Housing Trust nominated for multiple awards across Sussex

The local charity Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) has been nominated for three awards this month for its work across the county providing services across East Sussex to homeless and vulnerable men and women.

The charity, which runs over 20 services and helps more than 7,500 people each year, has seen one BHT staff member nominated for the prestigious Sussex Heritage Trust ‘Person of the Year Award’ and received two nominations at the Brighton and Hove Independent Business awards

Sara Peskett, Heritage Officer for the First Base Heritage and History Project, has been nominated for the Sussex Heritage Trust award in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the heritage of Sussex.

Brighton Housing Trust volunteers with Cllr Pete West, Mayor of Brighton & Hove
Brighton Housing Trust volunteers with Cllr Pete West, Mayor of Brighton & Hove

In 2010 BHT’s First Base Day Centre, which provides services to people who are homeless or rough sleeping in the City, received a Heritage Lottery grant for a five year learning and participation project.

Sara Peskett said: “It’s fantastic that the BHT Heritage project has been nominated for The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2016; it recognises the true value of breaking down educational, financial and attitudinal barriers to enable and enthuse people who face marginalisation to engage with heritage.

“Through this project 244 people who have experienced homelessness have been empowered to access, appreciate and participate in research, analysis and conservation skills development.”

The project involves BHT clients in a range of heritage activities which enables them to learn new skills and explore a range of heritage experiences. The project shares its findings with local schools, colleges and community groups, and the wider public through a range of online resources, talks, tours and events.

The Sussex Heritage Trust award ceremony will take place on 7th July at Pangdean Old Barn.

The Brighton Housing Trust is also up for two categories at this year’s Brighton and Hove Independent Business awards with its Learning & Development Team nominated in the ‘Training & Development’ category and BHT Chief Executive Andy Winter has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award.

BHT has been providing essential training to the voluntary sector in Brighton & Hove for over 10 years. During this time BHT has established a reputation, both as a leading provider of community training and as an employer of choice. Its highly practical training programme is designed to support BHT staff and other local services to achieve excellent performance results and improve service provision across the city. 

Pascale Hart, Manager of BHT’s L & D team said: “Despite only being a small team of four, BHT’s Learning & Development Team effectively manage the priority training needs of BHT’s 250 staff across 20 services, each with different client groups and varying needs, as well as providing an essential service to the wider community through our annual training programme. We are proud of our reputation, and the success of the service is largely due to the dedication and hard work demonstrated by the team”.

Andy Winter, CEO of Brighton Housing Trust
Andy Winter, CEO of Brighton Housing Trust

Chief Executive Andy Winter has been nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award, due to his commitment to the local community, which has involved campaigning for change in the housing sector, championing the rights of homeless people and leading on innovative housing initiatives to combat homelessness.

Andy Winter said: “I am very humbled to have been shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award. I always thought that such awards are for people who are on their way out. But more seriously, the nomination is recognition of the work that BHT has undertaken for thirty years and more to combat homelessness and creating opportunities for housing, recovery and employment. I am merely the figurehead of this great organisation.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, June 17th 2016 at the Bupa Lounge Amex Stadium and will be presented by Nick Wallis BBC One Show presenter and Channel 5 reporter.

For more information about Brighton Housing Trust, visit www.bht.org.uk