Fitzherbert Community Hub

by Fitzherbert Community Hub part of Diocese of Arundel & Brighton in Brighton, Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

We did it
On 31st December 2021 we successfully raised £120,100 ( + est. £4350.25 Gift Aid ) with 260 supporters in 42 days

Will you help finish the refurbishment of Fitzherbert Community Hub? Your donation will buy equipment needed to open this community space.

by Fitzherbert Community Hub part of Diocese of Arundel & Brighton in Brighton, Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The more we raise, the more people we can help by having a fund to subsidise those who can not afford to pay for food. 

We will also be able to provide free training courses to those wanting to gain kitchen skills or just make better use of the food they have at their disposal.


Fitzherbert Community Hub is home to four community projects based in the heart of Brighton's Kemptown:  Brighton Table Tennis Club, The Real Junk Food Project Brighton, Voices in Exile and the Catholic Parish of East Brighton.

It's situated in a run-down, under-used church hall at St John the Baptist church which is now being rebuilt and refurbished to create an eco-friendly community centre which will welcome everyone in the neighbourhood.

The Story So Far

Early in 2018, The Real Junk Food Project 1636800458_cafe.jpgstarted a pop-up cafe one day a week in the Parish hall creating lunches using surplus food to prevent it from going to waste. This attracted over sixty people each cafe day.

1636800426_jf_signage.jpgPayment for food is by donation so those who can not afford it can still eat and those who have a bit more can 'pay forward' to help feed others.  Pay As You Feel is our Community Care Model allowing everyone access to healthy food, opportunities for learning new skills and being part of an environmental movement.

1636814866_food_bank.jpgWhen the Brighton Table Tennis Club closed at the start of the start of the covid pandemic, the club ran a food bank out of the hall and the Junk Food Project supplied takeaway meals on two days each week.  The parishioners from St John the Baptist & St Joseph's extended the food bank to Sundays and this attracts between 60-80 people each week. During the building works, the food bank will continue from within the St John the Baptist Church.

Building on the popularity of the cafe, work started in earnest to put together plans and gain funding to extend and improve the space to make it a permanent community hub.

Fitzherbert Hub Crowdfunder

What Do People Say?

We’ve conducted three surveys with people who eat at the parish hall cafe. 85% of those surveyed said it was important that the café contributed towards reducing food waste and helping the environment. Two thirds of café users said that if the café were to open more regularly they would use it at least once a week. We also asked people in the local flats to complete a survey and invited them to share their opinions in person at two group meetings. We’ve spoken to residents associations too so that we can reach more people to understand their wants and needs.

They told us that they want a space to meet and an affordable cafe is something they felt they would use a lot. We asked people to select the benefits important to them.

Using surplus food to prepare meals – 85%

Coming together with the community – 75%

Getting a good healthy meal – 75%

Meeting and connecting with people 63%

Meetings and surveys highlighted the main environmental concerns for locals as well as food waste were:

  • lack of green space
  • litter including plastics going into the sea
  • pollution from traffic

1637321830_green.jpgWe talked to the community about developing green spaces and growing herbs, fruit and veg and more plants and the Brighton Table Tennis Club has made a start on 'greening' the space adjacent to the hall.  There are lots of people who are keen to volunteer to help with this.

We’ve connected with fellow community gardens locally to learn from their experience. Many volunteered to help with the gardening plus litter picking to keep the areas clean. 

Why Do We Need Funds?

The Parish has spearheaded the drive to secure funding for the building work but what will make this a fully functioning cafe and inviting community space is kitchen equipment, tables, chairs, crockery and cutlery. 

  • Furniture. We want to commission the charity Making It Out to design and build colourful, stackable tables and supply chairs and other joinery items. Procuring these items from Making It Out means a donation to Fitzherbert Community Hub will also benefit a social enterprise which shares our values. 
  • Tables and chairs for eating out doors in the courtyard. 
  • Table tennis table and equipment for use outdoors in the courtyard
  • Essential kitchen equipment to include barista coffee-making equipment and coffee grinder. Apart from making cups of coffee, this will be used to train young people in barista skills which will help them obtain work. 
  • Crockery and cutlery

What will it be used for?

Based on our experience of working together, the four partners in the Fitzherbert Community Hub aim to reduce food poverty and social isolation in our community by bringing people together to share food and friendship and be healthier and more active. 

When the refurbishment of the building is completed we will have a fantastic community space. The Real Junk Food Project will operate a five-days-a-week cafe which will use surplus food donated by supermarkets and other food businesses.  But it won't just be a cafe.  

  • Brighton Table Tennis Club 1638199611_bttc-book.jpegwill encourage people to be more active and try table tennis on an outdoor table in the courtyard in the summer as well as at sessions in the club which will be accessed directly from the FCH.
  • As well as table tennis, there will be lots of other ways to be more active: volunteering in the community gardens and growing projects as well as classes in the main hall which will be anything from tea dances to tai chi.
  • For Voices In Exile, the hub will provide a safe and welcoming space for their service users to build a sense of belonging and community, while providing free/affordable meals. The hub will facilitate a place for future groupwork activities and gatherings for our peer-support groups, Migrant Welcome Project and Green Spaces.  
  • Junk Food Project will offer training in kitchen skills to our volunteers 1637058099_monica-serving.jpegto help them to get into the workplace.
  • We will provide volunteering opportunities for young people with special needs, people who are isolated and want a community activity, people referred to us from local GPs and other social prescribers
  • We will run courses in all aspects of food preservation and other techniques to reduce food waste 
  • We will support local growing to provide herbs and vegetables for the kitchen as well as providing an enriching community activity
  • We will promote composting so our own waste is recycled to plough back into our own growing
  • We will encourage grass-roots music and theatre, and have events generated by the local community

Climate Action

Growing, distributing, and packaging food uses a great deal of energy and resource that the planet cannot afford to waste.  Huge amounts of food finds its way into Brighton and Hove Council's bins with over half of this deemed avoidable.

The partners in the Fitzherbert Community Hub will work with our local community to encourage people to reduce their own food waste and demonstrate the ways shopping and cooking can be both cost effective and good for the planet. 

We are installing an Air Source Heat Pump - a low-carbon, highly efficient source of heating and hot water.

Rewards

Thank you so much for visiting our crowdfunder!  We hope you're inspired and want to make a contribution. Check out our rewards which mean you get something back other than the huge satisfaction of supporting this great project.

And big thanks to the people who donated goods and services as rewards!

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Black Cats Everywhere, 2021 David Shrigley

And finally ...

Visit the Fitzherbert Community Hub website and watch some videos to learn more about us.

Fitzherbert Community Hub is a collaboration between  Brighton Table Tennis Club, The Real Junk Food Project Brighton, Voices in Exile and the Catholic Parish of East Brighton. The fund and the hub premises are under the auspices of the Catholic Parish of East Brighton, part of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton | Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Trust registered charity 252878

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Pay Forward

This pledge will fund the provision of lunches and other food for a week for someone who is unable to afford to eat out in cafes and restaurants

£10 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Two BTTC Mugs

Two Brighton Table Tennis mugs - see picture in text (Gift Aid cannot be claimed on this reward)

£15 or more

0 of 5 claimed

The People's Game book by Alexis Maryon

A stunning set of photographs featuring Brighton Table Tennis Club by Alexis Maryon (Gift Aid cannot be claimed on this reward)

£20 or more

A Donation From the USA-for use by QSR Automations

This reward is a special 'Thank You' to our friends in the USA who work for QSR Automations. To make this award really special, their CEO has offered to match anything that they donate.

£25 or more

0 of 12 claimed

Dinner for One by Junk Food Project

A single ticket to a Junk Food Project 'supper club' to be held in the Fitzherbert hall. You will receive a welcome drink on arrival followed by a three-course meal using surplus food.

£30 or more

2 of 5 claimed

BTTC Hoodie

A Brighton Table Tennis Hoodie - see picture in project

£40 or more

4 of 5 claimed

Table Tennis bat

A top quality Sanwei table tennis bat (guaranteed to make you win) - see picture in text.

£50 or more

8 of 24 claimed

Dinner for Two by Junk Food Project

Two places at a Junk Food Project 'supper club' to be held in the Fitzherbert hall. You will receive a welcome drink on arrival followed by a three-course meal using surplus food.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Happy Maki - Meal for 1

This meal for one from Happy Maki includes one sushi burrito or bowl, one side and one soft drink, along with donations for five trees and five meals.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Lizzie's Cafe: Fry-up for 2

Treat yourself and a mate to a full English (veggie options available) and a hot drink. Delicious, locally sourced ingredients.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Happy Maki - Meal for 2

This meal for two from Happy Maki includes two sushi burrito or bowls, two sides and two soft drinks, along with donations for ten trees and ten meals.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Butlers Wine Cellar - Magnum of the Cien y Pico

Butler's Wine Cellar say it's deep purple with violet tints. On the nose a fantastic range of blueberries, plums and cherries mixed with touches of lavender and rose petal. On the palate red fruits combine with darker blackberries and herbal notes. Cocoa notes and a savoury meatiness appear later. Rich, with smooth tannins, good natural acidity and a long, perfumed finish.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Sussex Songbird Amelie Carter

Turn your party into an EVENT with a set from Sussex Songbird Amelie Carter. 17-year-old Amelie, who is Musician in Residence to the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, will play a half hour set at your garden party/dinner party/event. She has been singing since she was 5 and has a huge portfolio of songs for you to choose from . Also happy to sing special requests. https://www.instagram.com/ameliecartermusic

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1 to 1 session with Teresa Bennett

A unique opportunity for a one hour 1:1 table tennis session with Sussex Women's Champion aged 12 and a true Legend of the Sport, Teresa Bennett

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1 to 1 with Wen Wei Xu

A unique opportunity for a one hour 1:1 table tennis session with Former UK Chinese Champion and BTTC Legend, Wen Wei Xu

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

New Year....New Feet!

Treat yourself to beautiful new feet in the New Year! An MOT for your feet and more, a Sole Sister Routine Podiatry treatment (salon based in Fiveways) will have you walking on air! This reward also comes with a range of soothing products to pamper your feet after the treatment so you can keep your tootsies looking lovely for longer!

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1 to 1 with Will Bayley

A unique opportunity for a one hour 1:1 table tennis session with Paralympic Gold Medallist and Strictly Star, Will Bayley.

£200 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Etch - voucher

The chef-owner of Etch, Masterchef Professionals winner Steven Edwards, has donated a voucher for his 5-course Taster Menu for Two People. Treat yourself and a guest to one of the best fine-dining experiences in Brighton.

£250 or more

8 of 8 claimed

Private Dining Experience for 12

We will provide a private dining experience for up to twelve people at The Fitzherbert Community Hub. The venue wil be exclusively yours for an evening or afternoon and we will offer you and your guests a welcome drink followed by a three-course meal created from surplus food

£450 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Lee Baker Print

This is a limited edition print from Lee Baker's 'Graphic Rewilding' series, an ongoing art project created by artists Baker & Borowski. Their goal is to create large scale artworks that introduce the diversity and colours of the natural world in urban environments. The print is framed 65cm x 136cm - see image at foot of text.

£500 or more

8 of 8 claimed

Private Dining Experience for 24

We will provide a private dining experience for up to twenty four people at The Fitzherbert Community Hub. The venue wil be exclusively yours for an evening or afternoon and we will offer you and your guests a welcome drink followed by a three-course meal created from surplus food

£2,750 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Black Cats Everywhere, 2021 David Shrigley

'Black Cats Everywhere' by David Shrigley is a 12 Colour Screenprint with a Varnish Overlay on Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm Paper 29 9/10 × 22 in 76 × 56 cm Artists Proof - one of 12! It would cost you £3500 from artsy.net! Thank you David for this reward for Fitzherbert Community Hub!

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