Mar 102016

March 10


BHT Finding Futures are going to be doing The John Muir Award ‘Discovery’ Award this summer and we desperately need equipment.  We will be discovering, exploring and conserving a site on a farm near Pevensey & Westham in East Sussex.


We will be:

  • observing and recording the animals, birds, insects and plants
  • planning and starting a conservation project – clearing non-indigenous shrubs and plants, dredging a pond and clearing drainage channels, planting to encourage wildlife, especially bees and butterflies, in and around the hedgerows and the pond, building and installing wildlife havens e.g. owl, bird and bat boxes, hedgehog hotels, insect hotels and a hibernacula for amphibians.
  • spending quality time in nature away from the stresses of our everyday lives and focusing on our health and well-being


Then we will be sharing our experience by way of a presentation of sorts, but it will include photographs, video, diary extracts, observations, drawings etc.


Once we’ve done all of this we can apply for John Muir ‘Discovery’ Award certificates for our learners.  If you want to know more about the John Muir Awards check out this video:


However we are in desperate need to tools/equipment so if anyone has anything they are willing to donate we would be extremely grateful.  The kind of stuff we need is:


  • Cutting tools e.g. secateurs, shears, scythes, hand saws
  • Spades
  • Forks
  • Rakes
  • Hand trowels
  • Wellie boots
  • Gloves
  • Waders


Thank you




Sarah Blessington
BHT Finding Futures
Renaissance House, London Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6AN
T 01424 718984

 Posted by at 12:45 pm
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

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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)

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

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  • 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)


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


  • 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.


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

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

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

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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……

And a Making Of film…..

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