Trustee Vacancies
At Peer Action we like to focus on delivering activities & groups and less on who is responsible for what, however as a registered charity we are required to have a board of elected trustees to be accountable.  Frankly, being a trustee is not that exciting - it is just necessary for an organisation to continue, we have to find money; write bids; review the accounts; set policy; provide returns to funders to show what we did; check legal compliance & insurance; send the charity commission reports; and worry about the scope of what we do.    In the last few months we have had a few changes to the trustees that we wanted to let you all know about: - our two most recent probationary trustees will not now be joining us - Our nominee Treasurer (financial accounting) sadly died unexpectedly and our thoughts are with his friends and family.  In addition, our most recent probationary trustee decided that after trying the role for a short period, that this was for them - sadly its not that unusual for prospective trustees to decide committee work isn’t for them and revert to being involved with specific activities.   Last month - two of our long serving trustees; who together helped us progress towards charitable status; decided they had done their few year and it was time to move on.  We would like to thank Chris and Julia for all their help with the games nights, Pride, garden parties and numerous other initiatives.   These recent changes have left us with space for some new trustees, who would serve for a renewable period of 3 years this may not be the most exciting way to encourage people to step forward - but if you would like to get more involved, your help would be appreciated and a couple of additional people would add to flexibility, skills and long term stability of the team.   To find out more - why not come to the next steering group (see: “get involved” in the listings) or message us via the website.  The first step is more low key and can be as simple as helping with a newsletter or arranging an event.  We are very happy for people to take a while to get involved and find a role that fits them.  While we take time to engage new trustees, Peer Action will continue as before; the calendar is as planned and we even expanding one or two of our trips.  We hope to see you soon. ..more..
Eurovision Fundraiser @ camelford Raises £252
What a night that was.... The Camelford Arms hosted Peer Actions annual Eurovision Fundraiser and thanks to Benn, Chris and Wayne we raised £252 for our funds.. ..more..
Mini Mindfulness Course - Free to members
Peer Action has arranged to run 2 short courses on Mindfulness free to its members, we can accomdate between 8-12 people per course and the first will run during June for 4 Thursday evenings...  the second will be in the Autumn at a weekend in a Venue to be confirmed..   Introduction to Mindfulness: a four-week course with Judy Lewis   ‘The past has already happened. The future is yet to come.  The present moment is the only moment we have to really live.’                                      Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses   This course gives a foundation of the basic practices and understandings of mindfulness – of being present to the moment by moment experience of our lives with more ease and connection, even when we are experiencing a lot of pain and difficulty, whether physical, emotional and/or mental.   There is a strong emphasis in the course on learning through experiencing – including practices done sitting, lying down, walking and mindful movement – and on giving you the opportunity to reflect on your experiences of the practices with the others in the group in a safe environment.   Through these ways, the course can support you in being more able to: •  be more fully present in your life                                            •   let go of unhelpful patterns •   be aware of the beauty and wonders of life                     •   relax and experience stillness and ease •   have a better understanding and non-judgemental acceptance of yourself and others   The course is being held over four weeks with a two-hour session each week. Date and time:  each Thursday 7pm – 9pm on June 9th – 30th Venue: The Sussex Beacon, 10 Bevendean Road, Brighton BN2 4DE Course facilitator: Judy Lewis has held these courses for 7 years and has a mindfulness practice of over 20 years.   For more information and to book please  hit the contact button or look at the entries for June          ..more..
Penshurst Place - Trip...
April 24th - Sunday Trip to Penshurst Place Penshurst Place has been owned by the Sidney family since 1552; after passing through the hands of two of Henry IV's sons, followed by Henry VIII who used it as a hunting lodge. Given to Anne of Cleves as part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII.........   A fun bus trip out of town ... an hours ride over to Penshurst Place. OK - spring is a little late this year. So it was more chilly than we wanted for wandering the gardens. But hey - some fab rooms and pictures from filming on site for "Bolyn Girls" and "Wolf Hall". OK - we lingered over roast lunch and the flowers may be better visited later in the year... but it was fun.   Now me - like the "Bear" inspired topiary - the 'Union Flag' plantings are not out yet. Sorry - no pictures allowed inside. But  click here for loads more detail at their website       Random Images from Penshurst Place Trip (April 2016)     Where was the cafe? They left me under this tree.... One day my prince will come...   Thanks to everyone who came... WATCH the listings for our NEXT trip - in July... hint : anyone watch 'Downton Abbey' .... we are sorting the details and prices - so check back  .....    ..more..
Jon Runs the Marathon and raises £701.88 for Peer Action
Peer Action would like to thank Jon Morgan who ran the Brighton Marathon in just under 4hours 22 minutes and in doing so raised the AMAZING sum of £701.88 for Peer Action..   A BIG thank you Jon!   ..more..
Do you want to use your own experience to give something back through supporting other people living with HIV?
Join Project 100 to become an accredited peer support! Positive UK and the Sussex Beacon will be delivering the training in Brighton on 18, 20 and 22 April. Would like to know more about the Project 100? Just click on the link below: http://www.sussexbeacon.org.uk/join-project-100/     ..more..
Help Sponsor Jon for Peer Action in the Brighton Marathon
Please sponsor Jon Morgan, running for Peer Action in the Brighton Marathon   Jon Morgan, who is the cousin of Peer Action member Paul Russell, is running this year’s Brighton Marathon and he has kindly agreed to raise much needed funds for Peer Action at the same time.   This will be Jon’s second marathon (the first was in Paris in April last year) and he’s aiming to cross the finishing line in under 4 hours 30 minutes. Jon’s cousin Paul says “I don’t even run for the bus so I hope everyone will show their support for Jon and for Peer Action by sponsoring him on his amazing marathon effort.”   You can sponsor Jon online (click above) by going to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/donate/makeDonationForCharityDisplay.action?charityId=1009020 We’ll be cheering on Jon on marathon day, Sunday 16th April and thank you so much if you can contribute to the amount we raise from this event.   ..more..
Would you like to get involved with running activities with Peer Action?
We would love to have your help with running our activities!    Peer Action is entirely run by volunteers, so every help is very welcome and much appreciated. From developing and maintaining the website and Facebook page to running wellbeing and social events, volunteers have a range of activities to support.   By getting involved, you will: Have the opportunity to use your skills or develop new ones Be part of a great team of volunteers who are engaged with their community and committed to delivering a service that meet an essential need Be able to cause a positive impact in the lives and experiences of our service users or peers - it's rewarding to see peers thriving! Want to know more? Look at the group 'get involved' and find out what's on! http://www.peeraction.co.uk/activity/getinvolved ..more..