Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) staff enjoyed cream tea in solidarity with the National Lottery’s record-breaking event this week, which saw 1054 people gather to hold the world’s largest cream tea party. The event was held to celebrate 25 years of the National Lottery, which has supported many of BHT’s services for homeless people over the years.
Since the National Lottery’s first draw took place in 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes. Many of BHT’s services have benefited from this funding, including First Base, our day centre for rough sleepers in Brighton, a range of projects tackling homelessness and poor mental health, and services providing advice and education across Sussex.
National Lottery funding has made programmes like Fulfilling Lives possible. The Fulfilling Lives South East project operates in Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings, and is led by BHT with partner organisations Equinox and Oasis Project. It is one of 12 interlinked projects across England providing intensive and tailored support to particularly disadvantaged people who have experienced a combination of homelessness, addiction, prison stays and mental ill health. It also works alongside people with lived experience of multiple disadvantage to make services better connected and easier to access.
Andy Winter, BHT’s Chief Executive, said:
“We are so grateful for the support of the National Lottery Community Fund which enables us to run incredible projects like Fulfilling Lives South East. This project gives practical support to the most vulnerable people, those who other services have often not been able to help, and ultimately seeks to make systems and services work better for them.”
To find out more about the work of the Fulfilling Lives project, please visit: https://www.bht.org.uk/fulfilling-lives/