At Advice Cloud (when we aren’t writing poems about G-Cloud…) we love supporting our community and getting stuck in to as many great local projects as we can, either by contributing to much needed funding or pledging our own time.
With it being the season of goodwill, we wanted to do a little round up of what some of these exceptional organisations have achieved this past year.
As a company we have been in the fortunate position to support such fab local initiatives as:
The MakerClub’s BrightSparks programme is a group set up to provide free access to afterschool design and technology clubs for young makers from low income families. BrightSparks partners with local digital businesses and asks them to provide sponsorship and volunteer support to the club over a period of 12 months.
Since September AC’S Ella has volunteered her time at MakerClub. She supports the learning of 8-13 year olds in crafting and engineering their inventions using 3D printers, laser cutters, glue guns, computer programmes – all sorts! She helps the Makers earn their badges, collect points and level up to unlock new projects. The curriculum teaches a range of technical skills to children from all backgrounds.
The Madeira Terraces fund
The Madeira Terraces fund has been set up to restore to their former glory the Grade II-listed structure that runs a mile along the seafront. The project aspires to not only raise funding but listen to people’s ideas and pledges for who and what this iconic space could be used for. We were lucky enough to give some funding to this cause and we can’t wait to see what it’ll become!
Sussex University Student Mentoring
Chris has recently become involved in a scheme to mentor a Sussex University graduate, sharing his knowledge, skills and experience with his mentee.
“We were looking to formalise our voluntary service internally and the Chamber mailed me about the opportunity. Given that we have two outstanding Sussex Grads already it was an opportunity too good to miss.”
Chris is really delighted to help advise and guide someone toward reaching their goals!
Here’s a snippet of what a few other members of Team AC have been up to or will be getting up to in the new year:
In June Luca was involved in a Sea Shepherd anti-poaching operation in Sicily. He continued his volunteer activities for the international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organisation in the UK. In July he was asked to make a speech at Paddle around the Pier about the involvement in the operation. He was also involved in the organisation of several charity gigs for which all the proceeds went to support homeless advocacy and refugees’ integration projects.
Emina is looking forward to the new year and being able to give some of her time to the Hollingbury Mums group. The group is a safe space for mums and children and in the new year Emina is hoping to get stuck in and help organise activities for the children and the mums too!
In January, Flo will start volunteering with Hop 50+, a local community space and café which offers a range of activities and social opportunities for people aged 50+, aimed at supporting the community members to improve their health and wellbeing and to learn new skills. Currently, Flo is also helping a local poet and writer with some technical aspects of publishing his first novel.
In 2018 we hope to support and get involved in even more community projects and causes…anyway enough about us!
We wish this blog could be an exhaustive account of what all the extraordinary local projects, charities, and groups in Brighton and Hove have achieved in this past year, but alas we will leave it here with a big thank you to all of them for their tireless efforts to make our city a better place to live.