In 2010 BHT First Base received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to a five year learning and participation project.
The project has two main themes:
- Researching the history of our grade two* listed building which was built in 1766 and has a fascinating and hidden history.
- Researching the history of homelessness in Brighton and Hove from when our building was in in 1766 to the present day.
The project aims to involve BHT clients in a range of heritage activities which provide opportunities for them to learn new skills and explore a range of heritage skills and experiences.
The project also aims to share our research with the wider public through schools, colleges community groups, and the wider public through a range of resources, talks, tours and events.
About First Base
First Base offers a range of services to support people who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in the city, to get off the streets, start realising their aspirations through work, learning and leisure and find a place they can call home.
We provide a centre of excellence for our partners in the city ensuring that by working together we can improve health, reduce crime and realise opportunity.
We run lots of services from First Base including:
- Healthy Lifestyles Project
- PASH (Promotional and Awareness of Sexual Health)
- First Impressions (CV and Employment Service)
- Culture (Heritage and Cultural Activities)
- Dine, our catering Social Enterprise company
We also work in partnership with other agencies to provide a range of services for our clients including:
- A nurse
- Mental health advice and support
- Accommodation and relocation services.
BHT works, on the whole, in Brighton and Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings, with some additional services in Wealden and Lewes districts, as well as elsewhere in Sussex.
Our Mission is quite simple: ‘combating homelessness, creating opportunities, promoting change’.
We see it as our role to both challenge the causes of homelessness, poverty and marginalisation and to deal with the consequences.
BHT is a people-led organisation. First and foremost are the 11,430 men and women who used our services in 2011/12.
BHT is run by a partnership of senior managers and the Board of Management. The Board sets overall strategic direction for the organisation and approves policies while the Corporate Management Team, led by the Chief Executive, is responsible for the day to day running of the organisation and for advising the Board on the future direction of BHT.