Brighton Women’s Centre finds new home for food bank

Posted On 16 Jul 2018 at 6:50 pm

Brighton Women’s Centre (BWC) has found a new home for its weekly city centre women-only food bank and drop-in sessions.

And BWC said that it also planned to run some new services for people living in high-need areas.

From Wednesday next week (25 July) the food bank and drop-in services will resume at a new address – the Assembly Rooms, St Mary’s Church, 61 St James’s Street.

They are moving there from nearby High Street, where the BWC premises closed at the end of last month.

The weekly Wednesday drop-in at St Mary’s Church will take place from 2pm to 4pm.

And the weekly Wednesday food bank time slots will be 2.45pm to 3.15pm, 3.15pm to 3.45pm and 3.45pm to 4.15pm.

The Thursday evening drop-in session will continue to be held at 22 Richmond Place, as before.

BWC director Lisa Dando said: “The continuation of these services is critical to so many women and their families.

“However, we recognise that many women living in outlying parts of the city are isolated and unable to access centralised services.

“Later in the year we are introducing weekly drop-in sessions in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean and Hangleton and Knoll to address the high levels of need that have been identified.

“Our work will continue in partnership with Mothers Uncovered, who will organise regular groups and workshops.

“It will enable BWC to maintain a safe and welcoming space for our 1,000 long-term service users while ensuring we reach out to more women and meet their needs.”

Last year more than 150 women were seen at the drop-in service and more than 100 women at the food bank.

All other BWC services across Sussex are unaffected by the changes, the organisation said.

The full range of services includes a pre-school group, accommodation support services, mentoring and advice services, holistic therapy and a range of personal development activities.

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