Join our Team of Peer Mentor Volunteers!

Are you HIV+ and confident in living with your diagnosis and managing your health?

The Sussex Beacon delivers a dedicated Peer Mentor Service for people living with HIV and we are currently recruiting for new volunteers to train as Peer Mentors.

As a trained Peer Mentor, you can pass on your knowledge and use your experience of living with HIV to support those who are either newly diagnosed or in need of support.

As a mentor, you receive:

  • Accredited Training
  • Skills development
  • Knowledge through shared experiences
  • Connection with others living with HIV
  • Ongoing supervision and training as a mentor

If you would like to discover more and / or help and support someone living with HIV, please get in touch:

Mentor training will be held at the Sussex Beacon on Friday-Sunday 16th, 17th, & 18th March 2018

If you would like to volunteer at The Sussex Beacon, please download the Volunteer Application Form and return it to rob.hammond@sussexbeacon.org.uk

Staff and volunteers zip across Brighton beach to raise £1600 for The Sussex Beacon

On Saturday 16th September a team from local charity The Sussex Beacon took on a 300 metre zip wire on Brighton beach, raising over £1600 to support people living with HIV.

At 300 metres long, The Brighton Zip is the longest zip wire on the South Coast. Sixteen staff, volunteers and supporters from The Sussex Beacon took on the challenge, aiming to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Jason Warriner, Clinical Services Director at The Sussex Beacon said “Thanks go to the team for taking the plunge on the zip wire and for their fantastic efforts getting sponsorship. We had a real laugh and the money raised will go towards our vital work, supporting people living with HIV in Sussex. Everyone enjoyed it so much, it might become an annual event!”

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 in September.

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

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.