This month Crowdfunder UK teamed up with the Criseren Foundation and Giving Times to award £5,000 to five projects that matter in Brighton & Hove.
- Brighton Dolphin Project – The Brighton Dolphin Project aims to reconnect people with the incredible marine wildlife that can be found right off our coast, including DOLPHINS! The Dolphin Discovery Centre, based on the Brighton seafront, is a hub for the community to be inspired, educated and empowered about these charismatic animals that many people don’t know that you can find along the Sussex coastline. They will launch their first Crowdfunder campaign to purchase VR headsets, run school workshops, and organise beach cleans to tackle the rising levels of single-use plastic on Brighton beach. This will lead towards creating a community of Ocean Champions.
2. BWC (Brighton Women’s Centre) – Brighton Women’s Centre is celebrating supporting self-identifying women in Sussex for 45 years. Our Write for Life group is an innovative free group exploring the art of creative journaling and how it supports self-care and wellbeing. Journaling enables us to create a safe, supportive space for ourselves and is a powerful tool for increasing self-awareness, resilience and self-esteem.
This is a very popular group currently run by volunteers. More funding would enable us to run more journaling groups for vulnerable women in the community, particularly homeless or vulnerably housed women, women who are carers and those with mental health issues.
3. Common Ground – Common Ground are an organic food growing community project working with the refugee and migrant community in Brighton. As a city of sanctuary, the project aims to uphold Brighton’s status as a safe and judgement-free space for those who have been displaced. They seek to empower individuals and communities through the sharing of land-based skills, in turn nurturing a deeper connection with each other and the living planet. They believe that moving away from statistics and towards story-telling is the best way to confront the current refugee crisis, and so their project offers a space for the convergence of the wider and marginalised community to come together, share their stories, debunk barriers and humanise the narrative of refugees and migrants.
4. Friends Of Farm Green – Friends of Farm Green have got together with Fernee Forest Club from the Bevendean Community Garden in a project to link up the Green spaces of Bevendean and Moulsecoomb. The Moulsecoomb and Bevendean trail would link up Bevendown Down, Farm Green Park, The Community Garden, and Moulsecoomb Woods. A beautiful artist drawn map will be created and wooden sculptures would be placed at various points on the trail. Nature health walks would take place 4 times a year. The project will link up the neighbouring communities and will develop a local understanding of the nature on our doorsteps.
5. Switchboard – Older LGBTQ Project – Many Older LGBTQ people feel isolated and invisible in our city. The Older LGBTQ project offers three meet ups a month at local cafes, a newsletter, befriending schemes, outings, workshops and training. Their project is committed to supporting people to be out and proud as they age not to feel they have to “go back in the closet”. They want to do more in the city by developing health and well being activities in the countryside and at the beach. They will connect LGBTQ people to each other, to more groups and produce more diverse images of ageing.
Each of these five successful projects that matter will receive £1000 worth of extra funding towards their Crowdfunder campaign, as well as support and mentoring to create their Crowdfunder.
Congratulations to all of the winners.
For more information head to https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/projects-that-matter-brighton-and-hove or contact Crowdfunder UK on 01637 817455 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org