Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project (BUCFP) supports disadvantaged people across Brighton and Hove. The funding will support their core project work helping people into volunteering and employment.

BUCFP received a grant of £144,948 over six years towards the charity’s core project work helping people into volunteering and employment.

Ellie Moulton, Volunteer coordinator said:

“The Lloyds funding pays for my role, to manage volunteer recruitment and management across the centre and to coordinate the office volunteers group. We only have six part time staff and the rest of the centre runs on volunteers, we have about 120 every week. Volunteers are essential to the centre, there’s no way we would be able to provide all the services we currently do without them. They really are the heart of our charity. 

We get referrals from all over the city including substance misuse services, domestic abuse charities and the job centre who know we can help. Many people come to us at rock bottom, they’ve lost their benefits or are really struggling. We have an open-door policy, anyone can come in and get help. We never turn anyone away. There’s no way we could provide these services for people in need without our volunteers. They are essential.”

About the funding they have received, Ellie said:

“The funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation is really flexible. We’ve been able to use it where it has the biggest impact. Sometimes funders can be really demanding and make us jump through too many hoops so the relationship with Lloyds is really valuable.”

Amy, a kitchen volunteer at BUCFP, has grown up with the charity:

“I first came here when I was a kid in the eighties. I would go to the playroom and it meant my dad could use the services so it’s always been a part of me. I’ve been volunteering in the kitchen for nine years. We serve a vegan meal to about 50 people a day using whatever food we get from the allotment and donated. I have three kids of my own and they use the crèche which gives me some peace and personal space. I like being part of something, part of the greater good.”