T Chest’ on Gardner Street.

The Sussex Beacon has had a difficult year, after funding cuts put services at risk. A campaign to #savethesussexbeacon was launched and local support has been incredible. This, alongside non-statutory grants and a restructure, has meant the charity has been able to keep its doors open. The organisation is now in the process of being adapted to become more sustainable and less reliant on NHS funding.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “Local businesses are really pulling out all the stops to support us this week and we’re so grateful. There are loads of ways to help us – buy a fundraising drink or T-shirt, drop a few coins in a bucket or even pay to go to the loo! The money raised ensures we can help those people with HIV who really need us in the year ahead. Thanks so much and have a fabulous Pride!”

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV a year, offering both inpatient and outpatient services to improve health and promote independence. Those using the charity’s services may be facing serious HIV related illnesses, dealing with mental health issues or struggling to cope with the side effects of new drug regimes. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the independent health regulator, The Sussex Beacon provides first class care and support to those in need. To find out more visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk

Brighton Based HIV charity calls for volunteers to join its team

HIV and sexual heath charity The Sussex Beacon, is calling for volunteers to come forward and help with its vital work, supporting people living with HIV. A wide range of roles are available and the charity matches people to posts based on their interests, skills and experience.

The charity is currently recruiting:

  • Fundraisers
  • Reception and administration staff
  • Kitchen/dining room staff
  • Event support
  • Gardeners
  • Shop assistants
  • People to collect/deliver items to The Sussex Beacon charity shops

and more…

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “Volunteers are a vital part of The Sussex Beacon, we simply couldn’t function effectively without them. We’re now looking for more people to join our enthusiastic, dedicated team. A little of your time could make a huge difference to local people living with HIV, so if you’re interested, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.”

The Sussex Beacon’s volunteer team recently won an award for its work with young volunteers. A ‘certificate of recognition’ was awarded by Skills Training UK, an organisation that supports disadvantaged young people to develop skills, qualifications and gain vital work experience with local employers.  A number of young people from the Skills Training UK programme have worked as volunteers in The Sussex Beacon’s shops.

All volunteers at The Sussex Beacon are given training relevant to their role, on-going support and their expenses are paid. As well as helping others, volunteering often helps those doing it to develop transferable skills and can sometimes lead to other employment opportunities.

To apply, go online at www.sussexbeacon.org.uk/volunteer or call Jan on 01273 694 222.

WAGAMAMA CONTINUES TO MAKE IT RAIN(BOW) FOR THE LGBT+ COMMUNITY

Thursday 3rd August: Pan-Asian restaurant wagamama has extended its London campaign #makeitrainbow to celebrate Brighton & Hove Pride this weekend.

The day’s profits from wagamama bun sales (now selling an average of 1,000,000 yearly) will be donated to local charity, The Sussex Beacon, every time a rainbow is spotted in the sky above the seaside destination, from 4th August.

Rain falls an average of 115 days a year on the South Coast and wagamama is calling on the Brighton community to help spot rainbows to unlock the donation by tweeting a picture with the hashtag #makeitrainbow.

To ensure the charity benefits whatever the weather and in case we enjoy 365 days of sunshine on the South Coast (unlikely), wagamama is committed to donating a minimum of £2,500 to The Sussex Beacon, aiding its important work to support people living with HIV.

The Sussex Beacon is at the heart of Brighton’s LGBT+ community, providing specialist care and promoting independence for people living with HIV. wagamama has always internally championed inclusiveness, acceptance and diversity since its launch, its public facing ‘no clone’ hiring policy has always encouraged colleagues to embrace who they are without conforming to a stereotype.

Head of Marketing at wagamama, Andre Johnstone said: “wagamama has always supported its staff when it comes to Pride across the UK but we have wanted to do more publicly to support the LGBT+ community in previous years.

I’m pleased we can expand our support following the success of London Pride and make a wider commitment to the community outside the capital to throw our support behind those who struggle to be who they are.  We are who we are and we want you to just be you. What better way to ramp up our continued support and celebrate Pride than by backing a vitally important charity such as The Sussex Beacon.”

Sussex Beacon, Simon Dowe has said; “The Sussex Beacon has been at the heart of HIV support in the Brighton community since 1991 and we are proud to be associated with wagamama as they look to further embed themselves in Brighton.  Big brands normally support big causes and it’s a credit to wagamama to be a brand in the local area supporting local people.  Make sure to tag a rainbow folks.”

National Treasure, Michael Fish MBE said: “A rainbow is a beautiful meteorological phenomenon caused by light being refracted in water droplets. It is impossible to predict just how many will occur in a specific time period, but British weather being what it is makes the UK a great place to spot a rainbow. This Pride campaign really does prove the adage correct: there is a pot of gold at the end of each rainbow.”

Brighton + Hove Pride is a great platform for everyone in the local community to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing. This year hundreds of thousands of people will visit Brighton to support Pride and show unity in support of the LGBT+ community.

For more information and images please contact Sam Wilson at Talker Tailor sam@talkertailor.com

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#makeitrainbow

Team Beacon Fundraiser of the Week

As the lead up to the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2017 begins, our Fundraiser of the Week blog returns to celebrate our Team Beacon runners who have gone that extra mile to support The Sussex Beacon, and share their inspiring stories.

David Cumming 1This weeks Fundraiser of the Week is… David Cumming! David is taking on the mighty Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2017 to fundraise for The Sussex Beacon. David has already raised an astounding £455 for The Sussex Beacon via his JustGiving page and has helped raise awareness of the charity. We are so grateful to have such a dedicated new supporter.

Read his story below:

Why am I running for The Sussex Beacon?

I started off by picking a Charity based in Brighton, I really didn’t have any in mind, as I tend to support local charities.  When I Saw Sussex Beacon come up, I didn’t know anything about them at all – so looked further, and realised that HIV and related illnesses had disappeared from my view and that I’d heard and seen nothing in the news.  After a bit of reading, I saw that numbers of people living with HIV in the UK continues to rise – so felt that this was a good charity to get behind.

How am I fundraising?

So far I’ve been raising through Just Giving, and on the premise that I was really running for my own benefit (I love running) I would match people’s donations.  This got a little bit out of hand, so I stopped once I’d reached my target of £200, on last check I’m up to £455 – and with a month to go, I hope to get over the £500 mark.

The Vitality Brighton Half Marathon raises awareness of The Sussex Beacon and helps us to remind people that HIV is still a huge issue within the UK. We are delighted to have attracted new supporters like David, and we can’t thank him enough for his help and dedication to fundraising. We wish David the best of luck with his training and fundraising.

If you would like to donate to David’s JustGiving page and show him your support for his courageous challenge this month, you can do so here!

 

Team Beacon Fundraiser of the Week

As the lead up to the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2017 begins, our Fundraiser of the Week blog returns to celebrate our Team Beacon runners who have gone that extra mile to support The Sussex Beacon, and share their inspiring stories.

Henry Smith

Our first Fundraiser of the Week for 2017 is… Henry Smith! Henry is lacing up his running shoes to fundraise for The Sussex Beacon and help keep our services open to people living with HIV. Henry has already raised an incredible £384 for The Sussex Beacon via his JustGiving page and has helped raise awareness of the charity. We are so grateful to have Henry’s support. Read his story below:

Why i’m running for the Beacon?

I chose the Beacon because of the amazing and wonderful service that it provides for anyone affected by HIV. It’s a part of Brighton and the community and it would be a great loss to see such a dedicated service decline and possibly even disappear.  I was saddened to read about the NHS cuts that were affecting it and that the psychological services have now been withdrawn because of funding. This affects so many people – from the patients to the wonderful and caring staff who now face an uncertain future. I want to raise as much money as I can so that I can help do my bit to secure the future of the Beacon.

 

How i’ve fundraised so far?

My fundraising has been through JustGiving and Facebook.  I write a weekly update about my training and how it’s going. I’ve also emailed and Whatsapp’d my JustGiving link to friends and family who don’t use Facebook, so no one has been able to escape!! To date, I’ve raised my target figure 4 times due to everyone’s generosity which I’m really proud of.

Any running experience?

I’ve always been keen on exercising so I’ve developed my training to build on my current fitness levels.  I train 5-6 days a week – 2 days I do British Military Fitness (BMF) which is excellent for all round strength and stamina training. On the other days I vary my routine between shorter runs (5-10k) and weights at the gym. I attempt one long run each week – I’m currently at 9 miles. As the 26th February gets closer I will start to taper my training down so that I’m well rested for the big day!

We wish Henry the best of luck with his training, and look forward to meeting him and all our Team Beacon runners at the start line next month. Visit Henry’s JustGiving page, and sponsor his mighty challenge!