A trip through Brighton
Wednesday already, our third day. Today was a busy morning, because we had an afternoon fieldtrip. I will tell you more about that later.
As every day we started off with breakfast. I think you already saw it in the other blogposts, but the food is soooooo good here. Today breakfast was even better than the other days, because we had cheese! Small detail about me, I love cheese! Who am I kidding, I just love food in general 😊
After that we started at 9 am with the program. Today we had guests coming over. They all gave us a presentation about their organization and the work they do in Brighton and Hove.
The first was Jane Lodge, the head of engagement from NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group.
After her talk, the group got split up in two. We got presentations from Brighton and Hove City Council, Friends, Families and Travelers and Amaze/Parents Carers Council.
B&H City Council work with residents and communities by informing, consulting, involving, collaborating and empowering them.
Friends, Families and Travelers work with travelers and gypsies. Gypsies are the most discriminated group. In the UK, Irish travelers got their ethnic status since 2000. I learned a lot of new information, this is a group I don’t know a lot about. Fun fact: did you know the English Roma gypsies originally are from India? I had no idea! I thought they were from a whole different area, but India has never crossed my mind.
Amaze provides information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with additional and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They also support young people with SEND up to age 25.
Parent Carers Council is a parent-led forum by Amaze. It aims to help parents get more directly involved in shaping services for disabled children.
After getting to know some organizations from Brighton and Hove, it was time for us to go out and visit community groups related to the subjects we are focusing on within the Can? DO! project. Everybody went their separate way, to experience different things.
We all took the bus to the city center. As you could read in my introduction piece, I do a lot of work for the LGBT community in Rotterdam, so my goal was to visit some local LGBT organizations. Sarina and myself went to Mind Out, an organization that focusses on the mental health of LGB&T. We had a chat about the work they do and about pride. I asked them if they had a pride, and they told me that Brighton has one of the biggest prides. I had no idea!
In the meantime some others of the group where heading to the local radio station, Radio Free Brighton, to give some interviews. They were very enthusiastic about it.
Another group started out with the Brighton Black History Trail. They eventually ended up talking with locals about discrimination, in and exclusion and empowerment in Brighton. Those were meaningful conversations in a real exiting everyday ambiance.
Side note: During the break Sarina and I just explored another cultural part of the city. I love street art, so when we heard there was an original Banksy in Brighton, we knew we had to visit it. It was amazing!
Not only was there an original Banksy, there was a whole mural from artists that have passed away.
After seeing this amazing street art, We also saw a Dunkin’ Donuts, ran across the street to get some donuts. Yes, we really do love food, healthy and unhealthy, that we would run across a busy street. When we entered the shop, there was so much we could choose from.
We started to do our happy food dance and the guy behind the counter look at us like we were crazy. We were two little children being as happy as going to Disney land (keep in mind that in The Netherlands don’t have Dunkin’ Donuts, maybe that’s why we were so happy?!).
The whole group came back together on the beach at the end of the day, to exchange experiences of the day. The weather was amazing. On the way back to the campus there were some conversations with local people of Brighton. This was a perfect day, exploring the city, exploring the community of Brighton and feel the Can? Do! Energy trough daily life.
Hope to see you again Brighton!