A YEAR HAS FLOWN BY - 27/04/18
It is hard to believe that a year has gone since our last update. Since I last updated we were fortunate in 2017 and put on a successful show as well as holding our exhibition and writing our book about emergency and temporary accommodation.
This year, 2018 we have written a children's book and have our main exhibition at Cascade Coffee Shop, Brighton. The dates for these are Saturday May 12th, 19th and 26th between 12 - 4pm.
We also have an exhibition in the Jubilee Library Monday 30th April - Sunday 6th May. Books and prints will be available to purchase at these places.
We are also part of two Open Houses, St Luke's Prestonville and Pavilions Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services, Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton.
Alongside our book we have published poetry books for two talented poets, Ro Bodley and Jovannah Bar. These will also be available to purchase.
We hope you can attend some of these and hope to see you soon.
BUSY, BUSY, BUSY AND A QUICK CROWDFUNDER - 23/04/17
Firstly, apologies for the lack of updates. The IV team have been incredibly busy trying to get things done and some have also started new jobs.
We have set up a crowdfunder as we are now running low on funds taking on another event has stretched us both time wise financially, even with our grants and we would massively appreciate it if you could help.
We are looking to raise another £500 to ensure that the marginalised communities in Brighton get their chance to be heard and to help them and us raise money for charity.
To donate please follow the link below, you may have to copy and paste it in to your browser. Any amount helps, thank you.
PLANNING AND PLANNING - 12/01/17
We all hope that you have had a restful holiday period and that the new year is treating you well so far.
We have been working hard, registering with the Brighton Fringe and putting everything in to place for a photography exhibition and book selling event, as we did last year. We are also delighted to be getting various groups accepting our invitation to be part of our show. This is a very exciting yet nerve-wracking time as this is a first for us. We are hoping to see the themes of hope and change run through these events as well as the pressing issues facing people today, such as homelessness, recovery and marginalisation.
RECENT WEEKS - 23/12/16
Since our last update we have been doing several things. Helping local resident Bobby Carver meet his funding target to get a specially adapted wheelchair by promoting his crowd funding campaign. Bobby is a dear friend of ours and desperately needs this wheelchair, on top of this he needs to be moved in to wheelchair accessible accommodation, he is paraplegic and lives in a second floor flat which is too small for a wheelchair. You can find the petition for Bobby on change.org 'Justice for Robert Carver' and also we believe his crowd funding campaign is still open and any more donations to help him further will be gratefully received.
On the 17th December Members of the team helped collect funds for BHT by taking to the streets with choirs and buckets.
One of our members was able to lend their time to 'Streets Cafe' located in the Open Market and hand out food and drink to the homeless on the streets of Brighton.
We have also been out visiting charities and initiatives who help the homeless.
We visited and were kindly fed by 'Homes for Heroes' at their Christmas outreach dinner, they do incredible work in helping not just ex-service men and women but any homeless person in need of help.
Today we visited 'The Real Junk Food Project' at the One Church in Brighton, an initiative to stop food going to waste and enabling people to access delicious food on a pay as you feel basis, we were also fortunate to meet the Mayor who took the time to listen to what Invisible Voices is all about and has lent his full support to us for the 2017 Fringe events and now is the proud owner of one our books.
We all hope you have a blessed Christmas and we will be back doing what we can just after.
FUNDING UPDATE - 04/12/16
We once again bring some more good news. We have been awarded a bursary by Encoreinsure to pay for our registration fee for the Brighton Fringe Festival. These recent grants have made so much of a difference to us and given us a massive boost in confidence with some of the lovely comments we have had from people within the places we have received funding from.
We will continue to look for and apply for funding as the expansion of our events means we will need further financial support. It is imperative that the stories of people from marginalised communities are heard.
EXCITING NEWS - 18/11/16
Brighton-based community fund Hedgecock Bequest has offered to fund the set-up of three Invisible Voice 2017 Fringe projects.
By means of this generous contribution the Hedgecock Bequest will enable us to kick-start each of these projects which are related to the written & spoken word, photography and a stage drama.
We are incredibly grateful for their donation to our cause and enable us to continue growing and allowing us to make connections with other community groups and charities.
EXCITING UPDATES AND INTERVIEW - 16/11/16
We have exciting news that we should be able to share within the next 24 hours.
However, we found one of the quick interviews that we asked to do during the summer. Please copy and paste the link in to your browser as it is currently not supported by our server.
RECENT EVENTS - 06/11/16
Recently members of the team have been held meetings with the Reverend of a local church, who is looking at ways to get our book in to wider circulation, and with ETHRAG, a local residents association for people in emergency and temporary accommodation in Brighton. Both of these meetings have been exciting and harrowing.
We are also pleased to be holding our first large meeting this month to really begin putting together plans for our Brighton Fringe Festival events in 2017.