Feb 262016
 

Feb 26

www.parliament.uk have published the following story:

Welfare reforms risk leading people into severe hardship, report finds – News from Parliament – UK Parliament”

The Work and Pensions Committee’s report on the local welfare safety net says central and local government must co-ordinate better to fill gaps in the welfare safety net and prevent severe hardship and destitution.”

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/news-parliament-2015/welfare-safety-net-report-published-15-16/

This prompted us to remind people of the amazing effort of hundreds of volunteers last year to create the Bare Necessities film – unfortunately the film we made last year is as relevant now as it was then.

Please share, post and tweet. This information, this story cannot be told, shared and published too many times

“The Advice & Community Hub and HFS supported by over 200 incredible volunteers have created an amazing film highlighting the cuts in Local Welfare Assistance Grant funding. The film was made with ZERO budget and could not have been made without the incredibly generous support of film makers, sound recordists, choirs, a local social enterprise cinema, a local pub, carpet company and various other volunteers. At our launch event……

  • People sat on free cinema seats, with the venue provided free by the Electric Palace Cinema, High Street Hastings

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  • People walked to the Electric Palace along a red carpet (actually non slip industrial vinyl very kindly donated by Kileys Karpets, St Leonards)

3 4

  • People watched a film recorded by, and on equipment kindly provided by kneecap media

5 6

  • People watched a film starring Si, Jessica and Harry who kindly gave their time for free (well apart from Jess and Harry who were bribed, sorry, provided with sweets fruit)

7

  • People listened to the sound kindly recorded by, and on equipment provided by Casper from Surfhunter Music

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  • People listened to the music and voices arranged by Debbie Warren and sung by Soundwaves, Harmony One, Hastings Town Singers and Brighton City Singers choirs.

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  • People mingled after the screenings at The Jenny Lind who very kindly provided a sectioned area, and arranged the space and facilities for free

11 12

  • People were bestowed with awards very kindly designed and put together by staff and learners from the BHT Finding Futures Project

13 14 15

  • People kindly gave their time to attend the event and leave comments, including Peter Chowney, Leader of Hastings Borough Council

16 18 17

We would really appreciate it if you would not only watch the film but to tweet, facebook and share it everywhere. This film will be part of a national campaign. PLEASE don’t forget to put the hashtag#KeepTheSafetyNet.

 

We made the campaign film…… https://youtu.be/Ftf5nIG9LaY

And a Making Of film….. https://youtu.be/eBUV0pxy434

The second behind the scenes film tells the story of how the film came to be made, and the incredibly generous people who helped make it all possible, please do watch both and share, share, share.

Finally a quote from the person behind the inspiration for the film, Jo Wilson……

“Local Welfare Assistance Fund was brought in just over two years ago after Community Care Grants and Crisis loans were removed. Government gave some monies to Local Authorities but the money was not ring fenced. Next year the Local Welfare Assistance will be no more, and there are currently no plans to replace it. I didn’t need any more reason to feel passionately about trying to do something about this issue, but then the Chief Exec of Hastings Furniture Service told me what happened during one of their deliveries to a family who had just been moved into a property, they had no furniture, the delivery people were taking the bed frames and mattresses into the children’s rooms and the mother just stood in the hallway crying. The delivery people thought they had done something wrong so as they left they asked if she was ok, the woman replied “I was only expecting bedframes and mattresses but you brought duvets and pillows as-well which means I can tuck my children in to bed tonight”. So if my begging and pleading doesn’t get you tweeting and facebooking I hope this true story will.”

 Posted by at 10:12 am
Jul 012015
 

July 1

Monday night saw the launch of our Bare Necessities campaign film at the Electric Palace Cinema in Hastings.

The event was talked about on local radio and Patrick Butler Guardian journalist has agreed to write a piece too, as well as local press.

The Advice & Community Hub and HFS supported by over 200 incredible volunteers have created an amazing film highlighting the cuts in Local Welfare Assistance Grant funding. The film was made with ZERO budget and could not have been made without the incredibly generous support of film makers, sound recordists, choirs, a local social enterprise cinema, a local pub, carpet company and various other volunteers. At our launch event……

  • People sat on free cinema seats, with the venue provided free by the Electric Palace Cinema, High Street Hastings

1 2

  • People walked to the Electric Palace along a red carpet (actually non slip industrial vinyl very kindly donated by Kileys Karpets, St Leonards)

3 4

  • People watched a film recorded by, and on equipment kindly provided by kneecap media

5 6

  • People watched a film starring Si, Jessica and Harry who kindly gave their time for free (well apart from Jess and Harry who were bribed provided with sweets fruit)

7

  • People listened to the sound kindly recorded by, and on equipment provided by Casper from Surfhunter Music

89

  • People listened to the music and voices arranged by Debbie Warren and sung by Soundwaves, Harmony One, Hastings Town Singers and Brighton City Singers choirs.

10

  • People mingled after the screenings at The Jenny Lind who very kindly provided a sectioned area, and arranged the space and facilities for free

11 12

  • People were bestowed with awards very kindly designed and put together by staff and learners from the BHT Finding Futures Project

13 14 15

  • People kindly gave their time to attend the event and leave comments, including Peter Chowney, Leader of Hastings Borough Council

16 18 17

We would really appreciate it if you would not only watch the film but to tweet, facebook and share it everywhere. This film will be part of a national campaign. PLEASE don’t forget to put the hashtag #KeepTheSafetyNet.

 

We made the campaign film…… https://youtu.be/Ftf5nIG9LaY

And a Making Of film….. https://youtu.be/eBUV0pxy434

The second behind the scenes film tells the story of how the film came to be made, and the incredibly generous people who helped make it all possible, please do watch both and share, share, share.

Finally a quote from the person behind the inspiration for the film, Jo Wilson……

“Local Welfare Assistance Fund was brought in just over two years ago after Community Care Grants and Crisis loans were removed. Government gave some monies to Local Authorities but the money was not ring fenced. Next year the Local Welfare Assistance will be no more, and there are currently no plans to replace it. I didn’t need any more reason to feel passionately about trying to do something about this issue, but then the Chief Exec of Hastings Furniture Service told me what happened during one of their deliveries to a family who had just been moved into a property, they had no furniture, the delivery people were taking the bed frames and mattresses into the children’s rooms and the mother just stood in the hallway crying. The delivery people thought they had done something wrong so as they left they asked if she was ok, the woman replied “I was only expecting bedframes and mattresses but you brought duvets and pillows as-well which means I can tuck my children in to bed tonight”. So if my begging and pleading doesn’t get you tweeting and facebooking I hope this true story will.”

 Posted by at 12:12 pm
May 132015
 

May 13

We would really appreciate it if you would be able to take the time (about 15 seconds) to complete the following questionnaire. You won’t be enetered into a draw to win a prize, but you will get that warm glow from knowing you’re helping us gather information that we will use to help those most in need. Thank you.

 Posted by at 12:45 pm

1000 Days

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Jan 272015
 

Dec 16   1000 Days

The Advice and Community Hub has celebrated their doors being open for 1000 days this week.

 We marked the occasion by holding an event that was attended by the Leader of Hastings Borough Council, Jeremy Birch, Chief Inspector Paul Phelps and a mix of local councillors from Hastings & Rother, and other organisations as well as staff and board members from each of the organisations.

Since the Hub opened in March 2011 it has welcomed 15,000 visitors from Hastings and Rother area who are looking for advice on a range of issues such as housing, welfare and debt.

In the 1000 days of the Hub homelessness has been prevented or housing conditions improved for 974 people, clients have been helped with over £16,500,000 of debt, 1,086 clients have been represented at benefit appeals with a 95% success rate and over 500 people have gained at least one personal learning goal such as learning to read or write.

Jo Wilson, BHT Hastings Advice Manager said: “Our housing advice and court duty services have prevented homelessness in over 1,000 cases in the 1,000 days we have been at the Hub.

“The annual cost to the state of each homeless person is £25,000 which means our efforts have saved in excess of £25,000,000.

“We have calculated that over the 1,000 days that we have been open at the Hub, all three organisations have a joint value of over £50,000,000 through savings to the state, increased incomes for clients, the management of debt and attracting funding into the local economy. “

HARC 1000 days event (20 of 37)

 Councillor and Leader of Hastings Borough Council, Jeremy Birch talking at the event

Cllr Jeremy Birch, Leader of Hastings Borough Council said: “The Hub is the first combined advice hub in the country bringing together housing and benefits advice and general advice all together in the same building, a real benefit for local people. The council is really pleased to support this innovative approach and to provide significant grant assistance. We congratulate the Hub on its first 1,000 days and look forward to many more.”

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 Sarah Owen cutting the cake with Barry Cooper, Business Development Co-ordinator at the Hub.

Sarah Owen, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hastings & Rye said: “It was great to join the 1000th day celebrations of the Hub.

“It is clear to see that their services are needed more than ever before.  The recent chaos over the way benefits are paid, sanctions and housing problems all make the advice from HARC, CAB and BHT Sussex an increasingly vital lifeline to help some of the most vulnerable parts of our community.”

 

 Posted by at 11:22 am