Brighton and Hove City Council support carers during Carers Week

BRIGHTON and Hove City Council continued its support of unpaid carers during Carers Week by running a drop-in session at the Jubilee Library to offer advice and help.

The session took place on Monday, June 6 and was initiated to help carers gain recognition and find out how they can be supported.

Visitors received leaflets giving information about support, free gym memberships and respite services offered by Crossroads Care.

Gemma Scambler, carers commissioner for the council and Brighton’s Clinical Commissioning Group, is delighted with the close ties the council share with carers.

She said: “I think we’re doing well, but I don’t think you can ever do enough.

“We are always responding to information we get from carers, and we always make sure it goes into an action plan so we can look to improve.

“We invited carers but we also invited the public to come along and find out who they are and what they do because they’re usually a brother, sister, wife or best friend and they usually go unrecognised.”

One carer who feels the council is playing its part is Lindsey Morag Wright.

Miss Wright, 50, cares for her ex-partner who cannot perform daily tasks, like dressing and washing himself. Her daughter also suffered from anorexia.

She said of the council: “They’re amazing. They have given me massive support. I didn’t realise I was a carer before – I worked full-time, as well as looking after my ex and my daughter.

“They helped me realise I could stop working in order to improve the quality of life for the people I was caring for.”

Miss Wright felt that the council have been much more than someone to talk to.

She said: “Emotional support was the main thing. They become more like friends. It gave me a lot more confidence, and I have set up a small business as a part-time job, along with caring.

“I couldn’t have done any of it without them. They really have just been unbelievable.”

Brighton Beach Patrol trying to stay afloat through GoFundMe campaign

A MEMBER of Brighton Beach Patrol is appealing to the public to help keep the organisation afloat as it enters its second year on the seafront.

Jason Roberts, head of logistics for the patrol, is running a GoFundMe campaign to continue keeping people safe at sea during nights out, with a goal of £12,500 needed to train and equip the team.

The organisation, set up by Resolve Solutions in 2015, works with Sussex Police, Brighton and Hove City Council and nightclubs along the seafront. They prevent vulnerable and intoxicated people entering the sea, operating from 11pm-5am every weekend.

Mr Roberts, 25, from Brighton, said: “In addition to preventing people from entering the water, we also monitor the beach to prevent crime and disorder, sexual assaults, injuries and altercations as well as patrolling for beach fires, disposing of glass bottles and other dangerous items.”

The £12,500 would cover the cost of insurance, quad bike fuel and servicing, and safety equipment such as first aid kits.

Resolve paid for the first year’s funding, but it is not possible for them to continue on their own.

Louise Roberts, manager of the patrol and Mr Roberts’s mother, is calling out business bosses to open their wallets in return for a partnership to promote themselves. She said: “Our main aim is to protect our own and people who visit the town. We’re trying to focus on local businesses to become partners – their business will be displayed on the quads, so people will see their names and it would make for good marketing.”

The difference the patrol is making to safety at night time is not going unnoticed.

“One night I located three girls on the beach who were intoxicated and looked underage,” said Miss Roberts, who patrols on the quad.

“I contacted police and they were all known for being exploited and vulnerable females; one was on the missing persons list. We were told we saved the police a lot of money just for that one incident.

“It’s not a vast amount of money when you see what the quad actually does.”

Sussex FA donate goalposts to youth team

Sussex FA has helped inflate a youth team’s budget by donating them a set of goalposts worth £800.

The 21ft by seven foot aluminium goalposts were given to Lancing United Colts on April 12, and the dimensions are slightly smaller than standard 11-a-side goals.

They will be used by the club’s age groups from under-13s and above.

Colts’ chairman Glenn Souter said: “All the teams in our area use full-sized pitches and goals.

“The smaller goals will allow the Colts side to naturally progress through the age groups and give the goalkeepers a fighting chance as they move into 11-a-side. We feel that the full-sized goals are a bit too much for the younger players.”

Wayne Crookes, vice chairman of the club, acknowledged the Sussex FA’s work within the community. He said: “They work closely with local clubs and we have a good working relationship with them. We feel they are approachable and helpful.”

Mr Crookes, 42, wants to make the most of the donation, saying: “Our main aim is to be the most cost effective team in the area.

“We are 100% non-profit – all the money we get goes towards the best equipment, so being given these £800 goals means we can put that £800 towards the best stuff for the boys.”

Ken Benham, chief executive of the Sussex FA, was happy to help the club. “The Sussex County FA are delighted to help out one of our local youth clubs in this way,” said Mr Benham.

He added: “The goals were no longer needed by us, so what better use of them than to assist a grassroots club close to us here in Lancing.”

Brian Harwood, a groundsman who worked for the FA, was the middle-man who orchestrated the donation.

Mr Harwood knew about the Colts’ project, so contacted Mr Souter to see if he would be interested in them. He said: “We spent a lot of money on them, and we didn’t want them to not be used.

“Glenn, Wayne and everyone associated with the Colts are doing a great job.”