We are now recruiting for volunteers to help support our new dementia-friendly gardening and cookery projects, funded by Brighton & Hove’s Clinical Commissioning Group for the next three years.

If you haven’t heard Know My Neighbour week starts next Saturday 21 May. The campaign aims to create a better connected Brighton and Hove through simply saying ‘Hello Neighbour’ and perhaps inviting them to a picnic or a chat over a cuppa.

One of our core beliefs at BHFP is that simply sharing time with people over a drink or meal has the effect of reducing social isolation and where better to start than with your neighbours.

Saunders Park was developed into an ‘eco-park’ in 2009 by Groundwork with the help of the local community and funding from M&S charging for carrier bags. Among other things, they planted an orchard, created a big wildlife pond and built a handful of raised beds for growing fruit and veg.

 

We would like to pay tribute to Paley O’Connor who passed away suddenly in March 2016.

Paley was a North Laine resident and active member of food projects across Brighton and Hove, a shining star for community action around food growing and food waste.

 

We were thrilled to win a prize this week – thanks to project manager Emily O’Brien’s latest bright idea.

We won the City Innovation Challenge for Business sponsored by Advice Cloud with Emily’s idea to improve access to fresh fruit and veg across the city.

 

As Volunteer Co-ordinator for BHFP I went to the launch of The Power of Volunteering – a strategy to outline the vision for volunteering across Brighton & Hove this week organised by Community Works.

 

Diet and calorie counting apps, sleep and meditation apps, fitness apps, Fitbits, smart watches and activity trackers – all claim to help us get fitter and healthier. Every week without fail since the start of the New Year one or more clients has gamely shown their wrist watch or pulled out a phone to show the latest numbers and graphs and diaries that have been monitoring their every move. But do they really work?

Its International Compost Awareness Week 1st to 7th May, so what a perfect occasion to reflect on what makes composting so special and why it’s so much more than recycling our peelings and feeding the worms. Perhaps you might be encouraged to get into composting, or do a little more with your heap.

 

We’re excited to be getting involved with Know My Neighbour a new initiative aimed at encouraging people in Brighton and Hove to get chatting over the garden fence. Or in the street. Or on the stairs. Or at the bus stop.

 

Some of the most popular pasta sauces are now going to come with a recommendation that they should only be eaten once a week. It has been advised that a few favourite sauces from Dolmio and Uncle Bens are only to be eaten occasionally due to their high sugar, salt and fat content.