Brighton Women’s Centre will run its women-only food bank and drop-in service at a new city centre hub after the closure of its offices at 72 High Street Kemptown on 28 June. The closure follows the loss of funding for the counselling service, which means the organisation cannot meet the cost of a second building in the city.
All other BWC services, including those delivered across Sussex, will continue to operate as usual and the Brighton and Hove services will be run from the city centre office at 22 Richmond Place
Said BWC Director Lisa Dando: “We are committed to the continuation of the drop-In and Foodbank Services. Last year the 158 women who used the drop-in service and the 50 families who used the foodbank at any one time are testament to their vital importance to the welfare of so many women in our city.
“We are in discussions about continuing these services in other permanent homes in central Brighton from the second week in July 2018. Meanwhile, as an interim arrangement the Thursday drop-in service will be available at from our Richmond Place building from 12 July.”
BWC is planning to extend its reach to high areas of need through weekly women-only peer-led drop-ins in Hangleton & Knoll and Bevendean & Moulsecoomb in partnership with Mothers Uncovered. This will enable BWC to maintain a welcoming space for long- term service users and to welcome new women and meet their needs.
“The need to close the 72 High Street building has been a very difficult decision for BWCs Trustees and myself,” said Lisa Dando. “We remain committed to providing a wide range of services for women in our city, which is so critical in these times of austerity and rising poverty.”
Find out more: www.womenscentre.org.uk