Support needed for Brighton Voices in Exile

This is a guest blog written by Alice Harwood from Brighton Voices in Exile, a vital project supported by BHFP.

Voices in Exile is the main providers of essential food for destitute refugees and asylum seekers in Brighton & Hove. Unfortunately, our food bank needs to relocate to another venue due to building works that are taking place from autumn 2021 to spring 2022. This will temporarily increase our running costs, and we are now raising money to keep our vital service operating.

Our food bank is a highly championed and valued service and we rely heavily on the backing of our local community. Please donate and share our crowdfunder so that we can continue to provide this key food bank service throughout the refurbishment and relocation.

Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic we have successfully delivered culturally appropriate food parcels to our vulnerable clients every week. We support asylum seekers and refugees across the city and beyond, and aim to provide long term help if needed while we work to resolve the causes of destitution through our casework and advice team. We are now regularly delivering critical food parcels to over 100 vulnerable migrants, many of whom are families with children who cannot apply for benefits or other financial assistance and have been denied help elsewhere. We can only provide this important service thanks to the hard work of our dedicated staff and volunteers, and with crucial support from donors.

 

We are still on the hunt for a suitable space, if you have a space or know someone who can help please put them in contact with alice.harwood@voicesinexile.org, needs are as follows:

  • 40-60 square metres (can be split over 2/3 rooms close to each other)
  • Curb-side access for donation drop-offs
  • Storage space – shelves/cupboards helpful
  • Preferably Hove – flexible
  • Ground Floor level
  • Heating
  • Windows/ventilation
  • Toilets & hand washing facilities
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